John Farrer

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is pleased to announce its 10th Anniversary Season – a season flowing with Treasures of Wonder! The Philharmonic offers four impressive concerts each season with highly regarded music director John Farrer, who brings to the stage internationally recognized virtuoso soloists.  Maestro Farrer has selected an outstanding blend of music from throughout the ages celebrating the gifts of Brahms, Mozart, Stravinsky, Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Ives, Bartok and others.

The season opens on September 25, 2010 featuring guest soloist, Bonnie Bogle Farrer, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor.  In November the orchestra will present the works of Mozart, Elgar, Schumann and Beethoven, followed in February with the music of J.C. Bach, Boyce, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Haydn.  The April concert will include the works of Weber, Haydn, Ives, Bartok and Mozart.

Included in this year’s schedule also include two special performances at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande.  A Benefit Fundraiser Concert will be held on April 2, 2011 featuring the Riders of the Purple Sage with the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra and a unique concert program on May 13, 2011 offering Piano for Six Hands featuring the skill and craftsmanship of Kirill Gliadkovsky, his wife, Anna Gliadkovskaya, and their teenage daughter, Anastassia.  Yes, this season is truly filled with Treasures of Wonder.  Be a part of it all!

Donors and benefactors have various avenues in which to make donations to the Philharmonic.  These include: Principal Chair Musician Sponsorship ($1,000), Associate Musician Sponsorship ($600), Luminary Membership ($20,000 or more), Distinguished Membership ($5,000-$9,999), Guarantor Membership ($3,500-$4,999), Champion Membership ($2,000-$3,499), Benefactor Membership ($1,000-$1,999), Patron Membership ($500-$999), Premier Membership ($250-$499), Sustaining Membership ($100-$249), or General Membership ($50-$99).

Bonnie Farrer

One of our premier operations is our Children’s Programs.  Each year we invite all the fourth graders in the Santa Maria Valley schools to a performance of Peter and the Wolf. Over 2,500 fourth grade students participate in this program.  Similarly, each year we provide a Music Van in which we travel to all the third grade classrooms in the Santa Maria Valley introducing to these students the instruments of the orchestra.  During each visit the students learn of the instruments, the sounds they make, and then have the opportunity to handle them and play them. Over 2,500 third grade students are enlightened each year by this experience.

George J. Majoue is the Executive Director of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society and can be reached at (805) 925-0412 or