California Chamber Orchestra salutes Voyager I and its ‘Golden Record’

TEMECULA – When Longfellow said that “music is the universal language of mankind,” he may or may not have been the first to make that observation. But just over 40 years ago, NASA reaffirmed it when they launched the Voyager I probe into the universe, carrying the famous “golden record” of the sounds of planet Earth.

The California Chamber Orchestra will salute Voyager I Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater with its concert, “Out of This World.” The program includes two of the pieces represented on that famous craft: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F and the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

“I think that at some level, we’re all fascinated by the exploration of outer space,” Dana Zimbric, artistic director and conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra, said. “The story of Voyager I is so incredibly inspiring, especially when you consider that through the efforts of Carl Sagan and others, the spacecraft carries examples of music to represent humanity to those who may encounter it.”

Trio Celeste joins the orchestra on stage for the concert.

“We’re so excited to again be partnering with these amazing musicians,” Zimbric said.

The trio appeared as part of the Temecula Presents Classical series in 2016, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky have appeared as guest artists with the orchestra on past concerts. The trio, including cellist Ross Gasworth, has also performed for the California Chamber Orchestra’s Classics at The Merc recital series.

“Trio Celeste made their Carnegie Hall debut a few months ago,” Zimbric said. “On that program they also premiered the Concerto Grosso for piano trio and strings by American composer Paul Dooley. We’ll collaborate on the West Coast premiere of that wonderful piece as part of this concert.”

Dooley, a faculty member at the University of Michigan, described the work as neo-Baroque music inspired by composers such as Handel and Scarlatti.

The concert is a part of the Temecula Presents Classical Series. Tickets are $35 for regular admission, $30 for seniors and $10 for students, and they are available at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater ticket office, by calling (866) 653-8696 or at

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