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Valley Symphony Orchestra (LAVC)

The Valley Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, California is a symphonic orchestra that is associated with Los Angeles Valley College(LAVC). The new and current music director of the orchestra is Michael H. Arshagouni, who assumed the helm of the orchestra for the 2009/10 season. Dr. Arshagouni also directs the Philharmonic Choir (LAVC) and is the current chair of the LAVC Department of Music. The founding musical director is Robert Chauls, a professor at LAVC. The regular performance venue is the Mainstage Theatre at LAVC.

The orchestra was founded by Robert Chauls in 1992 to be a community orchestra of professionals and students.[1]

Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Stephen Custer and violinist Lawrence Sonderling have been regular guest performers.[1]

The principal strings of the VSO are the members of the Kadima String Quartet: Eric km Clark, concertmaster; Andrew Tholl, principal second violin; Beth Elliott, principal viola; Lynn Angebranndt, principal cello. The past concertmaster was Rochelle Abramson, a first violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[2]

On October 13, 2007, guest pianist Neil Galanter played in the symphony's 2007-2008 first concert of the 2007-2008 season.[3]


The VSO's 2009/10 season includes the following repertoire:

Beethoven - Symphony No.5 in c minor, Op.67 (1st movement)

Britten - Simple Symphony

Copland - Appalachian Spring: Ballet for Martha (original version for 13 instruments)

Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op.47 (Kadima String Quartet - soloists)

Fiala - Concertante in B-flat for Clarinet and English Horn (Julia Heinen clarinet; Richard Kravchak, English horn)

Handel - Concerto a due cori No.2 in F, HWV 333

Haydn - Symphony No.94 "Surprise" (2nd movement)

Haydn - The Creation: Part 1

Holst - St. Paul's Suite, Op.29 No.2

Jenkins - Palladio: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra

Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.1 in g minor, Op.25 (W. Terrence Spiller, piano)

Mozart - Don Giovanni: "Overture"

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.24 in c minor, K.491 (3rd movement; Liya Melikyan, piano)

Mozart - Symphony No.35 in D, K.385 "Haffner"

Mysliviczek - Artaserse - selections (US Premiere)

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra: "Overture"

Smetana - Ma Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau)

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleves

Warlock - Capriol: Suite for String Orchestra


External links

  • Valley Symphony Orchestra (official site)
  • Los Angeles Valley College

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