Sequoia Symphony brings classic scores to life

Fox Theater hosts the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, who plan to play classic pieces and bring cherished movies to life

(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published August 31, 2023  • 
2:00 pm

VISALIA – Witness an immersive movie experience this season at the Visalia Fox Theater, where the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will put on two movie concerts, providing live orchestration to film classics Star Wars and Elf.

Single tickets can now be purchased for the SSO’s 2023-2024 concert season. The orchestra will make their return to the Fox Theater this October, and plans to leave audiences in awe.

“Our music director — Bruce Kiesling — has put together an amazing season, filled with familiar and new music to wow our audiences,” Executive Director Marina Rojas said. “These are the concerts people will be talking about for a while.”

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Before each concert (aside from the film concerts), Kiesling will host a pre-concert talk with the audience at 6:45 p.m.

Two notable concerts this season are the “Empire Strikes Back” and “Elf” performances, which the theater said is a new way for audiences to experience these classic films. In order to bring these movies to life, the SSO will play along with the films, providing a full, immersive listening experience.

Among the guest performers joining the show this season, there are two notable inclusions: Dominic Cheli and Time for Three, the latter returning to the stage after their recent Grammy win. 

“As always, our season includes the brilliance of cherished guest artists, including pianist Dominic Cheli, and the viral Time for Three string trio, riding high on the heels of their Grammy-award-winning album,” Kieling said. “We invite you to immerse yourself in this eclectic array of performances that promises an unforgettable musical experience.”

The other four performances featured in this season include “Power to the Piano” with Dominic Cheli, “Giselle” featuring the State Street Ballet Company, “Banned and Boycotted,” and “American Icons” with Time for Three.

“This season is a jubilant celebration that delivers remarkable music through the virtuosity of our talented musicians, encapsulating some of the most extraordinary tales in the annals of musical history,” Kiesling said. “Each of these performances showcases melodies that have fostered profound connections with our growing audience throughout our community.”

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased on the SSO’s website at www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com/season, where readers can find more information on the various performances that will be happening throughout the season.

Mid Valley Times Staff