Solano Symphony is about to begin its 30th concert season. Masetro Semyon Lohss is entering his 25th season as conductor and director. Lohss is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and his guest conducting highlights include the Ballet California, North Bay Opera, Vallejo Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic and Nova Vista Symphony, among others. He and his family moved to the area from New York to accept the position with Solano Symphony.
Depending on the concert, the orchestra averages about 50 players. “After every concert, I am hearing feedback that the orchestra sounds better and better concert to concert, and the orchestra has been performing more and more difficult repertoires too,” says Lohss. “So you don’t need to go far to listen to great classical music!” Performances are held at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, Downtown Theatre Fairfield and Kroc Center in Suisun City.
This season’s Opening Night is October 16 at 3pm. Maestro Lohss is excited about this concert because operatic baritone Malcolm MacKenzie will be present. The evening’s complete repertoire is available in Benicia Magazine’s Online Calendar and at Solanosymphony.org. He also particularly recommends December and February concerts for children and newcomers—December’s Holiday Celebration will include popular selections from The Nutcracker; and in February, young musicians will perform in the Salute to Youth.
For extensive video footage of Solano Symphony performances, see YouTube. Visit the same solanosymphony.org for more info about the symphony, including the full 2016-2017 concert schedule.