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2019 - 2020 Season

Sonia Marie De Leรณn de Vega

Conductor / Director

Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Sonia Marie De León de Vega


Dear Friends, I am often asked who my favorite composer is. My answer – whichever composer I am conducting at the moment! It’s much the same for our concert seasons – my favorite is always the season we are preparing for or performing. So welcome to my new favorite season! I am thrilled to share the beauty, the excitement and the drama of Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s music with you. In 2019-2020 we offer magnificent music, extraordinary concerts, brilliant musicians, enlightening educational programs, and fantastic artistic experiences for you, your family, your friends and the community. Our selections promise a rich tapestry of sonic delights that will color your world with music, including one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated performers ever to share a stage with Santa Cecilia Orchestra – Flamenco artist Maria Bermudez performing in Manuel De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo.” You can hear our chamber concerts at the Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center and our orchestra concerts in Thorne Hall at Occidental College. Children and teens can enjoy our educational programs both in school and at the center, while adults can participate in creative activities at the center. And everyone is invited to have fun at our pre-concert program outside of Thorne Hall. Come and experience the 2019-2020 season with us. Enroll in our programs and subscribe today! Help celebrate the music that moves us, the artists who bring it to life, and the power of this great orchestra. Welcome to the Santa Cecilia Orchestra family, Sonia Marie De León de Vega Director and Conductor

Feel the passion

Feel inspired

Let the music move you

Opening Season Concert

Music in Space Celebrating the 50th Moon Landing Anniversary

September 21, 2019, Saturday, 8:00pm Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with space-themed music Our opening concert is a cosmic experience! Santa Cecilia Orchestra is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing with music from the legendary John Williams, including selections from his unforgettable scores for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars. The performance will also include “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets; works from composers J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven; and Dvorak’s stunning “Song to the Moon.” We promise a performance that is out of this world!

Journey “There is hot, and then there is blistering! White-hot passion coalesced with flying feet and fluttering fringe!  Bermudez set the stage on fire!”  -  Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2019, Sunday, 4:00pm Venue : Occidental College, Thorne Hall Gluck Dance of the Furies from “Orfeo ed Euridice” Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major Op. 90 “Italian” De Falla “El Amor Brujo” This musical journey will introduce you to great masterpieces and take you to distant lands, to different times and finally, deep into the heart of Flamenco. Our trip begins with the virtuosity of Gluck’s Dance of the Furies. From there, Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s musicians take you to Italy with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe. According to Mendelssohn, this beautiful piece is meant to capture the supreme joy of life in Italy – a sentiment that is undeniably felt from the first moment of the symphony to the last. Finally, our journey travels from Italy to Spain and straight into the passion of Manuel De Falla. You will experience this thrilling artist’s finest music through the fiery artistry of Spain’s premier flamenco artist, Maria Bermudez. Our guest performer comes direct from Jerez de la Frontera, the “cradle of flamenco.” It’s a musical experience not to be missed!

Moving Music Moving Music December 7, 2019, Saturday, 8:00pm Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center A special evening of music is also a new kind of concert experience, expanding expectations of what live music can be. The music performed will move you emotionally and you, as an audience member, will physically move from room to room at our arts center. The result is an immersive experience of exploration and discovery. As a roving audience member your perspective will be constantly changing, not just mentally or audibly but physically, as new viewpoints of performers and their spatial relationships to the audience develop and change continuously. Each audience member will experience four separate performances. The evening ends with a champagne and dessert reception.

The Sequel

January 11, 2020, Saturday, 8:00pm Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center Last year’s Cinema Magic concert sold out. We anticipate a similar response to The Sequel. Don’t be left out! Join us for an evening of some of the best cinema music ever written. This year’s selections include music from film favorites such as The Magnificent Seven; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Harry Potter; The Sound of Music; The Lion King; Casablanca; Out of Africa; The Piano; La Ciociara; The Deer Hunter; The End of the Affair; and other surprises. The popcorn’s on us!

February 9, 2020, Sunday, 4:00pm Venue : Occidental College, Thorne Hall Vivaldi Albinoni Bach

Concerto Grosso Adagio for Strings Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Luminous music dazzles, shines and radiates pure joy and emotions. Our concert embodies this conceit, beginning with the virtuosity of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso and followed by Albinoni’s haunting “Adagio” from the series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The Albinoni is a beloved work that has been used in dozens of films, television shows and pop songs. Next, Concertmaster Yi-Huan Zhao and flutes Salpy Kerkonain and Karin Hoesli take center stage as soloists in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, weaving a tapestry of musical colors.

