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California Symphony can now be heard by music lovers across the state, thanks to a one-of-a-kind partnership with Classical KDFC in the Bay Area. Broadcasts are on the fourth Sunday of each month, with a break in December.

Tune in to hear past performances, aired in their entirety, which showcase California Symphony as an entertaining and engaging voice for America’s regional orchestras. Concerts feature diverse programming—from masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler and Brahms, to pieces by Nat Stookey, Gabriela Lena Frank, and current California Symphony Composer-in-Residence Viet Cuong—while also highlighting Californian talent and rising young soloists.

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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


 

UPCOMING EPISODES

Season 2, Ep. 1: ICONIC BEETHOVEN

On air at KDFC on September 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR      Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTIST   Rachel Calloway, Mezzo-Soprano

Beethoven             The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Frank                     La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove)
Mahler                   Lieder (Songs)
Beethoven             Symphony No. 5

Original performance date: 09/15/2019

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Season 2, Ep. 2: PASTORAL BEETHOVEN

On air at KDFC on October 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR      Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTIST   Alexi Kenney, violin

Smetana                Vltava (Die Moldau)
Bruch                     Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven             Symphony No. 6

Original performance date: 01/20/2018

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Season 2, Ep. 3: MOZART REQUIEM

On air at KDFC on November 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm

MUSIC DIRECTOR              Donato Cabrera

GUEST CONDUCTOR         Ragnar Bohlin

GUEST ARTISTS                  San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chorus

Vaughan Williams                Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Part                                          Te Deum
Mozart                                    Requiem

Original performance date: 03/17/2018

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Season 2, Ep. 4: RHAPSODY IN BLUE

On air at KDFC on January 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR         Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTIST     Charlie Albright, Piano

Stravinsky               Scherzo a la russe
Milhaud                   La creation du monde
Bernstein                Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
Weill                        A Little Three-Penny Music
Gershwin                Rhapsody in Blue

Original performance date: 01/24/2016

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Season 2, Ep. 5: LYRICAL DREAMS

On air at KDFC on February 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR         Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTIST     Maria Valdes, Soprano

Barber                      Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Stookey                    YTTE (Yield To Total Elation)
Mahler                     Symphony No. 4

Original performance date: 09/24/2017

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Season 2, Ep. 6: BRAHMS FEST

On air at KDFC on March 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR           Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTISTS     Alina Kobialka, violin; Oliver Herbert, cello

Brahms                      Hungarian Dance No. 6
Brahms                      Hungarian Dance No. 5
Brahms                      Symphony No. 3
Brahms                     Concerto for Violin and Cello

Original performance date: 02/01/2020

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Season 2, Ep. 7: POETRY IN MOTION

On air at KDFC on April 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR           Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTISTS     Nicholas Phan, tenor; Meredith Brown, horn

Viet Cuong                 Next Week’s Trees
Schoenberg                Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Britten                        Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Original performance date: 05/08/2021, 05/15/2021, 05/22/2021

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Season 2, Ep. 8: BEETHOVEN & BERNSTEIN

On air at KDFC on May 22, 2022 at 8:00 pm

CONDUCTOR          Donato Cabrera

GUEST ARTIST       Charlie Albright, Piano

Bernstein                   Overture to Candide
Beethoven                 Piano Concerto No. 3
Frank                         Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra
Bernstein                  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Original performance dates: 09/23/2018

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PAST EPISODES

EPISODE ONE

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

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EPISODE TWO

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

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EPISODE THREE

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

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EPISODE FOUR

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

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EPISODE FIVE

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

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EPISODE SIX

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

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EPISODE SEVEN

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

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

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EPISODE EIGHT

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)

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