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

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.