Notes from Native America
Friday, February 24, 2017, 8 pm

February’s “Notes from Native America” concert is our exploration of the music associated with Native Americans, something we as a Nation should be doing more of. Audiences will experience the rich cultural heritage of the hundreds of tribes and peoples that make up this community. This concert will be a chance to learn more about the first people to inhabit our country. There will be spoken word, dance and native instruments in what should be a colorful and spiritual concert experience.

Note From Maestro Michael Morgan:
The series “Notes from….” is designed to welcome different elements of our community into the symphony family. The diversity of the Bay Area is well known and therefore should be reflected in the concert hall. In the past there have been Notes from Persia, China, the Philippines, Mexico and other places. In the future we will have Notes from LGBT America and the African Diaspora and other communities that make up our region. The Oakland Symphony is for everyone and “Notes from…” is a way of expressing that through the music itself. Many times it’s our most interesting, entertaining and colorful concert of the season. The series also exposes what we hope are new audience members to the standard orchestra repertory. In this case, the jovial Ninth Symphony of Shostakovich, the second of three Shostakovich symphonies we will play in consecutive seasons.

I chose the Native American community because it’s a vast subject that most of us know little about. These concerts are very much a learning experience for all of us and we always come away with greater appreciation of both our similarities and our differences.

In a real brush with multiculturalism, the Wineglass piece on the program, Big Sur: The Night Sun, is on Ohlone themes, with Native soloists, written by an African American. It includes a drum so large we have to use a special truck and fork lift to get it here and onstage.

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Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8 pm

Soprano Hope Briggs will be guest soloist for Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum alongside the Oakland Symphony Chorus. The evening’s program will also include winner of Vote for Music contest Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World and nationally-recognized Berkeley-born composer Gabriela Frank’s Concertino.


Guys and Dolls in Concert

Friday, May 19, 2017, 8 pm

The American Masterworks series returns to close out the season with the exuberant music from Frank Loesser’s iconic musical, Guys and Dolls with Oakland Symphony Chorus.


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Opening Night – Hadleigh Adams Sings Mahler

Friday, October 14, 2016, 8 pm

Baritone Hadleigh Adams performs Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Delphi Trio performs Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes, Op. 45. The concert also features Clark Suprynowicz’s Red States, Blue States and Edward Elgar’s In the South. Opening night is sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo Bank.

Lost Romantic Symphonies

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8 pm

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will perform the U.S. premiere of Siegfried Matthus’ new violin concerto, Dream of a Summer Night, along with John Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List and a selection from Fiddler on the Roof. The program also includes Joachim Raff’s rarely performed Symphony No. 3 and the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, back from their performing tour of Cuba, will join the Symphony for George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture. The concert is sponsored by The Grubb Company


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Let Us Break Bread Together

Including a Tribute to Music from the Era of the Black Panthers

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4 pm

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers and an important time in Oakland’s history. Oakland Symphony will pay homage by performing music from the time including Motown classics and gospel and protest music of the 60’s & 70’s. In recent years, the annual Let Us Break Bread Together non-traditional holiday tradition has evolved to include tributes to those who have made a difference and will feature Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, alongside other guest choruses and more.