Past Events

August 2017

Summer Sing-In Series: Mozart’s Requiem & Music of Greg Murai, Arnold Lee, conductor

Wednesday, August 16, 7:00-9:30pm

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Summer Sing-In Series: Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Sanford Dole, conductor

Wednesday, August 9, 7:00-9:30pm

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Summer Sing-In Series: Bach Magnificat & Musical Theater, Bryan Nies, conductor

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00-9:30pm

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July 2017

Summer Sing-In Series: Beethoven Mass in C, Buddy James, conductor

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00-9:30pm

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Summer Sing-In Series: Fauré & Rachmaninoff, Marika Kuzma, conductor

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00-9:30pm

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Summer Sing-In Series: Brahms’ Requiem, Michael Morgan, conductor

Wednesday, July 12, 7:00-9:30pm

Attend all 2017 Summer Sing-Ins! When you click here and purchase the full series, you will attend all six sing-ins for the price of five ($75 for all 6).

In the first session of the 2017 Summer Sing-Ins, Michael Morgan will conduct Brahms’ Requiem.

A German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem), by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale, seven movement work for chorus and 2 soloists. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical: Brahms himself chose the texts from the Martin Luther Bible. It is unlike the traditional Latin Requiem, as its title states: Brahms’ Requiem is in the German language. Brahms also created a piano 4-hand accompaniment.

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9th Annual Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration

Monday, July 3, 8:00 pm (Doors Open & Pre-Show: 6:30 pm)

FAMILY FUN – LIVE MUSIC – FIREWORKS

5:00 pm: Paid parking will be available.

6:30 pm: Doors open

8:00 pm: Oakland Symphony concert

Francis Scott Key/J.S. Smith Star Spangled Banner
Ward/arr. Carmen Dragon America the Beautiful
Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard Theme from Gladiator
John Williams Star Wars
     Main Title
Princess Leia’s Theme
Rodgers/Hammerstein Sound of Music (sing along)
Jule Styne Overture to Gypsy

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9:15 pm: Spectacular Fireworks Display over the water, accompanied by the Symphony

John Philip Sousa
Washington Post
The Thunderer
Hands Across the Sea
The Fairest of the Fair
King Cotton
Stars and Stripes

AFTER THE FIREWORKS

John Williams Complete Star Wars Suite for Orchestra

Pre-Concert Performance by: OAKTOWN JAZZ

 

 

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June 2017

The Family Stone & Oakland Symphony

Monday, June 12, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Family Stone and Oakland Symphony are coming together for an exciting Rock Symphony Concert that is truly going to be one-of-a-kind. The concert is hosted by the San Mateo County Fair.

We have reserved seating for this concert at tables, which will feature appetizers, and one bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine for our 21+ crowd. It is set to be a magical evening that is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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May 2017

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2 pm

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra

Diane Jo, violin
Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

DANIEL WERTH
Symphony No. 1
Young Composers Competition Winner

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

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Guys & Dolls in Concert

Friday, May 19, 8 pm

RICHARD RODGERS Oklahoma! Overture
RICHARD RODGERS The Carousel Waltz

Bryan Nies, Conductor

FRANK LOESSER Guys & Dolls

ACT 1

Sky Masterson: Ben Jones
Sister Sarah Brown: Annie Sherman 
Miss. Adelaide: Tami Dahbura 
Nathan Detroit: Jack Wilkins
Nicely-Nicely Johnson: J. Raymond Meyers 
Benny Southstreet: Adam Flowers
Arvide Abernathy: Joe Wicht
Rusty Charlie: Robert Blake 
Oakland Symphony Chorus

Michael Morgan, Conductor

INTERMISSION

JULE STYNE Overture to Gypsy

Bryan Nies, Conductor

FRANK LOESSER Guys & Dolls

ACT 2

Sky Masterson: Ben Jones
Sister Sarah Brown: Annie Sherman 
Miss. Adelaide: Tami Dahbura 
Nathan Detroit: Jack Wilkins
Nicely-Nicely Johnson: J. Raymond Meyers 
Benny Southstreet: Adam Flowers
Arvide Abernathy: Joe Wicht
Rusty Charlie: Robert Blake 
Oakland Symphony Chorus

Michael Morgan, Conductor

 

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Crossover Cabaret: A Night of Role Reversals in Musical Theater

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What happens when some of the Bay Area’s best performers interpret their favorite tunes they would never be cast to sing?

