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Published December 5, 2012


The Southeast Symphony has been an integral part of the community and has been in continuous existence since 1948, when it was founded by Mabel Massengill-Gunn

The Southeast Symphony Association, Inc. (SESA) continued its 65th Concert Season “The Legacy Continues” with their annual MESSIAH SING-ALONG concert, featuring the Southeast Symphony Orchestra.  The concert was held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of historic Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue, Los Angeles. The concert was free to the public. Pastor William Epps has been known to say, “Now, we can begin the holidays, once we have sung the Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus.  Now we have the spirit and the celebration can begin.”

The December concert followed the triumph of the opening concert of the season held at Faithful Central Bible Church in October. The program began with the beloved overture to the “Magic Flute” by Mozart. The Symphony No. 85 by Josef Haydn followed. Known by the nickname La Reina (The Queen), No. 85 was a favorite of Marie Antoinette, then queen of France. It was first played at the White House as a piano arrangement by Nelly Curtis in 1786. It is the fourth of the six “Paris” symphonies and is known for its frothy lightness and melodic charm. It will bring brightness and “soul” to the holiday concert

Soloists for The Messiah included Yolanda West, soprano, Carol Wooten, alto, Donald Perry, tenor and Bradley Baker, Baritone-Bass.  Various choirs from churches of all denominations were in attendance.

The Southeast Symphony has been an integral part of the community and has been in continuous existence since 1948, when it was founded by Mabel Massengill-Gunn. The Southeast Symphony Orchestra provides classical concerts with various guest artists, free to the public.  It also sponsors community outreach to seniors and school-age children. The Association in connection with both the Los Angeles Unified School District also provides a program of Saturday morning instruction in instrumental music for third through twelfth grade students on Saturdays at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.

Once again the performance will be conducted by Anthony Parnther, outstanding Conductor and Musical Director of the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. The SESA Concert series continues on Sunday, January 28, 2013 with the theme “Legacy in Black.”

Dr. William Epps is the pastor of Second Baptist Church.  Sheryl Harris, president & CEO of the Southeast Symphony Association invites everyone to bring someone else along and get involved in what will surely be a wonderful, spiritual experience.

For further information, please visit the website at follow on Face book, Twitter or call (310) 673-SESA (7372).


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