California Chamber Orchestra to celebrate 15th season

The California Chamber Orchestra will celebrate its 15th season at a new venue in Murrieta. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Tickets are now available for the California Chamber Orchestra’s 15th season, with four concerts at their new venue in Murrieta. The 2019-2020 season also marks Dana Zimbric’s 10th anniversary as artistic director and conductor.

“Each concert includes something you may have heard before, plus a little something that will probably be new to you,” Zimbric said. “And each also offers a little something extra – a plus, if you will – that enhances the music.

We’re collaborating with dancers, art teachers, students and a couple of very special soloists to go above and beyond,” she said.

Thanks to an agreement with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, the orchestra is moving to a new home at the 750-seat Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School.

“The concert hall is conveniently located,” Zimbric said. “It offers outstanding acoustics, ample free parking and easy access for patrons with mobility concerns. We’re very excited to be in this new home.”

The concert programs for the coming season was announced.

“Tchaikovsky and Ballet” is set for Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The California Chamber orchestra will collaborate with the Academy of Ballet Arts Murrieta for highlights from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” The program also includes two works for string orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and Grieg’s “Holberg Suite.”

“Mozart and Violin” will take place Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Violinist Annelle Gregory, a longtime favorite of California Chamber Orchestra audiences, returns to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in B Flat Major, and the “Overture to ‘Erwin und Elmire,’” by Anna Amalia.

“Schubert and Song” is set for Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Soprano Tasha Koontz joins the orchestra for Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” based on poetry by James Agee. The program also includes Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 1, composed when he was just 16, as well as Gwyneth Walker’s “The Light of Three Mornings.”

“Beethoven 250 and Art” will be April 18, at 7:30 p.m. The 2020 celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday will include a performance of his fourth symphony. The program also includes Steve Heitzeg’s “Flower of the Earth,” based on paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 7. The event will also feature original artwork by local students.

For details about the season and to purchase tickets, patrons can visit

“The website has details about each of the concert programs and also about our many other activities in the community,” Zimbric said. “We’ll be adding more information about each concert program in the coming weeks.”

A four-concert subscription is available for just $100. Individual tickets prices are: $35 for regular admission, $30 for seniors, $10 for students with ID. Patrons who prefer to order tickets by phone can call the ticket office at (800) 595-4849. There is an extra charge for telephone orders.

The California Chamber Orchestra is a professional ensemble made up of musicians from throughout the region. The orchestra performs a season of four concerts at Murrieta’s Gershwin Performing Arts Center, produce the Classics at The Merc chamber recital series in partnership with Temecula Presents, offer educational programs in local schools and present occasional concerts at other venues in southern California.

Zimbric is marking her 10th season as artistic director and conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her work with the orchestra, she is associate conductor of San Diego’s California Ballet and music director of the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs educational programs for San Diego area students.

Zimbric’s past conducting experience includes positions with the San Diego Youth Symphony, Avante Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nova San Diego and the University of Wisconsin Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.

An accomplished clarinetist, Zimbric holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Wisconsin. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters.

Submitted by California Chamber Orchestra.