Crossover Cabaret smashes stereotypes in this fab evening of role-reversing entertainment. Songs are selected completely regardless of gender, image, age, and all preconceived notions. Thought-provoking, hilarious, and inspirational–this group of artists, hosted by Oakland Symphony’s irrepressible Michael Morgan, give each popular and familiar number their own interpretation.

Selections From:
Funny Girl, Show Boat, Yentil, Ballroom, How the Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Music Man, La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story, Hamilton and more!

Featured Artists Include:
Trente Morant
Bryan Nies
Heather Orth
Members of Oakland School for the Arts
Nick Quintell
Katy Stephan
Joe Wicht
Members of YMTC – Youth Musical Theater Company

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March 2017

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Friday, March 31, 8 pm

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Concertino Cusqueño

This performance is supported by a generous grant from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy

ANTON BRUCKNER Te Deum

Hope Briggs, soprano
Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
Amitai Pati, tenor
Anthony Reed
, bass
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Saint Mary’s College Chamber Singers & Glee Club

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
                                  (From the New World)

 

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Sanctuary: A Conversation About Home

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Oakland Symphony invites all to “Sanctuary: A Conversation About Home.” Told through music and conversation, the evening is a dialogue about present day safe cities and immigrants in the United States. This free community event highlights the stories and songs of those who have left their home to pursue a new life in another country.

Featured Artists Include:
String Quartet of Oakland Symphony
Oakland Symphony Chorus Chamber Singers
Great Wall Youth Orchestra
Omid Zoufonoun
Diana Gameros

 

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February 2017

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Sunday, February 26, 2 pm

AARON COPLAND Selections from Rodeo

Saturday Night Waltz
Hoe-Down

MUSE VIVO Orchestra

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1

Eunice Lee, piano

ALEX CONDE Concierto para piano flamenco y orquesta

Luis Manuel Gonzales Peralta, piano

ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV Symphony No. 5, op. 55, B-flat Major

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Notes from Native America

Friday, February 24, 8 pm

PROGRAM

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9

Feather Dances 

SuNuNu Shinal Traditional dancers from
Kashia Stewarts Point Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

JEROD IMPICHCHAACHAAHA’ TATE
Lowak Shoppala’ – Fire and Light

Hymn

Vincent Medina, narrator
Members of Oakland Symphony Chorus

JOHN CHRISTOPHER WINEGLASS Big Sur: The Night Sun

Emiliano Campobello, native flute
Marcie Chapa, world percussionist
Jayson Fann, world percussionist
Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American singer
from the Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash Tribes

JEROD IMPICHCHAACHAAHA’ TATE
Lowak Shoppala’ – Fire and Light

Clans

Vincent Medina, narrator
Members of Oakland Symphony Chorus

 

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OakSym Essentials: Notes from Native America (free preview concert)

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm

This month we are presenting music, dance, and food of Native American culture. The audience will have the opportunity to explore music in an engaging new way, directly interacting with the musicians.

The evening will feature a presentation and performance by Emmy award-winning composer John Wineglass, highlighting movements to set the mood for the tone poem: the “Mystery of the Night Sun.” Featuring native vocalist Emiliano Campobello, storytelling by Vincent Medina and native drumming and dance performance by All Nations Drum.

The free performance will take place at the Intertribal Friendship House. Wahpepah’s Kitchen (as seen on Chopped) will be serving delicious Native American cuisine during the reception.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM for pre-show refreshments. The performance will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by a fireside chat with Maestro Michael Morgan and the performers.

Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP to secure a spot.

