Sanctuary: A Conversation About Home

Event Details:

Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time: 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


Michael Morgan

Music Director Laureate

Omid Zoufonoun


Diana Gameros

guitar and vocals

As a preview of Oakland Symphony’s March 31 “New World” concert at the Paramount Theatre, members of the Symphony’s string section are performing an excerpt from Dvořák’s American Suite. This spiritual and emotional musical journey expresses the composer’s intense longing for his beloved home while experiencing the thrill of the “new world” and its varied peoples. Oakland Symphony Chorus Chamber singers join the bill performing Bruckner’s moving motet Locus Iste as a teaser for their full performance of his Te Deum.

Hear about the immigrant experience from the artist’s perspective as Diana Gameros (Mexico), Omid Zoufonoun (Iran), and the Great Wall Youth Orchestra (China) take the stage. The night invites a conversation about Sanctuary cities and the varied immigrant experiences each artist has encountered.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM for pre-show refreshments. Music begins at 7:00 PM, followed by an intimate conversation with Maestro Michael Morgan and the artists.

“Music has been a lifelong presence in singer-songwriter Diana Gameros’ life, from a childhood start in her hometown of Ciudad Juárez to a career opening for Latin superstars such as Ximena Sariñana and the La Santa Cecilia band. Despite the struggles she’s encountered along the way — Gameros has spent 13 years struggling for legal immigration status — music continues to be a personal outlet, one that has brought comfort both to herself and to the Bay Area community she calls her home.” – KQED

Thank you to our Partners
Oakland Asian Cultural Center: OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian Pacific Islander American Arts & Culture.  Host your next event at our center or attend one of our many classes!  Visit for more details.

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*Major support generously provided by The Wallace Foundation*

General Admission FREE