Youth Orchestra Blog

In Cuba

July 9, 2016

When we first woke up, we were hot like nothing you could experience in California. The air, being so hot and humid, sticks to your skin and weighs down your body. After fully waking up and applying liberal amounts of sunscreen and spraying so much bug spray so that the floor became slippery, we ate […]

Morning in Havana before traveling to Cienfuegos

Today was our final morning in Havana before traveling to Cienfuegos. After a hearty breakfast of French toast and pineapple (but not together), we boarded the buses for the three hour ride through the balmy Cuban countryside. Havana, with its more intimate, cluttered streets, contrasted with the double-wide bustling roads of Cienfuegos. The two sides […]

Our first day on the tour went off without a hitch!

July 7, 2016

Our first day on the tour went off without a hitch! Everyone hunkered down for two long flights and got to see the beauty of Mexico City just as dawn was touching the horizon and a spectacular view of the Panama canal. Everyone was passed out on the second leg from Panama City to Havana, […]

Youth Orchestra pre-tour rehearsal

June 27, 2016

We just finished our first day of pre-tour rehearsals as we prepare for a three concert, ten day tour of Cuba!  Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bernstein! We’re taking some great pieces that represent so many high points from this past season’s concert programs.  I can’t wait to see the cultural exchange that the young musicians will experience […]

Tour 2016

June 16, 2016

  Come see the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra’s last performance of the season at the Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond before it embarks on its July tour to Cuba!