Santa Cruz Symphony: Resurrection

 

Mahler’s Apocalyptic Second Symphony performed by the Santa Cruz Symphony at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts Sunday May, 6 was a brilliantly executed performance that had a tremendous impact on members of the sold out audience. It is indeed impressive when a young conductor makes musical magic on the podium and transforms the vast ideas of a composer such as Gustav Mahler into unremitting musical intensity. To compound this intensity, once again Maestro Daniel Stewart conducted this masterpiece from memory! Read full story

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The Santa Cruz Symphony Celebration

Maestro Daniel Stewart unveiled a tour de force of virtuosity and artistry supported by the ever more distinguished Santa Cruz Symphony. Sunday’s concert at the Mello Center opened with Mozart’s delightful Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (1786), with the orchestra bringing joy and spontaneity to each phrase. This work was the first of two works by Mozart, both impeccably performed and thoroughly enjoyed by all! Read full story

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Santa Cruz Symphony: Songs of Past, Present & Future

                        Soprano Soloist Michelle Bradley                           

Musically, the standards of the Santa Cruz Symphony have reached a strikingly high mark on January 28, as Music Director Daniel Stewart’s direct, beautifully balanced conducting continues to perform works of interest and introduce marvelous vocal talent. Case in point was found in the wonderful and impressive voice of soprano Michelle Bradley, who fills every role with finesse, awesome breath control and depth of performance.

The four songs and poets were Frühling (Spring) Hermann Hesse, September (September) Hermann Hesse, Beim Schlafengehen (Sleeping) Hermann Hesse and  Im Abendrot (In the Evening) Joseph von Eichendorff. Read full story

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Santa Cruz Symphony — Embracing the Dance

           

The fortunate audience at the Sunday, November 19, concert at Mello Center witnessed a performance that will be etched in the back of their craniums forever. The highly anticipated Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 (1812) under the direction of Santa Cruz Symphony Music Director Danny Stewart raised the bar for this work by what appeared to be an insurmountable measure. The orchestra performed brilliantly! Read full story

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Santa Cruz Symphony — Music of the Spheres

Concert Master Nigel Armstrong

 The Santa Cruz Symphony under the direction of Maestro Danny Stewart opened its 60th season with its new orchestral members included in a most impressive performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (ca. 1725) and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” (1916). To sum up this concert in one word would be quite impossible, however, I believe “brilliant” would lead one in the correct direction! The addition of new musicians has already paid huge dividends in raising the performance bar and only furthers the fact the orchestra’s reputation under Stewart has spread like wildfire. Read full story

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