Rooted in Oakland

Event Details:

Location: Paramount Theatre

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Time: 8 pm


Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville Overture
Side-by-Side with
MUSE VIVO Orchestra

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

George Frederick Bristow
Overture to Rip Van Winkle

Kev Choice
Soul Restoration Suite
(World Premiere, Oakland Symphony Commission)

Damon “Dame Drummer” Taylor, drums; Uriah Duffy, bass; Andrew Levin, guitar; Derrick “D Sharp” Robinson, DJ; Michael Blankenship, keyboardsViveca Hawkins, vocals; Jennifer Johns, vocals;  Oakland School For The Arts Vocal Music Department, chorus

Free pre-concert talk begins at 7 pm

Michael Morgan

Music Director Laureate

Kev Choice

Band Director

MUSE VIVO Orchestra

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.

BANC members:
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"

Price Level A $90
Price Level B $68
Price Level C $52
Price Level D $40
Price Level E $25

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