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    October 2, 2014

     

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    ENIGMA

    The new season opens with the world premiere performance of Oscar Bettison’s Sea Shaped, commissioned by Berkeley Symphony. Born in the UK, Bettison is best known for his willingness to work within and outside the confines of concert music. Violinist Jennifer Koh returns to Berkeley to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orchestra. A favorite with Berkeley audiences, Ms. Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. The evening ends with Edward Elgar’s stirring Enigma Variations. Premiered in 1899, Elgar dedicated the piece to “my friends pictured within”, each variation being an affectionate portrayal of one of his circle of close acquaintances.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    January 15, 2015

     

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    SANCTUARY

    Commissioned by the City of Birmingham Orchestra, Asyla was given its premiere in 1997, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. As is typical of Adès, the title implies both a place of rest and a home for the mentally unstable, capturing the subversive tone of the piece. Berkeley Symphony is honored to bring this important work to Bay Area audiences once again. One of the best-loved works in the classical music repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony premiered in October of 1893, conducted by the composer, only nine days prior to his death. Its rich melodies and passionate romanticism remain profoundly moving and provide a welcome escape from 21st century realism.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    February 26, 2015

     

    IMAGINATION

    Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose Suite opens the program. A series of illustrations of French fairy tales was the inspiration behind this piece, which started out as a piano duet, then was expanded to a ballet, from which this orchestra suite was derived. Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire was premiered to great acclaim as a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet in San Francisco in 2012. Berkeley Symphony commissioned Mr. Heggie to write the orchestral version, which receives its world premiere with the enchanting Sasha Cooke as soloist. This performance closes with Brahms’ powerful Fourth Symphony, completed only a year after the premiere of his Third Symphony.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact Cindy Hickox at hickox@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x303.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    April 30, 2015

     

    HOMAGE

    First produced in 1991, John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Mozart’s Requiem was composed in Vienna in 1791, during the last year of the composer’s life. Though considered one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works, the question remains as to how much of the music he actually completed before his death and how much was later composed by others. The Orchestra is joined by soloists from the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera Center and the choruses from the University of California, Berkeley. Watch video.

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact Cindy Hickox at hickox@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x303. Reservations subject to availability.

     

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    October 14, 2015

     

    Tickets available at the door! Will call/ ticket sales at Zellerbach opens at 5:30pm. Please arrive to collect your tickets no later than 6:30pm.

    MAGICAL | Berlioz, Saariaho, Ravel

    Relive summer nights filled with love, passion, and longing by way of Berlioz. Celebrate the magic of cinema in Saariaho’s tribute to the moving image. Be swept away by Ravel’s climactic frenzy.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    5:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Concert begins
    9:00 pm – Opening Night Dinner. Learn more.

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact tickets@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    December 3, 2015

     

    MYSTICAL | Gabrieli, Gubaidulina, Mussorgsky

    Travel back to the 16th century with Gabrieli’s magnificent works for brass. Experience Gubaidulina’s staggering array of sounds and textures. Imagine the paintings transformed through Mussorgsky’s sumptuous score.

     

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact tickets@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    February 4, 2016

     

    MAJESTIC | Lutosławski, Beethoven

    Witness the crowning achievement of Lutosławski’s folkloristic period. Marvel at the imperial scope of Beethoven’s masterful “Emperor” Concerto.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact tickets@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.

    Program Notes for the Website (1)

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    May 5, 2016

     

    MONSTROUS | Grey, Tchaikovsky

    Be the first to experience Mark Grey’s symphony inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel. Prepare to be dazzled by Tchaikovsky’s “monster” of all violin concertos.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact tickets@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.

