MdR Summer Symphony leader takes up the baton in Culver City

Photo by Mike Yokotake

Photo by Mike Yokotake

It’s hard to imagine summers in Marina del Rey without Frank Fetta leading the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony at Burton Chace Park as the sun sets over the boats bobbing in the harbor.

There are, however, three other seasons in the year.

Come fall, Fetta segues into his role as conductor and music director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra, which kicks off its 2014-15 season on Saturday with a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The evening’s bill includes the refined music of Gabriel Fauré and his remix of 1919’s “Suite Masques et Bergamasques” with tenor Haqumai Sharpe; Joseph Haydn’s noble 1809 composition “C Major Cello Concerto,” featuring Benjamin Manis-Cello, senior division winner of the 2013 Parness Concerto Competition; and a performance of Beethoven’s 1812
“7th Symphony, A Major,” one of the greatest pieces of classical music of all time.

Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s season opener begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Parking is free. Call (310) 717-5500 or visit

— Michael Aushenker