Comstock's magazine 0818 - August 2018 - Page 84

SACRAMENTO philharmonic & opera Sacramento's premier performing arts W hat began as the Sacramento Symphony in 1948 is now the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, returning as a melded organization in 2015. One of the Central Valley’s finest arts ensembles, the organization brings the best artistic talent to audiences throughout the region. “We returned with a plan of fiscal responsibility. Knowing this community had been through many ups and downs with arts groups, we were determined to avoid those mistakes,” says Alice Sauro, Executive Director. “We closely watched expenditures to come back in a way the community would appreciate. We listened, too, learning what people did and didn’t like from the past and what kind of programming interested them. Our approach really resonated with the public and we sold out concerts that very first year back.” 84 | August 2018 Committed to giving to the community, the board enthusiastically funds music education. Through the Link Up program, which addresses the dearth of music teachers in today’s schools, professional musicians go to schools to teach classroom teachers how to teach music to students. In 2015, they served 3,700 students and this year that number is more than 5,000. “Also in 2015, we launched our pop-up concerts and held them on the Capitol steps, in libraries, at farmers’ markets, parks, and hospitals,” says Sauro. “Musicians talk to people and let them handle instruments right on the street, organically drawing them in without the barrier of the stage.” The regular season runs from October through April or May at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater and consists of a six-concert SACPHILOPERA.ORG classical series, two of those with an opera focus, and a three-concert pop series. “Support and generosity from the community has been absolutely incredible. This is a fantastic time to be in ѡ́䁅́Ё́Ѽ́ݸ)ݔ݅ЁѼɔMɅѼ)́́хЁЁѡɥt)Ց́Mɼ(ͅɄɜ)ɽɽͱͽɕ