Ticketed Events

January 2018

W. Kamau Bell’s Playlist

Friday, January 19, 8 pm

James Weldon Johnson
Lift Every Voice & Sing

Todd Rundgren
I Love My Life

Nina Simone
Feeling Good

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee

Moses Hogan
Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Take Me With You/Let’s Go Crazy


Aram Khachaturian
Sabre Dance

Nina Simone
Mississippi Goddamn

Jimi Hendrix
Power of Soul

Bob Marley
Three Little Birds

Tears for Fears
Sowing the Seeds of Love

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!

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February 2018

Pride & Prejudice: Notes from LGBTQ

Friday, February 9, 8 pm

Samuel Barber
First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12

Bryan Nies, conductor

Benjamin Britten
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31

Jonathan Blalock, tenor
Meredith Brown, horn

Jennifer Higdon
blue cathedral

Bryan Nies, conductor

Camille Saint Saёns
Piano Concerto No. 2

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Rosser and Sohne
With The Right Music: A Song Cycle
World Premiere, Commissioned by Oakland Symphony

Noah Galvin, singer

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March 2018

Rooted in Oakland

Friday, March 23, 8 pm

Kev Choice
TBD commission

George Frederick Bristow
Overture to Rip Van Winkle

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D

Side-by-Side with MUSE Orchestra

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May 2018

The Artist’s Struggle

Friday, May 18, 8 pm

Leonard Bernstein
Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium”  for Violin & Orchestra

Liana Bérubé, violin

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathétique’ in B minor, Op 74  

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