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Saturday Marks Resurrection Of Philharmonic And Opera


After canceling their concert seasons last year and reemerging as one organization, the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will kick-off its 2015-16 Resurrection Season tomorrow night with a concert.

The Philharmonic and Opera will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 - Resurrection at the Community Center Theater.

"Oh my gosh it's so exciting," says  Executive Director Alice Sauro. "We have our return concert with the full orchestra and reinforcements."

Sauro points out tomorrow's opening night will be the first concert since May of last year.

"There was a break in between after the Philharmonic and Opera merged."

She says that time off was spent reorganizing. A group of consultants, many of them from the Detroit Symphony, helped with that work.

"They decided that it was a good idea to take a step back and assess how they really wanted to present themselves with the community and they've spent the last year really, really working hard on that," Sauro says.

She says since the newly formed company's 2015-16 Resurrection Season was announced in April, subscription tickets have been selling well.

"It's just been a phenomenal outpouring of interest and excitement and it shows that people really missed us when we were away," Sauro says.

Tomorrow night's concert will include a performance of Vaughan Williams' Concerto Grosso, where the Philharmonic's string players will be joined by more than 50 amateur musicians, ages six to 88. 

"It will be truly a special and exciting night for everybody," says Sauro.

The Philharmonic and Opera's seven-concert series runs through May of next year.

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Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio 

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