Early Concert Seasons


Dorothy Crawford
Dorothy Crawford

Dorothy Crawford performed "a series of fascinating character sketches..." on November 22, 1938 at the first performance presented by the Shasta County Cooperative Concert Association (Shasta Live). In her "one woman theater", Miss Crawford is "a keen observer of life, she knows that every tragedy has its own peculiarly humorous bits and that the finest comedy contains much pathos." She enthralled an appreciative audience "that well filled the Shasta Union high school auditorium."

Emile Baume
Emile Baume

Emile Baume, noted French pianist, performed February 9, 1939, the second artist presented by the Shasta County Cooperative Concert Association (Shasta Live). On the occasion of his New York debut, the New York Post critic said "...the pianist is a cool virtuoso, whose fingers are up to date and whose musicianship is solid and realistic...His tone is clear, his phrasing definite, and his grasp of musical form sound." The Searchlight reporter said "I hope he plays again soon."

Ernest McChesney
Ernest McChesney 

Ernest McChesney, "brilliant American tenor", performed for the Shasta County Cooperative Concert Association's final 1938-1939 season concert on April 3, 1939. His big Broadway break came in 1931 when he was a featured performer for the Ziegfeld Follies. On October 17, 1937, he sang the leading role in "Green Mansions", the first opera ever written especially for radio in this country. He performed in operas and recitals up to the early 1960's. He then taught voice for many years at the Manhattan School of Music.




Kraeuter Trio




(General) Platoff Don Cossack Chorus




Bary Ensemble


Fox Hole Ballet




St. Louis Sinfonietta


Columbia Concert Trio
Mata & Hari
Della Chiesa


Bartlett & Roberston


Christopher Lynch
Mona Paulee


Svetlova Dance Group


Longines Symphonette
Vienna Boys


Vienna Chorus
Paganini Quartet
Musical America
Whittemore & Lowe
Arthur Whittemore and Jack Lowe

Arthur Whittemore and Jack Lowe entertained the Shasta Community Concert Association members at the close of the 16th season in April of 1954. They returned to Redding in 1973 as guest pianists with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing the Polenc Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Their concerts appealed to audiences because they combined a pleasing stage manner, a breezy flair and innovative programming with a mixture of classical and popular works. Beginning in 1947, the duo toured the country by car trailed by a truck carrying their two Baldwin concert grand pianos. Whittemore and Lowe began their 40 year partnership in 1940 with their debut at Town Hall in Manhattan. They enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and spent the war years giving concerts at bases and hospitals and on radio broadcasts in the United States. In 1953, they were the first Classical instrumentalists to have their own TV show on the Mutual Network. As recording artists, they sold one million records featuring their combined classical, modern and romantic style. Arthur Whittemore died in 1984 and Jack Lowe died in 1996.


William Warfield
William Warfield

William Warfield, an American concert bass-baritone singer and actor appeared before the Shasta Community Concert Association audience in the fall of 1954. After his breakthrough recital debut in New York's Town Hall in 1950, he went on to a successful 35 concert tour of Australia, and a U.S. State Department tour of Europe in "Porgy and Bess". In that 1952 production he starred opposite opera star Leontyne Price, whom he soon married. Leontyne Price performed in Redding during the 1959-1960 SCCA season.

Warfield's wide-ranging career included playing Joe in MGM's 1951 remake of "Show Boat", in which his rendition of "Ol' Man River" became his signature song over the years. He also was a featured soloist for Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" and two recordings of Handel's "Messiah". He appeared on TV on "The Colgate Comedy Hour", "TV Recital Hall" in 1951, and "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1955. He played the character DeLawd in a celebrated Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "Green Pastures". And in 1984 he won a Grammy in the "Spoken Word" category for his outstanding narration of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" accompanied by the Eastman Philharmonia.

Warfield was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. In 1975 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later became Chairman of the Voice Department. In 1994 he moved to Northwestern University's School of Music. Later in his career he teamed up with baritones Robert Sims and Benjamin Matthews in a trio called "Three Generations". The ensemble toured the United States giving concerts of African-American spirituals and folk songs until Warfield"s death in 2002. Robert Sims performed a program of African-American spirituals for the SCCA audience in 2004.


