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Music fills the air in Santa Ynez

30 Sep 2013 5:29 PM
Music fills the air in Santa Ynez

Aside from its high-end vineyards and gourmet restaurants, the Santa Ynez Valley is often highly regarded for its many cultural offerings, such as theatrical shows and musical performances. The area's vibrant arts scene routinely attracts visitors from across the country, in addition to the owners of nearby luxury homes

And, with the summer now over, residents and tourists alike can look forward to an exciting and entertaining autumn season. A number of special events have already taken place, with many more slated for the coming months. If you plan on being in or around Santa Ynez this fall, and have a passion for live performance, you may be in for a treat.

Symphonic sounds
The critically acclaimed Lompoc Pops Orchestra kicked off its 17th season on September 23, with a performance in the First United Methodist Church, according to the Santa Ynez Valley News. The event was highly attended by scores of local organization members and music aficionados from all over the Golden State.

The group, which is comprised of professional and semiprofessional musicians from the area, played well-known selections from musicals like The Apartment and South Pacific, as well as classic tunes spanning musical genres such as jazz, big band and American spirituals. Maestro Rodolfo Fernandez coordinated the bulk of the program.

Exclusive live shows
The Lompoc Pops Orchestra isn't the only show in town, however. September 27 marked the opening of the 66th season of the Lompoc Concert Association, the Santa Ynez Valley News reported. Angela Kraft Cross, an internationally-known organist from the San Francisco area, kicked off this year's season at the First United Methodist Church with a number of original compositions, as well as classical tunes from the likes of Robert Shuman, Johann Sebastian Bach and Cesar Frank. Having garnered much attention and critical acclaim during her many years of performing, Kraft Cross has entertained enormous crowds both home and abroad. She has played in Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame, as well as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

In the coming months, the Lompoc Concert Association will host a number of additional performances at the local venue. In November, mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin will sing to audience members; in January, DuoW - a group composed of violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss - will be featured; and in March, 12-year-old pianist  Umi Garrett will play for the association's growing crowd of supporters from in and around Santa Ynez.