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David Castillo

An Afternoon at the Opera

A Cavalcade of Operatic Overtures and Arias

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the revival of one of its most popular concert formats, a program of operatic overtures and arias, featuring baritone, David Castillo, and the music of Donizetti, Gounod, Mascagni, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Offenbach, whose “Orpheus in the Underworld” will have the audience dancing in the aisles. A reception will follow the concert and provide an opportunity to meet the musicians.

An Afternoon at the Opera will be presented Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 PM in Veterans Memorial Auditorium at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. 

Admission is $20 for the general audience and free for students under 18 years of age.

Please contact the Los Angeles Doctor Symphony Orchestra at  or (310) 259-9604.

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra now in its 65th consecutive season and led by Maestro Ivan Shulman for the past 28 years, is one of the oldest community orchestras in the United States. Its mission is to provide enrichment of the communities it serves through the healing power of music, to support medical causes, and to support both young and emerging professional musicians in their pursuit of the discipline and joys found in musical expression.

This concert is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Locally Produced Musical Highlights Fresh Talent with an Original Score, Story and Fully Choreographed Dance Numbers

Monarch Theatre Guild LogoThe Monarch Theatre Guild will present an original musical, THE GOLDEN FLEECE, on Friday, Nov. 10th, Friday, Nov. 17th and Saturday, Nov. 18th at the Veterans Memorial Building, Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230.

Doors open 7:30pm and performances begin promptly at 8pm.

This inventive rock musical follows the band Jason and the Argonauts as they journey towards Hollywood stardom while braving the trials of scoring a recording contract with Mount Olympus Productions, and the temptations of Ambrosia, food of the Gods, offered by punk band The Furies. All the while, lead singer Jason must overcome the shadow of his father Orpheus. With a clever, modern take on a classic Greek legend, a diverse and eclectic mix of songs, skillfully choreographed dance numbers, and a talented cast of triple threats, this original musical is sure to please local audiences.

The script, lyrics and music are produced by Angus MacDonald, Founder of Monarch Theatre Guild, a non-profit organization committed to producing and performing socially relevant musicals. The cast sings live to a full length, professionally recorded instrumental score by LA based composer Mika Krstic. Dances are choreographed by Pebbles Vadakan, Founder of the MIT Dance Troupe and recipient of the Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Award for Contribution to the Arts. The production stars Edgar Khatchatrian and Emma Rose Tarr in the lead roles of Jason and Mae Dea respectively.

Tickets are $20 cash at the door and $10 for students with a current I.D.
Free parking is available off Culver Blvd.

This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

For more information, please visit Monarch Theatre Guild on Facebook.


2017 Culver City Performing Arts Grantees

The Actors’ Gang
Allegro Music Foundation
Benita Bike’s DanceArt
C. Eule Dance
Critical Mass Dance Company
Culver City Chamber Orchestra
Culver City Public Theatre
Culver City Symphony Orchestra
Donna Sternberg  & Dancers
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Jazz Bakery Performance Space
Kairos Dance Company
Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival
Monarch Theatre Guild
National Association of Composers, USA – LA Chapter
The Society of the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS)
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
VOX Femina Los Angeles
We Tell Stories

The 2018 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program application period closed on September 13, 2017.


About the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

Established in 1994, the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program offers grants to non-profit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Under the purview of the City Council and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Performing Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City.  The amount of grant funding available is dependent upon the total deposits made into the City’s Cultural Trust Fund each fiscal year. Additionally, the Performing Arts Grant Program is supported by a contribution from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Theatre, music, and dance performances may be presented. Performances must be available to the general public in a building/facility wholly or partially located in Culver City or controlled/owned by the City of Culver City. Funding may only be used for direct expenses related to the performance in Culver City.  Additionally, applicant organizations must qualify as tax exempt as defined by the IRS at the time of application.

Please direct questions to City of Culver City Cultural Affairs staff at or call (310) 253-6628.

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