Plan Your Experience

Going out to hear music performed live is a real treat! There’s nothing quite like the magic of 60+ musicians coming together under the direction of a dynamic leader to create a rich symphonic sound. And like many experiences, it’s more enjoyable and meaningful when shared with others.

Michelle Kwon, Cello
Michelle Kwon, Cello

We hope you’ll join our community of music lovers by coming to some of our concerts. Whether you’re a classical music aficionado or you’re thinking about attending your first symphony orchestra performance, there’s a place for you at the Oakland Symphony!

Here are some tips to help make your evening at the Symphony enjoyable.


Venues & Directions

Most of the Symphony’s concerts take place at the Paramount Theatre, which is easily accessible by BART. We also perform at other venues on occasion; see the complete list of venues.

Advance Program Notes & Videos

You don’t need to be familiar with the works you’ll hear to enjoy the concert, but sometimes it’s fun and helpful to learn about the music before coming to the performance. You can read the program notes for each concert in advance, as well as watch video clips of noteworthy performances recommended by our maestro. Visit the concert pages for links to program notes and video clips.

Pre-concert Talks & Lobby Performances

Get the most out of your concert-going experience by attending a free pre-concert talk by well-known musician and speaker John Kendall Bailey one hour before each subscription concert.  You’ll gain insight into the music you’re about to hear from Mr. Bailey, who is sometimes joined by a composer or guest artist on that evening’s program. There are often pre-concert performances by young musicians on stage and in the lobby as well. Come early to enjoy a full evening of music among friends!