The Oakland Symphony presents a five-concert Classical Series, running October through May, at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland. The orchestra presents a wide range of music, including masterpieces from the classical repertoire, jazz-inspired new works, masterworks from American musical theatre, and music from different parts of the world not typically heard in the concert hall.
Holiday “Break Bread” Concert
Our popular, multi-chorus extravaganza Let Us Break Bread Together has been delighting audiences for more than two decades. Celebrating the diverse community of Oakland, this untraditional holiday concert features collaborations with an exciting array of local choirs and small ensembles – and the occasional appearance by celebrity guest artists such as Joan Baez.
Youth Orchestra Concerts
Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra performances feature many of the brightest and talented young musicians in the Bay Area. Concerts are given in a variety of venues throughout the East Bay and are generally free and open to the public.
In addition to performing with the Symphony on some of the Classical Series concerts, the Oakland Symphony Chorus presents its own performances and workshops for people who love to sing. In June/July of 2015, the Chorus embarked on its first international tour.
Independence Eve Celebration
Since 2009 the Oakland Symphony has presented a July 3rd concert celebrating America at the beautiful Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront, overlooking the bay and the San Francisco skyline. This family-friendly event features a concert of spirited, patriotic music and concludes with the City of Richmond’s spectacular fireworks display over the water.
From time to time the Symphony presents other events that celebrate the richness and diversity of our East Bay community, often in collaboration with other local artists and organizations. Bach & Brew, a unique new event featuring handcrafted brews and great live music by members of the Symphony, is just one example of an event where you can experience the Symphony outside of the concert hall.