2017-2018 Concert Season

Torsten Inaugural All Mozart Concert
Special Performances by: Torsten Juul-Borre, piano
 
These two works combine winds and strings in a genre created by Beethoven. His popular Septet inspired Schubert to create a work bursting with melodic beauty and dramatic tension.
 
Performance: Wednesday, August 3026th, 2017 at Castoro Cellars Winery | Templeton

Featuring:

Caroline Tobin, clarinet
Lisa Nauful, bassoon
Greg Magie, horn
Maurice Sklar, violin
Grace Seng, violin
Karen Loewi-Jones, viola
Hilary Clark, cello
David George, bass

 
 
 
 
 

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2016-2017 Concert Season

The Trio and Company

THE Trio has performed all over the central coast for the past few seasons, and every concert is and event to savor. They are joined by friends to perform the popular “Trout” Quintet by Schubert and a favorite by Faure.

 
Performance: Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at Cass Vineyard and Winery | Paso Robles
 
 

Hilary & Dmitriy

An outstanding new duo for our third Off-The-Vines concert of the season will perform some of the greatest chamber music composed for cello and piano. The richness of the cello timbre is balanced by the brilliance of the piano, making this combination a great genre for composers. Cellist Hilary Clark and pianist Dmitriy Cogan perform sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, and Franck. This is sure to be one of the finest performances on the Central Coast this year!

 
Performance: Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at Park Ballroom | Paso Robles
 
 

The Passport Series - Music from Bohemia

Bohemia is a land with a rich history and prominent composers such as Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bedřich Smetana. Symphony of the Vines is joined by the Czech-American Horn Duo, comprised of Steve Gross and Jiří Havlík. Dr. Gross is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and currently heads the Wind, Brass and Percussion program at UCSB. Mr. Havlík is a member of the Czech Philharmonic, and a renowned conductor and composer.

 
Performance: Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at Park Ballroom | Paso Robles
 
 

The Paderewski Connection

Symphony of the Vines is pleased to be the closing event of the 2016 Paderewski Festival. We are honored to host five local and international students who have prepared arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra. Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovskiy and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland. The orchestra will perform works by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” featuring French Soloist Brigitte Armenier.

 
Performance: Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at Park Ballroom | Paso Robles
 
 

Torsten Juul-Borre Piano Recital
Torsten Juul-Borre is known for his ability to captivate the listener from the first bars to the finale. Torsten shares insights into the music with anecdotes and historical contexts. This promises a rewarding afternoon for all!
 
Performance: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at Cass Winery | Paso Robles
 
 

Classic Collaboration of the Arts
You're invited to Symphony of the Vines first-time premier event at Allegretto Vineyard Resort! A Classic Collaboration of the Arts featuring the Visual, Performing, Vocal, Dance and Theatrical arts. The event will be held in the beautiful Piazza courtyard of the new Italianate Resort designed in the master ITALIAN RENAISSANCE STYLE with dramatic gardens, fountains and important art collections. There will be wine and Chef Erik Olson’s fine savory plates available for purchase. The event benefits Symphony of the Vines, a nonprofit 501-c3 organization.
 
Performance: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at Allegretto Vineyard Resort | Paso Robles
 
 

911 Tribute
Special community event featuring Mozart's Requiem to honor those who died on 9/11. this performance also serves as a special thanks to our local first responders and military for their service and those who helped rebuild Mission San Miguel after the earthquake.
 
Performance: Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at Mission San Miguel | San Miguel
 
 

Quintets for Strings and Clarinet
Two of the giants of chamber music are presented in this program, Beethoven and Brahms. The third “B” on the program is local composer Mary L. Bianco, who was commissioned to compose a work for strings and clarinet.
 
Performance: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at Castoro Cellars | Templeton
   

Caroline Tobin, clarinet

Emily Lanzone, violin

Paul Severtson, violin

Karen Loewi-Jones, viola

Hilary Clark, cello

2013-2014 Concert Season

 

Passport Series: Music of England and Scandinavia
Local favorite Canzona Women’s Ensemble will again join the Symphony of the Vines in a performance that will be the highlight of our season. Featuring music from two regions with the finest of early 20th century compositions. Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sibelius, and Fernstrom.
   
