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Music of the Spheres

The Santa Cruz Symphony Soars to New Heights with “Music of the Spheres”

The Santa Cruz Symphony’s 60th Anniversary season began this past weekend with a cosmic presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The spine-tingling music and resounding applause from the Symphony performances are no doubt still reverberating around the walls of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Watsonville Mello Center. The […]

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Interview with artist Jassen Todorov

Jassen Todorov’s artistry onstage and in the air spotlights the best of northern California’s classical music and diverse natural beauty. Based in the Bay Area, Todorov is recognized worldwide for his award-winning music and photography. His photos are as bold, harmonious, and stirring as his violin music, revealing his dedication to consistent work, creative refinement, […]

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Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and Festival

Santa Cruz is a place that inspires all forms of art, so it’s no surprise that some of the most high quality guitars being played by musicians around the world are produced by local luthiers. To celebrate this area’s influential guitar-building and music-making culture, musician Jayme Kelly Curtis introduced the first Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and […]

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Santa Cruz Symphony

The Santa Cruz Symphony Uplifts Us Again

The Santa Cruz Symphony has once again done what it does best: commemorating world-famous scores and composers from the past, spotlighting distinguished contemporary musicians, and bringing audiences to the edge of their seats with news of exciting music to come. Their “Fratres” concert last weekend offered vibrant string arrangements led by Music Director Daniel Stewart and […]

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Yuja Wang and the Santa Cruz Symphony

Santa Cruz Symphony’s Historic Concert with Yuja Wang

Superstar pianist Yuja Wang has been featured with almost every legendary orchestra in the world. Last weekend, the celebrated artist lit up the stage for a rare appearance with the Santa Cruz Symphony at the Civic Auditorium and the Henry J. Mello Center. Yuja’s performances with our local orchestra showcased the striking virtuosity and vibrant personality that she […]

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Eric Johnson Interview

Eric Johnson: Featured Musician

Some virtuoso musicians sound like they sold their souls to the Devil for their fiery chops, but Austin, Texas’ Eric Johnson sounds more like a conduit for an archangel. As showcased on his signature tune, the Grammy-winning instrumental “Cliffs of Dover” from his platinum-selling 1990 album Ah Via Musicom, Eric possesses an unusual combination of […]

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