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If it isn’t already on your calendar, come hear Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra members play as special guests with Black Violin, presented by Cal Poly Arts, at the Performing Arts Center on 

You may have heard her on NPR's All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, St. Paul Sunday Monring, and Performance Today. This February 3rd brings another opportunity to hear Grammy Nominated harpist Yolanda Kondanassis live. She solos for Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, led by Music Director Andrew Sewell.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony Plays The Music Of the Night, From Baroque to Broadway, to Start the New Year 

 
 
JOHN ASTAIRE
TIMPANI

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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