Montes & Company


Don Cossacks Chorus
Don Cossacks Chorus

The (General) Platoff Don Cossack Chorus first performed for the Shasta Community Concert Association in the fall of 1942. Director Nikolai Feodorevich Kostrukoff offered his services and those of his chorus to aid the United States' war effort. His group gave hundreds of concerts for the USO in both the United States and in the far east, including for war bond drives and in veterans' hospitals.

Kostrukoff was born in 1898 in Russia. At military school at the Don Cossack Stanitsa of Tsymliansk, he also conducted the choir. He served in World War 1 and the Russian Revolution. After the revolution, as a czarist White Guard Cossack officer, he was forced to flee Russia. In 1927, while studying in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he brought together many former singers from his military school, and the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus was launched into a 45 year career. The chorus went on to perform over 9,000 concerts on all five continents and 67 different countries, traveling on 107 different ocean liners. They appeared in the world's most prestigious concert halls: the Konzert Haus in Vienna, the Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the great concert halls of Berlin, Tokyo and Paris. The chorus performed in all 50 states and all the provinces of Canada.

On February 13, 1955, the chorus appeared on television on Toast of the Town, hosted by Ed Sullivan. In the fall of 1955, the chorus again came to Redding to entertain the Shasta Community Concert Association. Ill health caused Kostrukoff to disband the chorus in 1972.

Leonard Pennario
Boston Pops Orchestra’
C. Smith


Nadine Connor
Nadine Connor

Nadine Connor, American operatic soprano and radio singer, opened the Shasta Community Concert Association 1956-1957 season. The acclaimed singer, who, starting in 1953, made numerous guest appearances in European opera houses, was comfortable in both lyric and coloratura roles. Connor excelled in Mozart, gathered acclaim for her interpretation of Mimi in "La Boheme" and especially thrilled audiences with her Violetta in "La Traviata".

Connor was diagnosed as a teenager with pulmonary disease, and, as was customary at the time, her doctor suggested she try studying classical singing to strengthen her lungs. Her private lessons led to studying music at the University of California, and a debut as a radio singer in 1933. She performed with Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy and toured with Gordon MacRae. She embarked on her career in classical opera in 1939. She sang with the Los Angeles opera from 1939 to 1941, then began her Metropolitan Opera career which lasted until 1960 after 249 performances.

Philadelphia Piano Quartet
St. Louis Sinfonietta


Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet, founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey, has been hailed as "America's Company of Firsts". Their long list of "firsts" includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy's invitation, the first to appear on television, the first classical dance company to go multi-media, the first to commission a rock 'n' roll ballet and the first U.S. ballet company to livestream video of a rehearsal on YouTube. But before all these "firsts", the company, formed in 1956, first gave a performance in Redding in the Fall of 1957 for an appreciative Shasta Community Concert Association audience. They returned to Redding in the Spring of 1962 as part of their commitment to taking world-class artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience. Shasta Live continues this tradition of bringing young artists just starting out to Shasta County for our community to enjoy.

Vronsky & Babin
Paganini Quartet
Rudie Sinfonietta


Chicago Opera Ballet
Concerto Festival


Leontyne Price
Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price was widely regarded as one of the first African American- singers to earn international acclaim in opera. Price had a string of successful performances from a 1952 Broadway debut to two years as Bess in a touring company of Porgy and Bess, then a role in NBC Opera Theatre’s television production of Puccini’s Toscab and her opera stage debut in the San Francisco Opera House in 1957. In 1958 she was wowing European audiences at such famous venues as the Covent Garden in England and La Scala in Milan. Before she went on to her debut in 1961 at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, where she became a featured performer, she sang for a fortunate Shasta Community Concert Association audience during the 1959-60 season. What a blessing for Redding to have had such an accomplished singer entertain here

