Classical Reflections

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. […]






SC Symphony Opening Concert “Vox Populi”

SC Symphony Opening Concert “Vox Populi”

By Josef Sekon, DMA Director Maestro Daniel Stewart opened the Symphony’s 59th Season at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 1 to a SOLD OUT, enthusiastic audience. He began by elaborating on specific, interesting events regarding the works to be performed, the composers and the history that surrounded them. The concert […]






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 […]






Martin Shines In Aptos Keyboard Series

Martin Shines In Aptos Keyboard Series

The Aptos Keyboard Series again scored with a fine young pianist, the 24-year-old UC Berkeley multi-talented senior Theodora Serbanescu-Martin. On Feb 21 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church she treated us to an excellent program of 19th century Romantic music on the resonant Steinway “B,” a perfect fit for this venue. Not only has she won […]






SC Symphony Concert 3: Mahler’s First

SC Symphony Concert 3: Mahler’s First

On Sunday, January 23 at the Mello Center, the Santa Cruz Symphony performed the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1888) by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) and the much anticipated Symphony No. 1 in D Major (1888) by Gustav Mahler (1860-1907). Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite is incidental music based on Henrik Ibsen’s play based on […]






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 […]






Santa Cruz Symphony: Sacred & Profane

Santa Cruz Symphony: Sacred & Profane

On Sunday, May 10 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts, Director Daniel Stewart presented the final concert of the 2014-15 season. Under the capable baton of Maestro Stewart the “Finale” was a show of pure musical brilliance! The works performed were Marche pour la Ceremonie des Turcs (1670) by Jean-Baptiste (1632-1687); O Magnum […]






Santa Cruz Symphony Pacific Perspectives

Santa Cruz Symphony Pacific Perspectives

On Sunday, March 22 at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts Director Daniel Stewart presented three works with depth of musical insight and orchestral precision that appealed to the audience. Due to a last minute flight change, soloist Youjin Lee had to leave for Japan and the Beethoven Violin Concerto was performed first. The […]






Santa Cruz New Music Works

Santa Cruz New Music Works

Sarah Cahill Piano Reverie On Sunday, February 15 at Peace Church in Santa Cruz, Phil Collins, Music Director of the Santa Cruz New Music Works presented a program of “contemporary” works for solo piano featuring the eminent pianist Sarah Cahill. Ms. Cahill offered her program with understanding, technical command and control of the modern music […]






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