FLASH! The next GGRO concert at CSUMC is to be decided.
The Golden Gate Radio Orchestra (GGRO) entertains today’s audiences with the best music of yesteryear. GGRO is a 19-piece re-creation of the versatile radio station network “house orchestra,” with its full-bodied sound of violins, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and vocalists. From the 1890’s to the Big Band era such old-time orchestras used to play their tuneful music for a national radio audience every day. See the GGRO website for more background.
The performances are tied together by expert narration discussing the music and its era along with audience involvement, sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes serious. They help remind us that, regardless of the technological advances of society, in many ways people were not that different in our grandparents’ day.
Concerts are performed throughout the year at Crystal Spring United Methodist Church (CSUMC), usually in the winter, spring and fall. In past years GGRO has also performed at several other venues in the SF Bay area. Regular rehearsals are held at CSUMC’s sanctuary. Please see the church calendar or contact us for more information about the next performance or about becoming an orchestra member.
GGRO was founded by Peter Weiglin, a CSUMC member, and several others about 18 years ago. Peter was the first director. Joy Eaton and her husband Todd Weiss, also church members, took over when Peter moved to Ohio. Steven Reading is the current director.
Officers of the GGRO Board
President – Susan Magrini
Treasurer – Mike Foley
Church Representatives – Steve Schlichter