Season Tickets on Sale Now!

NEW this year – Conductor’s Circle tickets –  $1,000, and you get two season tickets plus other benefits! Conductor’s Circle tickets are limited and ticket sales will close on 9.1.24.

Maestro Nowak has chosen some glorious pieces, including music by Brahms, Bartok, Mozart and Prokofiev, with a bit of Milhaud. Reserve your seats now for an exciting season!

Season ticket sales will close on 9/28/24. For further questions please call the office at (805) 925-0412.


First Season Concert -Tonal Tapestries
Sept. 28, 2024 (7:30 pm) @ Grace Baptist Church

Join the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Michael Nowak for the 2024-25 season-opening concert featuring imaginative orchestral music. First, a work by the celebrated British composer Benjamin Britten inspired generations of classical music fans, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. What begins as an educational showcase of the orchestra’s range develops into a masterfully explored fugue on a classic British theme. The concert closes with the orchestral suite Scheherazade, a dazzling musical telling of The Arabian Knights by the titan among Russian composers, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.


Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade



Second Season Concert – Baroque Elegance
Dec 6, 2024 (7:30 pm) The First United Methodist Church

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Michael Nowak welcome guest soloists for a seasonal celebration of the Baroque eras greatest composers. With bounding baselines, glittering melodic structures, and the rich and warmly familiar harmonies of the chamber orchestra, the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and George Frideric Handel will fill the hall with beauty and cheer. Guest soloists include two talented string players–violinist Brynn Albanese and guitarist Jack Cimo–who will help embody the spirit and joy of the Baroque for our December performance.


All baroque (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Frideric)

Baroque Masterworks
Brynn Albanese, violin Jack Cimo, Guitar



Third Season Concert – Stylistic Impressions

Feb 22, 2025 (7:30 pm) @ Grace Baptist Church

The artistic movement of Impressionism inspires the Maestro Michael Nowak and the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra in this evening of musical moods and emotions. Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is a cornerstone of musical impressionism, with the French composer creating pastoral images and dynamic feelings expressed through orchestral sound. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev explores the humor and the absurd in the satirical Lt. Kije Suite. The concert concludes
with a performance of George Gershwin’s jazzy and expressive Concerto in F, with the piano solo part performed by Cal Poly piano professor and prolific performer, W. Terrence Spiller.


Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Sergei Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Site
George Gershwin: Concerto in F W. Terrence Spiller, piano



Fourth Season Concert – The Sacred & The Profane

May 3, 2025 (7:30 pm) @ Grace Baptist Church

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Michael Nowak welcome a guest ensemble to close out the 2024-25 concert season with a concert that explores the range of human expression, from the sensual to the profound. Early 20th Century composer Darius Milhaud expresses French exoticism through jazz-inspired harmonies and rhythms that portray an African creation myth in the ballet suite La Creation du Monde. Russian composer Igor Stravinsky explores the
harmonies and driving dance rhythms of early American jazz music in Ragtime. And finally, Maestro Nowak and the Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by the Allan Hancock College Singers for a performance of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, the legendary unfinished threnody penned the same year of the composer’s death.


Darius Milhaud: La Creation du Monde
Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

There will be a pre-concert lectures that will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the music. This Pre-Concert Lecture is FREE and open to all concert goers. The lecture will be held just before the concert, beginning at 6:50PM and ending at 7:10PM.

Let’s SAFELY Listen Local Live! All current state and county health guidelines will be observed.

Please check our website for updates, event cancellations, or postponements.

For questions or assistance with ticket purchases, please call the Santa Maria Philharmonic office at (805) 925-0412.

Season tickets are non-refundable. In the event that a concert is canceled or postponed, an Event Organizer will notify you of the new status and explain your options. For further questions please call the office at (805) 925-0412.