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Exploring together with the California Chamber Orchestra


Last updated 7/26/2018 at 3:02pm

TEMECULA – For its 2018-2019 season, the California Chamber Orchestra is inviting music lovers to explore together with the orchestra and its Artistic Director and Conductor, Dana Zimbric.

The four-concert season is a part of the Temecula Presents Classical Series, which also includes three concerts by touring artists. Three of the four orchestra concerts (Nov. 3, 2018, Feb. 2, 2019, and April 27, 2019) will be at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. The Dec. 1, concert will be at Murrieta United Methodist Church, and will feature both the orchestra and the Temecula Valley Master Chorale.

“Our audience really includes two groups of people. There are the lifelong music aficionados, and sometimes they get a little bored with ensembles that program the same stuff all the time, or market their concerts with ‘light’ classics that have a commercial appeal,” said Zimbric. “And then, there are people, including students, who are new to classical music. Sometimes those people feel intimidated because they don’t know what to expect at a concert or what to listen for. Our challenge is to bring those two groups together.”

The orchestra’s new season accomplishes this goal by taking audiences somewhere familiar in each concert on the way to something new and unique.

“We’ve got Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn this season, and familiar holiday music on our December program,” Zimbric explains. “But it’s not necessarily each composer’s best known work. We’ve also got a world premiere of a new cello concerto by a very important Brazilian composer … the first performance of that piece anywhere! And a symphony by a woman who was a contemporary of Beethoven and Brahms that’s every bit as wonderful as those composers’ works.”

Zimbric believes that a key part of her role is to tell stories.

“We work very hard to make our concerts engaging for the hard core classical audience but also accessible to those who may be less familiar. Each concert explores a single theme — Places, Gifts, Love and Connections — so we can put the music in context with stories about the history, art, people, and places that helped shape what we’re hearing.”

Details about each program are available at There’s a description of each theme, along with program highlights, and links to sample performances of many of the pieces.

Patrons can purchase the entire seven-concert Temecula Presents Classical Series for $150 from the Ticket Office at (866) 653-8696. Or choose any five of the concerts for $125. Single tickets are available on the orchestra’s website ( ) or through the Ticket Office. Prices are $35 regular; $30 senior; and $10 student. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (programs subject to change):

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. “Places” at Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Featuring John Wild, trumpet soloist. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major (“Italian”) and Walker: About Leaves (after poems of Robert Frost).

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. “Gifts” at Murrieta United Methodist Church, 24652 Adams Ave., Murrieta. Featuring the Temecula Valley Master Chorale, David Wells, Conductor. Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite 1 Gossec: Suite de Noels Respighi: Adoration of the Magi from Trittico Botticelliano. Rutter: Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind. Susa: Christmas Garland

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m. “Love” featuring Lars Hoefs, cello soloist. A part of the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival.

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546. Ripper: Concerto for Cello and Strings (World Premiere) Telemann: Don Quixote Suite for Strings and Harpsichord.

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Old Town Temecula Community Theater “Connections.”

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Farrenc: Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Respighi: The Birds

About the California Chamber Orchestra

The California Chamber Orchestra is the region’s professional chamber orchestra, made up of working musicians from southwest Riverside County, San Diego and throughout southern California. The orchestra performs a season of four concerts as part of the Temecula Presents Classical Series, primarily at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. The orchestra also performs occasionally at other venues throughout the region.

A “chamber orchestra” is distinguished from a “symphony” or “philharmonic” orchestra primarily by its smaller size. Our concerts typically feature between 10 and 25 musicians, depending on the works being performed. This small size gives our orchestra the flexibility to perform a wide range of music from early Baroque pieces, through the Classical repertoire, and on to music by today’s contemporary composers.

The California Chamber Orchestra also produces the Classics at The Merc chamber recital series in partnership with Temecula Presents. We feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. The Classics at The Merc series is curated by Michael Molnau, in consultation with Artistic Director and Conductor Dana Zimbric.


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