This event was scheduled February 3, 2024.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony performs its first concert of the new year, “A Grand Occasion,” on Saturday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo.

Patrice Rushen

Featuring solo trumpeter Andrew Balio performing “Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto,” the concert also includes a work dedicated to and inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” composed by Patrice Rushen. The composer, a Grammy-nominated R&B artist and producer, will be in the audience for the performance.

“Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor” also is performed side by side with the SLO Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra, composed of advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion student musicians in the seventh to twelfth grades.

A Symphonic Foray discussion between Maestro Andrew Sewell and guest artists is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. before the concert.

A family-friendly “No Ties Allowed” rehearsal is scheduled at 11 a.m. on the day of the performance. “No Ties Allowed” is free, open to the public, and meant for all ages of music lovers.

Tickets for the evening concert begin at just $12 for students, and general admission tickets range from $26 to $80.

The concert is sponsored by Pat and Ben McAdams, Beverly Smith, and Minke WinklerPrins.