November 8th, Dreams and Visions. We invite you to open your mind’s eye and drift away into musical enchantment. We feature the spectacular voice of soprano Ying Fang – a rising star from the Metropolitan Opera, hailed by the New York Times as both “pure and moving”. Ms. Fang will sing Bach’s uplifting and transporting Wedding Cantata, and Villa-Lobos’ passionate and playful Bachiana Brasileira No. 5.
February 23rd, Youth Concerts. Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at both the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Watsonville’s Mello Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony play alongside their professional counterparts, creating the largest philharmonic orchestra on the central coast of California. The event is presented in a highly accessible style, using elements of humor, movement, and audience participation. These concerts are attended by over 4,000 students and their teachers.
January 24th, the Muse. Come experience the dynamic and celebrated string section of the Santa Cruz Symphony! These special strings only concerts opens with Samuel Barber’s profoundly moving Adagio for Strings, followed by Stravinsky’s ingeniously inventive celebration of Greek mythology – Apollon Musagète (Apollo’s Muses).
March 1st, Family COncert. Bring your entire family to experience a fun and educational concert featuring special guest collaborations with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, and award-winning Shakespearean actor Paul Whitoworth. After the concert, children will be invited backstage to ‘Meet the Instruments’. At this year’s concert we will perform Prokofiev’s timeless favorite for children, Peter and the Wolf.
March 21st, Pacific Perspectives. We are pleased to present the works of two Bay Area composers. The concert opens with Sinfonia (2011), a wild and reflective work by our own Maestro and Bay-Area native, Daniel Stewart.
May 9th, Sacred and Profane. We partner with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera for a dramatic conclusion to the season featuring Carl Orff’s awe-inspiring choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana.
June 6th, Movie Magic. Enjoy a fun evening with the Santa Cruz Symphony hearing your favorite Hollywood themes from the master of film scores, John Williams. We’ll perform themes from classics including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Indiana Jones, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and more!
Details on performance pieces and tickets at the Santa Cruz Symphony web site.