Temianka Little Symphony
Ward and Ward Singers


Belafonte Folk Singers
Festival Quartet
David Bar-Illan
Yi-Kwei Sze
Yi-Kwei Sze 

Yi-Kwei Sze, a bass-baritone born in China in 1915, lived a very interesting life before performing for a Shasta Community Concert Association audience during the 1960-1961 season. A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Yi-Kwei began his career performing and teaching voice in China. During World War II, he refused to perform for the Japanese and was jailed. He escaped and made his way to the United States in 1947. He went on to have a successful career appearing on the concert stage and in operas including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, La Scala, The London Symphony, New York City Opera and the San Francisco Opera. He taught voice on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music from 1971 to 1980.



Joffrey Ballet
Pro Musica


Olegna Fuschi
Margot Blum
Alma Trio
Tipton’s Orchestra


Ballet ‘63
Ma Si-Hon & Tung Kwong Kwong
D. Yarick
Gold & Fizdale


Theodor Uppman
Virtuosi Brass Quintet/span>
Chicago Opera Ballet
Ozan Marsh


Ballet ‘65
St. Louis Symphony
Duo Romeros
The Romeros 

The Romeros, "The Royal Family of the Guitar," have graced Redding stages twice. Brothers Celin and Pepe performed in the Shasta High School Auditorium during the 1965-1966 season. Then, in season 1984-1985, Los Romeros, The Romero Guitar Quartet-- founding father Celedonio and sons Celin, Pepe and Angel-- displayed their virtuosity at the Civic Auditorium. The family emigrated from Madrid, Spain in 1960 and settled in San Diego, California. Today sons Celin and Pepe and grandsons Celino and Lito continue the family musical tradition. In March 2015, "Classical Guitar" magazine described a December 2014 concert at the Miner Auditorium of the SFJAZZ Center as a celebration of "55 years as a preeminent musical force." We were lucky to have them early in their illustrious career.

Norma Lynn


Oukhtomsky Ballet
Francesca Chamber Trio
Vienna Choir Boys
Whittemore & Lowe
Archer & Gile
Douglas Davis


Jean Casadesus
DePaur Chorus
Maule’s Dance Variations
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 

For the 1967-1968 season the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra traveled from Finland, and under the direction of Jorma Panula performed for the Shasta Community Concert Association audience. Included in their program were compositions by Antonin Dvořák, Violoncello concerto in B minor, Opus 104 and Joonas Kokkonen's Opus Sonorum. In 1882, with the backing of two wealthy businessmen, Robert Kajanus founded the orchestra as the Helsinki Orchestral Society and served as its chief conductor for 50 years. It was the first permanent orchestra in the Nordic countries. In 1914 it merged with its rival ensemble, the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, and acquired its present name. Until 1962, it also served as the orchestra for the Finnish National Opera. They continue performing today, conducted by Susanna Malkkin, the first female named to the post in the orchestra's history.


Dorian Quintet
Fiesta Mexicana
Cross & Yarick
Ozan Marsh


Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre
Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

"Art has the power to inform and educate while still uplifting people. Especially right now, when we're so focused on differences, it's important to realize that we're more alike than unalike." - Robert Battle, AAADT Artistic Director

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its first public performance on March 30, 1958, and came to Redding to delight the Shasta Community Concert Association audience in the Fall of 1969. The following year brought a triumphant six week tour of the USSR where, during one performance, they were kept on the stage for 20 minutes of curtain calls. That same year the AAADT won a Gold Star for Best Modern Dance Company and Best Modern Dance Choreographer at the 1970 International Dance Festival. Today the company, based in New York City, continues a close 50 year relationship, begun in 1968, with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley"s Zellerbach Hall with their annual residency programs which occurred in March this year.

