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.
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
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
“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
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
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.