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TRIUMPHANT EXPRESSIONS of Humanity – Robert Thies, Piano

September 25 @ 7:30 pm

The “return” program opening the Santa Maria Philharmonic’s 2021-2022 season features a Brahms overture celebrating academia and the human striving for and thirst for knowledge, pun-intended, as multiple German collegiate drinking songs are incorporated in the musical celebration. Beethoven’s much-beloved Emperor Concerto featuring pianist and return Santa Maria Philharmonic favorite/soloist, Robert Thies, was composed amidst Napoleon’s bombardment of the composer’s hometown of Vienna and at a point in the composer’s life during which he was afflicted with complete deafness. It is a work with which the word “heroism”is oft associated and one in which tenderness, incomparable beauty, and grandeur are all on full display in, seemingly, a traversing of the whole spectrum of human expression. Ives’ Variations on America explores ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ which, itself as a hymn, explores both freedom and liberty.

Complete Program

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Ives: Variations on “America”

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

Robert Thies, Piano


Tickets will also be for sale at the door and range from $40 to $15 for students, and Preferred Seating for $45. Seniors and military enjoy a $5 discount.

Let’s SAFELY Listen Local Live! Masks are required inside the venue for all concert goers, and all current state and county health guidelines will be observed. An area with limited seating will be set aside for individuals or small groups of household members seeking social distance on a first come basis.

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


September 25
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Grace Baptist Church
605 E. McCoy Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93455 United States
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Santa Maria Philharmonic Society
PO Box 375, Santa Maria, CA 93456-0375
(805) 925 0412 | info@santamariaphilharmonic.org