Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo)
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo)

The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will perform a farewell concert for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 25, before the historic venue closes at the end of June.

The concert will feature works from renowned composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, such as movements from “The Sleeping Beauty Ballet” and his “Fifth Symphony.” The finale of the “1812 Overture” will end the concert.

Santa Monica resident, professor of cello at UCLA and Grammy Award-winner Antonio Lysy will be a featured soloist.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The auditorium is located at 1855 Main St. For more information, visit

The City Council in October of last year voted to shutter the landmarked structure after it felt that it could no longer afford the $2 million a year that would be required to keep the auditorium running while officials tried to find the $50 million needed to renovate it. The council planned to use redevelopment money to renovate the Civic before redevelopment agencies across California were killed to close the state’s budget gap.

“This is a huge loss for our community,” said Guido Lamell, the symphony’s music director. “The Civic Auditorium has a rich history of service to our city and to Los Angeles.”

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