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Kick off the season and Michael Morgan’s 60th birthday with Beethoven and Shostakovich. Join Oakland Symphony as we launch two new series with political activist and comedian W. Kamau Bell, and honor Oakland’s own with Kev Choice. Take pride in our diversity with pianist Sara Davis Buechner.

This is a season made for our Oakland–its inclusive and maverick creative spirit. Its neighborhoods rooted in story and culture. Its hardships, joys, and celebrations. Let Oakland Symphony take you to the heart of it all.

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Friday, October 20, 2017, 8 pm

Beethoven Symphony No.5
Shostakovich Symphony No.15

Beethoven changed the course of musical history with his fifth symphony – expressing his world view in a way no composer had done before. Shostakovich used his symphonies as statements, expressing himself as an artist while working within the strict confines of the Russian communist government. Maestro Morgan celebrates his 60th birthday in conducting these two monumental works.

Love & Loss

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8 pm

Jonah Gallagher Vocare
Mozart Symphony No.40
Rossini Stabat Mater (with Oakland Symphony Chorus)

Mozart’s 40th symphony is an emotional work of passion and grief. Rossini’s Stabat Mater recounts Mary’s devastation over the death of her son. Jonah Gallagher’s music was written in tribute to a friend’s mother lost too soon to cancer. The breadth of human experience is expressed in this concert exploring love lost.

W. Kamau Bell’s Playlist

Friday, January 19, 2018, 8 pm

Socio-political comedian, activist, and Emmy-nominated CNN host W. Kamau Bell kicks off our groundbreaking new series inviting the major thinkers of our time to host and curate a concert and give us unique insights into their passions. This series will be a musical  journey to unexpected and uncharted territory with your Oakland Symphony!

Pride & Prejudice – Notes from LGBTQ

Friday, February 9, 2018, 8 pm

Barber Essay for Orchestra No.1
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (with Jonathan Blalock)
Jennifer Higdon Blue Cathedral
Rosser and Sohne Songs (with Noah Galvin)
Saint Saёns Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Sara Davis Buechner)

In this concert, part of our Notes from … series, we will reflect on self-identity and self-expression through the artistry of LGBTQ composers and musicians – celebrating difference, finding common ground and embracing the beauty of authenticity. Noah Galvin from ABC’s The Real O’Neals will be featured, along with world-renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner.

Rooted in Oakland

Friday, March 23, 2018, 8 pm

George Frederick Bristow Overture to Rip Van Winkle
Schubert Symphony No.5
MUSE side-by-side
Kev Choice TBD commission

Oakland native Kev Choice is a classically-trained pianist who uses wit and creative lyricism to bring a positive and inspiring message to his unique blend of jazz, R&B, and soul. Working with artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill and Michael Franti, Choice has toured all over the world. Here, the symphony has commissioned a new work by Kev, to be played alongside Schubert’s exuberant 5th symphony after opening with a gem of an overture by George Frederick Bristow.

The Artist’s Struggle.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 8 pm

Bernstein Serenade for Violin and Orchestra (soloist TBD)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique

In this concert, we champion the role of the artist in society – as social activist, provocateur, and change maker. Leonard Bernstein’s prodigious musical gifts mirrored his lifelong – and sometimes controversial – commitment to promoting political change. Music for Bernstein was also a means of creating mutual understanding and peace. His Serenade drew its inspiration from Plato’s Symposium – a dialogue in praise of love. It has been suggested that Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ deals with the power of Fate in life and death.

Hallelujah! Let Us Break Bread 2017 

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4 pm

Celebrate life, love and the holidays with your community and Oakland Symphony!  Presented alongside over 200 voices from four different choirs and an electric mix of additional guest artists, this year’s concert pays tribute to musical legends Prince and Leonard Cohen in a joyful mash-up of the traditional and unexpected.