No moon is no problem at ‘Symphony in the Vines’

Temecula Valley Symphony performs at the second annual ‘Symphony in the Vines’ concert at Wilson Creek Winery Sunday, Sept. 15. Jeff Pack photo

Originally, the “Symphony in the Vines” concert proposed by Wilson Creek Winery founders Rosie and Gerry Wilson was intended to be highlighted by a harvest moon hanging over the outdoor stage at the winery.

The annual celestial event worked at the inaugural concert last year when about 150 people attended the concert. This year, though the moon struggled to peek through the evening clouds that formed, the community showed up in even greater numbers as more than 400 purchased tickets for the event.

“Well, the moon doesn’t seem to be cooperating, but we sold more than 400 tickets for this,” Gerry Wilson said. “I am so glad to see so many people coming out to enjoy this kind of music.”

The symphony, led by Temecula Valley Symphony conductor John Mario performed music from John Williams, “Game of Thrones,” Ed Sheeran, “The Greatest Showman,” Andrea Bocelli, Broadway, Freddy Mercury from Queen, Beethoven and more.

Guests were treated to a buffet dinner and sipped wine all evening long as Mario led the 60 person symphony in soaring renditions in the varied program.

Featured vocalist Jonathan Hawkins perfectly complimented songs requiring vocals in the program.

“It is such a beautiful evening,” Rosie Wilson said. “To hear this music played here and to see all the people come out. It’s just wonderful.”

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