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The 2019-2020 Season

This season’s musical lineup includes such masterful pieces as Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony, Mahler’s Song of the Earth, Shostakovich’s Symphony #4, and so much more – and with special guest performers including pianist Taylor Eigsti, the 2019 Sphinx Competition winner, and Oakland Ballet, this is one season you won’t want to miss!

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SEASON CONCERTS

Hot as Hell / Cool Jazz
Friday, October 11, 2019, 8 pm

“Intelligence, emotional depth, technical assurance and buoyant swing,” raves Downbeat of Taylor Eigsti. He presents a new work, performed in concert with Michael Morgan and Oakland Symphony. The season begins with Boito’s roaring Prologue from Mefistofele, with Oakland Symphony Chorus and children’s chorus.

Notes from Korea / Grieg Piano Concerto
Friday, November 15, 2019, 8 pm

Counted among music’s most beloved Piano Concertos, Grieg’s romantic work will feature one of Korea’s foremost keyboard artists. And, once heard, the music of Korea will mesmerize.

Bernard Tyson’s Playlist
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 pm

He has revolutionized managed health care. Now, Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, presents his own personal playlist of four-star favorites.

Violins of Hope / Mahler’s Song of the Earth
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8 pm

Violins of Hope places string instruments, confiscated at concentration camps, into the hands of today’s foremost orchestras. Gustav Mahler’s niece, Alma Rose, was the conductor of the orchestra at Auschwitz, making this performance of The Song of the Earth, on these very instruments, achingly poignant. This program is part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA.

Shostakovich Defiant / Sphinx Winner
Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 pm

His music could celebrate Soviet glory. His subtext would suggest the subversive. Dmitri Shostakovich paid the price with his creative freedom, and nearly with his life. His Fourth Symphony was suppressed by the Soviets for nearly 25 years. ALSO – the Oakland Symphony presents The Sphinx Competition’s Emerging Artist Winner in an electrifying performance. The Sphinx Organization has sought out music’s diverse artists by advancing their careers through performances, and this one must be seen.

Amy Beach / Underground Railroad
Friday, May 15, 2020, 8 pm

Contemporary with Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Amy Beach’s American masterwork of the late 19th century is too rarely performed, but Oakland Symphony patrons overwhelmingly voted to give Ms. Beach’s Gaelic Symphony a hearing. This final concert of the season also includes an epic, moving oratorio performed with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, based on the writings of the hero of the Underground Railroad, William Still.