Breaking Boundaries

February 25, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

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The Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Michael Nowak will lead the audience through three groundbreaking works from innovators of the 19th and 20th centuries. From the first chord of his Symphony No. 1, Ludwig van Beethoven defied the norms of his neoclassical paradigm, helping to forge a new way in musical expression. American composer Charles Ives plumbs the most profound questions of existence in The Unanswered Question, taking listeners on a cerebral journey depicting humankind’s ascent from nature. Clarinet soloist Don Foster joins the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Nowak for a performance of Aaron Copland’s groundbreaking Clarinet Concerto. Originally penned with Benny Goodman in mind for the solo part, the concerto represents an imaginative fusion of modern art music and the jazz idiom.


Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Charles Ives The Unanswered Question

Copland Clarinet Concerto

Don Foster, Clarinet


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

Those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive within 5 days should not attend this event.

Local COVID-19 case numbers and health precautions may require event cancellations and postponements. Please check our website or call prior to the event –; (805) 925-0412.

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


February 25, 2023

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Grace Baptist Church

605 E. McCoy Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93455 United States + Google Map