Santa Maria Philharmonic Society

Santa Maria Philharmonic Society

PO Box 375, Santa Maria, CA 93456-0375
(805) 925 0412   |

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burnished brassThe Burnished Brass Quartet

The Burnished Brass Quartet was formed in the summer of 1988 for their debut presented by the Lompoc Music Association. The Quartet blends the talents of four gifted musicians from the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra. Their individual musical experiences are so varied that the combined effect is expertise in a wide range of musical styles, as is effectively demonstrated by the selections chosen in their performances. The Burnished Brass Quartet has performed for many events, both public and private, including the Paso Robles Library evening concert series, the Cuesta College Portraits in Music series, in the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, and in the Concerts in the Mall series at the Santa Maria Town Center. In addition, they perform outreach concerts for children throughout San Luis Obispo County. Their repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the contemporary, from music inspired by religious observances to modern jazz standards and humorous works.  For more information, email Rich Ward.

Cafe MusiqueCafé Musique

Hailing from the Central Coast of California, Café Musique presents a musical collage of waltz, tango, gypsy, and folk. Their unique sound is defined by the beautiful and driving composition of violin, accordion, bass, guitar and percussion, along with equally compelling vocals that are reminiscent of music from previous eras.

Their first CD, “The Dancer”, was met by rave reviews. Glen Starkey, music critic for San Luis Obispo’s independent weekly New Times said it best – “The debut album of Café Musique is wicked good! I seriously can’t say enough good things about this album, which demonstrates a level of musicianship and an emotional impact rarely found. This is a must have recording for fans of Gypsy Folk!”

Café Musique features accordionist, Duane Inglish; guitarist/vocalist, Craig Nuttycombe; violinist, Brynn Albanese; and percussionist/bassist/vocalist, Piper Heisig.  For more information, email Brynn Albanese.

Candle Light StringsCandle Light Strings for Joyous and Romantic Occasions

Classical and Contemporary Music
From a solo performer to an elegant chamber ensemble, Candle Light Strings provides the music to enhance weddings and receptions, gallery shows, corporate events and parties of all kinds.
Musicians in various combinations will create music to fit the mood of your event. Violins, viola, cello, flute, guitar, and harp – one or all will play classical and popular selections (many arranged by former studio musician and founder Bette Byers) from our extensive musical repertoire. Your guests will be delighted by Candle Light Strings.

The Central Coast StringsCentral Coast Strings

The Central Coast Strings was founded by Lynne Garrett and is a consortium of musicians from the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra. They perform at a variety of events and functions, and their works include music of classic to contemporary composers. Pictured are Back: Marsha Botello (Cello), Jed Beebe (Viola), Tracy Sparks (Cello) Sharon Cooper (Violin) Janet Bergamo (Cello); Front: Lynne Garrett (Violin), Tom Turner (Viola).

For more information, email Lynne Garrett.

Lynne Garrett-Brynn AlbaneseThe Parlor Performers

Extraordinary music for concerts in your home, with violinist Brynn Albanese & pianist Lynne Garrett. Exhilarating performances of eclectic programs, with lively commentary. The Parlor Performers will create an unforgettable event.

The spectacular talents of these two artists light up the sky. Vitality, spirit and passion exude, melding into a compelling sound. The Parlor Performers bring a unique view to unusual repertoire. Brynn Albanese soars to heights reminiscent of a young Pearlman. Lynne Garrett reaches to the core, to the soul of the music. Their music making is bonded by their intensity, and sensitivity. They charge into themselves through their music.

Brynn & Lynne offer 60-75 minute concerts. (Quality accoustic piano must be provided) Contact  Lynne Garrett at

Quintet1Santa Maria Winds

The Santa Maria Winds was founded by Patricia Lynn and Dr. Lawrence Lee.. Members of the wind ensemble perform throughout the Central Coast and California for numerous events and functions.