San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Newsletter
New Years Eve
Our New Years Eve concert at the PAC was such a major success! Bravo to Maestro Sewell, all of our wonderful musicians, and to our guest artists Jeans ‘N Classics. Way to bring the house down!
This concert was sponsored by Mary and Thomas Tanner and Jim and Melinda Avila. The Symphony’s season is sponsored by KSBY, KCBX, The New Times and Sun, Estero Bay News, and Dr. Klaus Gottlieb, Wealth Care Lawyer.
Gala Du Moulin Rouge
Join us for a fundraiser on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Embassy Suites SLO for dinner, wine, and musical performances by members of the SLO Symphony, the Youth Symphony, and the Typsy Gypsies. We will raise funds for the Symphony’s 2023-2024 season with both a silent and live auction and parties with a purpose. Tickets are available for $175 and you can purchase them on our website at slosymphony.org or by phone at 805-356-1438. Tables seat 10. We will have some pretty great auction items ranging from hotel stays to wine tastings and exclusive parties!
If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor please email [email protected].
Music Education Notes
Youth Symphony Concerto Competition
On December 10, four students from the SLO Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra participated in the Concerto Competition held at Pam Dassenko’s home in SLO.
Colin Foster (cello) Elegie, op. 24 by Gabriel Faure
Karen Clark (oboe) Oboe Concerto BWV 1059R, 1st mvt by J.S. Bach
Erin Chae (flute) “A Night Piece” by Arthur Foote
Miles Kennedy (violin) Romanza Andaluza by Pablo de Sarasate
Pam Dassenko, Michael Johnson, and Clif Swanson served as our adjudicator panel. All three judges are current or former members of the SLO Symphony, Board of Directors, and Youth Symphony parents. Susan Davies supported all four students with her sensitive and musical accompaniment.
The judges selected Erin Chae to perform “A Night Piece” with the Concert Orchestra at our Spring Concert. Congratulations to Erin and all of our wonderful students for presenting such polished and beautiful performances on Saturday. Please come hear Erin and all of our Youth Symphony ensembles perform on March 20 (Monday) at the Clark Center at 6:30 PM and tickets will be available for purchase through the Clark Center’s box office!
Youth Symphony Holiday Concert
A very special thank you to our guest coaches who came in to help teach our students during our chamber music sessions: Carol Kersten, Nancy Nagano, Jessica Hoffman, Valerie Berg-Johansen, Tanya Streder, and Andrew Sewell!
Coming Full Circle
Thank you to Kaesha and Campion for your support of music education in such a creative and beautiful way.
Cello On Fire
The San Luis Obispo Symphony’s third concert of the 2022-2023 season will be held on Saturday, February 04, 2023, at 7:30PM, Cello On Fire.Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo Box office at pacslo.org or by calling 805-756-4849.
A free “No Ties Allowed” open dress rehearsal suitable for all ages of attendees will take place at the Performing Arts Center at 11AM the day of the concert. No ties allowed rehearsals are sponsored by Paul Severtson, Ann Shaw and Charles Baccadoro, Nancy Weber and Roger Vogler, and Dianne and Michael Draze. Immediately following our No Ties Allowed dress rehearsal, featured soloist Amit Peled will be reading his book “ A Cello Named Pablo.” Children of all ages are invited to attend this fun and interactive presentation!
Cello on Fire features the artistry of Amit Peled, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1. NZ composer Douglas Lilburn studied under Ralph Vaughan Williams in the late 1930s,at the Royal College in London. We feature works by both composers, Fantasia on Greensleeves and Lilburn’s Symphony No.2. Brahms’ Haydn Variations opens the program and will be familiar to many. This concert is sponsored by Cricket Handler and Jerry Boots and Peggy Lance Little in Honor of Luba Staller.
Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-concert Symphonic Foray talk, which begins at 6:30 PM, with Music Director Andrew Sewell and a special guest. This is sponsored in loving memory of Michael Fitzgerald. Following the Symphonic Foray talk our Youth Symphony group Preparatory Strings, conducted by Emily Lanzone, will play a mini concert in the lobby!
High Note Humor
The 2022-23 season is sponsored in part by: Wealth Care Lawyer Klaus Gottlieb, John and Rebecca Baer, The Foulke Correa Foundation, FPAC Clifton Swanson Community Access to the PAC Fund, Chevron, The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, City of San Luis Obispo, California MENTOR, Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, Harvey’s Honey Huts, Susan Polk Insurance
Concert Sponsors: Pat & Ben McAdams, Jim & Beverly Smith, Minke WinklerPrins, Jeff & Melodee Brady, Cricket Handler & Jerry Boots , Peggy Lance Little in Honor of Luba Staller, Len Jarrott, Martha Michalojko Kettelkamp & Richard Andrews, Mary & Tom Tanner, & Melinda Avila
Media Sponsors: KCBX Public Radio, Estero Bay News, & KSBY
Symphonic Forays Sponsors: Paul Severtson, Fred & Rochelle Friedman, Jim Walker, Jill LeMieux, Sandi Sigurdson, & David Slade – In loving memory of Michael Fitzgerald
No-Ties Allowed Sponsors: Paul Severtson, Ann Shaw, Nancy Weber & Roger Vogler, Pamela Dassenko & Thomas Miller, & Dianne & Michael Draze
THANK YOU, SPONSORS – THE MUSIC IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU