Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts’ extremely popular monthly event, First Wednesdays is bigger than ever before as the 70-members of MiraCosta College’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir take the stage to present Dueling Nutcracker, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker & Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite and other holiday favorites!

Founded in 2010, the Orchestra has grown in numbers and notoriety earning rave reviews for their performances of The Planets, Carmina Burana, and many more. Their annual holiday concert is one of their many highlights, and a favorite amongst families all over the county.

For this year’s special holiday performance, the orchestra and choirs led by MiraCosta College’s founding Conductor Branden Muresan and directed by Dr. Arlie Langager, will present an evening of holiday classics, music from Handel’s Messiah, and so much more!

You won’t want to miss this incredible evening that hits all the right notes and is fun for the entire family.

Although this event is free, we strongly recommend making reservations in advance. Reserved seats are $12 ($10 for CCAE members) and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-988-4253.

Adding to the evening’s enjoyment will be Dang Brother Pizza from 5:00-7:00pm. It is an amazing food truck offering up wood-fired pizza to order.



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


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