Sacramento is one of the most culturally diverse places in the United States, says Ron Stodghill in his 2002 TIME article, "Welcome to America's Most Diverse City." It is also the capital city to “the most innovative state in the nation” (The Daily Beast, 2010). Given this context, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera plays a vital and ever evolving role during this time of immense growth for the Sacramento region.
Making great music aside, the SP&O continues its mission of providing great classical music to the public through its new Cre8tive Concerts programming initiatives, which will bring music to public spaces within the eight Districts of the Sacramento Promise Zone. Each district will host a total of 55 concerts over the course of the SP&O 2016-17 season, at places such as farmers markets, libraries, events particular to that District, and more.
At the helm of Cre8tive Concert’s initiatives and planning is SP&O Principal Tuba and current Director of Community Engagement and Education, Julian Dixon. A dedicated music educator and active arts administrator, Mr. Dixon received his classical training at San Francisco State University and Boston University. Additionally, he is a faculty member of the California State University, Sacramento School of Music.