North Orange County Community Concerts

Now preparing for its 71st season, North Orange County Community Concerts Association presents musical memories and exciting live performers at bargain prices.  All concerts will be in the air-conditioned sanctuary of Fullerton First United Methodist Church.

Renewals and new subscriptions are now being accepted.

JoyouStrings Quartet

JoyouStrings Quartet
Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Violinist and JoyouStrings founder Tim Kunze leads this quartet of fine local musicians as they perform his arrangements of classical and popular selections.  Tim plays first violin along with Diane Bohl, second violin, Joe Derthick, viola and Steve Hughes, cello.  Three of the four are regular performers in the Rio Hondo Symphony.  Their repertoire runs the gamut from Johann Sebastian Bach, to Henry Purcell, to Leonard Bernstein, to Cole Porter, to Irving Berlin and much more.  Join us for an evening of chamber music with style and verve.

Stone Woodwind Quintet

Stone Woodwind Quintet
Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:30 PM

They delighted us in 2013 and they are coming back to entertain us again.  Laura Stone, Oboe, Joseph Stone, Flute, Jennifer Showalter, Clarinet, Dristin Morrison, French Horn, and Andrew Klein, Bassoon, will perform a program titled "Music Tells a Story."  Come hear them highlight the power of music to inspire, transport, and entertain by performing great masterworks from the woodwind quintet literature and popular favorites.

The Swing Set

The Swing Set

Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:30 PM

Enjoy with us as the exciting sounds of the big band era alive!  This 18-member band, under the direction of Gary Gould and featuring Jack Wood, vocalist, is a division of the Laguna Concert Band.  Gary delighted us with his solo "World of Winds" performance in 2014 and now he's back, to be be featured on clarinet and saxophone.  Gary's career has included recording sessions, performing in pit orchestras for musicals, working on cruise ships and teaching.

Arioso Duo

Arioso! Duo

Monday, March 27, 2017, 7:30 PM

Pacific Symphony members Cynthia Ellis, flute, and Michelle Temple, harp, formed this duo in 2005 out of a shared passion to explore the vibrant and colorful repertory for this instrumental combination.  Both performers play with many Southern California orchestras as well as in opera and musical theater performances.  They were big hits on our series three years ago and you are sure to enjoy hearing them again as they perform uplifting music for a spring evening.

Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller, Organist

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:30 PM

Tom Mueller enjoys a growing reputation as one of America's most exciting young organists.  A multi-faceted musician, this organist, composer, guitarist and jazz pianist earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.  He also holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Maine at Augusta, where he graduated summa cum laude.  Presently, he serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music at Concordia University in Irvine, where he teaches organ, jazz and composition.  He is also Associate Organist at St. James' in the City Church in Los Angeles.  Listen and watch as he treats our audience to inspiring and uplifting music on the church's historic Austin pipe organ. 

Download the 2016-2017 season flyer and membership order form in PDF format.

Season subscription prices:

Adult: $50
Student: $20
Family Plan: $120  (Includes two adults and all children)

Subscribers must show membership card for concert admission. No reserved seats.

Send series subscription orders to Membership Chair John Jackson, 623 S. Clara Street, Anaheim, CA 92804. Include your name, address and phone number and indicate New Subscription or Renewal. For Family Plan, include names of students. Make checks payable to "Community Concerts Association."

Phone  (714) 535-8925

Single-concert "Get Acquainted" admissions are available at the door on a space available basis, $20 for adult and $10 for student. These fees may be later applied toward a 2016-2017 full season subscription.

Your North Orange County Community Concerts subscription includes reciprocity privileges to attend, at no charge, concerts of other associations in southern California and Nevada.  Reciprocity lists will be available at the first concert and are also posted here for download.

Download the 2016-2017 Reciprocity List   (three pages in PDF)  for Antelope Valley, Bakersfield, Bishop, Borrego Springs, Elko (NV), Escondido, Hemet, Indian Wells (Ridgecrest), Laguna Woods, Lompoc, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Paso Robles, Ramona and Victorville.  (Updated 9/24/2016)

Here are highlights of our just-concluded 70th season:

Firebird Balalaika Quintet Concert
Our first concert on September 21, 2015 was a huge success as The Firebird Balalaika Quintet performed traditional and modern music on domra, balalaikas, and banan, with vocals by Ukrainian-born soprano Anna Belaya.

Robert Bonfiglio Trio Concert
On November 16, 2015, we were treated to "Harmonica America" by the Robert Bonfiglio Trio.

The Perfect Gentlemen Concert
It was an evening of harmony and hilarity on January 25, 2016 as The Perfect Gentlemen presented barbershop and much more.

The Crystal Trio Concert
On March 14, 2016 the Crystal Trio, on tour from Siberia, played classical favorites on all-glass instruments.  Audience members were invited to come forward afterward to see how it was done.

Laguna Flutes Concert
Our regular season finale on April 18, 2016 featured an ensemble of over twenty flutes of all sizes.  The Laguna Flutes, directed by Cindy Ellis of the OC Pacific Symphony, made a big hit.

Inextinguishable Project Concert
Our association partnered with OC Pacific Symphony to present "The Inextinguishable Project" on June 27, 2016.  This free-to-the-public bonus concert featured chamber music by two composers whose music was censored or destroyed by the Nazis in WWII.  It was performed by five first class musicians under the direction of Cindy Ellis, the symphony's principal piccolo player.

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