2022-2023 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak

Romantic Revelries   

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Elgar Enigma Variations

Beethoven Egmont Overture

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor

Roger Wilkie, violin


Baroque Jubilee

DECEMBER 2, 2022First United Methodist Church, 7:30 pm

All baroque (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli)


Breaking Boundaries  

FEBRUARY 25, 2023Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Charles Ives The Unanswered Question

Copland Clarinet Concerto

Don Foster, Clarinet


Elegance and Mastery – Mozart and Shostakovich 2023

APRIL 29, 2023

Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Mozart Piano Concerto

 K. 488 Suri Kim, Piano

Brahms Symphony No. 3

2021-2022 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak


SEPTEMBER 25, 2021Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Copland:  Fanfare for the Common ManBrahms:  Academic Festival OvertureIves:  Variations on “America”Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”  Robert Thies, Piano


FESTIVE FANFARE:  Cheery and Bright

DECEMBER 3, 2021First United Methodist Church, 7:30 pm

Handel: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 11Telemann: Don Quichotte SuiteVivaldi: Sinfonia in C Major, RV 112Purcell: Chaconne from “King Arthur”Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major


PEACE AND TRANQUILITY:  Pastoral Landscapes 

FEBRUARY 27, 2022Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Rossini: Tancredi OvertureHaydn: Symphony No. 104 “London”Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest, No. 5 “Silent Woods”Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo ThemeJacob Braun, Cello


Soaring MASTERPIECES: Fate and Destiny  

APRIL 30, 2022Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the SeraglioCopland: Lincoln PortraitBrahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68David Selby, narrator


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2019-2020 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak


SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Copland El Salon Mexico
Bizet Carmen Suite #2
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Jack Cimo, guitar



DECEMBER 6, 2019
First United Methodist Church, 7:30 pm

Handel Concerto Grosso Op. 6 # 1
Boyce Symphony #1
Bach Brandenburg Concerto #4
Bach Orchestral Suite #3



FEBRUARY 29, 2020
Grace Baptist Church, 7:30 pm

Bartok Romanian Folk Dances (full version)
Beethoven Symphony #8
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Mary Beth Woodruff, violin, Andrew Duckles, viola

2018-2019 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak

AMORE Lyrical Love

September 29, 2018
Grace Baptist Church 7:30 pm
Amy Sze, violin soloist

Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Schubert: Unfinished Symphony


CELEBRATE the Holidays

November 30, 2018
First United Methodist Church 7:30 pm

Bach: Concerto for Two Violins
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos
Albinoni: Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ
Purcell: Chacony in G Minor
Handel: Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6, No. 12 (HWV 330)


MASTERS in Vienna

February 23, 2019
Grace Baptist Church 7:30 pm
Maria Jette, soprano

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Songs by Mozart and Mahler
Mozart: Symphony No. 29



April 13, 2019
Grace Baptist Church 7:30 pm
Chih-Long Hu, piano soloist

Dvorak: “New World” Symphony
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

2017-2018 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak

Dazzle and Destiny

September 23, 2017
Grace Baptist Church

Jessica Guideri, Violin Soloist

SAINT-SAENS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E Minor Op.64



December 2, 2017
First Baptist Church

Allan Hancock College Singers, Dr. Ann Lucas, Director

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 1 and Chorale “Zion Hort Die Wachter Singen“ from Cantata 140
PERGOLESI Magnificat
HANDEL Choruses from Messiah


Journey of the Heart

February 24, 2018
Grace Baptist Church

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
MAHLER Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”


Fierce Passions

April 28, 2018
Grace Baptist Church

John Walz, Cello Soloist

MOZART Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

2016-2017 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Under the Direction of Maestro Michael Nowak

Rach & Roll

September 24, 2016,
Grace Baptist Church

Robert Edward Thies, piano

Berlioz – Beatrice and Benedict
Stravinsky – Firebird Suite
Rachmaninoff’ – Piano Concerto No.2


Holiday Baroque

December 2, 2016
First United Methodist Church

Jessica Hoffman, oboe

Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8
Marcello – Oboe Concerto in D Minor
Handel – Water Music
J.S. Bach – Air from Suite No. 3


