Capitol Holiday Music Program


Holiday Music Program Information

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Festive music & celebration began at our Capitol as early as December 1869, during its triumphant opening. The halls of the Capitol were festooned with flowers & two musical bands performed. Fourteen years later, amid much fanfare, D.O. Mill’s gift of the statue Columbus at the Court of Spain was officially presented to the State of California in a generous holiday gesture.

Past Governors of California established a tradition of celebrating the winter holiday season by adorning the Capitol with garlands and decorating the tress of their offices. The earliest photographs of this celebration show Governor James Rolph and his staff in 1931 standing beneath a large decorated tree. The tradition continued until 1983 when lighted trees were placed outside, near the west entrance due to fire safety concerns.

Since 1996 the California State Capitol Museum, in association with the California Legislature Joint Committee on Rules, Governor’s Office and the Department of General Services has worked to restore holiday traditions inside the Capitol. Early twentieth century floral arrangements, provided by the California State Capitol Museum Volunteers Association, create a lovely backdrop for holiday musical performances in the rotunda. In addition, the tree lighting ceremony on the West Steps brings the festivities outdoors for all to enjoy.

 

2019 Performer Schedule

Saturday November 30:

  • 12:00 The Choir Community (various elementary schools)
  • 1:00 Sacramento Theater Company Carolers

Sunday December 1

  • 12:00 Sierra Gold Chorus
  • 1:00 California Bridgeway Music Club
  • 2:00 Granite Bay Brass

Monday December 2

  • 11:00 Lincoln High School Choir

Tuesday December 3

  • 11:00 Sol Aureus (Sacramento Preparatory School Choir)
  • 12:00 Golden State Accordion Band

Wednesday December 4

  • 12:30 Davis High School Baroque String Ensemble

Thursday December 5

  • 11:00 Franklin High School Choir
  • 12:00 Aimusic School (traditional Chinese orchestra)
  • 1:00 John Adams Academy Choirs

Friday December 6

  • 11:00 High Voltage ( broadway-style cabaret)
  • 12:00 Cantare Chorale
  • 1:00 Cosumnes River College Vocal Ensemble

Saturday December 7

  • 10:00 Ibaraki Christian High School Choir from Japan
  • 11:00 Vivace Strings (Sacramento Youth Symphony)
  • 12:00 Camellia Symphony Juniors
  • 1:00 Sacramento Opera Carolers
  • 2:00 Songs of Christmas Joy (various International Choirs)
  • 3:00 Davis Splash Music Ensemble (traditional Chinese instrumentalists)

Sunday December 8

California International Marathon- No Music

Monday December 9

  • 11:00 CalSTRS Christmas Choir
  • 12:00 Natomas Performing and Fines Arts Academy Orchestra

Tuesday December 10

  • 11:00 Los Banos Junior High School Choir
  • 12:00 Pine Hills Adventist Academy Choralaires

Wednesday December 11

  • 11:00 – 11:30 St Mary School Choir
  • 11:30 Corps-a-Liers (U.S Army Corps of Engineers)
  • 12:00 Davis High School Madrigals and Advanced Treble Choirs

Thursday December 12

  • 11:00 Folsom Lake Youth Choir
  • 12:00 Sheldon High School Vocal Ensemble

Friday December 13

  • 12:00 Capital Valley Harp Circle
  • 1:30 Waldorf School Musical Performers

Saturday December 14

  • 11:00 Sing-a-Long with the State Capitol Museum Singers
  • 12:00 Capitol Horn Choir
  • 1:00 Camellia City Flute Choir
  • 2:30 Sacramento Valley Concert Choir
  • 3:30 Mariachi del Valle (Da Vinci Charter School)

Sunday December 15

  • 11:00 Waldorf Schools Musical Performers
  • 12:00 Sacramento Women’s Chorus
  • 1:00 Sacramento Flute Club
  • 2:00 Sacramento Recorder Society
  • 3:00 River City Chorale

Monday December 16

  • 11:00 Sacramento Capitolaires
  • 12:00 CalPERS Holiday Chorus

Tuesday December 17

  • 11:00 Sacramento Community Home School Choirs
  • 12:00 CCC Ukulele and Hula Fellowship

Wednesday December 18

  • 11:00 Sacramento Valley Chorus
  • 12:00 Asian Community Center “Show Stoppers”

Thursday December 19

  • 11:00 Festival Brass Ensemble Quintet
  • 12:00 Triceratops Horn Trio

Friday December 20

  • 11:00 Avalon String Quartet
  • 12:00 Vocal Art Ensemble
  • 1:00 Salvation Army Brass Ensemble

Saturday December 21

  • 11:00 West Valley Chorus
  • 12:00 California Veteran’s Home Bell Choir
  • 1:00 River Bells
  • 3:00 Capital Brass Quartet

Sunday December 22

  • 11:00 Singer Citizens (5 person a cappella)
  • 12:00 Girl Scouts Sierra Creek
  • 1:00 Stan Pollmann-Guitarist
  • 2:00 Ron Ortiz Presents
  • 3:00 West Sacramento Community Singers

Monday December 23

  • 11:00 Davis Children’s Chorus
  • 12:00 Davis Choral
  • 1:00 The Choir Community Choirs
  • 1:30 Trinity Cathedral Choristers

Directions & Parking

The center of California’s government is located in downtown Sacramento, close to several freeways and within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants. The streets in downtown Sacramento are numerical from west to east and alphabetical north to south. Street parking and parking garages are located throughout Sacramento. The Capitol reserves parking directly in front of the Capitol on 10th Street between L and N streets for bus use.

The physical address for the State Capitol is 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, California 95814.

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