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With the Santa Maria Philharmonic’s First Fridays at Four Recorded Concerts

Exciting classical music from the musicians of the Santa Maria Philharmonic, your local, hometown professional orchestra, is just a click away! The Philharmonic First Fridays at Four is a series of diverse and entrancing YouTube performances by orchestra members in local landmarks and locations. These free recorded concerts premier the first Friday of every month at 4:00pm.

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Episode 1: Spotlight on a Local Musical Families

See how musicians of the SMPS are still making music during this unprecedented time of lockdown. Featuring Concertmaster Mary Beth Woodruff and her talented sons and daughter on a variety of instruments.

Episode 2: Harpist Catherine Litaker at Presqu’ile Winery

Enjoy a tapestry of beautiful music:  Baroque, Spanish-influenced, other worldly and dance – played in the lovely atmosphere of Presqui’ile Winery in the Santa Maria Valley.

Episode 3: The SMPS String Quartet at Mission Santa Ines

Music from Locatelli, Mozart and Dvorak, amid the beauty and acoustical splendor of the chapel at Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Featuring Concertmaster Mary Beth Woodruff, with Sara Bashore (violin), David Hennessee, (viola), and Hilary Clark (cello)

Episode 4: A Fleeting Virtual Foray to France

Pour a glass of your favorite French wine, prepare a baguette with brie, and revel in the mellifluous sounds of French music of Ravel, Debussy, Tailleferre and more.

Piano, Flute and Clarinet Recital with Lynne Garrett, Carol Houchens, and Nancy Mathison

Episode 5:  Holiday Brass at First United Methodist Church

Just in time for the holidays or anytime, here is a beautiful brass ensemble, playing the music of Dukas, Gabrieli and more.  And sing along to a familiar carol or two!

SMPS Brass Quintet featuring Rich Ward, Principal, with David Johns (trumpet), Allen Smithson (french horn), Bruce Wagner (trombone), and Rod Mathews (tuba)

Episode 6:  Percussion for the New Year

Presented by John Astaire, SMPS percussionist extraordinaire, is a festive array of musical offerings from composers including Andresissen, Ogino and Ruders.  Enjoy the chime and rhythm of marimba, woodblock, cimbalom, vibraphone, xylophone, various drums – and, of course, THOSE COWBELLS (of which we always need more).

Episode 7 - Cello and Piano in honor of Allan Hancock, and Happy 100th, Allan Hancock College!

Join us in honoring the Founder of the Santa Maria Philharmonic, Allan Hancock, himself a cellist, and also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the local community college that bears his name.  Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Bach, Faure, Beethoven and more, performed by SMPS musicians Hilary Clark, Principal Cellist, and Lynne Garrett, Piano