The vision of the Shafter Symphony Orchestra is to promote the enjoyment, enrichment, and education of music as a fine art form in the community of Shafter. Each year the Orchestra presents a concert as a part of the Shafter Colours Festival. Past concerts have included a guest performance by Robert MacNeil, film music, and Beethoven's 7th Symphony. 

The Shafter Symphony Orchestra will present our Colours Festival Concert "Story-time in Music" on March 4th, 2017 at the Shafter High School Auditorium at 7:30pm. Come enjoy the original tales of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf through music and entertaining narration. Not just for children, the dark and mysterious stories of Tom Thumb, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and the Princess of the Pagodas come to life through Ravel's unrivaled orchestration. The classic Peter and the Wolf is always loved with an exploration of orchestral sounds and a triumph of good over evil, in story and sound.

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When: TBA

Price: Adults $20 / Students $5


Stephen C. Penner is a freelance orchestra conductor in southern California. He is music director and a founder of the Shafter Symphony Orchestra and director for the Shafter Community Band. He has conducted various concerts of both new and traditional repertoire, and served as music director for opera recitals, theatrical plays, and musicals. In 2013 he was selected from over 300 international conductors to train with and conduct ten members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Penner has worked with musicians that proceeded to study at The Julliard School, NYU, and star on Broadway. He has guest conducted many youth orchestras and held the position of Assistant Conductor with the CSUN University Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from California State University Northridge where he studied with Dr. John Roscigno. Prior to attending graduate school he earned bachelor's degrees in both Drama and Music at the University of California, Irvine.