John OrlandoEstablished in 1985, The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series (DACLS) is located in Aptos, California. The mission of DACLS is to bring together artists of international and local reputation, various musical and service organizations, educational institutions, and professional and ethnic groups in a variety of diverse and stimulating creative projects that reach a broad cross-section of the community. Our concerts in Santa Cruz are a fun and engaging way to expand your artistic horizons and to dive into the life of an artist or group of artists.

To date, the series has presented hundreds of performing artists, lecturers, and composers from around the globe at Peace United Church and other venues in Santa Cruz County. Our schedule of performers is constantly expanding and evolving to include new types of music from all over the world, providing classical music concerts in Santa Cruz that are both enlightening and fresh. The artistic and executive director of DACLS is Dr. John Orlando, D.M.A., music instructor emeritus from Cabrillo College.

If you’re interested in attending, visit our Home page for more information about upcoming shows and events. While you may recognize some of the names of the list and we encourage you to see your favorite artists, we also highly recommend seeing performances from unfamiliar artists and trying something new. The world of music is a vast one and our concerts in Santa Cruz is an excellent way to explore many facets of it.