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.

November 30th thru December 23rd 2018

November 30

11:00 High Voltage (El Dorado Theater Co.)

12:00 John Adams Academy Choirs

December 1

11:00 Ibaraki Christian School Choir from Japan

11:30 Festival Brass Quintet

12:30 Phoebe Hearst Elementary School Choir

1:00 Camellia Symphony Juniors and Cadets

2:30 West Valley Chorus (Barber shop chorus)

December 2

California Marathon- No music

December 3

Swearing In Day-No Music

December 4

11:00 Franklin High School Choir

12:00 Golden State Accordion Club

December 5

10:45 Lincoln High School Choir

12:30 Davis High School Baroque Ensemble

December 6

11:00 BRASSY!

12:00 Folsom Lake Youth Choir

December 7

11:00- Cosumnes River College Vocal Enssemble

12:00 Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills

December 8

12:00 Sacramento Opera Carolers

1:00 Camellia City Flute Choir

2:30 Sacramento Valley Concert Choir

3:30 Parker Whitney Elementary School Choir

December 9

11:00 Granite Bay Brass

12:00 Glissandro Harp Ensemble ( Sacramento Youth Symphony)

1:00 Vivace Strings ( Sacramento Youth Symphony)

2:00 Crocker Riverside Elementary Singing Cubs Choir

3:00 Yuba Voice and Cantica Nova

4:00 Girl Scouts of the Sierra

December 10

11:00 Salvation Army Brass Ensemble

12:00 Saint Mary School Choir

12:30 Rozakina Gutman, Pianist

December 11

11:00 Los Banos Junior High School Choir

12:00 Pine Hills Adventist Academy Choralaires

December 12

11:00 Sacramento Valley Chorus

12:00 Davis High School Madrigals and Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir

December 13

11:00 Natomas Charter School of the Performing Arts String Orchestra

12:00 Sheldon High School Vocal Ensemble

December 14

12:00 Capital Valley Harp Circle

December 15

11:00 Sing-A-Long with the State Capitol Museum Singers

12:00 Capitol Horn Choir

1:00 River Bells

3:00 Davis Splash Music Ensemble

3:30 Sacramento International Dance Club

December 16

11:00 Sacramento Women’s Chorus

12:00 West Campus Wind Ensemble

1:00 Sacramento Flute Club

2:00 Sacramento Recorder Society

3:00 West Sacramento Community Singers

December 17

11:00 Welty Strings

12:00 Davis Chorale

December 18

11:00 Mellodika (Harp Duo)

12:00 Sacramento Community Home School Choirs

1:00 Avalon Strings

December 19

11:00 CalPERS Holiday Chorus

12:00 Asian Community Center Show Stoppers

1:00 Chinese Community Church Ukulele and Hula Fellowship

December 20

11:00 CalSTRS Christmas Choir

12:00 Caltrans Choir

December 21

11:00 Sacramento Capitolaires (Barber Shop Chorus)

12:00 Vocal Art Ensemble

December 22

11:00 California Bridgeway Choir

12:00 California Veterans Home Bell Choir (The Ding-a-Lings)

December 23

1:00 Davis Children’s Chorale

2:00 Garden Strings

3:00 Ron Ortiz Presents

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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