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Lansdowne comes from the Abilene Philharmonic where she oversaw restructuring and growth of the organization. The San Luis Obispo Symphony welcomes Catherine Lansdowne as its new Executive Director starting April 3, 2017. 

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of Chamber Music on Sunday April 2nd, 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Tickets are available now at

The San Luis Obispo Symphony is excited to welcome our fourth auditioning conductor David Handel, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow City Symphony - Russian Phiharmonic. . Maestro Handel answered our questions we are posing to each conductor in order to get to know them a little better. 

How do I register somebody who is in the system as a guest?

A guest is a person who is registered under another attendees bidder number. Sometimes, the guest would prefer to have a unique bidder number. In this case, you would simply follow the instructions for registering a guest who is not in the system. You may need to use a fake email address when registering a guest who is already in the system. If this is the case, please use as the fake address.

How do I register somebody who is not in the system?

First, have that person fill out an RSVP card with all of the information you will need, including credit card number.

Next, enter the person's information into the system as if you were that person, filling out the online form. You should have all of the information you need, with the exception of the user name and password. Use the convention of FirstnameLastname as the username and LastnameFirstname as the password. The user will be able to change the password at any time in the future.

What if the web site crashes or we lose Internet?

If you cannot connect to the web application, you are going to have to record purchases some other way, and process transactions when you are back online.

In the folder on your desktop is an export of your entire guest list, their seating preferences and meal choices. You can record information about the items purchased, and final bidding prices in this spreadsheet. Remember to save your spreadsheet frequently. When access to the application is restored, you may process the orders as you would normally do.

Can I Bring My Children?

Absolutely!  But please use your best judgment to determine if they are ready to enjoy the entire concert.  A quick talk with the little ones might be necessary about simple concert manners, including when and when not to clap, sitting quietly, and not rustling the program when the orchestra is playing.  We love seeing young people in the audience and we are thrilled to have them as new audience members. 

If a full concert isn't in the cards yet, then make sure to check out our Family Concert and our other music education programs like the Musical Petting Zoo!  

What is classical music?

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music. It encompasses a broad period from roughly the 11th century to the present day. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period.


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