Mozart Maximus

February 25, 2017
Grace Baptist Church

Brynn Albanese, violin

Mozart – Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major K.22
Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K. 219
Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550


The Bold and the Beautiful

April 22, 2017
Grace Baptist Church

Brahms – Haydn Variations
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

2015-2016 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Season Debut

September 26, 2015
Ethel Pope Auditorium

Conductor: John Farrer
Violin Soloist: Alexi Kenney

Overture to Benvenuto Cellini/ Berlioz
Violin Concerto/ Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 7/ Beethoven


Yuletide Brass & Organ

December 4, 2015
First United Methodist Church

Greg Magie, Conductor
Adan Fernandez, Organ
Vines Festival Chorus
Narrator, Mark Booher

Canzona septimi toni No. 2/ Giovanni Gabrieli
Canzon duodecimi toni (arr. with organ)/ Giovanni Gabrieli
Variations on Adeste Fideles/ Marcel Dupré
Gloria/ John Rutter
O Come, O Come Emmanuel/ arr. David Marlatt
Ye Merry Gents/ arr. David Marlatt
’Twas the Night Before Christmas/Anthony DiLorenzo
Christmas Day (with organ)/ Gustav Holst
Light the Light/ Mary L. Bianco
Christmas Carol Sing-Along
We Wish You A Merry Christmas/arr. Richard Newman


A Night at the Opera

February 27, 2016
Grace Baptist Church

Conductor: Brian Asher Alhadeff
Vocal Soloists from Opera San Luis Obispo

Selections of the Greatest Moments in Opera and Broadway


Season Finale: Chamber Works for Strings and Winds

April 16, 2016
Grace Baptist Church

Conductor: James Riccardo

Romanian Folk Dances/ Bartok
Arioso for Solo Violin, Winds, Piano/ Riccardo
Siegfried Idyll/ Wagner
Overture on Jewish Themes/ Prokofiev
Serenade in E for Strings/ Dvorak

2014-2015 Subscription Concert Season Performances

Voices of Passion: Music for Strings and Soprano

October 25th, 2014
First United Methodist Church

Conductor: James Riccardo
Soprano Soloist: Ursula Maria Kleinecke-Boyer

Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ/ Tomaso Albinoni
Songs of Sons and Mothers – Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca/ James Riccardo
Miroir de Peine – A stabat mater dolorosa/ Hendrik Andriessen
Adagio for Strings/ Samuel Barber
The Holberg Suite/ Edvard Grieg


Yuletide Brass: An Evening of Holiday Favorites

December 6, 2014
First United Methodist Church

Conductor: David Rackley

Holiday Favorites


Pops Internationale

February 28, 2015
Grace Baptist Church

Huapango/ José Pablo Moncayo
Three Rhythmic Spirituals/ William Grant Still
Four Choral Arrangements/ Mack Willburg
Scheherazade/ Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Season Finale: Concerto Competition Winners Concert

April 18, 2015
Grace Baptist Church

Conductor: John Farrer
Jack Raventos, piano
Ilana Shapiro, flute
Amy Sze, violin

Egmont Overture/Beethoven
Concerto No. 8 in C Major/Mozart
Concerto in D major/ Carl Reinecke
Concerto No.4 in D major/ Mozart
Symphony #7/Antonín Dvořák

In the Classical Style 2024

Fly Me to the Moon 2024

Baroque Masters 2023

Breaking Boundaries 2023

Breaking Boundaries 2023

Baroque Jubilee 2022

Romantic Revelries 2022

Soaring Masterpieces – Fate and Destiny 2022

Peace and Tranquility – Pastoral Landscapes 2022

Festive Fanfare – Cheery and Bright 2021

Triumphant Expressions of Humanity 2021

Rhapsody in April 2019

Masters in Vienna (with lights out) 2019

Celebrate the Holidays 2019

Great Gatsby Gala 2018

Amore, Lyrical Love Concert 2018

Fierce Passions Concert 2018

Opening Concert 2017

Annual Gala, Masquerade Ball 2017

Annual Gala, Casablanca 2016

Annual Gala, Fandango 2015