Kelley O’Connor’s Family Favorite Sticky Buns

December 3, 2020 :: This holiday season, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor is looking forward having one of her mother’s deliciously rich sticky buns on Christmas morning. Here, Kelley shares the recipe for her mother Diane’s family favorite treat. Pro tip: prepare these the night before and you’re just 30 minutes away from delicious smells in the morning.  What You’ll Need…

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Meet Executive Director Lisa Dell

November 5, 2019 :: Relocating from Chicago to California, incoming Executive Director Lisa Dell is an arts champion with a wealth of music experience and a passion to grow the reputation of the California Symphony as a leader in its space. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I grew up in a creative household, largely due to

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California Connections for Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto

October 26, 2019 ::   Composer Kevin Puts’ association with California Symphony dates back to 1996, when he became the orchestra’s third ever Young American Composer-in-Residence. It was an experience he has called “life-changing,” and it launched a career that has so far yielded the prestigious Rome Prize (2002) and a Pulitzer Prize win for his debut opera Silent Night (2012), as well

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Flutist Annie Wu on her California Connections and Achieving Internet Fame at 15

October 20, 2019 :: At just 23 years old, she’s a national award-winner, Harvard and New England Conservatory graduate, and a YouTube star. Pleasanton-born flute powerhouse Annie Wu joined us to talk about her California connections, Lizzo, and her wardrobe choice regrets for the flute-beatboxing video she made when she was in high school and which ended up going

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Program Notes—MOZART AND HIS MENTOR

October 17, 2019 :: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major, K. 16 (1764) A child prodigy of staggering talent, itty-bitty Wolfgang Mozart was trundled about Western Europe from ages 7 through 10 by his doting—and exploitative—father. The family arrived in London in April 1764, where eight-year-old Wolfgang formed a close bond with Johann Christian Bach,

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Donato Previews MOZART AND HIS MENTOR

:: By California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera. In programming this concert with the California Symphony, there were a few ‘a-ha moments’ that I hoped to share with everyone, on stage and off. Because conductors and unadventurous and nervous marketing departments of most symphony orchestras have sadly codified the repertoire, you, the audience, rarely get to hear all of

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Meet Clarinetist Stephen Zielinski

October 6, 2019 :: Silicon Valley tech whizz by day and California Symphony’s Juilliard-trained virtuoso on weekends, clarinetist Stephen Zielinski answers our burning questions about his life and music career—including how he and Maestro Donato Cabrera share a connection that dates back almost two decades. 1. Can you tell us a little about your life in music? I’ve always

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’Tis the Symphony: A Guide to the California Symphony Holiday Concerts

November 20, 2018 :: An animated holiday classic, a Grammy-winning choir, mulled wine & cocoa to sip at your seat… Get the scoop on what to expect when you come to one of the California Symphony’s holiday concerts. There’s nothing quite like the buzzing atmosphere of the California Symphony’s holiday concerts, with the aroma of mulled wine in the

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11 Weird & Wonderful Versions of the Nutcracker

:: From Sesame Street to the Simpsons and rubber chickens, Tchaikovsky’s classic has been given some interesting treatments through the years. Here’s our pick of 11 of the best (and the worst.) 1. The Simpsons — Cause Christmas Eve is Here “Why should I care it’s all humbug.” — Montgomery Burns 2. Sesame Street Elmo gets down with Jamie

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