Roger Wagner Chorale
Roger Wagner Chorale 

The Roger Wagner Chorale, a select group of 20 fine choral singers drawn from all walks of life including school teachers, salesmen, housewives, executives, factory workers, students and professional musicians, performed for the Shasta Community Concert Association during the 1969-1970 season. The audience must have enjoyed the concert because the group returned two more times for the 1979-1980 and 1986-1987 seasons.The original Roger Wagner Chorale was formed in 1946 from a madrigal group of twelve selected from the Los Angeles Concert Youth Chorus. After two decades of touring and recording, a larger group was created in 1964. Upon completion of the Los Angeles Music Center, the 200 voice Los Angeles Master Chorale became a resident company alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Roger Wagner was born in Le Puy, France in 1914. He came to Los Angeles with his family in 1921 and at 12 years of age served as organist at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood. He returned to France to study organ and composition and to research church music, and earned his degree from the College of Montmorency. Returning to Los Angeles in the mid 1930's, he joined the MGM chorus and worked with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the film "Naughty Marietta" and was appointed Music Director of St. Joseph's Church. Wagner served on the faculties of UCLA and Pepperdine University and founded the Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

Andree Juliette Brun


Western Opera Theatre
Ballet America
Seattle Symphony


San Antonio Symphony with Ronald Turnin
Stockholm University Chorus
Howard & Patricia Barr
Christopher Parkening


Obernkirchen Children’s Choir
Dancers of Mali
Maralin Niska
Dallas Symphony with Whittemore & Lowe


Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea
Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea

Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea visited Redding during the 1973-1974 season. The Shasta Community Concert Association audience enjoyed the group's dances based on Korean legends and regional dances, and the colorful costumes inspired by traditional Korean styles. The troupe's performance also featured chorale singing in many languages. A highlight of the group's 1973 tour was a performance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The troupe was created in 1962 by Sun Ayung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, to project a positive image of South Korea to the world. He "wanted to show them the beautiful dances of Korea so that they would realize that the Korean people are a people of culture." The Little Angels traveled to the United States and 15 other countries in 2010 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Sacramento Symphony Orchestra
Canadian Opera Company
William Walker


Stan Freeman
Royal Welsh Male Choir
Charles Treger


San Diego Ballet
One Third Ninth
Leonard Pennario
Manhattan Operatic Trio


Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band rocked the Redding Civic Auditorium in October 1976 as Shasta Community Concert Association members enjoyed authentic New Orleans jazz. Alan Jaffe, who played tuba with the original band, along with his wife Sandra founded the Preservation Hall in 1961 to recreate the authentic New Orleans jazz of the early 20th Century. Performers included Narum Henry Kimball, banjo; Cie (Joseph H.) Frazier, drums; Percy G. Humphrey, trumpet; Wilie J. Humphrey, clarinet; Sing (James E.) Miller, piano; and Frank Demond, trombone. Ben Jaffe, son of the founders, first played with the band at 9 years old. Today he is the creative director and plays the tuba, upright bass and banjo. The band continues to perform nightly at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Johann Strauss Ensemble of Vienna Symphony
Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
Marvellee Cariaga


New DeCormier Singers
Stecher & Horowitz
Simon Estes
Royal Ballet of Flanders


Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Max Morath New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble


Bohemian Folk Ballet of Prague
Roger Wagner Chorale
Harvey Pittel Saxophone Trio
Toccatas & Flourishes
Toccatas and Flourishes 

Toccatas and Flourishes, a unique duo comprised of trumpet and organ, entertained the Shasta Community Concert Association audience twice, once during the 1979-1980 season and again in 1986-1987. The program was classical, but the pair also shared their own humorous musical insights with the audience.

Organist Richard Morris originally studied piano, including as a scholarship student with Nadia Boulanger in France and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Music in Vienna. He earned his Master of Divinity and served several years as a parish priest, then resumed his career as an organist in 1973.

After Morris and trumpeter Martin Berinbaum formed Toccatas and Flourishes, one of their earliest concerts was at the Kennedy Center for the 1977 inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Berinbaum started his trumpet education in Bakersfield, California and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1969. He toured as first trumpet with the famous Roger Wagner Chorale and Orchestra and joined the outstanding U.S. Army band at the West Point Military Academy. In 1974 he performed two very successful "debut" concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City that launched his career as a trumpet soloist. He became Director of Bands, Professor of Trumpet and Head of the Brass division at the University of British Columbia in 1976.

