February 11, 2020
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and a World Premiere by Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch Feature in March Concerts
FATE AND FUTURE features Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch’s third and final commission for the California Symphony. Illuminate, a song cycle for three voices and orchestra, explores poetry by four female poets and by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.
January 7, 2020
Alina Kobialka, violin, and Oliver Herbert, cello, are the featured artists for Brahms’ Double Concerto in this all-Brahms program.
November 5, 2019
Following an extensive national search in collaboration with its music director Donato Cabrera and administrative staff, the California Symphony board of directors is delighted to announce its unanimous decision to hire Lisa Dell as the Symphony’s new executive director, effective Friday, November 15.
August 5, 2019
The California Symphony Orchestra and Musicians Union Local 6 of the American Federation of Musicians have announced the ratification of a new, five-year musicians’ contract. This contract will run through July 31, 2023.
August 1, 2019
California Symphony Now Accepting Applications for Young American Composer-in-Residence Program 2020-2023
California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera are now accepting composer applications for the orchestra’s highly respected and competitive Young American Composer-in-Residence program, for the period from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2023.
March 20, 2019
Bay Area connections abound in Connections, the California Symphony’s 33rdseason and its seventh under the baton of Music Director Donato Cabrera in a newly expanded season which Cabrera says is a step up artistically compared with previous seasons.
February 9, 2019
California Symphony celebrates music from the movies with two performances of ALL JOHN WILLIAMS at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 8pm and Sunday, Mar. 17 at 4pm, featuring some of the prolific American composer’s best known and most beloved works.
January 24, 2019
California Symphony and Music Director Donato Cabrera present Symphony Surround—the organization’s annual special event and fundraiser benefitting the orchestra and its music education programs, Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Chabot Space and Science Center. This is the third year in a row that the California Symphony will present its acclaimed Symphony Surround format, where guests enjoy a uniquely immersive orchestra experience as they dine literally surrounded by musicians. Taking advantage of the location, the event also features a bonus “surround” performance in the 360-degree domed planetarium, with visuals timed with the music.
January 2, 2019
Concertmaster Jennifer Cho leads the California Symphony in a seductive tango, paired with classic Mozart
The California Symphony kicks off 2019 with two performances of A TANGO WITH MOZART at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8pm and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm. Concertmaster Jennifer Cho takes center stage as soloist in Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla’s seductive, tango-laced Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which includes playful references to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 is one of three final symphonies delivered in quick succession towards the end of the composer’s life.
November 8, 2018
California Symphony gets $1,000,000 boost for its endowment, its largest gift ever, and raises a further $500,000 to meet fall fundraising goal. The gift more than doubles the organization’s endowment, now approximately $1,800,000 with this addition, which promotes financial security for the organization’s future.