Magnificat Vaughan Williams
Concertino for flute and women's voices John Fernstrom
Suite Mignonne J. Sibelius
Fugal Concerto Holst
Pastoral Suite (with meadow elves) Lars-Erik Larsson

THE Trio
TORSTEN JUUL-BORRE, PIANO, HILARY CLARK, CELLO, AND EMILY LANZONE, VIOLIN
The trio performs piano trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Hilary Clark performs Bach's most challenging Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 6.
   
   
   
   
   
   

A Hunting We Will Go
Join Symphony of the Vines as we go into the forest with sounds of hunting horns and dogs. Music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Honegger.
   
Sinfonia da caccia L. Mozart
Symphony No. 31, “Horn Signal” F. J. Haydn
Romance in F L. van Beethoven
Pastorale d’ete A. Honegger
   

Russian Cello Senatas
Support Symphony of the Vines while you enjoy Cellist Hilary Clark and Pianist Brigitte Armenier perform three compelling Russian sonatas; some of the most beloved works in the cello literature. Works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. Come early to savor the culinary creations of Chef Jacob and enjoy the delicious wines and stunning beauty of CASS Vineyard & Winery.
   
   
   
   
   
   

2013-2014 Concert Season

Café Musique
Enjoy th emusic of CAFÉ MUSIQUE with Brynn Albanaze while you sample world class Halter Ranch wines and savor a delicious array of hors d'oeuvres.
   
   
   
   
   
   

J.S. Bach and Sons

The works of J. S. Bach mark the pinacle of the baroque style, reaching spiritual heights rarely equaled. His sons were the leading composers of the next generation. Second eldest son, Carl Philip Emanuel, applied the principals of rhetoric and drama to musical structure. Youngest son Johann Christian was a leading composer in London. P. D. Q. Bach, the pseudonym of Peter Schickele, wrote some of the most hilarious and entertaining music. Be inspired by the variety, splendor and brilliance of the Bach family in the timeless beauty of the Mission San Miguel.

   
   
   
   
   
   

Heqing Huang Piano Recital
Enjoy an afteroon of music, wine, and hors d'oevres with featured pianist Heqing Huang at the Ritter Estate in San Luis Obispo.

   
   
   
   
   
   

Viennese Celebration
We are excited to present the young Chinese pianist, Heqing Huang, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Beethoven used the piano concertos to show off his skills and introduce himself to the Viennese public. Also in this program is a symphony filled with drama and humor, composed for Haydn’s first trip to London. We open the program with a charming overture by Rossini.

   
   
   
   
   
   

Cass Winery Recital
Enjoy brilliant classical music performed by Torsten Juul-Borre Sunday, November 16th at Cass Winery in Paso Robles. Featuring compositions by Gade, Balazs, Ravel, Liszt, and Chopin. Enjoy the music, fine Cass wines and delectable food from the Café, prepared by Chef Jacob. Order tickets online below, or the Chambers of Commerce in Cambria, Paso Robles, Atascadero, and Templeton, as well as retail locations at right.

   
   
   
   
   
   

Impressionistic Gems

Wade into the cool, shimmering sounds of French Impressionism and be rejuvenated with a youthful, exuberant symphony by Franz Schubert. Marvel at the beauty and skill of playing by our featured soloists Suzanne Duffy, flute, and Amber Burdick, harp. Music by Ravel, Delius, Hue and Schubert.

   
   
   
   
   
   

Child Prodigy Tour de Force

Divertimento No. 11 in D W. A. Mozart
Cello Concerto in B-flat L. Boccherini

Intermission

Sinfonia V in B-flat F. Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 29 in A W. A. Mozart

 

Add Symphony of the Vines to your Colony Days events as we present music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Boccherini. Featured soloist Jeanne Shumway will perform the tuneful Cello Concerto by Luigi Boccherini. We feature a pair of works by child prodigies Mozart and Mendelssohn. First, the String Symphony No. 5 by Mendelssohn composed when he was a teenager will delight you with its creativity and ingenuity. Next we will scale down to one on a part for a charming Divertimento by Mozart. The program is crowned with an early symphony by Mozart.

2013-2014 Concert Season

Dan Gibbs

Celebrating American Song

The Symphony of the Vines opens its season of celebration with “Celebrating American Song.” This program contains music based on our rich history of songs and features baritone Dan Gibbs. The All-American program includes the well known “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland in its original 13 instruments version. Also on the program is Charles Ives’ fascinating portrayal of “Three Places in New England” that contains musical references to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and a 4th of July celebration. Baritone Dan Gibbs joins the orchestra for Ives’ “Charlie Rutlage,” the tragic story of a Texas cowpuncher. The program concludes with Copland’s “Old American Songs,” a nostalgic and humorous collection of familiar songs.