    Program IV program notes

    Mark Grey Program Notes

    Tchaikovsky Program Notes

    Concert Sponsors:
    Annette Campbell-White & Ruedi Naumann-Etienne

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    October 13, 2016

     

    ROMANCE | Dresher, Korngold, Stravinsky

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    We open our 2016-2017 season with the latest orchestral soundscape from internationally active Bay Area composer, PAUL DRESHER. Expect the unexpected with his latest piece, Crazy Eights & Fractured Symmetries. World-renowned violinist, PHILIPPE QUINT joins us to perform his Grammy-nominated interpretation of the KORNGOLD Violin Concerto, and finally, an exploration of love and jealousy with STRAVINSKY’S masterwork Petrushka. We hope you’ll join us!

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information and dining
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    5:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Concert begins

    Note the early start time of this concert due to Opening Night Dinner.

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact tickets@berkeleysymphony.org or (510) 841-2800, x301.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    December 8, 2016

     

    REVERENCE | MacMillan, Beethoven

    Internationally recognized pianist Shai Wosner joins us to perform Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. Written in 1806, it was the last the composer was able to perform himself, silenced by his advancing deafness. James MacMillan, Scotland’s preeminent composer of his generation, shares his powerful Symphony No. 4, a US premiere and 60th birthday gift to the revered Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles in 2014.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Concert Notes to be added soon.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    January 26, 2017

     

    RELEVANCE | Bates, Beethoven

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    Celebrated cellist Joshua Roman joins Berkeley Symphony to perform Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto, a piece written for the accomplished cellist in 2014. Mason Bates received his PhD from UC Berkeley before becoming one of the most-performed composer living today. His music fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno.

    The second half of our performance consists of the Beethoven Symphony No. 4. French romantic composer Hector Berlioz was so enamored by the second movement of Beethoven’s 4th that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, not that of a mortal.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Concert notes for the Mason Bates Cello Concerto can be found here.
    Concert notes for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 can be found here.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    May 4, 2017

     

    REMEMBRANCE | Shostakovich

    Shostakovich’s choral masterpiece Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar” is a memorial setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poetry commemorating the World War II massacre of more than 30,000 Jews in Kiev in 1941. The Symphony’s powerful musical denunciation of anti-Semitism and message that hope overcomes despair still resonates today.

    Praised by  Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle as “a remarkable talent,” guest conductor CHRISTIAN REIF returns to lead Russian bass soloist DENIS SEDOV and Bay Area men’s choral ensembles prepared by MARIKA KUZMA, chorusmaster.  The performance will begin with dramatic readings of the Yevtushenko’s poems set in the five movements of the symphony.

    FREE pre-concert talk at 7pm

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poetry: 
    I. Babi Yar
    II. Humor
    III. In the Store
    IV. Fears
    V. Career

    For concert notes, click here.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Date Event Venue
    February 2, 2014

     

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION I

    Our composers have been announced (see below)! Join us February 2nd to see our first Under Construction performance of the season. With these events, you get a behind-the-scenes look at how musicians, composers, and conductors work together on bringing new music to life.

    Osher Studio
    May 4, 2014

     

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    UNDER CONSTRUCTION II

    Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.

    Funding for EarShot is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

    Osher Studio
    May 2, 2015

     

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION I

    Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.

    Funding for EarShot is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

    Osher Studio
    May 3, 2015

     

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION II

    Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.

    Funding for EarShot is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

    Osher Studio
  • Date Event Venue
    November 14, 2015

     

    MEET THE SYMPHONY

    Berkeley Symphony’s “Meet the Symphony” family concert gives families a chance to experience a full orchestra right in the school’s auditorium. This fifty minute special concert will explore all different sounds and instruments that come from the Percussion Family! From gongs to snare drums, triangles to tambourines, the Percussion Family of the orchestra encompasses dozens of different types of instruments. We will be playing many different orchestral excerpts with exciting and fun percussion—and may even need your help to play some of these instruments!

    Malcolm X Elementary
    April 23, 2016

     

    I'M A PERFORMER!

    Rosin your bow and polish your horn! Get ready for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestra musicians! An annual tradition at Berkeley Symphony, “I’m a Performer!” Family Concerts are open to all music lovers, instrumentalists and singers alike. Together, you and the orchestra will perform popular tunes, including “Ode to Joy” and our signature tune, “I Am a Fine Musician.” Below are pdf files which you can download and print out for the performance! A few will be provided at the concert as well.

