Photo: Lynne Owen
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to give dancers and choreographers an opportunity to express their talents and to cultivate ballet excellence within the Santa Cruz community. Founded in 1978, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is comprised of a pre-professional company of dancers, ranging in ages from eight to twenty and chosen through open auditions annually. The company's Artistic Directors, Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher, have many years of experience as professional dancers, choreographers and directors. Their successful careers as dancers, both solo and together, make them enthusiastic teachers and inspired directors.
Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Since 1966, the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony has provided children and young adults in Santa Cruz County and the surrounding communities with a unique opportunity to learn and perform exciting and challenging classical music with the area's only training orchestra of pre-professional caliber. The orchestra performs a variety of music from the classical symphonic repertoire in original scores and consistently achieves high standards of musical excellence while providing an educational and entertaining experience for performers and audiences alike.
The Santa Cruz White Album Ensemble
The White Album Ensemble is composed of musicians and vocalists from Santa Cruz and Monterey. These multi-talented musicians have performed and recorded with bands such as the Doobie Brothers, Snail and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Originally formed to present the unperformed works of the Beatles to a live concert, the group has grown to be local phenomenon. Their goal is to capture the timeless music, spirit and style of the Beatles.
ZunZun is a performing arts group that celebrates the environments and cultures of the Americas through music. Since 1992 the husband and wife duo, Stephen Synder and Gwynne Snyder Cropsey, has performed in 14 countries throughout the America's and appeared on regional, national and international radio and television. They perform for over 100,000 people annually. Their humor, vitality and commitment to audience participation make all of their shows vibrant and lively. Their shows utilize a wide variety of folkloric instruments (they play over thirty instruments) to highlight the rich spectrum of cultures and environments they share in North, Central and South America. Their shows are always participatory, multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) and energetic.
The Ukelele Club of Santa Cruz
The Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz is a group of local ukulele players who meet regularly to play music together and socialize. They typically meet on the third Thursday of each month at Bocci’s Cellar. New members are always welcome to attend. Members of the Ukulele Club have provided lively pre-concert entertainment for the Symphony.
The Great Morgani
The Great Morgani is a unique one-man show. A costumed musical entertainer, the Great Morgani livens events with a vast assortment outlandish characters and vast repertoire of live accordion music- anything but Lady of Spain or Metallica! The Great Morgani has made an appearance at several of the Symphony’s Benefit Concerts.