SBCC Symphony to perform Fall concert

Rachel Stone, Channels Staff

The graceful sound of the harp fills the Garvin Theatre, and with a flick of the conductor’s baton, 55 stringed and classical instruments envelop the room. This is City College’s Symphony Orchestra rehearsing for their fall recital.

Talented community members, high school and college students make up the symphony.

“All you have to do is show up with a stringed instrument and show that you have the talent to play and you’re in,” said Symphony Director James Mooy.

Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for anyone who wants to join.

The symphony was founded in 1969 emphasizing classical and romantic music. In 2001, instructor Mooy took over the roll as director. He also directs the Jazz band on campus and played professional trumpet for many years touring around Japan and America.

The group aims for one large performance a semester and meet every Tuesday for rehearsal. They have performed major symphonic works ranging from Mozart to Beethoven.

“Having such a large scale of musicians makes us able to achieve such extravagant things,” said Mooy.

Every year the group participates in KDB Radio’s Messiah Sing-Along, which benefits the Food Bank of Santa Barbara. In one night they were able to raise $4,500.

“The community really comes together to support these kind of things,” said James Watson, music department aid.

The group has been diligently rehearsing and will perform five major pieces in the upcoming concert on Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Garvin Theatre.