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SAN LUIS OBISPO (CA) – Richard Wagner. Felix Mendelssohn. Johannes Brahms. Legendary German composers known for their prolific writing of operas, concertos, chamber music and symphonies and their featured masterworks will fill Harman Hall for Classics in the Cohan 4 on Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Maestro David Handel, the fourth guest conductor auditioning for SLO Symphony Music Director position, leads the orchestra with Canadian violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi as the featured soloist. Tickets for the performance are now available at

Wagner. Mendelssohn. Brahms. German Masterworks will fill Harman Hall as your San Luis Obispo Symphony orchestra plays Classics in the Cohan on Saturday, March 11th, 8 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center. Come hear the romantic, final Symphony No. 4 by Brahms led by auditioning conductor David Handel.  Guest soloist is violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi will play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

Tomorrow, February 4th is the concert. Come to Classics in the Cohan 3, featuring auditioning conductor Nan Washburn and virtuoso trumpet player Phil Snedecor. Get your tickets at


John Astaire earned his Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. He has performed with several ensembles across the country, including the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Kylix Contemporary Music Ensemble Aguava New Music Studio, Felix de los Ingenios Early Music Ensemble, and Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. He has also been a frequent member of the Mozart Festival and Festival Mozaic orchestras. As an educator, John teaches Percussion at Cal Poly State University, and coaches young percussionists with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. Originally from California, his primary teachers have included timpanist Gerald Carlyss and percussionist Kenneth Watson, under whom he also studied Hungarian cimbalom. 


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