I want to warmly invite you to our next New City Sinfonia concert, and to announce that this will be my final concert with the Sinfonia. After 37 Seasons and nearly 200 concerts, it feels like the right time to “sail into the sunset.” I am immensely grateful to all the players, soloists, and you, our supporters and listeners, for this fantastically rewarding musical journey. [note: We do plan for the Sinfonia to continue; watch for updates.]

For this program we will be returning to the Unitarian Universalist Church, the site of many of our previous performances, and we will present a mix of encores and pieces new to us, including one postponed from a pandemically-cancelled concert: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Schubert’s ebullient “Rosamunde” Overture, the stirring Karelia Suite, by Jean Sibelius, the evocative “Oblivion,” by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and a Suite from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.”

This free concert will take place on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm in the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest, across the street from the UCSD Medical Center. Free parking is available in the Church lot and on the street if that fills up.
We hope to see you there, Dan Ratelle

Now in its 40th season, the 40-member New City Sinfonia presents three free orchestra concerts to the San Diego Community each year, plus additional outreach programs. Sponsored as a class in the San Diego Continuing Education program, the Sinfonia rehearses at San Diego Mesa College, and draws its members from all over San Diego County.
Performances take place in a number of local venues, and often include soloists, from students to nationally-known professionals; the late-Spring concert regularly features Concerto Competition winners of the Music Teachers Association. Excerpts of past concerts can be found on You Tube, under "New City Sinfonia."
Director Daniel Ratelle is the founding conductor of the Sinfonia. A native San Diegan, he has degrees from Santa Clara University and San Diego State University, and has been the Choir Director of the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Master Chorale, and the Music Director of Pacific Camerata. In addition to leading the Sinfonia, he also teaches Music at Mesa College.

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