Translate this page

Candlelight Classics on Dec. 2 and 9

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Issue 47, Volume 16.
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

TEMECULA - Continuing their tradition of festive chamber concerts to ring in the holidays, Temecula Presents and the California Chamber Orchestra present the annual "Candlelight Classics" performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Club at the Merc, Old Town Temecula Community Theater. For these performances, the Merc is dressed in its holiday finery and bathed in candlelight. It’s the perfect atmosphere for chamber music.

 The program features Antonio Vivaldi’s incomparable "The Four Seasons," a series of four violin concertos that are some of the best-known examples of chamber music. "Even if you don’t know Vivaldi, don’t normally listen to chamber music, and aren’t familiar with the name ‘The Four Seasons,’ you know much of this music," said Dana Zimbric, artistic director and conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra. "You hear these themes in movies, in commercials, and on TV. And this is their original form."

 In addition, this year’s program features three of the Rosary Sonatas for violin and basso continuo by Heinrich Franz Biber, a contemporary of Vivaldi’s. "These sonatas are part of a series of 15 that Biber wrote to explore the mysteries celebrated in the Rosary," Zimbric said. "The three that will be performed celebrate three events or mysteries tied to the Christmas season: the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the Nativity. They’re beautiful examples of Baroque chamber music that we don’t get to hear as often as we should." 

The performers for Candlelight Classics are Camerata Sorrento, a San Diego area ensemble. The group features Ondrej Lewit and Steven Stohs, violin; Michael Dvoskins and Paula Simmons, viola; Gordon Grubbs, violincello; and Joanne Stohs, harpsichord.

 Tickets for Candlelight Classics are $25, and are available at the theater’s ticket office, online at, or by calling 866-OLD-TOWN (866-653-8696).

Zimbric advises purchasing tickets in advance. "These two performances sell out every year; order now to reserve."



arrow Be the first to share your opinion on this article!

Add your Comment


Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.


The Valley News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter

Advertisement for Wayne Guglielmo


Most Commented

Reach Local Customers

The Valley News The Valley News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2015
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds