My husband and I have been ardent fans of the Stockton Symphony for over 10 years. The mix of classical and modern composers, from Beethoven to Brubeck, the very talented musicians and solo artists, and our entertaining and brilliant Maestro Peter Jaffee, never fail to please their enthusiastic audience. We are really looking forward to the Valentine Pops concert on February 12, "An Evening with Gershwin and Cole Porter." Can you get any more romantic than that? This year we also bought a season ticket for our 15 year-old granddaughter, (she loves you madly, Peter). Treat yourself to a fabulous evening with the Stockton Symphony!
The Stockton Symphony and its conductor Peter Jaffee is a combination that results in the best of classical music. We have great guest artists. Maestro Jaffee is a great educator, often exhibiting his sense of humor while iluminating his point. Selection music from all eras is also one of his strong points. We have great contemporary and classical mix. Instruments not normally featured are also considered, such as the tuba.
Music has been a part of my life since grammar school when my father began to teach me how to play the clarinet. After moving to Stockton, I became a part of the audience of Stockton Symphony performances. When I was invited to serve on the board, I felt it was a true honor to serve. I support the Symphony and believe in its mission because I believe that a civilized society needs, and benefits from, live classical musical performances. Our community is blessed with a truly competent and outstanding conductor and an excellent group of musicians.
The Stockton Symphony has been part of my life since 1973 when we attended our first concert as newcomers to the town. I started with the Symphony League as a way to meet people in a new town and believe me it worked! I was League presient and then became a board member and have been working in some position ever since.It is a "labor of love" as the pay is frustration (why can't others see how great the orchestra is) to being so proud that I have been part of an organization that has evolved so much. We have gone from our manager doing business out of his car and the secretary keeping records on 5x7 cards to a professional organization with a knowledgable staff, office facilities and a conductor who has brought the orchestra to an artistic level that is recognized by others. Why do I continue? Because our struggles continue: decreased funding, increased costs and why do people still not know we exsist?