 

Celebrate all season long with Symphony of the Vines season tickets, which offer better value and savings compared to individual tickets. We have an amazing season planned for you and hope you will be there for every incredible moment.


Darin Alvord, composer of 'Of Time's Many Waters,' a symphony celebrating Atascadero's Centennial

Atascadero Centennial Celebration Concert

How do you say Happy 100th Birthday? Some say it with flowers. Some say it with candy. Some call NBC's Willard Scott and ask him to announce it while advertising jams and jellies. Atascadero High School alumnus Darin Alvord composed a symphony. It will be performed by the North County-based Symphony of the Vines under the direction of Dr. Gregory Magie Saturday evening, Oct. 26th, at the Lake Pavilion starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $30 and tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. Concert sponsorships are also available with special benefits for those contributing $250, $500 or $1,000. Interested sponsors may contact Steve Martin at (805) 296-2487.


"Of Time ís Many Waters" is a 24-minute musical walk through the founding and evolution of the City of Atascadero, featuring 15 different themes corresponding with different historic eras. The reference to water is a tip of the hat to the etymology of the word Atascadero, which comes from an archaic Spanish term meaning bog or a place where one gets stuck. Legend is that the Spanish Conquistadores struggled through marshy land in the huge meadow that would eventually be home to the City of Atascadero. Over the years the meaning of the name has been re-purposed by local promoters to connote a land of many waters.


Celebating Centennials

Celebrate Atascadero’s Centennial with Symphony of the Vines. Atascadero native, Darin Alvord, wrote “Of Time’s Many Waters” celebrating Atascadero through the decades. This world premier performance will be a highlight of the year-long centennial celebrations.

 

Another significant event of 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, a German romantic composer of music dramas who had a profound influence on the history of music. We perform his popular “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from the epic Ring Cycle. This concert also falls on “Reformation Sunday,” a celebration of reforms to the Christian church. Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn composed Symphony #5, “Reformation,” for celebrations commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Reformation. The work features Martin Luther’s popular hymn tune “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”


Brynn Albanese Brynn Albanese

The Philosopher

Symphony of the Vines is proud to feature new Concertmaster, Brynn Albanese, with violist Peter Jandula-Hudson, performing Mozart’s beautiful Sinfonia Concertante. Joseph Haydn, revered as the “Father of the Symphony,” was also a friend and chamber music partner with Mozart.

 

His symphonic output contains over 100 symphonies, including the popular and fascinating Symphony #22, “The Philosopher.” George Frederic Handel, the favorite composer of Beethoven, and also loved by Mozart and Haydn, will be featured with a “Grand Concerto.” Celebrate the finest of 18th century music with world class


Canzona North County Chorus

Choral Celebration in the Mission

Celebrate the historic beauty and acoustics of Mission San Miguel as Symphony of the Vines collaborates with two local choral groups. Canzona, a female choral ensemble, will perform works by female American composers. Led by Jill Anderson and Cricket Handler, Canzona has built a passionate following. Also joining The Vines will be the Cuesta North County Chorus. Under the direction of Cassandra Tarantino, the group has established an important niche in the North County for excellent choral performance. We will perform a recent composition, “An American Mass,” that features many popular melodies interwoven into the fabric of the music.

 

2012-2013 Concert Season

Torsten Juul-Borre Romantic Schuman
Local favorite Canzona Women’s Ensemble will again join the Symphony of the Vines in a performance that will be the highlight of our season. Featuring music from two regions with the finest of early 20th century compositions. Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sibelius, and Fernstrom.
   
Schumann: Symphony #2  
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #5  
   
   
   

Brynn Albanese Mozart and Stravinsky
TORSTEN JUUL-BORRE, PIANO, HILARY CLARK, CELLO, AND EMILY LANZONE, VIOLIN
The trio performs piano trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Hilary Clark performs Bach's most challenging Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 6.

