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California Symphony can now be heard by music lovers across the state, thanks to a brand new, one-of-a-kind partnership with Classical KDFC.

Tune in to hear past performances, aired in their entirety, which showcase the Symphony’s diverse programming, from Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, to more recent commissions by alums of the Young American Composer-in-Residence program, including Kevin Puts (1996-99), Chris Theofanidis (1994-96), and Katherine Balch (2017-20).

How to Tune In

Northern California / KDFC

Listen to KDFC on demand
California Symphony Broadcast
Programs air the fourth Sunday of the month.

20/21 Season subscribers and donors are invited to join a Pre-Show Happy Half Hour pre-concert talk, hosted by Music Director Donato Cabrera and with special guests from the program.

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As someone who now resides in San Francisco, but whose Mexican American roots are in Los Angeles, it is with great pride that these performances will now be heard across the state.” 

—Music Director Donato Cabrera


Original performance date: 5/6/2018    
KDFC – Sunday, March 28 at 8:00 PM

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Haochen Zhang, Piano
COMPOSER                  Katherine Balch (2017-2020)

Balch                            like a broken clock (2018 commission)
Sibelius                        Symphony No. 3
Brahms                        Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 830

Original performance date: 5/5/2019    
KDFC – Sunday, April 25 at 8:00 PM

CONDUCTOR              Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST           Robyn Bollinger, violin
COMPOSER                 Katherine Balch (2017-2020)

Balch                            Artifacts, Violin Concerto (2019 commission)
Bruckner                     Symphony No. 7

Original performance date: 11/17/2019
KDFC – Sunday, May 23 at 8:00 PM

CONDUCTOR              Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST           Annie Wu, flute
COMPOSER                 Kevin Puts (1996-1999)

Mozart                        Symphony No. 1
Puts                             Flute Concerto (commissioned by Californians Joe & Bette Hirsch)
Haydn                         Symphony No. 104


Original performance date: 5/4/2014    

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Ilya Yakushev, Piano
COMPOSER                  D. J. Sparr (2011-2014)

Sparr                             Dreams of the Old Believers (2014 commission)
Rachmaninoff             Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Rimsky-Korsakov       Scheherazade

Original performance date: 5/3/2015    

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Adam Golka, Piano
COMPOSER                 Dan Visconti (2014-2017)

Visconti                       Breakdown (2015 commission)
Grieg                            Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky               Symphony No. 4

Original performance date: 9/18/2016  

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Annie Wu, Flute
COMPOSER                 Kevin Puts (1996-1999)

Puts                              Network (1997 commission)
Mozart                         Flute Concerto in G
Rachmaninoff            Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Original performance date: 1/22/2017  

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Maria Radutu, Piano
COMPOSER                  Christopher Theofanidis (1994-1996)

Theofanidis                 Peace, Love, Light YOUMEONE (2002 commission)
Mozart                          Piano Concerto K. 488
Beethoven                   Symphony No. 4

Original performance date: 5/7/2017    

CONDUCTOR               Donato Cabrera
GUEST ARTIST            Inbal Segev, Cello
COMPOSER                 Dan Visconti (2014-2017)

Beethoven                  Coriolan Overture Op. 62
Visconti                       Tangle Eye, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra (2017 commission)
Bruckner                     Symphony No. 6