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Spring with Brahms-String Concert

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.



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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!

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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

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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.