Santa Cecilia Orchestra – 20 years

Under the baton of Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, Santa Cecilia Orchestra celebrates its 20th year with a season of three full symphony concerts. Appearing at Thorne Hall on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles, the orchestra will host soloists Robert Thies, piano, Yi-Huan Zhao violin, and Salpy Kerkonian, Flute respectively for each of its three orchestral concerts.

The 2012-2013 season will begin with “Triumph” featuring one of Los Angeles’ premier pianists, Robert Thies, he will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in the orchestra’s first performance of the season, the programs concludes with the profound and mighty First Symphony of Brahms.

The February concert, “Celebration” will feature another spirited tribute to the Latin culture, taking works from the Tango enthusiast, Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion and Grand Tango. That same evening will feature works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

April’s concert, “Exhilaration” features music of two American composers; Michael Torke and Alan Hovhaness. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

The 2012-2013 Concert Series Schedule

Sunday November 18, 2012, 4 PM
Thorne Hall, Occidental College

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major by Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms
Robert Thies, piano

Sunday February 10, 2013, 4 PM
Thorne Hall, Occidental College

Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 4 in D major by Corelli, Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 1 by Vivaldi, Oblivion and Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Adagio & Fugue by Mozart and Serenade by Tchaikovsky.

Melissa Phelps, violin, Catherine Biagini, cello

Sunday April 21, 2013, 4 PM
Thorne Hall, Occidental College

Ash by Michael Torke, Tzaikerk by Hovhaness, and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.

Salpy Kerkonian, flute, Yi-Huan Zhao, violin

“20 Years and Counting” Fundraiser
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:30PM
Center for the Arts
2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles

The evening begins with a wine and light appetizers reception followed by chamber music performed by the orchestra’s musicians, and concludes with delicious desserts and a silent auction.

Tickets, which are on sale for 26/$20 (adults) and $7 (children), are available by calling (323) 259-3011 or visiting A complete season schedule is available at

YouTube VIDEO: Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, Santa Cecilia Orchestra

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