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–Vina Robles Amphitheatre is hosting Symphony at Sunset for a second consecutive year, featuring three acclaimed vocalists accompanied by the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra for an evening performance of symphonic pops under the stars. Conducted by OperaSLO Artistic Director Brian Asher Alhadeff, this family-friendly program will star soloists Gregorio Gonzalez, Karin Mushegain and Julie Davies and include familiar classics, current favorites, Hollywood hits and Broadway tunes from James Bond to Oklahoma!, and more. The evening will also include a special Veterans honor enacted by the Central Coast Leatherneck Color Guard. The performance will be held at Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

Through a generous partnership with the San Luis Obispo County Offices of Education, free admission will be given to children under the age of 16 with each paid adult ticket.

Artistic Director Brian Asher Alhadeff is an internationally recognized opera, ballet, and symphonic conductor. In addition to his work with OperaSLO, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, as well as
the Principal Conductor for Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara. Alhadeff studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the Janacek Academy in Brno, Czech Republic.

Soprano Julie Davies enjoys an active stage career, performing with international orchestras and opera companies. Davies is specifically celebrated for her performances of the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and La Sonnambula. She
has sung in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Martina Arroyo and Hoerst Guenter.

Gregorio Gonzalez began his critically-acclaimed career in 2002 after being hired as a resident artist by Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera. Since then, he has sung extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has performed in over a dozen productions with the Los Angeles Opera, including La Boheme, Carmen, Romeo et Juliette, Madama Butterfly and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Called “superb” by the New York Times, Karin Mushegain is captivating audiences with her exciting, energetic portrayals, dramatic poise, and dynamic vocal sound. She has portrayed Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera and Opera San Jose. She is a graduate of Northwestern and an alum of UCLA.

Founded in 1985, Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is the only professional opera company in San Luis Obispo County. OperaSLO offers a variety of productions featuring rising singers from SLO County and all over the country,
plus local performers for orchestra and chorus. There is something for everyone who enjoys the unity of good theater and music, the essence of opera.

The event promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment under the stars at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday, Aug. 20. This is a general admission show with all tickets priced at $25, plus applicable service charges. The Vina Robles Amphitheatre is located at 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles.

Tickets are available at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre box office during business hours, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price. For more information, please visit



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