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Classical music fills seaside air in February

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Music is in the seaside air when the Winter Concert of the Coastside Community Orchestra on February 1.

Rienzi Overture by Richard Wagner, Petite Suite by Claude Debussy and Symphony in D Minor by Cesar Franck will be performed under the direction of Maestro Robert Smith.

The concert has been described as having “classical head and a romantic heart.”

The Coastside Community Orchestra started in 1983 with five musicians led by the late Kay Raney who began with the orchestra as a member of the bass section before he became the director and conductor. The orchestra has entertained, charmed and educated the San Mateo County Coastside with at least two concerts a year since those humble beginnings.

The musicians have diverse backgrounds, ages and musical expertise. They join together to play symphonic music of all types. The orchestra is sponsored under the auspices of the Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Department and weekly rehearsals are held at the Ted Adcock Community Center of Half Moon Bay. There are no auditions required to participate in the orchestra and string players are always encouraged to join

The mission of the Coastside Community Orchestra includes encouraging music in children and youth. Concerts are free for children and students. Annual scholarships are awarded yearly to music students.

The Winter Concert will be held 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes Street in Half Moon Bay, CA. Tickets are 10 general admission and $7 seniors. For more information about the concert or joining the orchestra, visit


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