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August 20, 2018
Returning Virtuoso Charlie Albright Uncovers the Jazzy Side of Beethoven, plus California Symphony Celebrates Bernstein’s 100th
2018-19 California Symphony season opener BEETHOVEN & BERNSTEIN features a return visit for internationally renowned pianist Charlie Albright, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and a celebration of beloved works by American icon Leonard Bernstein, including Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra by California native Gabriela Lena Franks rounds out a high-energy start to Donato Cabrera’s sixth season as Music Director with the California Symphony.
July 31, 2018
Contract Extensions with Music Director Donato Cabrera and Executive Director Aubrey Bergauer
Music Director Donato Cabrera and Executive Director Aubrey Bergauer have both agreed to separate contract extensions. Plus, the California Symphony ends the 2017-2018 fiscal year with its third budget surplus of the last four years.
April 19, 2018
California Symphony One of Seventeen Orchestras to Receive League of American Orchestras "American Orchestras' Futures Fund" Grant The $30,000 grant, made possible by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, supports the launch of a pilot adult education program called Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed, marketed in English and Spanish, with live on-site Spanish interpretation.
April 3, 2018
Season Finale includes Brahms, Sibelius, and a World Premiere by New Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch—May 6, 2018
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, the final concert in the 2017-18 season, features the debut performance of Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch’s first commission for the California Symphony, like a broken clock. Music Director Donato Cabrera also conducts Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3, and internationally acclaimed, award-winning pianist Haochen Zhang performs Brahms’ virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2.
March 21, 2018
Announcing the 2018-19 Season
This is the first season programmed after the publication of the organization's statement of commitment to diversity, with female composers accounting for 15% of all composers programmed (2 out of 13), and living composers 31% (4 out of 13).
February 1, 2018
MOZART REQUIEM, Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018
Two conductors take the podium in the California Symphony’s March concerts. Guest conductor Ragnar Bohlin conducts works by Vaughan Williams and Pärt, while the second half is Mozart’s masterpiece for full orchestra and choir, under the direction of California Symphony maestro Donato Cabrera.
January 24, 2018
After a rousing debut last year, the California Symphony’s Symphony Surround special event is back—featuring “Classical Rock Star” cellist Joshua Roman, at the iconic Claremont Hotel Saturday, June 16, 2018
California Symphony continues to reinvent and reimagine the typical symphony fundraiser experience with Symphony Surround, where patrons dine while literally surrounded by the orchestra as they play.
December 13, 2017
PASTORAL BEETHOVEN, Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21, 2018
The California Symphony performs Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, and rising star Violinist and Bay Area native Alexi Kenney makes his California Symphony debut.
November 21, 2017
A LEMONY SNICKET HOLIDAY, Saturday, December 23 2017
The California Symphony’s A LEMONY SNICKET HOLIDAY offers Walnut Creek audiences a sing-along, the Nutcracker, hot cocoa, and a whodunit orchestra mystery.
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.