In Toccatas and Flourishes' second concert in Redding, Richard Morris was joined by trumpeter Scott Thornburg, who received his Master of Music from Juilliard School on a full scholarship. During his career, he was principal trumpet with, among others, the New York City Symphony, Stamford Symphony and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of several chamber groups including Spectrum Brass and New York Trumpet Ensemble. He is a professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and is a member of the acclaimed Western Brass Quintet and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.



Slovenian Philharmonic
Stephanie Chase
Young Americans Gershwin Festival
Tamburitzans Folk Ensemble


Empire Brass Quintet
Richard Fredricks
Branko Krsmanovich Chorus of Yogoslavia
Aspen Soloists


Ransom Wilson & Nancy Allen Duo
Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band
Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band 

Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band must have been a hit in Redding because they performed three times over 20 years.The group, led by "Conductor-Perfesser" Dave Fulmer, first presented "Hometime Christmas" in 1982, then delighted the Shasta Community Concert Association audience with the same Christmas show, directed by David Coffee, in December 1990. Dave Fulmer, who recreated the band in 1971, returned as the conductor in 2002 with a show that explored Sousa marches, ragtime numbers, Italian arias and other melodies from a forgotten era. Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band was organized in 1892 in Lynchburg, Tennessee by distillery owner Jack Daniel who wanted to enliven political rallies and local celebrations. Instruments for the 14 member group cost $227 from the Sears, Roebuck catalog. When Dave Fulmer reformed the band 79 years later, he imported some horns from France, had others handmade to order and even scrounged through attics of antique collectors. It took 15 months and $30,000. In addition to the namesake cornets, the instruments included a sousaphone, piccolo, banjo, drums and xylophone.The group created three successful albums and two PBS specials before they began touring the country in 1978. They continue to perform locally in Tennessee today. 

Ballet Floclorico Nacional de Mexico
John Alexander & Joy Davidson


Story of Gilbert & Sullivan
Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
Canadian Brass
Singing Boys of Pennsylvania
Paul Schenly


Black Light Theatre of Prague
American Festival Ballet
Romeros Quartet
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Gregg Smith Singers


Leonid Hambro Quartet of Pianos
Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival
Dukes of Dixieland
Philharmonia Hungarica
Karen Beardsley & James Busterdud


San Francisco Brass
Festival of India
Robert McDuffie
Toccatas & Flourishes
Roger Wagner Chorale


Chinese Children’s Palace of Hangzhou
Liege Orchestra of Belgium
Broadway Marionettes
Claudia Stevens
Nevada Dance Theatre


Marvis Martin

September 20, 1988
Mavis Martin

Atlantic Brass Quintet

October 24, 1988
Atlantic Brass Quintet

Prague Chamber Orchestra
with Jeremy Menuhin

January 14, 1989
Prague Chamber Orchestra

My One and Only

April 17, 1989
My One and Only




Leonid Hambro
Quartet of Pianos

September 30, 1989

Big Band Festival

January 16, 1990
Big Band Festival

Ballet Oregon


Marta Szlubowska &
Ned Charles Kirk

Mart & Ned

New Oregon Opera Ensemble

March 21, 1990


Paul Kuentz
Chamber Orchestra

October 1990
Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra

Jack Daniels
Silver Cornet Band
Hometown Christmas

December 12, 1990
Jack Daniels

Philip Creech

January 29, 1991
Phillip Creech

Jose Greco
Spanish Dance Company

March 1991
Jose Greco Spanish Dance Company

Light Blues

April 1991


Ballet British Columbia

October 30, 1991
Ballet British Columbia

Markham & Broadway

November 13, 1991
Markham & Broadway

Neal & Leandra

February 6, 1992

The charming and talented singing and songwriting duo Neal and Leandra entertained Shasta Community Concert Association members during the 1991-1992 season with a concert of original songs. After over twenty years of touring, the are now officially retired from music and live in Minneapolis.

