The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its annual free summer concert 6:30 p.m. June 22 in Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave. The location is a change from its usual venue of Hillview Park, which is undergoing construction for the new community center.
Conductor and artistic director Mitchell Sardou Klein said this year’s concert reflects the wonders of space and its heroes.
“Next month will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the stellar achievements of mankind, the first landing on the Moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin,” he said, “The Peninsula Symphony will celebrate these American heroes with a festive concert for the whole family.”
Scheduled performances include film music from “Apollo 13,” “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” and “E.T,” plus Holst’s “Planets” and John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes.”
The concert also will feature a performance from violinist Melody Choi, winner of the symphony’s 2019 Young Musicians’ Competition. Choi, a sophomore at Valley Christian High School, will play Ravel’s “Tzigane.”
“The summer concerts have become a staple to Los Altos residents because they are an opportunity to experience high-quality symphony music at no cost, outdoors and in an informal setting,” said symphony managing director Sheri Frumkin. “It is a great way for the residents to feel connected to other residents in a communal atmosphere and to experience the beauty and artistry of professionally trained musicians performing right in front of them, in a nonstuffy environment, wearing their regular clothes, and being like one of them.”
According to Frumkin, the concert is an opportunity for families to come together, frequently spanning generations.
“Often we see grandparents, parents and children who are able to be together and are able to experience classical music when their exposure in general might be limited,” she said.
“We think it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a summer evening while seeing a live orchestra for free,” said Chelsea Chambers, director of symphony operations. “People can bring picnics and kids can play on the playground during the show as well.”
The Town Crier is the media sponsor for event.
For more information on the event, the Peninsula Symphony in general and its upcoming 71st concert season beginning in October, visit peninsulasymphony.org.