The 2019-2020 Season

This season’s musical lineup includes such masterful pieces as Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and so much more – and with special guest performers including pianist Taylor Eigsti, Sphinx Competition winner Rubén Rengel, and Oakland

Season Concerts

Hot as Hell / Cool Jazz
Friday, October 11, 2019, 8 pm
Arrigo Boito: Prologue from Mefistofele
New composition and performance by jazz masters Taylor Eigsti, piano and Josiah Woodson, trumpet

“Intelligence, emotional depth, technical assurance and buoyant swing,” raves Downbeat of Taylor Eigsti. He presents a new work, performed in concert with Michael Morgan and Oakland Symphony. The season begins with Boito’s roaring Prologue from Mefistofele, with Oakland Symphony Chorus and children’s chorus.

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Notes from Korea / Grieg Piano Concerto
Friday, November 15, 2019, 8 pm
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto
Selection of works by the foremost Korean composers

Absorb the sounds of Korea. The haegeum has mesmerized for a millennium. Jean Ahn’s Concerto for this ancient folk instrument delicately spins silken lines of sound in communion with the Orchestra.Two works by Texu Kim bring the worlds of the west and Korea together, symphonic poems of this age, drawing on impressions of the past. Plus, Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto with one of Korea’s finest keyboard artists.

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Bernard Tyson’s Playlist
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 pm

He has revolutionized managed health care. Now, Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, presents his own personal playlist of four-star favorites.

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Mahler / Violins of Hope
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8 pm
Steve Martland: Crossing the Border for double string orchestra and ballet dancers with the Oakland Ballet
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 3 Violins in F
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Violins of Hope places string instruments, confiscated at concentration camps, into the hands of today’s foremost orchestras. Gustav Mahler’s niece, Alma Rose, was the conductor of the orchestra at Auschwitz, making this performance of Fourth Symphony, on these very instruments, achingly poignant. This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA.

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Brahms / Sphinx Virtuoso
Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade
Felix Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto featuring Rubén Rengel, 2018 Sphinx winner
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 

The great strength and nobility of Brahms’ Fourth – and final – Symphony place it among his most profound achievements. Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony present their first performance of this masterwork. Plus, Rubén Rengel, the dazzling, young Venezuelan virtuoso and 2018 Sphinx Competition winner, will thrill in Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

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Amy Beach / Underground Railroad
Friday, May 15, 2020, 8 pm
Amy Beach: Symphony No. 2, Gaelic
Paul Moravec: Sanctuary Road – Oratorio

Contemporary with Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Amy Beach’s American masterwork of the late 19th century is too rarely performed, but Oakland Symphony patrons overwhelmingly voted to give Ms. Beach’s Gaelic Symphony a hearing. This final concert of the season also includes an epic, moving oratorio performed with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, based on the writings of the hero of the Underground Railroad, William Still.

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Click here for our holiday Let Us Break Bread Together concert!