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Symphony orchestra players visit LLU Children’s Hospital

Maestro Carlo Ponti Jr. directs the players from the orchestra during a mini-concert for patients at the Children�s Hospital.
Maestro Carlo Ponti Jr. directs the players from the orchestra during a mini-concert for patients at the Children’s Hospital.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital lobby lit up with the sounds of Christmas in December thanks to a visit from the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. Four players from the orchestra offered a mini-concert of Christmas carols and classical selections for patients, visitors, and staff alike.

The players were accompanied by Carlo Ponti Jr., music director and principal conductor for San Bernardino’s orchestra. Maestro Ponti is the son of actress Sophia Loren and film director Carlo Ponti. In 2001, following two acclaimed performances as guest conductor, Maestro Ponti joined the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra as its music director and conductor. In addition to the San Bernardino Symphony, Maestro Ponti is associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra.

The San Bernardino Symphony was founded in 1929 by Maestro James E. Guthrie and is the oldest and most prestigious symphonic institution in the Inland Empire.

The orchestra’s foremost mission is to present regular series of symphonic concerts in San Bernardino County featuring the standard orchestral repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries interspersed with selected masterpieces of the 20th century, including works written during the last decade. This repertory, while broadly based internationally, will also reflect exposure to traditional American music.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007