Challenge Check

Helene Gumina presents the Circle of Generosity Challenge Check with the West Valley Symphony and board members.

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West Valley Symphony supporters and patrons have rallied since January to help the symphony reach the $10,000 Gumina Circle of Generosity challenge grant created by Helene Gumina of Sun City.  

“We are so grateful to Helene for setting up this challenge. The response from our patrons and musicians was just spectacular,” said Barbara Lashmet, president of the West Valley Symphony Board of Trustees. “We received over 130 donations and actually surpassed our goal.”

During the 2011-12 concert season more than 4,500 residents attended a concert or one of the symphony’s education events. Lectures presented by the symphony’s Music Director Cal Stewart Kellogg were presented at Rio Salado College Learning for Life/RISE, Sun City Grand Learning and Sun City Lifelong Learning. In November, in collaboration with the Wickenburg Children’s cultural Organization, the symphony traveled to Wickenburg, where the orchestra performed two concerts for more than 1,000 area students. In March, with the support of the Peoria Arts Commission, the symphony presented ensemble performances in several Peoria elementary schools and in addition, with the support of the City of Surprise Arts and Culture Advisory Board, the symphony made concert tickets available to the area’s young music students.

In 2012-13 the symphony’s five performances will be at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center in Surprise, near the Surprise Sports and Recreation Campus.

“The coming season, comprised of ‘Great Themes’ and ‘Variations’ will include some of the grandest themes and variations in the classical repertoire,” Kellogg said. “Some concerts have clearly titled variations, but some are less obvious. Our West Valley audience will be treated, as always, to splendid music composed by the masters and performed by our talented orchestra.”  

The season starts Nov. 4, with guest artist Katherine McLin performing Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and continues at the Dec. 2 program with Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”.  Then on Jan. 20, the orchestra will present Schubert’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Flat” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” and on Feb. 24, three compositions by Brahms will be performed including “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” and “Symphony No. 2 in D Major”.

The season finale will be March 17, 2013, with a world-renowned guest artist, trumpet virtuoso David Hickman. Hickman will perform “Carnival of Venice” as well as works by Rafael Méndez including “Farewell My Granada,” “Romanza” and “Jota No. 2.”

West Valley Symphony concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise. All seating is general admission. Individual concert tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth.

A subscription to all five concerts is $115. Visit the West Valley Symphony at or call 623-236-6781 to order tickets and for information.

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