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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Temecula Presents the California Chamber Orchestra’s Salute to Voyager I “Golden Record”


The Old Town Temecula Community Theater invites Temecula residents and visitors as Temecula Presents showcases the California Chamber Orchestra: Out Of This World on February 24, 2018 at 7:30pm.

When Longfellow said that “music is the universal language of mankind,” he may or may not have been the first to make that observation.  But just over 40 years ago, NASA re-affirmed it when they launched the Voyager I probe into the universe, carrying the famous “golden record” of the sounds of planet Earth.

The California Chamber Orchestra salutes Voyager I with a concert titled Out Of This World.  The program includes two of the pieces represented on that famous craft: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, and the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.  The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

“I think that at some level, we’re all fascinated by the exploration of outer space,” says Dana Zimbric, Artistic Director and Conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra.  “The story of Voyager is so incredibly inspiring, especially when you consider that through the efforts of Carl Sagan and others, the spacecraft carries examples of music to represent humanity to those who may encounter it.”

Trio Céleste joins the orchestra on stage for the concert.  “We’re so excited to be partnering with these amazing musicians again,” Zimbric said.  The trio appeared as part of the Temecula Presents Classical Series in 2016, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky have appeared as guest artists with the orchestra.  The trio (including cellist Ross Gasworth) has also performed for the California Chamber Orchestra’s Classics at The Merc recital series and headliners for Temecula Presents.

“Trio Céleste made their Carnegie Hall debut a few months ago,” Zimbric said. “They premiered the Concerto Grosso for piano trio and strings by American composer Paul Dooley.  We’ll collaborate on the West Coast premiere of that wonderful piece as part of this concert.”   A faculty member at the University of Michigan, Dooley describes the work as neo-Baroque music inspired by composers such as Handel and Scarlatti.

Temecula Presents’ 13th Season Classical Music Series also features the Argus Quartet on March 10, 2018; and Steven Lin, Solo Piano, on May 26, 2018 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.  California Chamber Orchestra will present Let’s Dance on April 7, 2018; and MIDORI: A Partners In Performance Recital on April 21, 2018 at Murrieta Mesa High School.

Tickets are on sale now at Temecula’s Theater and online at For more information, please contact the Ticket Office at 1.866.OLD.TOWN (1.866.653.8696).

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