Rooted in Oakland
Location: Paramount Theatre
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8 pm
The Barber of Seville Overture
MUSE VIVO Orchestra
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D
George Frederick Bristow
Overture to Rip Van Winkle
Soul Restoration Suite
(Oakland Symphony Commission)
Damon “Dame Drummer” Taylor, drums; Uriah Duffy, bass; Andrew Levin, guitar; Derrick “D Sharp” Robinson, DJ; Michael Blankenship, keyboards; Viveca Hawkins, vocals; Jennifer Johns, vocals; Oakland School For The Arts Vocal Music Department, chorus
Free pre-concert talk begins at 7 pm
Oakland native Kev Choice is a classically-trained pianist, composer, and MC who uses wit and creative lyricism to bring a positive and inspiring message to his unique blend of jazz, R&B, and soul. Working with artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill and Michael Franti, Choice has toured all over the world. He also shares his talent with the Oakland School of the Arts, where he is an educator and mentor. Oakland Symphony has commissioned a piano concerto by Kev, to be played by the man himself.
Schubert was only 19 when he wrote his exuberant 5th symphony. Like Kev, he bent the genre of his day and discovered a unique symphonic voice of his own.
Special guests: The Oakland School of the Arts Concert Choir
Oakland Symphony’s middle school orchestra, MUSE VIVO, joins the symphony as they play Rossini’s famous “Barber of Seville” overture–with a wink and a nod to Bugs Bunny.
Bell Investment Advisors, Bonnie and Jim Bell
Caldecott Properties, Andrew Read
LaSalle Mortgage Services, John Glynn
Mueller Nicholls Builders, Steve Nicholls
Scott Valley Bank, Wim-Kees van Hout
support the Symphony through membership contributions and sponsorships.
Audio and video clips:
The Choice Files Ep. 1 "Symphonic Piece Inspirations"
The Choice Files Ep. 2 "Arranging of Soul Restoration Suite"