2017/18 Season

Larger Than Life

A work never-before attempted here. A requiem. A famous composer not performed by us in nearly a decade. A murder mystery. A Pastoral Symphony. A new Saturday evening series. A piano concerto so virtuosic, the composer wrote it for himself. And all performed by a fantastic professional orchestra the San Francisco Chronicle calls “superbly wrought.”

The California Symphony’s 2017-18 Season is made for you.

 

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A Lemony Snicket Holiday

December 23, 2017 | 4:00PM | 8:00PM
Donato Cabrera, music director

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

 

A Lemony Snicket Holiday

  • The Composer Is Dead was composed with text by Lemony Snicket as a whodunit mystery for all ages, written in the style of Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf and Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, and someone in the orchestra is guilty!
  • Tony nominee and broadway star Manoel Felciano (pictured) comes straight from the New York run of Amelié to narrate this concert.
  • The holiday concerts are always our most popular performances of the year, perfect for symphony-goers young, old, or anywhere in between wanting to get into the holiday spirit.
  • This concert includes an audience sing-along...and some people get pretty into it (which we love)!

 

 

Tchaikovsky—Selections from the Nutcracker Suite

 

Stookey—The Composer is Dead
     Manoel Felciano, narrator

 

Various—Audience Sing-Along

 

Anderson—Sleigh Ride

 

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Pastoral Beethoven

Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8:00PM 

Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 4:00PM 

Donato Cabrera, music conductor

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Alexi Kenney

  • Regarded the father of Czech music, Bedrich Smetana [Bed-REECH Smeh-TAH-nah], wrote this piece named after a river that flows through Prague, and he gives the flutes a workout in it.
  • Composer Max Bruch wrote over 200 works, with his first violin concerto remaining one of the most popular pieces for solo violin and orchestra today.
  • Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, aka the Pastoral Symphony, was composed at the same time as the famous Fifth, and each movement's title is a sentence by the composer about the outdoor scene he is trying to depict.

 

 

Smetana—Vltava (Die Moldau)

 

Bruch—Violin Concerto No. 1
     Alexi Kenney, violin

 

Beethoven—Symphony No. 6

 

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Mozart Requiem with the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 8:00PM 

Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 4:00PM 

Donato Cabrera, music conductor

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

SFCM Chorus

  • Two conductors take the podium at this concert as we welcome to the stage the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, led by Ragnar Bohlin (pictured).
  • The first half of the program features works selected by Bohlin, and the second half is a Mozart masterpiece, the Requiem for full orchestra and choir.
  • Mozart died in 1791, leaving the Requiem unfinished; it was completed the following year by Mozart's colleague Franz Xaver Süssmayr.

 

 

V. Williams—Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
     Ragnar Bohlin, conductor

 

Pärt—Te Deum
     San Francisco Conservatory Chorus

     Ragnar Bohlin, conductor

 

Mozart—Requiem in D minor
     San Francisco Conservatory Chorus

     Donato Cabrera, conductor

 

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Something Old, Something New

May 6, 2018 | 4:00PM
Donato Cabrera, music director

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

 

Haochen Zhang

  • Brahms waited 22 years after his first piano concerto to write his second, with himself as the original soloist. Haochen Zhang (pictured) returns to perform it here.
  • Unlike other symphonies, Finnish composer Sibelius' Symphony No. 3 has only three movements, compared to the usual four, and the whole work sounds more classical (think light like Mozart) rather than romantic (big and heavy like, well, Brahms...).
  • This program includes a world premiere by our newest composer-in-residence, Katherine Balch, the first female to win this competitive residency with the California Symphony.

 

 

Balch—like a broken clock (World Premiere)

 

Sibelius—Symphony No. 3

 

Brahms—Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83
     Haochen Zhang, pianist

 

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