On Feb. 12, the West Valley Symphony celebrates Valentine’s Day in “An Afternoon Of Classical Romance.”

For this concert, dedicated to the nature of love, renowned pianist Walter Cosand will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 2 for Piano.”

“I look forward to the privilege of being able to share this with the audience” Cosand said. “Obviously, the sweeping music of the concerto fits very well in the ‘romance’ category. As a matter of fact, the second movement is derived from an earlier work which was titled ‘Romance.’”

Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture” and Howard Hanson’s “Symphony No. 2 in D-Flat Major (Romantic).”  This concert is sponsored by Gerry and Peggy Schuld of Sun City West.

The season finale on March 11, “How Suite It Is,” features three of the greatest suites in the classical repertoire: Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” 

“These terrific suites are a wonderful season finale, and I am sure our patrons will enjoy them,” said Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg. “I am very much looking forward to the 2012-13 concert season, which will feature “great themes” and “variations,” and I hope to see everyone back at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center in the fall.”

The March 11 concert is sponsored by Larkin & Associates Investment Advisors of Surprise.

“We are so grateful for the support of our community. I can easily point to two marvelous examples right now,” said Barbara Lashmet, president of the West Valley Symphony Board of Trustees. “Last fall, Gerry and Peggy Schuld of Sun City West came forward with a substantial gift and also agreed to sponsor our February concert that celebrates romance. And just this month, Mrs. Helene Gumina established the Helene Gumina Circle of Generosity, a fund that will match the total of all gifts, up to $10,000, received by the West Valley Symphony until March 31.”

Those who are interested in contributing to the Helene Gumina Circle of Generosity, there are three ways. Mail a donation to West Valley Symphony, PO Box 1417, Sun City, AZ 85372, call the Symphony at 623-236-6781 or visit the website at

The West Valley Symphony concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, near the Surprise Sports and Recreation Facilities. 

All seating is general admission. Concert tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth and are available for the February and March concerts. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Visit the West Valley Symphony at or call 623-236-6781 to order tickets and for information.

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