The band plays on, but the audience goes on vacation

first_imgVAN NUYS – The New Valley Symphony Orchestra found itself all dressed up Friday morning with no place to play. The band of brass-toting musicians, which currently calls a mortuary concert hall home, desperately wants to use the old Van Nuys library to create its art. And its supporters had planned to lobby the City Council at Van Nuys City Hall with a musical twist – a brass octet and a trio with flute, viola and cello playing a rondeau and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.” “The only way we’ll be heard is to make noise,” said President Sarah Fisk. “But we’ll make beautiful noise.” The beautiful noise went unheard by most, however, as the City Council was in its annual summer recess. When told by a guard that council members were not meeting – neither in Van Nuys nor downtown – Fisk begged for an audience with a representative from Councilman Tony C rdenas’ office. A staffer came down, a few gardeners stopped their trimming and the ensemble burst forth with an original fanfare by trombonist David Stout. “That was a damn fine fanfare,” noted Daniel Wiseman, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council board member who’d encouraged the group to come. “I’d rank it right up there with `Fanfare for the Common Man.’ It was just great, but I guess you’ve got to use that analogy about the tree falling in the forest… .” And much as philosophers ponder whether trees falling in forests without witnesses make sound, Wiseman wondered whether the symphony’s message would be heard with no City Council present. He conceded that he hadn’t noticed that the council’s meeting – traditionally held the first Friday of the month in Van Nuys – had been canceled. A Los Angeles city official said he regretted the inconvenience and wished the council had been contacted first about the ensemble’s planned appearance. “We had notices on the city Web site for the past three weeks that the council would be off on their annual recess and at the League of Cities meeting this week,” said Josh Kamensky, spokesman for council President Eric Garcetti. “We would love to hear (them) play and will try to get in contact to arrange an appearance by them as soon as possible.” Fisk, who harrumphed and disappointedly stripped off her Van Nuys City Hall visitor’s badge, said she’d be back. If necessary, she said she’d go downtown. But probably with just the trio for accompaniment. “This is an absolute wasteland for culture!” she said. “And we’re trying to do something about it.” [email protected] (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img