Symphony kicks off season with new Pops

Sequoia Symphony to celebrate 100th birthday of famed composer Leonard Bernstein


TULARE COUNTY – It’s hard to believe that Bruce Kiesling is starting his 10th year as music director of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, but it’s no surprise that he is still just as excited and enthused about the upcoming concerts.

The 2018-19 season kicks off with the Pops under the Stars on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Zumwalt Park in Tulare. The orchestra will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with five pieces by the famed composer, including “West Side Story” and “On the Town.”

Several of the pieces will be sung by Charlotte Garcia da Rosa, a favorite singer with the orchestra.

The concert will also include traditional tunes and Broadway music. An instrument “petting zoo” will be available for children to try out, and children will also have a chance to help conduct the orchestra. There will also be face painting and a bounce house. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, with the concert at 8 p.m. 

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