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Monterey Symphony


To engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Big Idea

This is Monterey County’s big resident orchestra, offering big symphonic music – but adapting. During the pandemic, the Monterey Symphony featured its artists as soloists in outdoor performances in its Balcony Sessions series. Now they plan to return to orchestral performances, and to select a new music director while doing so. The community is invited to come see four concerts from February through May in 2022. Each of the four concerts will feature a finalist for the job as conductor.

what was more spectacular … your opening poem or sweater? AND! What a spectacular concert! THANK YOU FOR LIFTING OUR SPIRITS. You lifted our spirits when I confess to feeling a bit blue over today’s state of being. (from December 2020)

- Neal Whitman

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.