Classical Reflections

Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Rebecca Jackson’s Festival Features Stunning Poem/String Sextet Premiere By Richard Lynde Music in May (MiM), bigger and better than ever in its 10th year, again showcased a roster of world-class musicians selected by local Juilliard-trained Rebecca Jackson, founder and former Miss Santa Cruz County. Jackson’s radiant congeniality has inspired these annual gatherings into what now […]



Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus Featured in Superb Verdi’s Requiem

Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus Featured in Superb Verdi’s Requiem

A superb performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813-1901) Requiem Mass can be profoundly moving. Maestro Danny Stewart, the Santa Cruz Symphony coupled with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, well prepared by Director Cheryl Anderson, provided just such an experience to close the 2016-17 season. It was monumental and compelling throughout the 90 minute performance! The May concert […]



Yuja Wang Triumphs

Yuja Wang Triumphs

By Josef Sekon Ever since Maestro Danny Stewart announced the Spring 2017 Santa Cruz concert schedule and revealed Yuja Wang would perform not one, but two piano concerti, the excitement began and culminated into reality on Sunday, at the Mello Center in Watsonville. The concert sold out! More than 300 enthusiasts attended the Friday Open Rehearsal […]



Recital With Nigel Armstrong

Recital With Nigel Armstrong

By Josef Sekon, D.M.A. On Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Samper Hall, Cabrillo College, Maestro Danny Stewart placed the new corner stone of the revitalized Santa Cruz Symphony by introducing the newly appointed Concert Master Nigel Armstrong in recital. The program consisted of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Praeludium in E Major from the Partita No. […]



Pianist Daria Kiseleva

Pianist Daria Kiseleva

Another Rare Jewel In Aptos Keyboard Series At St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos on April 3rd, pianist Daria Kiseleva gave yet another fine performance as Dr. Josef Sekon’s new series continues to thrive with only one Recital remaining of its inaugural season. Not only did we hear Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Ginastera, each played […]



Christmas With The Santa Cruz Chorale

Christmas With The Santa Cruz Chorale

On Sunday afternoon, December 20 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Chorale presented an impressive concert of assorted works. Under the guidance of conductor and Artistic Director Christian Grube, the Chorale presented eleven works that historically covered a substantial time frame: Exsultate Deo by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) to […]



Inventing America with The Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra

Inventing America with The Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra

By Josef Sekon, D.M.A. On Sunday, October 10, the highly energized Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Daniel Stewart performed Fanfare For The Common Man (1942) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990), El Sinaloense (1943) by Severino Briseno (1902-1988), Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and the Symphony No. 9 in E […]



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