Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform ‘Symphonic Favorites’

Violinist Fiona Shea and conductor Pablo Fernandez

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Symphonic Favorites,” a free professional orchestra concert on Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada Flintridge.
The program will consist of Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni,” Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 7.
The Burbank Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra dedicated to bringing world-class classical music free of charge to the residents of Southern California for more than 32 years. Currently, the Burbank Phil is the only orchestra in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys that provides professional, high-quality concerts to the residents of Burbank and surrounding communities for free. In addition, the Philharmonic offers educational programs designed to help foster the development of talented young musicians in the community.
This concert will showcase two talented young people: violinist Fiona Shea and conductor Pablo Fernandez. Shea, a student at the Colburn School, was a 2021 winner of the orchestra’s 23rd annual Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition. She will perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. Fernandez, a senior at the L.A. County High School for the Arts and a violinist in the L.A. Phil’s YOLA program, will guest conduct Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni.”
Fernandez was selected as the orchestra’s 2023 Discovery Conductor. Launched in 2019, the Discovery Conductor Program provides mentoring to talented high school students who are interested in conducting. Selected students receive master classes and mentoring from conducting professionals, culminating in a guest conducting appearance at a Burbank Philharmonic concert.

First published in the April 1 print issue of the Burbank Leader.