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Symphony scores $12K in county grants

Posted: July 25, 2008 8:02 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2008 5:01 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Symphony previewed its 2008-2009 season with a performance at the city's annual Concerts in the Park series July 5 in Central Park.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has distributed $12,000 in grants to the Santa Clarita Symphony, according to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The funding will be used to support performances, school outreach programs, administrative and facility costs, audience development, exhibitions and community education programs.

"The Symphony Board of Directors and I are honored to have received the $12,000 grant from L.A. County and Supervisor Antonovich," said John Dow, the nonprofit organization's marketing director and event producer.

"Community and institutional investment are vital to the Symphony's continued growth," Dow said. "This grant will allow us to continue our mission to program innovative and hip orchestral music that's relevant for kids and the entire community."

The county grants follow a $25,000 corporate grant from Target department stores that covered most of the $30,000 it cost the 60-plus-member Symphony to perform at Concerts in the Park at Central Park on Saturday, July 5.

Led by Maestro and Music Director Robert E. Lawson, the Santa Clarita Symphony was founded in 2000 by a group of local citizens dedicated to promoting world-class orchestral music and literature performed by professional musicians for audiences of all ages.

The Symphony's 2008-2009 season officially premieres Saturday, Nov. 8, with a black-tie "Opening Night" gala featuring pianist Bryan Pezzone. On Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, the Symphony will back singer Art Garfunkle. The orchestra's annual "Family Concert" is set for Sunday afternoon, April 19.

All performances take place at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

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