Conductor Sonia Marie De León de Vega Leads Santa Cecilia Orchestra in ‘Heroic’ at Occidental

This Sunday at Occidental College hear Mozart, Verdi, and Bizet played by the highly rated Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Pictured is Director Sonia Maria De Leon de Vega.

This Sunday at Occidental College hear Mozart, Verdi, and Bizet played by the highly rated Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Pictured is Director Sonia Maria De Leon de Vega.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra (SCO) will host its next concert of the 2013-2014 season, “Heroic,” which will take place at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall on Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Conductor Sonia Marie De León de Vega will lead the orchestra performing music of Mozart and Beethoven, and featuring Cedric Berry.

SCO is fulfilling its Music is For Everyone mission by offering full orchestra concerts, chamber concerts, and its nationally acclaimed Discovering Music Program.

SCO will begin the concert by welcoming the artistry of Cedric Berry, bass-baritone, who will perform some of opera’s greatest arias from Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Carmen, and Faust. The orchestra will then turn to the Beethoven of revolutionary, groundbreaking statements with his mighty Eroica (Heroic) Symphony, possibly the most important symphony ever written.

Beethoven originally dedicated the piece to Napoleon Bonaparte, and the music took its inspiration from the seeds of revolution. However, after Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven became disillusioned and scratched out the dedication. His symphony, however, remains a groundbreaking and heroic work that helped define the romantic era.

The concert will take place at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall located at 1600 Campus Rd. in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets priced at $26, $20, and $7 (youth 17 and under) are available by calling the orchestra office at (323) 259-3011 or by visiting www.scorchestra.org/201011orderform.html#ticketsheroic.