Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association begins operations on a high note

By Christina Cox

Last update: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Orchestral music is making a comeback in the Santa Clarita Valley this year.

The Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association was officially welcomed to the city today by local dignitaries, community members and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Formed in August 2015, the Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association’s mission is to “enrich lives of audiences in the community by sharing in the enjoyment and discovery of great music.”

“Our goal is creating beautiful music that is accessible, interesting, unique and engaging the audience by informing them with what orchestral music is,” said Andre Assaiante, music director of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association.

With programs and performances the arts and culture non-profit will educate people, expose the public to orchestral ideas and serve the community’s orchestral needs.

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, photographer Michael Asmar, right, hands the Chamber scissors to Valencia Symphony Orchestra Music Director/ Board Chair Andre' Assaiante, left, and his wife Patty before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valencia Symphony Orchestra joining the Chamber which was held at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Valencia Campus on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, photographer Michael Asmar, right, hands the Chamber scissors to Valencia Symphony Orchestra Music Director/ Board Chair Andre’ Assaiante, left, and his wife Patty before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valencia Symphony Orchestra joining the Chamber which was held at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Valencia Campus on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Assaiante said orchestral music is now the continuous soundtrack to every major film and that half of the orchestral music produced in the country is used for movies.

“The landscape of orchestral music is changing in that there are more variations in how these programs are designed and, most specifically, it comes down to film music,” he said.

The association plans on using well-known soundtracks and music scores that people know to bring imaginative, varied concerts to the public.

The association’s first concert will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. with a screening of “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” a 1922 silent-era, horror film.

Valencia Symphony Orchestra’s performance will mark the West Coast Premiere of the full-length orchestral score written by composers of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

“Come for the film and stay for the music; or come for the music and stay for the film,” Assaiante said.

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Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association begins operations on a high note

Valencia Symphony Orchestra Music Director/Board Chair Andre' Assaiante talks about the 1922 silent film, "Nosferatu," playing on the monitor on display at the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valencia Symphony Orcdhestra held at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Valencia Campus on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Orchestral music is making a comeback in the Santa Clarita Valley this year.

The Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association was officially welcomed to the city today by local dignitaries, community members and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Formed in August 2015, the Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association’s mission is to “enrich lives of audiences in the community by sharing in the enjoyment and discovery of great music.”

“Our goal is creating beautiful music that is accessible, interesting, unique and engaging the audience by informing them with what orchestral music is,” said Andre Assaiante, music director of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra Association.

With programs and performances the arts and culture non-profit will educate people, expose the public to orchestral ideas and serve the community’s orchestral needs.

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, photographer Michael Asmar, right, hands the Chamber scissors to Valencia Symphony Orchestra Music Director/ Board Chair Andre' Assaiante, left, and his wife Patty before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valencia Symphony Orchestra joining the Chamber which was held at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Valencia Campus on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, photographer Michael Asmar, right, hands the Chamber scissors to Valencia Symphony Orchestra Music Director/ Board Chair Andre’ Assaiante, left, and his wife Patty before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valencia Symphony Orchestra joining the Chamber which was held at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Valencia Campus on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Assaiante said orchestral music is now the continuous soundtrack to every major film and that half of the orchestral music produced in the country is used for movies.

“The landscape of orchestral music is changing in that there are more variations in how these programs are designed and, most specifically, it comes down to film music,” he said.

The association plans on using well-known soundtracks and music scores that people know to bring imaginative, varied concerts to the public.

The association’s first concert will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. with a screening of “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” a 1922 silent-era, horror film.

Valencia Symphony Orchestra’s performance will mark the West Coast Premiere of the full-length orchestral score written by composers of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

“Come for the film and stay for the music; or come for the music and stay for the film,” Assaiante said.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.