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

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial In Concert
John WiliiamsE.T. The Extra Terrestrial
7:30PM, Friday, October 21, 2022
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Director Steven Spielberg's heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliot. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial In Concert
John WiliiamsE.T. The Extra Terrestrial
7:30PM, Saturday, October 22, 2022
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Director Steven Spielberg's heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliot. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

The Rom-Com
Jesse MontgomeryStarburst
RachmaninoffPiano Concerto No. 2
Drew Peterson, piano
NiccolaiOverture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
StraussSuite from "Der Rosenkavelier"
7:30PM, Saturday, November 19, 2022
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

The romantic comedy is a standard film genre -- and this month, the Sequoia Symphony puts a musical spin on it. The theme runs through Rachmaninoff's romantic and exhilarating second piano concerto, and two fantastic orchestral showpieces from comic operas round out the program.

Home Alone in Concert
7:30PM, Friday, December 2, 2022
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is fun for the entire family!

Home Alone in Concert
7:30PM, Saturday, December 3, 2022
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is fun for the entire family!

Tchaikovsky's Best
7:30PM, Saturday, February 4, 2023
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Tchaikovsky's heart-on-the-sleeve passion is everywhere in this program, from the virtuosic delights of his violin concerto, to the deep power of his final symphony -- when he seems to foreshadow his own death only days after the premiere.

Water Music
Dai WeiThe Dancing Moonlight
RespighiFountains of Rome
BarberViolin concerto
Adam Millstein, violin
DebussyLa Mer
7:30PM, Saturday, March 11, 2023
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

This program dances with music of our greatest natural resource. From Respighi's Roman Fountains to Debussy's epic celebration of the ocean along with a haunting hymn to the largest living animal on the earth.

American Icons: Billy the Kid and Gershwin
Jennifer HigdonBlue Cathedral
GershwinConcerto in F
Dominic Cheli, piano
CoplandBilly the Kid
7:30PM, Saturday, April 15, 2023
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

The second year of our American Icons Festival comes to life with music of Higdon, Gershwin and Copland.

Bernstein's ON THE TOWN
BernsteinOn The Town
1:00PM, Saturday, April 22, 2023
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

As we wrap up the year, you can join three Navy sailors set loose in New York City on a 24 hour pass in a live performance of Bernstein's delightful and dance-fueled "On the Town" featuring stars from Broadway and local professionals.