The pair started singing together in 1980, then, after marrying in 1989, began touring full time. Their schedule ultimately took them to Canada's Winnipeg Folk Festival and 45 states in the United States. Their first album "Old Love" was released about the time they visited Redding. They went on to release almost a dozen recordings. Neal & Leandra received the prestigious McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship (2002) in recognition of excellence in live performance. And Neal was honored with a 2010 McKnight Composers Fellowship for "It's Not As Simple As It Seems".

Neal & Leandra

Ziegfeld: A Night at the Follies

March 1, 1992
Zeigfeld Follies

Dallas Brass

April 14, 1992
Dallas Brass


Prague Chamber Orchestra

September 23, 1992
Prague Chamber Orchestra

Ory Shihor

November 2, 1992
Ory Shihor 

Old Fashioned Holiday Sleighride

December 16, 1992
Old Fashioned Holiday Sleighride 

Grand Hotel II

April 19, 1993
Grand Hotel II 


May 2, 1993


Vancouver Wind Trio

October 27, 1993
Vancouver Wind Trio 

Night at Eddie Condon’s

November 16, 1993
A Night at Eddie Condon's 


January 24, 1994

Tennesse Waltz

March 9, 1994
Tennesse Waltz 


May 22, 1994


Cavani String Quartet

October 24, 1994
Cavani String Quartet

Tony Sandler’s
Christmas Program

December 20, 1994
Tony Sandler's Christmas Program

Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra

January 30, 1995
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra

Dale Gonyea

February 22, 1995
Dale Gonyea


March 15, 1995


Forever Plaid’

September 19, 1995
Forever Plaid

John Bayless

October 30, 1995

Americus Brass Band
(Dodge City Cowboy Band)

January 16, 1996
Americus Brass Band

42nd Street

March 25, 1996
42 Street

Brenda Boozer

May 28, 1996
Brenda Boozer


Red Star Chorus and Dance Ensemble

October 28, 1996
Red Star Chorus

Magic of Swing Street

November 21, 1996
The Magic of Swing Street

Slovak Sinfonietta

February 20, 1997
Slovak Sinfonietta

The Cassidys

March 2, 1997
The Cassidys

Lenny Solomon Trio

April 15, 1997
Lenny Solomon Trio


Vivaldi Orchestra of Moscow

October 27, 1997
Vivaldi Orchestra of Moscow

Side Street Strutters

November 19, 1997
Side Street Strutters

New York Theatre Ballet

New York Theatre Ballet


March 26, 1998

Colorado Children’s Chorale

April 27, 1998
Colorado Childrens Choir


Lessack & O’Brien

October 1, 1998
Lessack & O'Brien

Brassisimo Vienna

Brassisimo Vienna

January 17, 1999

Philadelphia Virtuosi

Philadelphia Virtuosi

Quartetto Gelato

April 7, 1999
Quarteto Gelato


April 25, 1999


Tribute to a Century

October 30, 1999
Tribute to A Century

New Century
Saxophone Quartet

November 15, 1999
New Century Saxophone Quartet

New Century
Chamber Orchestra

January 26, 2000

The New Century Chamber Orchestra performed for the Shasta Community Concert Association audience in January 2000. The artistic director, Krista Bennion Feeney, had just begun her tenure in 1999. Founded in 1992 by musicians looking for fresh new ways to present classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the string ensemble just completed their 25th season with a series of concerts at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The orchestra performs standing and without a conductor with a repertoire that ranges from Baroque to the present day. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg succeeded Feeney as artistic director in 2008. She is stepping down to pursue teaching at Loyola University in New Orleans. During Salerno-Sonnenberg's nine years, the group continued to perform a variety of music including Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Gershwin. But an annual Featured Composer Program threw a spotlight on a living composer each season culminating in a new commission for the orchestra. These new compositions have made a significant and much-needed addition to the repertoire for string orchestra.

New Century Chamber Orchestra

Russian Seasons

February 21, 2000
Russian Season

Richard Glazier

April 19, 2000
Richard Glazier

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