Renovation at Mission San Juan Bautista forced move to Morgan Hill this year

Published in the May 9 – 22, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Image result for south valley symphonyThe South Valley Symphony’s Mother’s Day Concert is always a treat for families to enjoy a grand  musical salute to the classical composers. Usually, the concert is held at the San Juan Bautista Mission, but because of renovation at the church the venue will be moved to Guglielmo Winery. It starts 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, and promises to be a fun concert.

The symphony musicians played at the winery in October with a pops concert featuring music from movies and opera, so when the SVS had to find a new location,  they picked Guglielmo because of its beautiful view of the vineyard and a concert among the vines, said Katrina Smith, the winery’s event director.

“There’s going to be beautiful music playing. It makes a wonderful atmosphere with your family,” she said. “It’s going to be a great day. The music that they picked out is wonderful. I can’t wait to hear it. And we’re hoping for wonderful weather to tag-along with that great symphonic music.”

SVS Maestro Anthony Quartuccio completes the symphony’s 44th season with the musicians performing a grand finale including Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” Wagner’s operatic “Prelude to Die Meistersinger,” Brahms “Haydn Variations,” and Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture.” In addition, there will be a special surprise piece.

The wine and appetizer reception where guests can mingle with the talented musicians is included in the ticket price of $40. And please remember that children and students with appropriate ID can enjoy the concert for free.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to give mothers a special treat. This concert usually sells out. Buy tickets online at They can also be purchased at BookSmart in Morgan Hill and First Street Coffee and Porcella’s Music store in Gilroy.

Guglielmo Winery will also host the SVS-sponsored annual “Strike Up the Band” brass band concert June 3. The audience is encouraged to bring picnic lunches and can purchase wine from Guglielmo at that musical event. A vendor will also sell lunches at the event for those who prefer that option.

Guglielmo will also kick-off its Vines and Vibes summer music concert season June 6 with the band “Rock the Heat.” These concerts take place at the winery’s amphitheater stage Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit to see a schedule.


Marty Cheek

Marty Cheek

Publisher at Morgan Hill Life
Marty Cheek is the publisher of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life. He is also the co-author with Congressman Jerry McNerney of the book Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America From the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels.
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