    Learn more about our Music in the Schools Program

    FAQ about Family Concerts (“What if we have an infant?” and other questions…)

    Malcolm X Elementary
    November 5, 2016

     

    MEET THE SYMPHONY

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    Berkeley Symphony’s “Meet the Symphony” family concert gives families a chance to experience a full orchestra right in the school’s auditorium. Presented in an entertaining and interactive manner, these concerts engage even the youngest audience members! We will be playing many different orchestral excerpts —and may even need your help to play some of the instruments!

    American Music

    This year’s Meet the Symphony and first Family Concert focuses on discovering what American music is and the wide variety of influences and cultures that comprise American music. From Rodeo and music to the wild west, to Sousa marches, to jazz–many cultures come together to make up what is “American” music. We’ve invited Bay Area actor Anthony Rollins-Mullens to help us share the history of American music in our schools. We hope you’ll join us!

    Repertoire (partial)

    “Rodeo” from Hoedown, Copland
    Maple Leaf Rag, Joplin
    Stars and Stripes Forever, Sousa
    American in Paris, Gershwin
    West Side Story Suite, Bernstein

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    Anthony Rollins-Mullens

    Anthony Rollins-Mullens is a native San Franciscan performer of both stage and independent film for many years here in the bay area.    His theatrical credits include: Caractacus Potts in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, Duppy in “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds”, Toad in “A Year With Frog and Toad”, Louis Armstrong in “Ella, the Musical”, Tom Collins in “Rent”, Fred in “Smokey Joes Cafe”, Willie in “Master Harold…and the Boys”, Jafar in Disney’s “Alladin”, Aslan in “Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, Waymon as Hunter Priestess in the West Coast Premier of “Good Goods”, Eddie Mackrel in the West Coast Premier of LaChuisa’s “The Wild Party”, and Belize in the 20th Anniversary production of “Angels in America.”

    Learn more about Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools Program.

    Malcolm X Elementary
    April 15, 2017

     

    I'M A PERFORMER!

    Sing, play, and clap along with Berkeley Symphony! Bring your whole family and perform with us! All are welcome at any skill level. Have an instrument? Bring it along and get ready for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestra musicians! An annual tradition at Berkeley Symphony, “I’m a Performer!” Family Concerts are open to all music lovers, instrumentalists and singers alike.

    “I’m a Performer” performance are FREE and seat reservations are encouraged. These concerts are possible, in part, because of a $10 suggested donation per adult.

    Learn more about Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools Program.

    Download your sheet music below:

    Ode to Joy – Beethoven

    Sing along (voice)
    Violin (easy)
    Violin I (difficult)
    Violin II (difficult)
    Viola  (easy)
    Viola  (difficult)
    Cello  (easy)
    Cello  (difficult)
    Clarinet B♭
    Bassoon
    Oboe
    Flute
    Trombone
    Trumpet
    Horn (easy)
    Horn (difficult)
    Treble instrument in C*
    Treble instrument in B♭*
    Treble instrument in E♭*
    Bass instrument in C*
    Bass instrument in B♭*
    Low bass instrument in B♭*
    *Easy alternate parts for any instrument.


    Longfellow Middle School
    November 4, 2017

     

    FAMILY CONCERT I: Nov 4

    Free Admission – Donations Welcome

    All Family Concerts are free! Reservations are strongly recommended. Click the links below to reserve your seat.

    SATURDAY , NOV 4, 10a or 11:30a

    Led by Education Director and Conductor Ming Luke, these popular Saturday morning performances engage the entire family in a fun and interactive experience, guaranteed to spark a life-long interest in and passion for music. From toddlers to grandparents, there are always lots of heads bopping and toes tapping!

    The Fall Family concerts in the 17-18 Season are focused on Dance and Theme and Variations. Berkeley Symphony violinist Matthew Szemela solos on selections of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons and also plays parts of Piazzolla’s tango version of the Four Seasons.  Students from Berkeley Ballet Theatre showcase dance as part of these fun concerts!

