In 1997, the Cárdenes family realized that the Culver City public schools were no longer providing the high quality musical education that their children had received when they were young. Two of their children went on to become professional musicians and educators. Early music studies in the schools contributed greatly to their successes and to their quality of life. To fill this void in musical education and experience, and to give back to the community, the Cardenes family formed the Culver City Chamber Orchestra (CCCO).
CCCO has presented 55 free concerts for the community: 15 Children’s Concerts, 5 Youth Symphony Concerts and 22 Chamber Orchestra Concerts. Audiences come from Culver City, Westchester, Mar Vista, Palms, Marina Del Rey and Los Angeles. Playing in churches, college auditoriums, and most recently, to sold out houses at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the orchestra has presented soloists and guest artists such as Martin Chalifour in 2008 (LA Philharmonic, Principal Concertmaster), Mark Nuccio in 2000 (New York Philharmonic Associate Principal Clarinetist and Solo E-flat Clarinetist), Andrés Cárdenes in 2000 and Anne Martindale Williams (Concertmaster and Principal Cellist, respectively, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and Roberto Diaz (CEO of Curtis Institute of Music, former Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra ), to name a few.