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2014-2015 Season Concerts

Outdoor Community Concert

Target Pops on the Plaza Concert

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:30 PM
Donato Cabrera, music director

Lisa Vroman, soprano
Todos Santos Plaza, Downtown Concord


Now in its 15th year, this free community concert has been presented to varied audiences of over 5,000 people. This summer's concert will feature Lisa Vroman ("One of American Musical Theater's most beautiful voices") and the California Symphony Orchestra performing great music from swing to jazz, movies, Broadway and everything in between! Perfect for the whole family, audiences will also love the many restaurants surrounding the park as well as the Farmers’ Market and many food vendors. This concert is produced in partnership with Target, the City of Concord, the Lesher Foundation and the Contra Costa Times.


Click the Listen links below to hear the music before you go!

Note: Free pre-concert lectures begin one hour prior to classical performances (September, January and May concerts).


Concerts are held at the Hofmann Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts


Opening Concert: Orchestra Spectacular   TICKETS

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 4 PM

Donato Cabrera, music director

Enjoy classical blockbusters including the William Tell Overture,
Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Ravel’s unforgettable Bolero and more!


Rossini: William Tell Overture

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Suppé:  Light Cavalry Overture

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Ravel: Boléro      Listen

Home for the Holidays    TICKETS
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 3 PM and 7:30 PM   

Donato Cabrera, music director
     The Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox, director

Back by popular demand! The world-renowned Pacific Boychoir once again joins the California Symphony for a heartwarming concert with many of your holiday favorites and, of course, a sing-along!


Sponsored by Hyde Printing






Whimsy & Virtuosity     TICKETS

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 4 PM

Tomasz Golka, guest conductor

Ring in the New Year with selections from celebrated composers including Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Copland’s Rodeo and Rossini’s spritely Overture to The Barber of Seville.


Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien  
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra
     Alina Ming Kobialka, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol 

Sibelius: Valse triste

Copland: Four Dances Episodes from Rodeo  Listen


Season Finale: Golka & Grieg   TICKETS

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 4 PM

Donato Cabrera, music director


Our season comes to a smashing finale with Adam Golka performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto, the world premiere of a new work by our next Young American Composer in Residence, Dan Visconti, and Tchaikovsky’s grand Symphony No. 4.


Visconti: World Premiere (to be announced)

Grieg: Piano Concerto     Listen

    Adam Golka, piano

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4   Listen


Sponsored by KPMG  



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Call the Lesher Center Ticket Office at 925.943.7469 today.
Single tickets on sale August 22.


Programs and artists subject to change.





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