February 16, 2017
California Symphony announces Katherine Balch as its new Young American Composer-in-Residence for three-year position beginning in 2017
In a record year for applications to this program, California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera are thrilled to announce the selection of the 2017-2020 Young American Composer-in-Residence, Katherine Balch.
February 13, 2017
March 19 Concert Features all-French Program with all-French Wine Pairings
Acting Concertmaster Jennifer Cho solos in Ravel's Tzigane in addition to performances of other French stapes of the repertoire. Before show and during intermission, patrons can enjoy French wines specifically selected to pair with the pieces being performed; special tasting notes included.
January 25, 2017
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers Joins California Symphony on June 17 for Symphony Surround
Celebrating the orchestra's 30th anniversary at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, guests will sit on stage with the orchestra as musicians perform surrounding the guests. All proceeds benefit the California Symphony musicians and its education programs, including Sound Minds, Music in the Schools, and Young American Composer-in-Residence program.
December 13, 2016
California Symphony's First-Ever Performance of Beethoven IV, Plus West Coast Debut of Maria Radutu
The 30th anniversary season continues with the Orchestra's first performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 by Romanian-Austrian pianist Maria Radutu making her West Coast debut, and Young American Composer-in-Residence alum Christopher Theofanidis' Peace Love Light YOUMEONE.
October 12, 2016
Actress Rita Moreno Joins California Symphony to Narrate Prokofiev's Peter & The Wolf
Two holiday concerts will be performed December 20 and 21 in Walnut Creek at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Free familiy activities including Peter & The Wolf puppet making and instrument petting zoo will be available an hour before hand in the lobby.
August 9, 2016
30th Season Opens Sunday, September 18 with focus on works by Composer-in-Residence Alumni
Season opener includes Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony. Plus, for the first time, the Orchestra will offer a free audio and video stream of the pre-concert preparations and the first 30 minutes of the concert, including interviews, backstage visits, a pre-concert talk with Cabrera, and the performance of Puts’ Network and the first movement of the Mozart Flute Concerto in G with Annie Wu.
August 1, 2016
Applications for 2017-2020 Composer-in-Residence Now Open
California Symphony’s lauded three-year Young American Composer-in-Residence program now accepting applicants. The Young American Composer-In-Residence program, launched in 1991, gives outstanding, emerging, young American composers a unique opportunity to write orchestral music while working with a professional orchestra and conductor, over a three-year period.
April 5, 2016
Announcing the 2016-17 30th Anniversary Season
Highlights include Donato Cabrera leading the orchestra in music by a Young American Composer-in-Residence Program alumnus on every program, the world premiere of a new cello concerto by Dan Visconti, guest artists including Grammy-Tony-Oscar-Emmy Winner Rita Moreno narrating Peter & the Wolf, and performances of large scale symphonic works Rachmaninoff II, Beethoven IV, and Bruckner VI.
March 24, 2016
California Symphony Premieres Composer-in-Residence Dan Visconti's Living Language
With Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux on Friday, May 6 in Yountville and Sunday, May 8 in Walnut Creek, along with Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and Philip Glass' Company for String Orchestra.
February 9, 2016
Announcing Cirque du Symphonie, A New Special Event
Contortionists, dancers, strongmen, and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie execute their amazing feats to the Orchestra's live accompaniment. Presented by steadauto.com.
February 4, 2016
California Symphony and Guest Conductor Leif Bjaland Perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7
Principal Clarinetist Jerome Simas and Principal Bassoonist Douglas Brown are soloists in technically demanding R. Strauss' Duett-Concertino on Sunday, March 20, 2016
December 15, 2015
California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera Perform Jazz-inspired "American Roots" Program
Featuring pianist Charlie Albright in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on January 24, 2016
November 11, 2015
Young American Composer in Residence Dan Visconti Awarded Prestigious Koussevitzky Grant
The Library of Congress bestows prestigious co-commission award
October 7, 2015
California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera perform holiday concerts at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and in orchestra’s first concert at Lincoln Theater at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville
Pacific Boychoir joins the orchestra for performances; program includes animated children’s film The Snowman with live accompaniment, Christmas and holiday carol sing-alongs, and traditional and favorite holiday music
September 30, 2015
Music Director Donato Cabrera and California Symphony Orchestra Musicians Sign New Three-year Contracts
Two new agreements and the announcement of $200,000 challenge gift and "200 for 200" fundraising campaign.
August 4, 2015
California Symphony's Season Opener on September 20
Enjoy a tour around the world in this program of "greatist hits" followed by a party hosted by the musicians of the California Symphony.
July 7, 2015
Wizard of Oz with the California Symphony
A timeless classic comes to life like never before with the movie playing on the big screen while the California Symphony performs the film score live in tandem.
April 21, 2015
Announcing the 2015-2016 Season
California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera announce 2015-16 season concerts and programs, performances in three new Northern California venues, and new summer 2015 concerts.