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  • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)


One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how "the orchestra rocks!" The concert will last about one hour and will be followed by the Instrument Petting Zoo where children of all ages can try instruments and talk to our musicians.

The Santa Cruz Symphony will once again be joined by the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Cabrillo Youth Chorus and the Santa Cruz High School Drumline.


Giuseppe Verdi         Anvil Chorus
                                  With the Cabrillo Youth Chorus
                                  (Audience invited to sing or play along)

Igor Stravinsky         “Dance of the Adolescents” from The Rite of Spring
                                  (Audience invited to clap with the rhythms)

Stephen Sondheim   "When You Believe" from Prince of Egypt
                                  Cabrillo Youth Chorus

Carl Orff                   “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana
                                  With the Cabrillo Youth Chorus and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
                                  (Audience invited to sing or play along)

Russian Traditional   “In the Field Stood a Birch Tree”/”Vo Pole Beryioza Stoyala”
                                  Song leader: Isabelle Negrete
                                  (Audience invited to sing or play along)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky     Symphony No. 4, fourth movement

Charles Mangus         "Nostalgia in Times Square"
Marcus Miller             "Run For Cover"
                                   Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Gustav Holst             “Mars” from The Planets

Thomas Cabaniss      “Drumlines”
                                   With the Santa Cruz High School Drumline

Earlier Event: February 24
Classical Overtures
Later Event: March 3
Uptown Hoedown