Music in the Community

As a part of our mission, California Symphony seeks to enhance the lives of those it servers in Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay Area by providing education and outreach programs for children and adults. Furthermore, as a part of our growth, we aim to continue to break down pre-conceived barriers to arts access. In just one year, California Symphony’s engagement in the community has increased our individual reach to nearly 4,000 people over the previous year. That’s an increase of 37%, meaning we are finding more ways to engage our audiences and potential audiences while encouraging lifelong learning.

...I do not want art for a few; any more than education for a few; or freedom for a few... 
― William Morris, 19th Century English Poet


How we are making it happen:

Checkmark March 12 – 3:00PM

Lafayette Library - Community Hall

A Tale of Two Conductors: Masters on Masterpieces

Join us at the Lafayette Library where you can be the first to hear an exclusive sneak-peek conversation from TWO conductors about the unique upcoming Mozart Requiem concert, the collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and how Mozart’s Requiem is like a marathon. California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera and guest conductor Ragnar Bohlin, will introduce and discuss the music and collaborative process.

Free to the Public, Registration Required.

Checkmark May 2 – 7:00PM

Walnut Creek Library Oak View Room

Back by popular demand, you can hear it here first! A premier first look into the making of California Symphony’s first commission of rising composer Katherine Balch. California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera and Young American Composer-in-Residence, Katherine Balch, will introduce and discuss the music and collaborative process along of her new work, like a broken clock. The California Symphony will present the world premiere of “like a broken clock” on Sunday, May 6 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. in Walnut Creek.


To learn more about our community programs, contact Sunshine Deffner, Operations & Education Director at 925-280-2490.