    About Berkeley Ballet Theater

    Founded with a dedication to excellence and diversity, Berkeley Ballet Theater is a creatively charged nonprofit organization providing professional-level ballet training in an environment that welcomes all dancers. BBT is committed to breaking down the archetypes and stereotypes of traditional ballet, focusing its attention on artistry, musicality, and an exploration of the potential for physical expression. BBT believes that both dancer and viewer have the potential to be moved by dance.

    BBT provides support to traditionally under-represented communities through a Boys’ Fellowship program – providing training and mentorship to promote young men in their pursuit of ballet. BBT is home to a Dance for PD program providing free, weekly movement classes to people affected by Parkinson’s disease. The school further strives to provide access to arts education to all interested dancers by keeping tuition low and providing a Tuition Assistance program offering financial aid to dancers and families in greater need.

    Longfellow Middle School
    April 28, 2018

     

    FAMILY CONCERT II: Apr 28

    All Family Concerts are free! Click the links below to pre-register to attend.

    SATURDAY , APR 28, 10a

    SATURDAY, APR 28, 11:30a

    Led by Education Director and Conductor Ming Luke, these popular Saturday morning performances engage the entire family in a fun and interactive experience, guaranteed to spark a life-long interest in and passion for music. From toddlers to grandparents, there are always lots of heads bopping and toes tapping!

    Free Admission – Donations Welcome

    Longfellow Middle School
  • Date Event Venue
    October 14, 2015

     

    To reserve your seat, please call our box office at (510) 841-2800 ex. 1

    OPENING NIGHT DINNER

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    Music Director Joana Carneiro and the Board of Trustees
    invite you to our 2016-2017

    OPENING NIGHT DINNER

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 9PM
    (Immediately following the concert)
    Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine

    Special Guests: Paul Dresher and Philippe Quint

    RSVP by September 30
    Seating is limited

    Call 510-841-2800 ext 1
    for reservations

    VISIONARY
    Includes two bottles of 2013 William Knuttel Sage Canyon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Joana Carneiro, 4 free parking passes, 6 complimentary concert tickets, recognition in all event signage.
    Visionary table of eight: $5,000

    VOYAGER
    Includes one bottle of 2013 William Knuttel Sage Canyon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Joana Carneiro, 2 free parking passes, 4 complimentary concert tickets, recognition in all event signage.
    Voyager table of eight: $2,500

    EXPLORER
    Your generous support at Opening Night Dinner makes the innovative programming of your Berkeley Symphony possible all season long. Thank you for your support!
    Visionary ticket: $200

    All Opening Night Dinner proceeds support Berkeley Symphony’s award-winning programming, world premiere commissions, and community outreach activities. Thank you for being a part of Berkeley Symphony!

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    October 13, 2016

     

    To reserve your seat, please call our box office at (510) 841-2800 ex. 1

    OPENING NIGHT DINNER

    Music Director Joana Carneiro and the Board of Trustees invite you to our OPENING NIGHT DINNER, with special guests Paul Dresher, composer and Philippe Quint, violin.

    All Opening Night Dinner proceeds support Berkeley Symphony’s award-winning programming, world premiere commissions, and community outreach activities. Thank you for being a part of Berkeley Symphony!

    RSVP by September 30th
    seating in limited

    VISIONARY
    Includes two bottles of 2013 William Knuttel Sage Canyon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Joana Carneiro, 4 free parking passes, 6 complimentary concert tickets, recognition in all event signage.
    Visionary table of eight: $5,000

    VOYAGER
    Includes one bottle of 2013 William Knuttel Sage Canyon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Joana Carneiro, 2 free parking passes, 4 complimentary concert tickets, recognition in all event signage.
    Voyager table of eight: $2,500

    EXPLORER
    Your generous support at Opening Night Dinner makes the innovative programming of your Berkeley Symphony possible all season long. Thank you for your support!
    Visionary ticket: $200

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    November 18, 2016

     

    "Dueling Pianos" Benefit Concert

    Join jazz pianists Gray Cathrall, Michael Yovino-Young, and the Shades of Gray Jazz Band for a lively evening at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, filled with dancing, laughter, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a full bar!

