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Sequoia Symphony Orchestra: Music Director and Conductor

California’s Central Valley is such a beautiful place. I don’t think there’s another single area in the entire United States filled with as much geographic variety, whether the elegant stone-fruit orchards that surround the city, the stunning beauty of the foothills or the giant sequoias and Mt. Whitney itself (tallest in the lower 48). Paralleling that variety is the incredible agility of this orchestra. There’s nothing this orchestra can’t do. From their electrifying performance of The Rite of Spring this March or their passionate and moving accounts of Mahler 1st and Daphnis and Chloe, they somehow raise the bar at each and every concert. What a thrill to be a part of the blossoming of these musicians  into a versatile, powerful and exciting orchestra. Handily, this has been one of the highlights of my musical life.

Bruce in Exeter Orchard

Behind the Czar
Glinka:Ruslan and Ludmilla (Overture)
7:30PM, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
November focuses on Russian politics with a visit from Prince Igor and the politically satirical Lieutenant Kije. Coupled with those are two charming and attractive shorter works by Tchaikovsky for violin and orchestra. 

Holiday Madness
3:00PM, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Everyone's favorite holiday tradition returns to bring a smile to your face and a spring in your step. Don't miss this year's jam-packed, fun-filled extravaganza!

Holiday Madness
7:30PM, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Everyone's favorite holiday tradition returns to bring a smile to your face and a spring in your step. Don't miss this year's jam-packed, fun-filled extravaganza!

The Planets
Ravel:Piano Concerto in G major
Steven Lin, piano
7:30PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Back by popular demand, January turns our attention skyward, specifically to the Roman Gods and Goddesses who inspired the names of the planets. A true tour de force, this delightful trip through the solar system is sure to cure your winter blues. 

 

Movie Night: John Williams
John Williams: Movie Music!
7:30PM, Saturday, February 10, 2018
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291
Our traditional Film Music concert turns our attention to the best of the best: John Williams. His greatest music, new and old will anchor what has become our most popular program. 

 

Historias con Musica!
De falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Joana Gonzalez, piano
3:00PM, Saturday, March 10, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
Join us for a trip south of the border as we visit the Mayan Riviera. We share with you the ritualistic and distinct sounds of the Yucatan through the dazzling orchestration of “Noches de las Mayas.” (Nights of the Mayans). 

Beethoven's 9th
Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in E minor
YuEun Kim, violin
7:30PM, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
Combined choirs join the Sequoia Symphony as we end the season by pulling out the stops of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a special performance at LJ Williams auditorium. The choral texts suggest themes of universal brotherhood and an all inclusive human experience, which will be in full display as more than 160 musicians take the stage. 


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