Stanford Symphony Orchestra returns to Avalon

AVALON — The Catalina Island Museum’s third annual Holiday Symphony Concert will welcome the Stanford Symphony Orchestra back to the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre at 7 p.m. on Dec.11.

This year’s Holiday Symphony Concert will feature an ensemble of the prestigious Stanford Symphony Orchestra made up of undergraduate and graduate students of Stanford University, as well as a few alumni. Conducted by Anna Wittstruck, the ensemble will perform a lively variety of classical pieces by some of the most famous composers of the 19th and 20th centuries: Ludwig van Beethoven, Edvard Grieg, Richard Wagner, and others. 

Due to its remote location, access to arts education on Catalina Island is limited. The museum’s annual Holiday Symphony Concert not only offers classical music to the Avalon community, it also presents a unique opportunity for Avalon’s youth. Partnering with Avalon Public Schools, the museum has organized a presentation in which members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra will introduce their musical instruments, share their personal experiences and explain the role of each instrument in creating the synergy of a distinctive sound in a symphony orchestra. 

Tickets are free for members of the museum, island residents, children and all visitors alike. For more information, call 310-510-2414, or visit

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