2018-19 Season

2018/19 Season

From an American icon, to the man whose music can transport us to galaxies far, far away... From the seductive rhythms of an Argentine tango to a French composer's shimmering tribute... A beloved holiday classic movie screening... From great symphonic works by Mozart and Bruckner to captivating concertos with virtuoso performers...

         The 2018-19 season is here.

 

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Beethoven & Bernstein

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 4:00PM 

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Leonard Bernstein

  • American treasure Leonard Bernstein made his conducting debut in a live radio broadcast with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall at age 25, with just a few hours notice and zero rehearsal time after the guest conductor became ill. This concert celebrates 100 years of his legacy.
  • Featuring themes like Tonight, Somewhere, America, and Maria, West Side Story is one of Bernstein's best loved and most enduring works, which helped to bridge the gap between classical and popular music.
  • Charlie Albright returns after his 2016 debut with the California Symphony, when he brought the house down with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and his Great Balls of Fire encore.

 

 

Bernstein—Overture to Candide

 

Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 3
    Charlie Albright, piano

 

Lena Frank—Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra

 

Bernstein—Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

 
 

'Tis the Symphony

Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 4:00PM | 8:00PM

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

The Snowman

  • The Snowman is an animated short film about a young boy and the snowman he builds, who comes to life. The audience watches on the big screen as the California Symphony and the Pacific Boychoir Academy perform the soundtrack live. 
  • Nominated for an Academy Award in 1983, The Snowman lost out to Tango. (No, we'd never heard of it either.)
  • Featuring an audience sing-along and festive favorites, the holiday concerts are the most popular of the year—perfect for all ages looking to get into the spirit of the season.

 

 

Anderson—A Christmas Festival
     Holiday Selections featuring the Pacific Boychoir Academy

 

Tchaikovsky—Selections from the Nutcracker Suite

 

Blake—The Snowman
     (Film viewing with score performed live)

 

Various—Audience Sing-Along

 

Anderson—Sleigh Ride

 

 

A Tango with Mozart

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 8:00PM 
Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 4:00PM

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Jennifer Cho

  • Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer who fused jazz and classical music. Expect seductve Latin American rhythms and drama in the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, with Concertmaster Jennifer Cho at center stage. 
  • French composer Maurice Ravel, best known for his Boléro, composed Le Tombeau de Couperin as a celebration and tribute to his friends. 
  • The first of a final series of three symphonies delivered in quick succession towards the end of his life, it's unclear whether Mozart got to hear his Symphony No. 39 performed. 

 

 

Ravel—Le Tombeau de Couperin

 

Piazzolla—The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
     Jennifer Cho, violin

 

Mozart—Symphony No. 39
    

 

All John Williams

With the Blackhawk Chorus

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 4:00PM

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

California Symphony

  • "Without John Williams, bikes don't really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes."—Steven Spielberg, Williams' collaborator on 27 movies over 43 years.
  • Williams has 51 Academy Award nominations, with wins for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., and Schindler's List, all featured on this program.
  • Williams is credited with reviving "leitmotifs" (musical themes for characters) in his scores - a technique he borrowed from Wagnerian opera. 

 

 

Olympic Fanfare and Theme

 

Suite from Jaws

 

Superman March from Superman

 

Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 

Theme from Schindler's List

 

Adventures on Earth from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

 

The Cowboys Overture

 

Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan*

 

Princess Leia's Theme from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra

 

Battle of the Heroes from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith*

 

Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Suite for Orchestra*

 

Main Title from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra 

 

*with Blackhawk Chorus 

 

Epic Bruckner

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 4:00PM

 

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

Robyn Bollinger

  • Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch (2017-2020) premieres her violin concerto in five movements, written for New England Conservatory of Music graduate and rising star Robyn Bollinger. 
  • Big, dramatic, and one of Bruckner's best known works, Symphony No. 7 is a personal favorite for music director Donato Cabrera. In fact he says Bruckner is the reason he took up the baton. 
  • The orchestra swells to fill every inch of the stage to deliver this epic masterwork, and includes 4 Wagner tubas that look like a cross between a tuba and a French horn, on loan from the San Francisco Symphony. 

 

 

Balch—Violin Concerto (World Premiere) 
     Robyn Bollinger, violinist

 

Bruckner—Symphony No. 7
 

 
 
 

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