    As a benefit for Berkeley Symphony, $100 of each ticket sale is a tax deductible donation!

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 6, 2017

     

    2017 MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS LUNCHEON

    ** Online ticket sales have been closed. Seats are still available through the box office at (510) 841-2800 x 301 **

    Celebrate 25 years of Music in the Schools by joining us for the ninth annual Music in the Schools Luncheon. This year’s event honors Natasha Beery, director of the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP).

    All proceeds benefit our award-winning Music in the Schools Program (under the leadership of Ming Luke, Education Director), serving over 4,600 Berkeley public school students annually! These in-school programs and Family Concerts are offered 100% free of charge to students and their families.

    INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

    Supporter Level – $75 (Tax-deductible portion: $40/ticket)
    Performer Level – $250 (Tax-deductible portion: $215/ticket)

    TABLES OF 8 (PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE)

    Soloist Sponsor – $1,500 (Tax-deductible portion: $1,125/table)
    Maestro Sponsor  – $2,500 (Tax-deductible portion: $2,030/table)

    ADD-ONS

    Add on a $75 donation to your seat purchase to sponsor a music educator’s seat!

     

    Bancroft Hotel
    March 30, 2017

     

    2017 BENEFIT GALA

    Join Berkeley Symphony on Thursday, March 30, 2017, for a special intimate solo performance with legendary singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright. Hosted at the stunning Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, we celebrates a new season of adventurous music at our 13th Annual Benefit Gala. All proceeds support Berkeley Symphony’s concert and educational programs, including the commissioning of new work and the Symphony’s award-winning Music in the Schools program.

    Please support Berkeley Symphony as a individual sponsor at this year’s Benefit Gala with single ticket or table sponsorships below.
    PURCHASE TICKETS BY MARCH 15th

    MAESTRA
    Includes listing in all event-related materials as a Maestra level sponsor, valet parking, reception, VIP dinner seating, and priority auction handling.

    Maestra table of twelve: $16,500

    Maestra tax-deductible portion: $15,600

    IMPRESARIO
    Includes listing in all event-related materials as an Impresario level sponsor, valet parking, reception, VIP dinner seating, and priority auction handling.

    Impresario table of ten: $11,500

    Impresario tax-deductible portion: $10,750

    VIRTUOSO
    Includes listing in all event-related materials as a Virtuoso level sponsor, valet parking, reception, dinner, and priority auction handling

    Virtuoso table of ten: $7,500

    Virtuoso tax-deductible portion: $6,750 

    AFICIONADO
    Includes reception and dinner. Table sponsors additionally receive listing in all event-related materials.

    Aficionado table of ten: $3,750
    Aficionado single tickets: $375 each

    Aficionado table tax-deductible portion: $3,000
    Aficionado single ticket tax-deductible portion: $300 

    Craneway Pavilion
    October 5, 2017

     

    To reserve your seat, please call our box office at (510) 841-2800

    OPENING NIGHT DINNER 17|18

    The Board of Trustees
    invite you to our 2017-2018

    OPENING NIGHT DINNER

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9p
    (Immediately following the concert)
    Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine

    Guests of Honor: Joana Carneiro and John Adams

    RSVP by Monday, September 25
    Seating is limited

    Call 510-841-2800
    for reservations:
    Monday – Friday, 10a – 4p

    Your experience will feature an exquisite meal, luscious dessert, and fine beverages. Table hosts will receive one or two bottles of William Knuttel 2013 Vineyard Designate Series Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley), one of Sunset Magazine’s Best Wines of 2017, signed by Joana Carneiro, in addition to the following options:

    PREMIERE – $5,000
    Includes two bottles of  William Knuttel 2013 Vineyard Designate Series Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley) signed by Joana Carneiro, 4 free parking passes, 6 complimentary concert tickets, and recognition in all event signage. Table for 8.