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December 2016

Let Us Break Bread Together – Music from the Era of the Black Panthers

Sunday, December 11, 4 pm

 

Let Us Break Bread Together
Orchestra arr. Ellen Hoffman, Choral arr. Terrance Kelly

Combined choruses, Oakland Symphony,
and Terrance Kelly

Awesome Holiday Song
Composed and arranged by Kugelplex

Kugelplex

Merry Christmas!  (from Home Alone II)
arr. John Williams

Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir, Oakland Symphony

What’s Going On?
Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye
Orchestra arr.  Ellen Hoffman, Choral arr. Terrance Kelly

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland Symphony

Rise Up
Andra Day, arr. William David Southall

Vocal Rush

Little Ghetto Boy   
Donny Hathaway
arr.  Ellen Hoffman   

Linda Tillery
Tammy Lynne Hall-Hawkins, piano
Ruth Davies, bass
Leon Joyce, drums

Oakland Symphony

Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah
George Frideric Handel

Harry Gray, guest conductor

Hallelujah: from Messiah (A Soulful Celebration)
George Frideric Handel
arr. Andrew Chukerman, choral arr. Warren, Jackson and Kibble
Adapted by John Higgins

Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Symphony

INTERMISSION

Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson

Oakland Symphony

All I Want for Christmas is You
Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff
arr. Lisa Forkish

Vocal Rush

Lux Aurorum (from Paradise Lost) Eric Whitacre

Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir

Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard
lyrics Richard B. Smith

Linda Tillery & Friends

Zog Nit Keyn Mol  (Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Song)
Hirsh Glick, arr. by Kugelplex

Kugelplex and Linda Tillery

Lean on Me Bill Withers
Everyday People Sylvester (Sly) Stewart
People Make the World Go Round medley
Thomas Bell and Linda Creed arr. Ellen Hoffman

Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Symphony

A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
arr. Ellen Hoffman

Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir, Oakland Symphony

Soloist: Myrell Milanes

Deck The Halls arr. Terrance Kelly

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Stand! Sylvester (Sly) Stewart
arr. Brian Adam McCune

Combined Choruses, Oakland Symphony

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OakSym Essentials: Music from the Era of the Black Panthers

Thursday, December 1, 6 pm

Reflect back on the on the protest music from the 60’s and 70’s. Experience a unique performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther movement. Come join OakSym Essentials on December 1st for a free performance at Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

The event will feature performances from vocalist and cultural historian Linda Tillery, Jason Ditzian and members of the Kugelplex, and students from Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM for pre-show refreshments. The performance will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a fireside chat with Maestro Michael Morgan and the performers.

Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP to secure a spot.

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November 2016

Lost Romantic Symphonies

Friday, November 18, 8 pm

GEORGE GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
    with Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra

SIEGFRIED MATTHUS Violin Concerto:
                        Dream of a Summer Night (U.S. Premiere)
    with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

JOHN WILLIAMS Theme from Schindler’s List,
                        selection from Fiddler on the Roof

with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

JOACHIM RAFF Symphony No. 3

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It’s in the Stars: Songs of Fate

Saturday, November 12, 8 pm

SAMUEL BARBER Sure on This Shining Night

RAFAEL INCIARTE Rumbamban

GEORGE GERSHWIN Our Love is Here to Stay
    arranged by Darmon Meader
with Oakland Symphony Chorus

PAUL DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri

JOHANNES BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op 54
with Oakland Symphony Chorus

GEORGE GERSHWIN Cuban Overture

GEORGES BIZET Carmen: Suites No. 1 and 2

 

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OakSym Essentials: Free String Quartet Performance at Impact Hub Oakland

Wednesday, November 9, 6 pm - 8 pm

OakSym Essentials is a new event series bringing passionate musicians and audiences together to engage and develop a personal connection with classical music. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere as we feature the elegant sounds of the Oakland Symphony string quartet; playing an acoustic session featuring movements from Romantic composer Joachim Raff’s Symphony No. 3.

 

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Chromatic: 2016 Oakland Symphony Gala

Saturday, November 5,

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October 2016

Hadleigh Adams Sings Mahler

Friday, October 14, 8 pm

CLARK SUPRYNOWICZ Red States, Blue States

PAUL JUON Episodes Concertantes, op. 45
    with the Delphi Trio

GUSTAV MAHLER Rückert Lieder
    with Hadleigh Adams, baritone

EDWARD ELGAR In the South

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OakSym Essentials: The Delphi Trio at Piedmont Piano Co.

