Ventura First United Methodist is an 80-year-old Spanish-style church with one of the best acoustic spaces in the City. Located at 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001, the FUMC sanctuary is CHICOs home base and the place where it was founded. CHICO performances in Ventura are generally held on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm.
Every year, CHICO performs for the 4th graders in Ventura Unified School District serving approximately 1,500 children in this annual outreach. In the past, we have performed Peter and the Wolf and most recently, Musical Treats – Cooking with the Classics. Peter and the Wolf is a symphonic fairytale with narration that introduces children to the instruments used in the orchestra in fun and accessible way. Musical Treats is an original program that uses food to teach concepts of music and composition as ingredients in musical recipes. The musical menu consists of classical music and film music, as well as a PowerPoint to support the presentation that enriches the overall experience.
CHICO is grateful to the Music Teacher’s Association of California (Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Branch) for the use of their marvelous Bösendorfer concert grand piano. MTAC’s piano has 92 keys instead of 88. The Bösendorfer (model 225) is considered to be the Rolls-Royce of pianos for its dark, rich sound and exquisite craftsmanship. The MTAC acquired the instrument in 2009, through individual donations and combined efforts of organizations that support music in Ventura County.
Ventura County Orchestra Alliance was formed to share information and resources. It’s a great place for enthusiasts and budding musicians to find out about symphonic orchestral performances in our area. Many performances are free of charge and count as “attending a concert for class credit” at local High Schools.
The mission of the League of American Orchestras is to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the people and organizations that create it, and champion the contributions they make to the health and vibrancy of communities.