    CLASSIC – $2,500
    Includes one bottle of William Knuttel 2013 Vineyard Designate Series Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley) signed by Joana Carneiro, 2 free parking passes, 4 complimentary concert tickets, and recognition in all event signage. Table for 8.

    INDIVIDUAL – $225
    Your generous support at Opening Night Dinner makes the innovative programming of your Berkeley Symphony possible all season long. Thank you for your support!

    Dinner Menu:

    Pre-plated​ ​First​ ​Course

    Harvest Vegetable Salad
    artisan baby greens, shaved carrot, watermelon radish
    served with vegan green goddess dressing

    Entree
    Peppered Beef Bourguignon
    blistered Sungold tomatoes, foraged mushrooms, pearl onions, heirloom fingerlings, grilled levain
    ~ or ~
    Vegan​ ​Gluten​ ​Free​ ​Entree
    Crisped Polenta
    foraged mushrooms, braised greens, roast torpedo onion

    housemade dinner rolls
    served with sweet butter

    Dessert
    Chestnut Mascarpone Mousse
    chocolate cigarettes

    fair trade organic coffee and tea

    All Opening Night Dinner proceeds support Berkeley Symphony’s award-winning programming, world premiere commissions, Music in the Schools, and community outreach activities. A portion of your purchase is tax deductible. Thank you for being a part of Berkeley Symphony!

      

    17|18 SEASON SPONSORS

     

    Gertrude Allen • Annette Campbell-White & Ruedi Naumann-Etienne • Margaret Dorfman • Ann & Gordon Getty • Jill Grossman • Kathleen G. Henschel & John Dewes • Edith Jackson & Thomas W. Richardson • Sarah Coade Mandell & Peter Mandell • Tricia Swift • Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James

     

    Official Wine Sponsor:  William Knuttel

    Floral Design:  Jutta’s Flowers

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    February 12, 2018

     

    2018 MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS LUNCHEON

    Celebrate 26 years of Music in the Schools by joining us for the tenth annual Music in the Schools Luncheon. This year’s event honoree is TBD.

    All proceeds benefit our award-winning Music in the Schools Program (under the leadership of Ming Luke, Education Director), serving over 4,600 Berkeley public school students annually! These in-school programs and Family Concerts are offered 100% free of charge to students and their families.

    INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

    Supporter Level – $75 (Tax-deductible portion: $40/ticket)
    Performer Level – $250 (Tax-deductible portion: $215/ticket)

    TABLES OF 8 (PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE)

    Soloist Sponsor – $1,500 (Tax-deductible portion: $1,125/table)
    Maestro Sponsor  – $2,500 (Tax-deductible portion: $2,030/table)

    ADD-ONS

    Add on a $75 donation to your seat purchase to sponsor a music educator’s seat!

    Bancroft Hotel
  • Date Event Venue
    February 21, 2010 - February 21, 2016

     

    CHAMBER III

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 21, 2010 - February 21, 2016

     

    CHAMBER III

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    September 21, 2014

     

    Event has passed.

    CHAMBER I

    The second season of the Berkeley Symphony & Friends Chamber Music Series begins on Sunday, September 21 and features three of the Bay Area’s most revered and acclaimed artists – Stuart Canin, violin; Peter Wyrick, cello and Sarah Cahill, piano. Ms. Cahill will open the concert performing Pièces de clavecin by François Couperin and Thomas Adès’ Concert Paraphrase on “Powder Her Face” for solo piano. The program continues with Beethoven’s Sonata #5 in F major, “Spring” for piano and violin. After intermission, the trio will perform Schubert’s beautiful Trio #1 in B-flat major. Please join us at 5pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

    Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a co-production of Berkeley Symphony and Piedmont Center for the Arts. Artists and repertoire subject to change.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    November 9, 2014

     

    Event has passed.