 

 
Haydn: Symphony #88  
Mozart: Violin Concerto #4  
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks  
   
   

Jumi Kim Bach with Trumpets at Mission San Miguel
Join Symphony of the Vines as we go into the forest with sounds of hunting horns and dogs. Music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Honegger. Special Performances by: James Riccardo, violin, Chris Woodruff, trumpet, Jumi Kim, soprano
   
Bach: Orchestral Suite #3  
Bach: Violin Concerto #2  
Bach: Cantata #51  
Bach: Orchestral Suite #4  
   

Steve Gross Mighty Beethoven
Support Symphony of the Vines while you enjoy Cellist Hilary Clark and Pianist Brigitte Armenier perform three compelling Russian sonatas; some of the most beloved works in the cello literature. Works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. Come early to savor the culinary creations of Chef Jacob and enjoy the delicious wines and stunning beauty of CASS Vineyard & Winery. Special Performances by Steve Gross, horn.
   
Beethoven: Prometheus Overture  
Haydn: Horn Concerto #1  
Beethoven: Symphony #2  
   
   

Current Season Tickets

 

9/11 Memorial Concert
This performance commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a memorial concert featuring Mozart’s profound Requiem and Barber’s stirring Adagio for Strings performed at Mission San Miguel and the Templeton Performing Arts Center. The Symphony of the Vines was joined by Cuesta Master Chorale, North County Chorus, and soloists for one of the most stirring concerts ever. This particular concert was recorded and offered on DVD in our gift shop. Special Performances by: Alyson Sutherland, soprano | Sara Staples, alto | Matt Miles, tenor | Travis Sherwood, bass
   
Mozart's Requiem  
   
   
   
   

Glorious Strings; Enchanted Journey
TORSTEN JUUL-BORRE, PIANO, HILARY CLARK, CELLO, AND EMILY LANZONE, VIOLIN
The trio performs piano trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Hilary Clark performs Bach's most challenging Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 6. Special Performances by: James Riccardo, solo violin | Ron Kiel, solo violin

 

 
Mozart ~ Divertimento in D
Vivaldi ~ Double Violin Concerto
Grieg ~ Holberg Suite
Elgar ~ Serenade
 
 
 
 
 

Back in the Mission

Special Performances by: James Riccardo, violin | Shelly Granger, flute | Jessica Hoffman, oboe | Lisa Nauful, bassoon

   
J.S. Bach~ Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Vivaldi ~Concerto for Bassoon in E minor
Handel ~ Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 2
J.S. Bach ~ Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin
 
 
 
 
 

Cass Winery & Symphony of the Vines
Torsten Juul-Borre is an active concert artist in Europe and the United States. His musical talent has earned him various coveted honors. Music is the language of the soul, able to reflect every nuance of life’s experiences, and Torsten Juul-Borre distills music’s essence into powerful, unforgettable performances. Juul-Borre says “Music is wrought with beauty and logic and during my performances I strive to relate the joy, depth, and vitality as I’ve experienced it.” Special Performances by: Torsten Juul-Borre
   

Brahms

Rachmaninoff

Prokofiev

Chopin

 
 
 
 
 

Marek Zebrowski Mozart and Marek
Marek Żebrowski began studying piano at the age of five. After graduating with the highest honors from the Poznań Music Lyceum, he studied with Robert Casadesus and Nadia Boulanger in France and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. Hailed as “firm and eminently musical” by the Boston Globe, “strong and noble” by the Washington Post, and accorded highest accolades by the world press, Marek Żebrowski has appeared as soloist in recital and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. He has recorded works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin and Prokofiev for the Polish Radio and works by Ravel and Prokofiev for Apollo Records in Germany, and his performances and compositions are featured on the Titanic Records and Harmonia Mundi labels. Special Performance by: Markek Zebrowski, piano
   

Karlowicz

Haydn

Mozart

 

Current Season Tickets

 

Torsten Inaugural All Mozart Concert
Special Performances by: Torsten Juul-Borre, piano
   
Mozart – Piano Concerto #20
Mozart – Symphony #39
Mozart – Overture to Don Giovanni
 
 
 
 
 

James Riccardo Baroque Concert
Special Performances by: James Riccardo, violin

 

 
J. S. Bach – Orchestral Suite #1
I. Stravinsky – Octet for Winds
G. Gabrieli – Canzon for Brass and Organ
A. Vivaldi – “Winter” from Four Seasons
G. F. Handel – Water Music
 
 
 
 
 

Marissa Bloom

Bloom, Broadway and Beethoven

Special Performances by: Marissa Bloom, soprano

   
Gershwin
Beethoven
Dvorak
Barber
Haydn
and more!
 
 
 
 
 
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