Piazzolla Guerra Holst

Oblivion and Libertango A la Antigua St. Paul’s Suite

The program concludes with one of Holst’s most remembered works for strings: St. Paul’s Suite. The style reflects the craftsmanship of Holst’s transformation of simple English folk tunes into powerful symphonic settings. The Suite deeply evokes the spirit of England through its folk melodies and a finale that interweaves The Dargason with Greensleeves. These are tuneful, highly imaginative pieces.


pring with Brahms

March 28, 2020, Saturday, 8:00pm Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center Haydn Brahms

String Quartet No.35 “Lark” Op.64 no.5 String Quartet No.2 a minor Op.51

Our spring concert opens with the Lark Quartet by Haydn, who is known as the Father of the String Quartet, as the tradition of the genre is thought to have started in his hands. The avian nickname of the famous “lark” quartet comes from the unforgettable winged melody high on the violin’s E string, played as a soaring descant to the staccato march for the lower three instruments. This irresistible music is full of wonderful surprises and melodies. It’s a perfect welcome to spring.

The program closes with Brahms’ masterwork, a serious, uncompromising piece that everywhere bears his immediately identifiable language, rich in poignant harmonic suspensions, rhythmic displacements, nervous passion, and melting lyricism.

Teddy Bear Concerts

They’re back! These delightful concerts are perfect for your young children, toddlers and family. We invite you to bring your family to meet our orchestra family! Bring your favorite stuffed animal to these fun concerts that demonstrate how sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can bring music to life. Kids and stuffed animals alike will enjoy discovering strings, woodwinds or brass – or better yet – all three! This year we introduce the mixed family! Enjoy a complimentary milk and cookies reception after the concert. Bring a sack lunch for your own teddy bear picnic before or after the concert on our grounds. Teddy Bears admitted free. Meet the String Family September 28, 2019 Saturday, 2:00pm

Meet the Brass Family January 25, 2020 Saturday, 2:00pm

Meet the Woodwind Family October 19, 2019 Saturday, 2:00pm

Meet the Mixed Family March 7, 2020 Saturday, 2:00pm

Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center

Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center For more than two decades, Santa Cecilia Orchestra has been providing exceptional performances and education programs that are both affordable and accessible to communities throughout Los Angeles. We’ve touched the lives of more than 200,000 children and youth and welcomed thousands of families to our concerts. Serving you is a privilege that we don’t take lightly. Now, the Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center is taking our work to a new, unprecedented level. The Center has become the Orchestra’s home. A place where we can expand our current programs and build new ones. A place where we can strengthen our connections and commitment to the many communities we serve. A refuge where young people are encouraged and nurtured as they learn to navigate conflicts without violence and where they grow their skills as musicians. Explore the opportunities the Center offers for every age from toddlers to seniors.

Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center

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hythmus Rhythmus! Experience the joy of making music with others in our weekly drum circle for ages 18 and above. Rhythm is a universal language known to everyone. Encounter the spirit and magic of rhythm expressed on drums and percussion instruments. Join this creative venture and discover new ways to communicate, release energy, and enjoy learning and playing rhythms from other cultures taught by guest artists. You’ll find the experience can reduce stress, promote wellness, relax the body, and you’ll have fun! You don’t have to be a drummer or own a drum to participate. We will provide the instruments. Sessions will be facilitated by SCO principal percussionist Timm Boatman and guest artists. Program Dates: September 24, 2019 – November 5, 2019, Tuesdays, 7:00pm (program repeats February 25, 2020 – April 7, 2020)

Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center Apply on our website: scorchestra.org Registration fee $45

Música del Pueblo

Música del Pueblo (Music of the Community) is our adult education program (18 and over) which comprises of group music workshops and performances for beginning musicians, amateur musicians and retired musicians. Our participants will receive coaching, share musical ideas, rehearse together and play in a performance for the community. Música del Pueblo is designed to offer community members who are amateur or retired musicians the opportunity to participate in creating chamber music at the Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center. The amateur musicians will be coached on their instruments in workshops led by the professional musicians of Santa Cecilia Orchestra. The workshops focus on improving technique, learning new music and ensemble playing. Música del Pueblo welcomes all string and woodwind instruments. Program Dates: September 26, 2019 – November 14, 2019, Thursdays at 7:00pm (program repeats February 27, 2020 – April 9, 2020)

Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center

Apply on our website: scorchestra.org Registration fee $45

Enjoy an evening of painting as you are guided step by step of a recreation of a painting. Sessions will be led by artist Bonnie Lambert. The evening begins with an elegant wine and cheese reception. Come paint, drink and enjoy meeting new friends. Discover art in a beautiful surrounding and take home your completed painting to hang on your wall. Discover your inner artist! No previous experience needed. We will provide canvas, all painting supplies and refreshments. October 6, 2019, Sunday, 7:00pm February 22, 2020, Saturday, 7:00pm April 18, 2020, Saturday, 7:00pm

Venue : Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center Apply on our website: scorchestra.org Price $35

Discovering Music Discovering Music is the Orchestra’s award-winning educational program that has reached more than 200,000 children in 80 schools in Los Angeles. The initiative is really a series of programs that bring the beauty and power of classical music to students at every level. The founding program offers elementary school children maximum exposure and access to music, providing one orchestra musician per classroom for every classroom in the school, assuring every child direct and personal contact with the musicians. The musicians’ willingness to share their experiences with music so freely invites a dynamic exchange with the children, who find a fascinating medium through which to explore their own potential. Throughout a school year we offer more than 1,000 individual and chamber performances in classrooms!

String Program Our String Program consists of weekly one-hour group lessons on violin throughout the school year. The lessons take place during school hours to augment the regular curriculum and are taught by specially trained string instructors with extensive professional experience in music. Each year culminates in a performance for peers, families and the community.

Mentorship Our mentorship program for middle and high school students includes exposure to a full range of instruments including all strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The program was designed to help students who already play musical instruments with improving their technique and musicianship. Every program in Discovering Music is free of a charge to the schools, children and families participating. Help us continue this vital work by supporting Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Become a donor today! Call 323-259-3011 or go to scorchestra.org.

Music is for everyone One hour prior to every concert at Thorne Hall, Santa Cecilia Orchestra invites the audience to experience music by making music. We provide an array of instruments from each of the orchestra families – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Adults and children are welcome to try their first instrument, try a new instrument, experiment and have fun. You will never listen to a master performance the same way again!

Summer Arts Camp Santa Cecilia Orchestra is proud to present our Summer Arts Camp 2020! Summer Arts Camp is a day camp where kids enjoy a week filled with creative activities that focus on discovering the arts. Camp takes place at the Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center. Our beautiful buildings are in a secure gated facility with garden courtyard, backyard and ample parking. Students rotate through 5 activities each day where they explore musical instruments, sing, dance, draw, paint and more. Furthermore, the camp includes daily performances by SCO musicians. Our Summer Arts Camp is inspiring and insightful for the students. But most importantly, it’s fun!

Registration opens in January 2020. Be part of the fun!

Calendar Event Listing 2019 – 2020 Season Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00pm “Music in Space” ~ Chamber Concert Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center

Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:00pm Cinema Magic (The Sequel) ~ Chamber Concert Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center

Sunday, November 10, 2019 Journey ~ Orchestra Concert Occidental College, Thorne Hall

Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:00pm Luminous Music ~ Orchestra Concert Occidental College, Thorne Hall


Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:00pm Moving Music ~ Chamber Performances Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center

Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:00pm Spring with Brahms ~ Chamber Concert Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center

Teddy Bear Concerts at Santa Cecilia Arts &Learning Center

Saturday, September 28, 2019 Meet the String Family


Saturday, January 25, 2020 Meet the Brass Family


Saturday, October 19, 2019 Meet the Woodwind Family


Saturday, March 7, 2020 Meet the Mixed Family


Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center, 2751 West Broadway, Los Angeles, 90041

Occidental College, Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, 90041

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Moving Music


Cinema Magic


Luminous Music Orchestra Concert

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Santa Cecilia Orchestra 2019-2020 Season  

Orchestra & Chamber Concerts of Santa Cecilia Orchestra as well as it's programs.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra 2019-2020 Season  

Orchestra & Chamber Concerts of Santa Cecilia Orchestra as well as it's programs.