Thursday, October 6, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us on October 6, 2016 at the Piedmont Piano Company for the OakSym Essentials season opener – an opportunity to see the Oakland Symphony from a new perspective.

Featuring the “spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound” of the Delphi Trio, this OakSym Essentials previews the first concert of the 2016/2017 season, “Hadleigh Adams Sings Mahler.” Join us for an intro by Oakland Symphony Music Director, Michael Morgan before the show and a fireside chat with Maestro Morgan and the Delphi Trio after the concert.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM for pre-show refreshments. The performance will begin at 6:30, followed by a Q&A session with Michael Morgan and the Delphi Trio. This is your chance to meet the artists whose work runs the gamut from touring with musician John Vanderslice, to winning the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands. Be sure to stay until the end of the program for a few surprises for attendees!

Piedmont Piano Company is located at 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA. Seating is limited, so be sure to get there early.

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September 2016

Oakland Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 14, 7:30-9:00pm

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August 2016

Summer Sing-ins: Purcell & Schubert, William Sauerland, conductor

Wednesday, August 17, 7:00-9:30pm

In the sixth and final session of the 2016 Summer Sing-Ins, William Sauerland will conduct Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Schubert’s Mass No. 2.

Come Ye Sons of Art, also known as Ode for Queen Mary’s birthday, is the last musical ode written by Henry Purcell in 1694, in honor of the Queen’s birthday.

Schubert’s Mass in G is one of his popular short masses. He composed this six-movement work in one week.

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Summer Sing-Ins: Verdi’s Requiem, Michael Morgan, conductor

Wednesday, August 10, 7:00-9:30pm

In the fifth session of the 2016 Summer Sing-Ins, Michael Morgan will conduct Verdi’s Requiem..

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Catholic funeral mass for double chorus and four soloists. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. Verdi originally wrote one of the movements in remembrance of Rossini; it was part of a mixed mass project with 13 different composers, which never came to pass. The work was at one time called the Manzoni Requiem. It is rarely performed in a religious service, and is usually in concert form.

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Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio

Tuesday, August 9, 2:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Saturday night performance of Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio had to be cancelled. Ticket holders for this performance may exchange their ticket for either Monday or Tuesday’s performance at no charge. Please call the box office (510) 444-0802 to reserve your ticket. Or bring the Saturday ticket to the box office table on either Monday or Tuesday to exchange it for the current performance.

Tickets will be on sale online up to 1 hour before each performance. After that time, please purchase tickets at the door.

It’s Mozart with a Twist, as Festival Opera Gears Up For an Out-of-This-World 25th Anniversary!

Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio will be presented Friday, Saturday and Monday, August 5, 6 and 8, at 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland.

All performances are in English, with English supertitles. Regents’ Theatre is wheelchair and ADA accessible. For more information visit festivalopera.org.

 

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Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio

Monday, August 8, 8:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Saturday night performance of Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio had to be cancelled. Ticket holders for this performance may exchange their ticket for either Monday or Tuesday’s performance at no charge. Please call the box office (510) 444-0802 to reserve your ticket. Or bring the Saturday ticket to the box office table on either Monday or Tuesday to exchange it for the current concert.

Tickets will be on sale online up to 1 hour before each performance. After that time, please purchase tickets at the door.

It’s Mozart with a Twist, as Festival Opera Gears Up For an Out-of-This-World 25th Anniversary!

Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio will be presented Friday, Saturday and Monday, August 5, 6 and 8, at 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland.

All performances are in English, with English supertitles. Regents’ Theatre is wheelchair and ADA accessible. For more information visit festivalopera.org.

 

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Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio

Saturday, August 6, 8:00pm

Tickets will be on sale online up to 1 hour before each performance. After that time, please purchase tickets at the door.

It’s Mozart with a Twist, as Festival Opera Gears Up For an Out-of-This-World 25th Anniversary!

Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio will be presented Friday, Saturday and Monday, August 5, 6 and 8, at 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland.

All performances are in English, with English supertitles. Regents’ Theatre is wheelchair and ADA accessible. For more information visit festivalopera.org.

The Opening Night Dinner will be at 5:30 pm in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts – the same building that houses the Regents’ Theater. Cost is $100 per person; tickets for the performance are additional, and must be purchased separately.

Menu choices include chicken, fish or vegetarian entrées. Wines are included for those 21 and up. Diners may also join Festival OperaSostenutoSociety members for complimentary intermission refreshments (included in dinner ticket).

Our special guests at the dinner will be stage director Josh Shaw. Please, join us and enjoy a perfect “meet and mingle” time before the show.

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Festival Opera – Opening Night Dinner

Friday, August 5, 5:30pm

The Opening Night Dinner will be at 5:30 pm in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts – the same building that houses the Regents’ Theater. Cost is $100 per person; tickets for the performance are additional, and must be purchased separately.

Menu choices include chicken, fish or vegetarian entrées. Wines are included for those 21 and up. Diners may also join Festival OperaSostenutoSociety members for complimentary intermission refreshments (included in dinner ticket).

Our special guests at the dinner will be stage director Josh Shaw. Please, join us and enjoy a perfect “meet and mingle” time before the show.

Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio

It’s Mozart with a Twist, as Festival Opera Gears Up For an Out-of-This-World 25th Anniversary!

Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio will be presented Friday, Saturday and Monday, August 5, 6 and 8, at 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland.

All performances are in English, with English supertitles. Regents’ Theatre is wheelchair and ADA accessible. For more information visit festivalopera.org

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Festival Opera – Abduction From the Seraglio

Friday, August 5, 8:00pm

It’s Mozart with a Twist, as Festival Opera Gears Up For an Out-of-This-World 25th Anniversary!

Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio will be presented Friday, Saturday and Monday, August 5, 6 and 8, at 8:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m., in the Regents’ Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Holy Names University in Oakland.

All performances are in English, with English supertitles. Regents’ Theatre is wheelchair and ADA accessible. For more information visit festivalopera.org.

The Opening Night Dinner will be at 5:30 pm in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts – the same building that houses the Regents’ Theater. Cost is $100 per person; tickets for the performance are additional, and must be purchased separately.

Menu choices include chicken, fish or vegetarian entrées. Wines are included for those 21 and up. Diners may also join Festival OperaSostenutoSociety members for complimentary intermission refreshments (included in dinner ticket).

Our special guests at the dinner will be stage director Josh Shaw. Please, join us and enjoy a perfect “meet and mingle” time before the show.

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Summer Sing-Ins: Brahms & Handel, Omid Zoufonoun, conductor

Wednesday, August 3, 7:00-9:30pm

In the fourth session of the 2016 Summer Sing-Ins, Omid Zofounoun will conduct Brahms’ Schicksalslied and Handel’s Messiah.

The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), by Brahms, is an accompanied choral setting of a poem written by Hölderlin. It is one of Brahms’ major choral works, though it is fairly short. Handel’s English-language oratorio, Messiah, uses a liturgical text assembled by Charles Jennens. In three parts, it tells the story of Christ’s Birth, Passion, and Resurrection. The famous Hallelujah Chorus ends part two.

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July 2016

Summer Sing-Ins: Mozart’s Requiem, Arnold Lee, conductor

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00-9:30pm

In the third session of the 2016 Summer Sing-Ins, Arnold Lee will conduct Mozart’s Requiem.

The Requiem Mass by Mozart was left unfinished when the composer died in 1791. It was completed in 1792 by Franz Süssmayr, and was delivered to the Count who had anonymously commissioned it to commemorate his wife’s death.

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Summer Sing-Ins: Bruckner & Stravinsky, Lynne Morrow, conductor

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00-9:30pm

In the second session of the 2016 Summer Sing-Ins, Dr. Lynne Morrow will conduct Bruckner’s Te Deum and Stravinksy’s Mass.

Bruckner wrote his Te Deum while he was writing his 6th and 7th symphonies. Brahms and Mahler greatly admired this sacred work. The composer himself called the work “the pride of his life.”

