Classical Reflections

The Old Becomes New

The Old Becomes New

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Presents A Thread Of Time Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos is a most delightful venue for chamber concerts. On Sunday, February 16, The Santa Cruz Chamber players presented just such a concert. One aspect of the setting is immediately noticeable and that is the audience appears to be of one large […]

Santa Cruz County Symphony Orchestra

Santa Cruz County Symphony Orchestra

Immortal Love At The Mello On Sunday, January 26, the Santa Cruz County Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Stewart took the stage at the Mello Center For The Performing Arts and performed Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) (1895) by Gustav Mahler (1869-1911) featuring the marvelous voice of 25 year […]

Superb All-Beethoven Recital at First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz

Superb All-Beethoven Recital at First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz

On Saturday, October 19, the Distinguished Artist Series presented Soheil Nasseri in an exciting all-Beethoven concert. A concert consisting of the works of a single composer could leave you with a feeling of incompleteness, unless the compositions win you over with their beauty and profundity, which was certainly the case in this concert. The charismatic […]

Tanya Gabrielian Opens 2013-2014 DALS Season

Tanya Gabrielian Opens 2013-2014 DALS Season

On Saturday, September 21, the Distinguished Artists and Lecture Series opened with pianist Tanya Gabrielian performing “Committed,” a most fascinating program of music by composers known to have experienced mental health issues. Tanya Gabrielian said, “Art is a celebration of life and a way to acknowledge that every person, regardless of their personal circumstances can […]

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Three works were featured on Saturday, August 3: Noise gate (2013 World Premiere/Festival Commission) by Sean Friar; It Got Dark (2009) by Thomas Newman featuring the Kronos String Quartet, and Alternative Energy (2012) by Mason bates. When conductor Marin Alsop sprained her wrist and withdrew from her conducting engagements this summer, the call went out […]

SC Symphony Audition Concerts Conclude

SC Symphony Audition Concerts Conclude

Fifth audition results in strong performances The search for the new Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony continued with the fifth and final concert. On Sunday, May 24, at the Mello Center, “local” hopeful Rebecca Miller took to the podium. The concert began with Zoltan Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta (1933) and followed with Ludwig van […]