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We who live in the North County are blessed with a wildly beautiful coastline, seemingly endless skies stretching over rolling hills dotted with rangelands and vineyards—and our very own symphony orchestra, “Symphony of the Vines.”

Today, at the end of the 2016-2017 concert season, I would like to thank the entire orchestra for making this person’s heart beat a little faster during their end-of-the season performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony played at the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles on Sunday, April 9. Under the incredible artistic talent of Maestro Greg Magie, the musicians were held in perfect unison until erupting into a magnificent rendition of the concerto’s thunderstorm song.

My gratitude for being able to listen to some of the most beautiful music ever composed also goes to the symphony orchestra’s chamber section. A heartfelt thank you to the accomplished and acclaimed players for their beautiful performance on March 26 of Schubert’s lovely Trout Quintet at Cass Vineyards. It’s all been so incredibly enjoyable and so uplifting in a world that doesn’t seem to be very generous with moments where the essence of our human souls can shine together.

With the close of this season we can all look forward to the opening of the 2017-2018 season in October.

-- Gidi Pullen - Templeton

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