The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society’s (SMPS) next season will open with Breaking Boundaries, Feb. 25 at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Maria.

Maestro Michael Nowak will lead the Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra, and the audience, through three groundbreaking works from innovators of the 19th and 20th centuries.

From the first chord of his “Symphony No. 1,” Ludwig van Beethoven defied the norms of his neoclassical paradigm, helping to forge a new way in musical expression.

American composer Charles Ives plumbs the most profound questions of existence in “The Unanswered Question,” taking listeners on a cerebral journey depicting humankind’s ascent from nature.

Clarinet soloist Don Foster joins the Santa Maria Philharmonic for a guest performance of Aaron Copland’s groundbreaking “Clarinet Concerto.” Originally penned with Benny Goodman in mind for the solo part, the concerto represents a fusion of modern art music and the jazz idiom.

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The Philharmonic Society also invites community members to a free Youth Recital, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library.

The program will feature students of Santa Maria Philharmonic musician Lynne Garrett, among them, Suri Kim.

Kim is the winner of several youth piano competitions, including the Paderewski for multiple years, resulting in her going to Poland this summer as an exchange student.

Kim will be the featured concerto soloist in SMPS’s April season concert Elegance & Mastery.

No reservations are necessary, seating is available until full.