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September 6, 2017
Music Director Donato Cabrera appoints Jennifer Cho as Concertmaster for the California Symphony
San Francisco Opera first violinist Jennifer Cho confirmed as Concertmaster for the California Symphony after four years with the orchestra, including a year as Acting Concertmaster during the 2016-17 season.
August 17, 2017
Season Opener: LYRICAL DREAMS, Sunday, September 24, 2017
The California Symphony’s Season Opener, LYRICAL DREAMS – Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek – marks the start of an ambitious, exciting season of concerts packed with complex, challenging, blockbuster pieces for its LARGER THAN LIFE themed 2017-18 season.
June 14, 2017
California Symphony’s Sound Minds elementary school music program recognized with the Orchestra’s first National Endowment for the Arts grant since 2011, for $15,000, and $16,200 from the California Arts Council
First-ever NEA grant for Sound Minds acknowledges the powerful impact the music education program is having on the lives of kids and families at San Pablo’s Downer Elementary School.
May 9, 2017
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers joins the California Symphony for Surround Sound, the Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary special event June 17, 2017 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville
All proceeds benefit the California Symphony and its music education programs, including Sound Minds, Music in the Schools and Young American Composer-in-Residence Program.
March 29, 2017
Announcing the 2017-2018 Season: Larger Than Life
Orchestra expands to include new Saturday night series at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Performances include Mahler for the first time in nearly 20 years, Mozart's Requiem, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Sibelius Symphony No. 3, and more. All but one program includes a living composer, and new Young American Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch premieres her first of three CSO commissions.
March 22, 2017
Season Finale Includes Beethoven, Brucker VI, and a World Premiere Cello Concerto by Dan Visconti
This is Visconti's final work as a Young American Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra. The California Symphony also performs Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 for the first tie in its 30-year history.
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.