Thanks to the generous support of donors during the LARGER THAN LIFE fall matching challenge, together we met the stretch goal of raising $250,000. Combined with the dollar-for-dollar match by lead donor Sharon Simpson, that means $500,000 was raised in only two months!

This is a new, significant milestone for the California Symphony which will fund about one third of the total annual costs of a season of epic concerts, amazing guest artists, emerging composer talent, and of course our El Sistema-inspired Sound Minds music education program, that gives opportunities to some of the most disadvantaged local students in the state.  

From all of us at the California Symphony, we are truly thankful for your generosity.

We couldn't have done it without you. 



What Does Your Gift Support

Your gift supports the work of the California Symphony in the 2017-18 season, including:

  • An expanded series of exciting concerts featuring stellar guest artists and our amazing team of professional musicians under the direction of Music Director Donato Cabrera – all right here in Walnut Creek!
  • Sound Minds – changing the lives of local children who live in poverty and for whom music education is truly a transformative force.
  • Championing emerging composers and amplifying their impact on classical music through the Young American Composer-in-Residence program.
  • And more — see what your gift at any and every level supports.


A Message from Concertmaster Jennifer ChoConcertmaster Jennifer Cho



For more information, or if you would like a staff member to help guide you through giving, call us at 925.280.2490 or email us at We are grateful for your support!


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  1. Sharon Simpson
  2. Dale and Carole Landon
  3. Janet Welter
  4. Luman and Marilyn Hughes
  5. Kenneth Bartsch
  6. Dan and Spalding Ashley
  7. Eric Brink and Gayle Vassar
  8. Katherine Jarrett
  9. Carol Smith
  10. Carleen Goeckel
  11. Richard and Shannon Merrill
  12. Barbara and Elva Rust
  13. Betty Ready
  14. Elena Bloedorn
  15. George and Jody Benkly
  16. John and Barbara Ohlmann
  17. Barbara Kuklewicz
  18. Amanda Druckemiller
  19. Ruth Reeves
  20. Peter Reich
  21. Sharon Ward
  22. Rod Mickels and Lisa Franzel
  23. Cecelia Tutt
  24. Richard and Barbara Barlow
  25. Jon Dickson and Deedre Formusa
  26. Dolores and Hans Kruger
  27. Frank and Sylvia Kafer
  28. Susan Abrahamson
  29. Elizabeth Wyrick
  30. Richard and Sigrid Jarrett
  31. Michael Lazur and Mary Ellen Rockdale
  32. Marsha Joy
  33. Ralph Wagner Jr. 
  34. Richard Schulze
  35. John and Marilyn Knowles 
  36. Bob and Carlotta Dathe
  37. Marilyn Foreman
  38. Elizabeth Summer
  39. Dan and Jackie Renke
  40. Sally and Robert Burley
  41. Elaine Reisert
  42. Judy French
  43. Joan Semonsen 
  44. Barbara Stallings
  45. Ronald and Katherine Stupak
  46. Howard C Hansen
  47. William Stevenson
  48. Marian and Roger Gray
  49. Barbara Hodgkinson
  50. William Armstrong
  51. Donato Cabrera
  52. Jonathan Sousa
  53. Glenn and Caroleigh Casebolt
  54. Carter Wells
  55. Karin Eames
  56. Beverly Louie
  57. Robert Rÿker
  58. Dick and Sally Ingraham
  59. Jack and Phyllis Kalivoda
  60. Joanne Killam
  61. Frederic Smith
  62. Carl and Bonnie Bergauer
  63. Vendini
  64. Hillary Fowler
  65. Peter and Judy Heyman
  66. Luisa and William Hansen
  67. Juliann Fuentes
  68. James Gahl
  69. Ralph and Loella Haskew
  70. Abigail Dye
  71. Helen Carroll
  72. Ritamarie Walsh
  73. Ernestine Vanderveen
  74. Gil Berkeley
  75. Sara Soltan
  76. Marta Castellanos
  77. Luciann Leraul
  78. Janice Coggiola
  79. Richard and Monika Deutsche
  80. Hal and Marcia Wilson
  81. John and Linda Judd
  82. Dirk Mellema
  83. Janet Marie and Paul Petrič
  84. Talbots
  85. David and Lori Abele
  86. Rae Joyce Marsyla
  87. Gail Murray
  88. Marc and Sandy Macauley
  89. Jack and Joanne Waddell
  90. Kenneth and Carol Soult
  91. Barbara Corneille
  92. Robert Holmes
  93. Roger and Sue Lang
  94. Mike Elmore
  95. Charles Boyd
  96. Chuck and Kathy Scanlan
  97. William Lange
  98. Patti Miller
  99. Edward and Denise Del Beccaro
  100. Darren and Sunshine Deffner
  101. Michael Tuciarone
  102. Phyllis Ceasar
  103. Mary Brooks
  104. Chuck and Susie Hanson
  105. Janet Lynch
  106. Joshua Robison
  107. Marian King