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May 2016

Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert

Sunday, May 22, 2:00pm

Grant Griffin Russian Overture
Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition – 2015 winner

Vieuxtemp Violin Concerto No.4 in D Minor, 1st movement

Simon Han, violin
Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition – 2015 winner

Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

Dvorak Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op. 88

 

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Stravinsky & Silverman

Friday, May 20, 8 pm

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
   Oakland Symphony Chorus
Lynne Morrow, Director

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Nicole Joseph, soprano
James Toland Vocal Arts Competition – 2014 winner

John Adams The Dharma at Big Sur

Tracy Silverman, electric violin

Ravel La Valse

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Night Out 2016 – Fire & Ice

Saturday, May 7, 7 pm

Night Out 2016 – Fire & Ice – Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Benefit Event

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Join us at The Crucible, West Oakland’s hottest industrial-chic venue, for Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra’s annual Night Out! A great time for a great cause! With a live concert from the Youth Orchestra, and performances from fire dancers and stilt walkers, it’ll be a fabulous Night Out for all.

There will also be plenty of spirits, tapas buffet, interactive booths, silent & live auctions, and fiery or frozen surprises – think s’mores at the fire pit!

“Playing in an orchestra isn’t just about playing music, it’s about reaching your full potential as a musician and as a person.” -Danielle Taylor, former MUSE student, former Oakland Youth Orchestra player

Many Thanks To Our Major Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor

Wine Sponsors

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April 2016

Oakland Symphony 101: Stravinsky & The Chorus

Saturday, April 30, 1:00-3:00pm

Join Oakland Symphony Chorus for an afternoon of Russian folk music and it’s relation to Igor Stravinksy’s work. Guest speaker and Stravinsky specialist, Scott Foglesong, will lead you on a journey of Latin text, Gregorian chant, and the history of Russian folk music. Members of the Chorus will sing examples of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, so you can get a taste and even join in on the singing.

The Sound Room is located at 2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612.

The afternoon is sure to be educational and enjoyable for those who enjoy singing or just want to learn more about the music you’ll hear at Oakland Symphony’s presentation of Stravinsky & SIlverman on May 20 at the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.

General Admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door on the day of the event (fees not included).

 

 

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March 2016

Beethoven’s Choice

Friday, March 18, 8 pm

Cherubini Requiem
    Oakland Symphony Chorus,
    Lynne Morrow, Director

Martin Rokeach Piccolo Concerto – World Premiere
   (Amy Likar, piccolo)

Beethoven Symphony no. 2

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February 2016

Youth Orchestra’s Winter Concert

Sunday, February 21, 2:00pm

Hailstork American Fanfare
Michael Morgan, conductor

Sibelius Finlandia
(Side-by-side with MUSE VIVO Orchestra)

Borodin Polovtsian Dances

Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C Minor 

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Notes from Vietnam

Friday, February 12, 8 pm

Dvořák Carnival Overture

Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
    Michael Urie, narrator

P.Q. Phan  Flash

Traditional Vietnamese Medley
arr. by Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ

     Trống Cơm (The Rice Drums)
     Tùng Quân – Đăng Đàn Cung (King Parade)
     Lý Ngųa Ô (The Black Horse)

    Vân-Ánh Võ, Đàn Tranh (zither)
    The VA’V Young Ensemble & SỬ VIỆT Ensemble
and youth from Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center.

Vân-Ánh (Vanessa) Võ
Lullaby for a Country (World Premiere)

  1.  Love
  2.  Yearning
  3.  Sorrow
  4.  New Dawn

     Vân-Ánh Võ, Đàn Tranh (zither),
đàn Bầu (monochord), and vocal

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December 2015

Let Us Break Bread Together – Sinatra Style

Sunday, December 13, 4 pm

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND

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November 2015

Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert

Sunday, November 15, 7:30pm

Verdi Nabucco Overture

Bloch  Baal Shem
           2. Nigun (Improvisation)
(Jaclyn Thach, Violin)

Shostakovich Chamber Symphony 

Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet 

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Lost Romantics

Friday, November 13, 8 pm

Bach/Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no. 1
    Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano

Lehar Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)
(Friends, life is well worth living!)
Offenbach Au mont Ida, trois Déesses (from La belle Hélène)
(Three Deities at Mount Ida.)
Lehar Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)
(Yours is my heart alone.)

