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Brass Over Bridges

Spotlight on Brass Over Bridges : Santa Cruz Symphony Recital

Last weekend, the Cabrillo College Samper Hall hosted a dazzling performance by Brass Over Bridges, a brass instrument quintet featuring musicians from the Santa Cruz Symphony. The Spotlight on the Symphony recital celebrated some of the Bay Area’s most talented brass musicians performing a selection of work by composers who have influenced American classical sounds. Brass Over […]

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Rites of Spring - Santa Cruz Symphony

Rites of Spring : Santa Cruz Symphony Concert

The Santa Cruz Symphony spun a musical fantasy in Rites of Spring, the second concert of the 2018-19 season featuring work by Debussy, Gershwin, and Stravinsky. As much as Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) performances are uniquely interpretive, they also show a remarkable understanding of the composers’ visions. Opening the program with Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to […]

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Fidl Fantazye

Santa Cruz Symphony Opening Concert : Fidl-Fantazye

The Santa Cruz Symphony began its 2018-19 season last weekend with a program featuring world-renowned soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. The season’s opening concert was an exciting reminder of Maestro Daniel Stewart’s imagination as Music Director. Through his visionary leadership, the Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) continues to introduce us to internationally […]

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Madeline Jarzembak, the Principal Harp of the Santa Cruz Symphony

Spotlight on Madeline Jarzembak: Santa Cruz Symphony’s Principal Harp

The curtain has risen on the 2018-2019 Santa Cruz Symphony concert season, opening with the first recital of the Spotlight On The Symphony series on September 16. The Spotlight series introduces audiences to the individual talent of Symphony musicians in the intimate setting of the Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall. Last Sunday’s program celebrated Madeline […]

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Santa Cruz Symphony’s “Resurrection”

Santa Cruz Symphony’s “Resurrection”

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, “Resurrection”, contemplates the human experience. The composer raises questions about the purpose of life, the inevitability of death, the possibility of afterlife, and the probability of rebirth. “Resurrection” was the Santa Cruz Symphony’s 5th and last Classic Concert of its 60th Anniversary Season, and one of its most life-affirming productions. Mahler’s profound messages were powerfully transmitted […]

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Santa Cruz Symphony – Celebration!

The Santa Cruz Symphony’s recent production, Celebration!, was a gift to the romantic imagination, reminding us with music of the rapture associated with being alive. As always, SCS fostered a memorably vibrant exchange between the orchestra and soloists; performers and audience. Reviving work by iconic composers and introducing us to innovative music and musicians, the […]

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Jonah Kim

Jonah Kim – Santa Cruz Symphony’s New Principal Cellist

Last weekend, the Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) presented a debut recital featuring its new Principal Cello, Jonah Kim. The two time Grammy award winning cellist is an outstanding addition to our local Symphony. Kim’s extensive work across a range of genres with world-renowned artists, his expressive stage presence and talent as a cellist makes him […]

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Songs: Past, Present, and Future

Santa Cruz Symphony Performs Musical Poetry

Last weekend the Santa Cruz Symphony presented the third classic concert of the 2017-18 Season – Songs: Past, Present, and Future. The stirring performances brought musical poetry and exceptional local and guest talent to Santa Cruz stages, and shared the Symphony’s consistent and expansive artistic vision. The program began with the Prelude to “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (“The Master […]

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Embracing the Dance

Santa Cruz Symphony Embraces the Dance

Last weekend, the Santa Cruz Symphony presented Embracing the Dance, the second program of the 60th Anniversary season. Performing the esteemed work of John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, and Ludwig van Beethoven, the Symphony took audiences on a dance-themed journey to China, New York City, and Europe. The concert was a celebration of music and movement […]

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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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