The Santa Monica Symphony will perform its final concert of the 2010-11 season, featuring violinist Michael Emery, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.
The program will include Gustav Mahler’s Totenfeier, Antonin Dvorák’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra, and Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. UCLA Professor of Musicology Raymond Knapp will present a pre-concert lecture on the repertoire beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Emery, an artist-in-residence at Skidmore College, is the concertmaster of the Santa Monica Symphony and performs in the same capacity with the Glens Falls, Schenectady, Catskill, and Utica Symphonies in New York. At Skidmore, he directs the string department and the annual Skidmore String Festival, which he founded in 2005.
Founded in 1945, the Santa Monica Symphony includes emerging pre-professional musicians and accomplished volunteer musicians, a symphony spokesperson said. The symphony performs four free concerts each season to listeners of all ages, attracting around 6,000 audience members each year.
Its repertoire includes classical and contemporary music. Previous concerts in the 2010-11 season included Alberto Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia, Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5, Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Admission to the May 28 show is free, and no reservations or tickets are required.