Opening Season Banner: Music in Space

September 21, 2019, Saturday, 8:00pm
Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with space-themed music.

Our opening concert is a cosmic experience! Santa Cecilia Orchestra is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing with music from the legendary John Williams, including selections from his
unforgettable scores for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars.

The performance will also include “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets; works from composers J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven; and Dvorak’s stunning “Song to the Moon.”

We promise a performance that is out of this world!

Orchestra Concert banner of Journey

November 10, 2019, Sunday, 4:00pm
Venue : Occidental College, Thorne Hall

Gluck- Dance of the Furies from “Orfeo ed Euridice”
Mendelssohn- Symphony No. 4 in A Major Op. 90 “Italian”
De Falla- “El Amor Brujo”

Level A $28

Level B $26

This musical journey will introduce you to great masterpieces and take you to distant lands, to different times and finally, deep into the heart of Flamenco. Our trip begins with the virtuosity of Gluck’s Dance of the Furies. From there, Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s musicians take you to Italy with Mendelssohn’s Italian
Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe. According to Mendelssohn, this beautiful piece is meant to capture the supreme joy of life in Italy – a sentiment that is undeniably felt from the first moment of the symphony to the last.

Finally, our journey travels from Italy to Spain and straight into the passion of Manuel De Falla. You will experience this thrilling artist’s finest music through the fiery artistry of Spain’s premier flamenco artist, Maria Bermudez. Our guest performer comes direct from Jerez de la Frontera, the “cradle of flamenco.” It’s a musical experience not to be missed!

Chamber Music at Center-Moving Music

December 7, 2019, Saturday, 8:00pm
Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center


A special evening of music is also a new kind of concert experience,
expanding expectations of what live music can be. The music performed will move you emotionally and you, as an audience member, will physically move from room to room at our arts center.

The result is an immersive experience of exploration and discovery. As a roving audience member your perspective will be constantly changing, not just mentally or audibly but physically, as new viewpoints of performers and their spatial relationships to the audience develop and change continuously. Each audience member will experience four separate performances.

The evening ends with a champagne and dessert reception.

Cinema Magic Chamber Music

January 11, 2020, Saturday, 8:00pm
Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center


Last year’s Cinema Magic concert sold out. We anticipate a similar response to The Sequel. Don’t be left out! Join us for an evening of some of the best cinema music ever written.

This year’s selections include music from film favorites such as
The Magnificent Seven; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Harry Potter; The Sound of Music;
The Lion King; Casablanca; Out of Africa; The Piano; La Ciociara; The Deer Hunter;
The End of the Affair; and other surprises.

The popcorn’s on us!

Luminous Music-SCO Orchestra Concert

February 9, 2020, Sunday, 4:00pm
Venue : Occidental College, Thorne Hall

Vivaldi-  Concerto Grosso
Albinoni –  Adagio for Strings

Bach- Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Piazzolla- Oblivion and Libertango
Guerra- A la Antigua
Holst- St. Paul’s Suite

Level A


Level B


Luminous music dazzles, shines and radiates pure joy and emotions.

Our concert embodies this conceit, beginning with the virtuosity of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso and followed by Albinoni’s haunting “Adagio” from the series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The Albinoni is a beloved work that has been used in dozens of films, television shows and pop songs.

Next, Concertmaster Yi-Huan Zhao and flutes Salpy Kerkonain and Karin Hoesli take center stage as soloists in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, weaving a tapestry of musical colors.
The program concludes with one of Holst’s most
remembered works for strings: St. Paul’s Suite. The style reflects the craftsmanship of Holst’s transformation of simple English folk tunes into powerful symphonic settings. The Suite deeply evokes the spirit of England through its folk melodies and a finale that interweaves The Dargason with Greensleeves. These are tuneful, highly imaginative pieces.

Spring with Brahms-String Concert

March 28, 2020, Saturday, 8:00pm
Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center

Haydn-   String Quartet No.35 “Lark” Op.64 no.5
Brahms-   String Quartet No.2 a minor Op.51


Our spring concert opens with the Lark Quartet by Haydn, who is known as the Father of the String Quartet, as the tradition of the genre is thought to have started in his hands. The avian nickname of the famous “lark” quartet comes from the
unforgettable winged melody high on the violin’s E string, played as a soaring descant to the
staccato march for the lower three instruments. This irresistible music is full of wonderful surprises and melodies. It’s a perfect welcome to spring.

The program closes with Brahms’ masterwork, a serious, uncompromising piece that everywhere bears his immediately identifiable language, rich in
poignant harmonic suspensions, rhythmic
displacements, nervous passion, and melting lyricism.

They’re back! These delightful concerts are perfect for your young children, toddlers and family. We invite you to bring your family to meet our orchestra family! Bring your favorite stuffed animal to these fun concerts that demonstrate how sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can bring music to life. Kids and stuffed animals alike will enjoy discovering strings, woodwinds or brass – or better yet – all three! This year we introduce the mixed family! Enjoy a complimentary milk and cookies reception after the concert.

Bring a sack lunch for your own teddy bear picnic before or after the concert on our grounds. Teddy Bears admitted free. The Venue for all the

Teddy Bear Concerts is at Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center.

Meet The String FamilySeptember 28, 2019
Saturday, 2:00pm

Adult $20.

Youth $8.

Meet the Woodwind FamilyOctober 19, 2019
Saturday, 2:00pm

Adult $20.

Youth $8.

January 25, 2020
Saturday, 2:00pm

Adult $20.

Youth $8.

March 7, 2020
Saturday, 2:00pm

Adult $20.

    Youth $8

Click on cover below to see SCO 2019-2020 Season Brochure
SCO 2019-20 season brochure cover