Brent Turner, tenor

Victor Bendix Symphony no. 3

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October 2015

2015 Oakland Symphony Ball

Saturday, October 17, 6:00 pm

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Renshaw & Rachmaninoff

Friday, October 2, 8 pm

Mason Bates Devil’s Radio – West Coast Premiere

Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2
   (Kenneth Renshaw, violin)

Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes (selections conducted by
Lynne Morrow, Oakland Symphony Chorus Director)

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

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August 2015

Open Rehearsal with the Oakland Symphony Chorus

Wednesday, August 26, 7:30

Open Rehearsal Night

Give us a try… Your opportunity to experience singing as part of the Oakland Symphony Chorus

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:30pm-9:00pm

MOCHA 1625 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Only 2 blocks from 19th Street Bart.  

Park in the lot at 14th Street on Clay Street.  Bring your token and get all night parking for $3.

Sign up to attend here!

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Summer Sing-In Series: American Spirituals

Wednesday, August 5, 7:30-10:00pm

 

Ever wondered what it is like to sing in a full symphony chorus?

Dr. Lynne Morrow will lead a session on African American Spirituals. This quintessentially American music is in our cultural DNA. Come hear about the history of the music and then sing it with a deeper understanding. This music is about community, so bring a friend!

 

 

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July 2015

Summer Sing-In Series: Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Wednesday, July 29, 7:30-10:00pm

Dr. Lynne Morrow will lead you through this 3-movement choral symphony. Written in 1930, Koussevitsky asked Stravinsky for something “popular” which led to his choice of the universal Psalm 150 as one of the texts. This is a sincere expression of the composer’s faith.

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Summer Sing-In Series: Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes

Wednesday, July 22, 7:30-10:00pm

Maestro Vance George will lead you through Brahms’ Love Songs. These inventive waltzes were written for 4 voices, accompanied by 2 pianists on one piano, 4 hands. Since the premiere in 1869, where Clara Schumann played the piano, they have become a beloved part of the choral literature.

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Summer Sing-In Series: Cherubini Requiem in C minor

Wednesday, July 15, 7:30-10:00pm

Maestro Michael Morgan will lead you in this all-choral Requiem Mass setting. This work premiered in January 1816, so our performance next season will be its 200th anniversary. It was commissioned by Louis XVIII in commemoration of the executions of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Cherubini introduced Mozart’s Requiem to Paris and his work has some structural similarities. It is unusual and economic with all choral polyphonic singing.

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June 2015

Bach and Brew

Saturday, June 13, 4 p.m.

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May 2015

Bon Voyage

Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m.

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Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm

Preston Nowakowski
(2014-15 Young Composer Competition Winner)
Ascension

David Popper (orch. by Max Schlegel)
Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68

Alex Hunn, cello
(2014-15 Concerto Competition 1st Prize Winner)

Josef Suk
Scherzo fantastique, op.25

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.1, op.68, C minor

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Bernstein’s Candide

Friday, May 15, 8:00 pm

Leonard Bernstein
Candide 

Thomas Glenn, tenor (Candide)
Shawnette Sulker, soprano (Cunegonde)
Robert Sims, baritone (Pangloss)
Tami Dahbura, mezzo-soprano (Old Lady)
Hadleigh Adams, baritone (Maximillian)
Katy Stephan, soprano (Paquette)

Oakland Symphony Chorus (Lynne Morrow, Chorus Director)

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April 2015

Discover Candide!

