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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

Liz Wagner Summer, a community leader dedicated to supporting the arts, healthcare and women’s causes, was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year during the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner on Saturday January 21, 2017. Read More...


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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