The Santa Monica Symphony will present the first concert of its 2011-12 season, featuring violinist Tereza Stanislav and cellist C/cilia Tsan, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

The program will offer a mix of contemporary and classic pieces including “Collage: Boogie” by Libby Larsen, Johannes Brahms’ “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor,” and Alexander Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Minor.”

UCLA professor of musicology Raymond Knapp will present a pre-concert lecture on the repertoire beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“I’m always excited about the beginning of the symphony season after our summer layoff,” Symphony Music Director and Conductor Allen Robert Gross said. “It’s great to be making music again with such a wonderful group of dedicated musicians as the Santa Monica Symphony. We have two fine soloists on our opener, and there are lots of colors in this concert as well… It will be a really enjoyable evening.”

Violinist Stanislav is an active performer who has appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She was appointed assistant concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2003, and in 2010 served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” conducted by Pl‡cido Domingo.

She has toured with the Mir— Quartet and received a Grammy nomination as a founding member of the Enso String Quartet.

French-born cellist Tsan has toured extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and won accolades throughout the world, including top honors in Cello and Chamber Music from the Paris Conservatory; the Menuhin Foundation Award; and the Paris International Competition’s Debussy Prize. She currently serves as principal cellist in the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and has released many acclaimed recordings.

Also active in Los Angeles’ motion picture industry, Tsan has played for the Academy Awards, the Emmys, American Idol, and hundreds of film scores.

The Santa Monica Symphony presents five free concerts each season to listeners of all ages, attracting around 6,000 audience members annually with a repertoire of classical and contemporary music.

Admission to the Oct. 29 show is free, and no reservations or tickets are required.