38th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Concert Series

Posted on Jan 24 by SEASONS Magazine

Organist Dr. Thomas Joyce, courtesy photo.

Organist Dr. Thomas Joyce, courtesy photo.

The public is invited to attend the 38th annual Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series featuring renowned artists performing at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church located at 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos.

St. Mark’s Priest and Rector Rev. Dr. Randall Day shares, “Music and the arts are key expressions of God’s ongoing creativity in the world. We invite all music lovers to share this incredible experience here in the Santa Ynez Valley.” St. Mark’s Church is noted for its stunning acoustics and serene ambiance, and according to music critic Josef Woodward, “it’s a fine place to hear serious music.”

The series continues on Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m. with a solo concert featuring Dr. Thomas Joyce on St. Mark’s exquisite Schoenstein pipe organ. Joyce’s concert features music that spans the instrument’s rich history from the Renaissance to the modern day, including the masterpieces of J.S. Bach: the “Dorian” Toccata and Fugue and the organ transcription of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in C Major amongst others.

Previously serving as an organist at a number of prominent Episcopal churches and cathedrals across the United States, Joyce currently serves as Minister of Keyboard Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. With this unparalleled experience and several, prestigious music degrees under his belt, Joyce now shares his talents with students, teaching both private lessons and at colleges among the Santa Barbara area.

Following this performance, the 38th annual Santa Ynez Classical Music Series continues through early May with these artists:

Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.: The Radian String Quartet featuring Mary Beth Woodruff (violin), Jane Chung (violin), Basil Vendryes (viola) and Andrew Smith (cello)

Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.: Robert Cassidy (piano) and Ani Aznavoorian (cello, Principal Cellist of Camerata Pacifica)

Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m.: Nichole Dechaine (soprano) with Beverly Staples (piano)

Doors for each concert open 30 minutes prior to the start with tickets being sold at the door, as well as online in advance at https://www.smitv.org/concerts.html. Stay following the concert for a complimentary reception featuring refreshments, engaging conversation, and a chance to meet the artists.

For patron and season ticket purchases and any questions, please call SYV Classical Music Series Director Linda Burrows at 805/688-7423 or the St. Mark’s Church office at 805/688-4454 or visit www.smitv.org

 —Jessica Morelli

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