Thursday, October 14, 2010

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Launches Season on Friday, October 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES, October 5, 2010 – On October 15, Santa Cecilia Orchestra (SCO) launches its 18th Opening Season Celebration at Center for the Arts, a fundraiser and celebration, featuring its string orchestra performing music by Respighi and selections from Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons” with violin soloist Mark Menzies. Maestra De León de Vega will conduct and speak about the music and the orchestra's programs.

The Santa Cecilia Orchestra (SCO) 2010-2011 Season will run through May 22, 2011 with five concerts taking place at Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock and Thorne Hall at Occidental College. SCO is fulfilling its mission by offering full orchestra concerts, chamber concerts and its nationally acclaimed Discovering Music Program. The October 15th opening season evening begins with a wine reception, followed by the concert and concludes with desserts and a silent auction. The price for tickets to the Opening Season Celebration is $75 and available by ordering online at The price for all other concerts during the 2010-2011 season is $26/$20 for adults and $7 for children. A complete season schedule is available at .

Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, Conductor
Recognized as a noted symphony and opera conductor, De Léon de Vega has achieved distinction as a creative and consummate musician, as a woman in a groundbreaking career role and as a leading influence in the growing U.S. Latino culture. She was the first Hispanic classical artist to ever be featured internationally on the Univision network’s signature “Orgullo Hispano” (Hispanic Pride), which highlights the most successful Hispanics in the world. De Leon de Vega is also celebrated in educational circles for creating the dynamic Discovering Music program that continues to change the lives of thousands of youth each year through the power of music education. She has received numerous awards and recognitions and is featured in the Simon & Shuster book Latina Power by Ana Nogales.

About Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Founded in 1992 Santa Cecilia Orchestra has made a commitment to share the beauty and inspiration of classical music with Southern California audiences, giving special focus to Latino communities. Under the leadership of Maestra Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, the 2010-2011 Season pays tribute to the company's extraordinary history on the occasion of its 18th anniversary, as the only orchestra in the nation with a specific mission to take classical music to the Latino Community. The upcoming season features a series of five concerts: Two full symphony concerts and the chamber orchestra performances. Media inquiries, please contact Lucía Matthews of DIÁLOGO at or for news, photos and biographies for conductor and soloists, visit

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