The 2023-24 Distinguished Artists
Concert and Lecture Series

Outstanding music literature performed at the highest level of artistry and expertise.

Cuban Jazz Pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco

“Pacheco’s untethered creative, emotionally profound, technically virtuous artistry are steeped in his unrelenting love of improvisation, his lyrical, poetic, musical soul and the discipline of his deep classical training.” Access Latin Entertainment

Sunday, October 1, 4:00 pm

Pianist Davide Cabassi Finalist in the 2005 Cliburn International Piano Competition  “heavenly Mozart…” John Orlando

Program: Schumann and Beethoven

Sunday, December 10, 4:00 pm


Davide Cabassi made his debut at the age of thirteen with Rai Symphony Orchestra of Milan playing the Shostakovitch’s Second Concerto conducted by Vladimir Delman, starting a career as soloist which led him to perform with the major European and American orchestras

Pianist Alon Goldstein

“Lively, bursting with energy, also poetic…marvelous colors…”
Der Westen (Germany)

Sunday, November 19, 4:00 pm



Amit Peled



“Simply gorgeous sound.” The Baltimore Sun

Sunday, January 28, 4:00 pm

Pianist Chin-yun Hu

“She has the suspense of Brendel, Perahia’s lyricism and the depth of Barenboim…” –Yediot, (Israel)

Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm

Pianist Peter Toth

“…thorough and majestic, in the best tradition of Horowitz and Bolet” –Audiophile Audition

Sunday, March 10, 4:00 pm

This roster of exceptional artists will not disappoint. So, next year bring family and friends with you, too. Look for further announcements and be sure to take advantage of our early bird discount coming soon.
All Series events will be held at Peace United Church of Christ on Sunday afternoons at 4 pm.
Details and prices coming soon

The Distinguished Artists Concert Foundation

The Distinguished Artists Concert Foundation is a locally formed 501C organization whose main purpose is to enhance the quality of life for Santa Cruz County residents and visitors to our area. This includes support for individuals and organizations in local services and the arts. The DACF is a proud sponsor of The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series.

Peace United Church of Christ

Peace United Church of Christ, at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz, is a decidedly Christian community following in the generous and inclusive way of Jesus. It is especially known for its ministry through music and the arts, its advocacy for LGBTQ+ equality, and its collaboration with other justice-seeking organizations, religious and secular. The congregation carries the blessings and burdens of historic Christianity with a boldly progressive vision. Learn more online: and and know that you are welcome for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings!



Interested in supporting local art? Visit our Donations page to contribute or Become a Sponsor of Distinguished Artists.
We sincerely thank you for helping us continue to organize these magnificent events.

Occasional pre-concert interactive talks with artists on What to Listen for in Music one hour prior to selected performances, and additional presentations by Dr. Orlando and other musicians and historians.

Programs subject to change

Pre-concert talks on What to Listen for one hour prior to some performances TBA


Thanks To
Our Generous Sponsors

  • Deborah Donner
  • Dr. and Mrs. Lester Miller
  • Clayton and Jennifer Crawford
  • Teresa Green