Saturday, April 25, 10 am - 2 pm

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Cup of Classical

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm

Classical Traditions Around the World

Antonio Vivaldi   arr. Dan Reiter
Three Baroque Pictures
“Hummingbird”
“Pastorale”
“Winter Scene”

Claude Debussy   arr. Dan Reiter
Reverie (1890)

Isaac Albeniz   arr. Dan Reiter
Malagueña from España Op. 165 (1890)

Wil Offermans
Honami

Alice Lenaghan, flute

Ravi Shankar   arr. Dan Reiter
East Meets West (1966)

Celtic Suite (1998) Traditional   arr. Dan Reiter
Full-Rigged Ship
A Rocky Road to Dublin
Bobby Casey’s Hornpipe

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March 2015

Notes from Mexico

Friday, March 27, 8:00 pm

Silvestre Revueltas
Sensemaya

Carlos Chávez
Piano Concerto
(Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner’s performance is supported by a grant from The Ross McKee Foundation)

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano 

Rubén Fuentes
Hay Unos Ojos

Medley of Traditional Mexican Songs:
Felipe Valdéz Leal Mi Ranchito
José López Alavez Canción Mixteca
Agustín Lara Farolito

Diana Gameros, guitar & vocals

Diana Gameros
En Juárez

Diana Gameros, guitar & vocals
Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno

José Pablo Moncayo 
Huapango

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno

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February 2015

“Love is All” Concert

Saturday, February 28, 8:00 pm

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Haydn & Jazz from Mads

Friday, February 20, 8:00 pm

Samuel Barber
Symphony No. 1

Bryan Nies, conductor

Mads Tolling
Begejstring (“Excitement”)
(World Premiere; New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation)

Mads Tolling, violin

Franz Josef Haydn
Mass in C major, Hob. XXII:9
(Missa in tempore belli: Mass in Time of War)

Soloists from San Francisco Opera Center’s
Adler Fellowship Program:

Julie Adams, soprano
Zanda Švēde, mezzo-soprano
Chong Wang,
tenor
Anthony Reed,
bass

Oakland Symphony Chorus
(Lynne Morrow, Chorus Director)

Pacific Boychoir Academy
(Kevin Fox, Artistic Director)

 

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Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Sunday, February 8, 2:00 pm

Leonard Bernstein
Candide Overture

Henryk Wieniawski
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Jonathan Chen, violin

Arturo Marquez
Danzón No. 2

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

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January 2015

Gershwin & Shostakovich

Friday, January 23, 8:00 pm

George Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F major

Richard Glazier, piano

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

 

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December 2014

Let Us Break Bread Together: A Holiday Tribute to Pete Seeger

Sunday, December 14, 4:00 pm

Featuring:
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir
Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir
Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir

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November 2014

Tchaik 5 & Brothers in Arts

Friday, November 7, 8:00 pm

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Chris Brubeck & Guillaume Saint-James
Brothers in Arts: 70 Years of Liberty (West Coast Premiere)
New work for Jazz Quintet & Orchestra

Chris Brubeck, composer/trombone
Guillaume Saint-James, composer/saxophones
Jerome Seguin, bass
Didier Ithursarry, accordion
Christophe Lavergne, drums
Vocal Rush vocalists:
Jada Banks Mace
McKenna Lindell Wright
Nelly Ake

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Free Simulcast

Friday, November 7, 7:00 - 10:15 pm

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Chris Brubeck & Guillaume Saint-James
Brothers in Arts: 70 Years of Liberty (West Coast Premiere)
New work for Jazz Quintet & Orchestra

Chris Brubeck, composer/trombone
Guillaume Saint-James, composer/saxophones
Jerome Seguin, bass
Didier Ithursarry, accordion
Christophe Lavergne, drums
Vocal Rush vocalists:
Jada Banks-Mace 
McKenna Lindell-Wright
Nelly Ake

 

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Mozart Requiem

Sunday, November 2, 4:00 pm

Featuring: OAKLAND SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA &
OAKLAND SYMPHONY CHORUS

Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski
Komm süsser Tod (Come, sweet Death)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem

Max Bruch
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44 (Adagio ma non troppo)

Jessica Cao, violin

Igor Stravinsky
The Firebird Suite No. 2 (1919)

I. Introduction; The Firebird and Her Dance; Variation of the Firebird
II. The Princesses’ Round: Khorovod
III. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
IV. Berceuse
V. Finale

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