Music Notes Discussions
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Arrive early for "Music Notes"
Janet Sims - PhotoThe popular and informal 'Music Notes' discussions are held before the beginning of most concerts, inside the California Theatre's hall.  Most are led by Symphony violist Janet Sims, sometimes joined by other musicians; others by the upcoming concert's conductor. The talks focus on the upcoming music, as well as on the experience of the players themselves, or the conductor's approach to the works about to be played.

These entertaining lecture/conversations strengthen the links between the Symphony and our listeners, who find that getting to know some of the performers adds greatly to the interest of the concert experience.

Free with your concert ticket.

In the California Theatre concert hall.  Ushers will direct you. 

 55 minutes before the beginning of each concert; for example:


  • 6:35 PM before an 7:30 PM concert
  • 7:05 PM before an 8:00 PM concert
  • 1:35 PM before a 2:30 PM concert

Lobby Organ Mini-Concerts:
For most shows, listeners will often be able to enjoy music played on the Theatre's second Wurlitzer organ, located in the Theatre's grand First Street Lobby.  The mini-concerts take place right after Music Notes for the 1/2 hour prior to the show's start time.  When you hear "California Here I Come," it's time to head in to your seats for the show.

Note: Theatre doors open promptly one hour before the beginning of each concert; ushers cannot admit early arrivals.

Music Notes lasts about 25 minutes.

Alerts about pre-performance offerings are emailed to all subscribers and when possible, to single ticket buyers, before each concert.  Be sure the box office has your email address (just because you receive our email newsletter does not mean that the box office also has your email address on file).




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