Sequoia Symphony Orchestra: Music Director and Conductor

Bruce in Exeter OrchardCalifornia’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.

Schedule

Classical Goes Hollywood
Bernstein:
Gershwin:Piano Concerto in F
Andrew Tyson, piano
Gershwin:An American in Paris
7:30PM, Saturday, November 17, 2018
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

The early film industry took advantage of some of the world’s greatest composers and talents from Shostakovich to Aaron Copland. This concert selects scores from Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The Sequoia Symphony welcomes back favorite pianist Andrew Tyson in Gershwin’s magnificent “Concerto in F.” 

 

A Soulful Christmas
3:00PM, Saturday, December 8, 2018
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Our holiday concert has become the must see of the December season. This season’s all new program focuses on great music from Motown and more, featuring the song stylings of Hope Garcia as she puts her distinct mark on favorite Christmas classics old and new. 

A Soulful Christmas
7:30PM, Saturday, December 8, 2018
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Our holiday concert has become the must see of the December season. This season’s all new program focuses on great music from Motown and more, featuring the song stylings of Hope Garcia as she puts her distinct mark on favorite Christmas classics old and new. 

Winter Wonders
Tchaikovsky:Symphony No. 1
Sibelius:Symphony No. 2
7:30PM, Saturday, January 12, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Two classic symphonies from the “Great North.” Tchaikovsky’s short, sweet “Winter Daydreams” opens the program while Sibelius’ masterful Symphony No. 2, travels from the shimmering loneliness of doubt to a grand symphonic finale that rivals Beethoven’s best. 

American Voices: Copland to Jazz
Daugherty:American Gothic
Copland:The Lincoln Portrait
Bolcom:Concerto for Clarinet (II)
Grant Still:The American Scene, suite 4 "The Far West"
Gershwin:"Porgy and Bess" Symphonic Picture
7:30PM, Saturday, February 9, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

A tour through our country’s regions and history is anchored by Copland’s setting of Abraham Lincoln’s powerful words, while we also visit the jazz influences in symphonic repertoire, including Gershwin and William Grant Still. 

Great Movies/Great Music: Marvel-ous Heroes!
7:30PM, Saturday, March 2, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

What makes a hero? We all know our favorite movies themes from our heroes and heroines. Our annual film concert celebrates all of them, from the obvious to the not so obvious. Characters and costumes will abound!  

Wonders of Europe
Rodrigo:Concerto de Aranjuez
Jiji, classical guitar
Respighi:The Pines of Rome
7:30PM, Saturday, April 13, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Brilliant locations close our year of Destinations. A quick trip through Italy and Spain gives us three brilliant masterworks, including Rodrigo’s guitar concerto played by our brilliant soloist, joining the Sequoia Symphony for her debut. Flash, pomp, mystery and brilliance wrap up our year with one of Visalia’s favorite pieces, Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.”