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Yuja Wang to Perform Beethoven and Brahms in Surprise Encore Concerts​​

Yuja Wang to Perform Beethoven and Brahms in Surprise Encore Concerts​​

Santa Cruz Symphony Music Director, Daniel Stewart, announced at the March 25 & 26 “Fratres” concerts that Yuja Wang will be returning to Santa Cruz County for a surprise set of encore concerts on June 24 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and June 25 at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville.

Top 10 Reasons To Give To Our Symphony

Top 10 Reasons To Give To Our Symphony

The Santa Cruz Symphony Board has generously agreed to match all donations made to the Symphony through midnight Tuesday, February 22, 2017. Here are my Top 10 Reasons to Donate to Our Symphony...

Piano Concerto Fun Facts!

Piano Concerto Fun Facts!

  • Fun Facts about Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Fun Facts about Prokofiev's PIano Concerto No. 5
The Carnival is Coming to Town!

The Carnival is Coming to Town!

  • The Carnival is Coming to Town!
  • Your Chance to Win Tickets to See Yuja Wang!
  • Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Blake's Story
  • Meet The Instruments
  • Music In Schools video series - The Audience
Top 10 "Carnival of the Animals" Facts

Top 10 "Carnival of the Animals" Facts

Did you know that Saint-Saëns was adamant that the work not be published in his lifetime, seeing it as detracting from his "serious" composer image? Learn 10 interesting facts about the Carnival of the Animals.

Arts Education in the Schools

Arts Education in the Schools

Arts Council of Santa Cruz County reports that over 50% of arts education programs in the schools in Santa Cruz County are music programs. The top four providers of arts education are the schools, Arts Council, the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Tandy Beal & Co.

A Retelling of "The Barber of Seville" (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

A Retelling of "The Barber of Seville" (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

by Rae Lim (UCSC student)

Oh, the things we do for love! I am sure none of us have considered changing ourselves to win the heart of someone we like [insert sarcasm here...] In any case, the story of The Barber of Seville is ...

An interview with Nigel Armstrong

An interview with Nigel Armstrong

We had a chance to talk with our new concertmaster Nigel Armstrong about playing the violin, why he chose to play with the Santa Cruz Symphony and about his other interests. We hope you enjoy this interview.

The Barber of Seville - A Classic Cartoon

The Barber of Seville - A Classic Cartoon

If you were to walk up to someone on the street and ask them to sing an opera tune, they would very likely start off chanting “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Fi-i-i-igaro-o-o-o!” The repeated Figaros are one of the most familiar parts of operatic singing in popular culture.

Santa Cruz Symphony "Ode To Joy" Flash Mob

Santa Cruz Symphony "Ode To Joy" Flash Mob

Beethoven's 9th (Ode to Joy) Flash Mob - May 7, 2016. Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. Santa Cruz Symphony with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus. Daniel Stewart, conducting. May 7 is the anniversary of the world premiere of Beethoven's 9th.

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