    CHAMBER II

    Showcasing the virtuosity of Berkeley Symphony musicians, the second Chamber Music program features concertmaster Franklyn D’Antonio, principal clarinetist Roman Fukshansky, cellist Eric Gaenslen and pianist Miles Graber in a program of chamber works including John Adams’ Road Music for violin and piano, Bartók’s Contrasts and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C minor.

    Post Concert Reception
    All concert attendees are invited to a free reception immediately following the concert.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 8, 2015

     

    CHAMBER III

    Berkeley Symphony Executive Director and violinist René Mandel is joined by cellist Peter Wyrick and pianist Markus Pawlik for the next chamber concert at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Featured pieces include Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor.

    Post Concert Reception
    All concert attendees are invited to a free reception immediately following the concert.

    THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    September 20, 2015

     

    Single Tickets go on sale July 1, 2016

    CHAMBER I

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    November 15, 2015

     

    CHAMBER II

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 21, 2016

     

    CHAMBER III

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    April 10, 2016

     

    CHAMBER IV

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    November 13, 2016

     

    CHAMBER II

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 19, 2017

     

    CHAMBER III

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Erich Zeisl: Sonata for cello and piano (1951)
    I. Maestoso Marcato
    II. Andante
    III. Allegro

    Jean Cras: Trio à cordes (1927)
    I. Au mouvement
    II. Lent
    III. Animé

    ​Intermission​

    Robert Kahn: Piano Quartet No. 2 Op. 30 in A minor (1899)
    I. Allegro energico
    II. Larghetto – Vivace – Tempo I
    III. Allegretto grazioso
    IV. Vivace, ma non troppo – Poco più mosso – Tempo I – Più mosso – Tempo I

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    April 23, 2017

     

    CHAMBER IV

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Berkeley Symphony & Friends is a series of chamber music concerts performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Each program features musicians from Berkeley Symphony joined by special guest artists. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
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  • Date Event Venue
    October 5, 2017

     

    Adams & Shostakovich, Oct 5

    A fête of firsts! Music Director Joana Carneiro returns to the podium to lead acclaimed cellist and Berkeley native Tessa Seymour’s Berkeley Symphony debut in a world premiere by 30-year-old Australian composer William Gardiner. The Symphony celebrates Berkeley composer John Adams’ 70th birthday with his Fearful Symmetries, the first work written after his landmark opera Nixon in China. Shostakovich’s inaugural jazz suite and Beethoven’s first symphony round out this season’s opening night repertoire.

    The Gardiner Cello Concerto was commissioned by the Pacific Harmony Foundation.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    5:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Note the early start time of this concert due to Opening Night Dinner.

    Download the program notes for this concert: Symphonic I: Adams & Shostakovich

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    October 6, 2017

     

    Adams & Shostakovich, Oct 6

    A fête of firsts! Music Director Joana Carneiro returns to the podium to lead acclaimed cellist and Berkeley native Tessa Seymour’s Berkeley Symphony debut in a world premiere by 30-year-old Australian composer William Gardiner. The Symphony celebrates Berkeley composer John Adams’ 70th birthday with his Fearful Symmetries, the first work written after his landmark opera Nixon in China. Shostakovich’s inaugural jazz suite and Beethoven’s first symphony round out this season’s opening night repertoire.

    The Gardiner Cello Concerto was commissioned by the Pacific Harmony Foundation.

    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    7:00 pm – Box Office/Will Call opens
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    Download the program notes for this concert: Symphonic I: Adams & Shostakovich

    Caroline H. Hume Hall–San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    December 7, 2017

     

    Clyne & Rachmaninoff, Dec 7

    A terrific set of twos and premieres! The program features a pair of West Coast premieres by Rene Orth and Music Alive composer-in-residence Anna Clyne. Pianist Conrad Tao returns to the Zellerbach stage by popular demand to perform the Rachmaninoff and the Liszt under the baton of New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New. Recently named assistant conductor at the Cabrillo Festival, Ms. New is Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada and Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk begins
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Download the program notes for this concert: Symphonic II: Clyne & Rachmaninoff

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    February 1, 2018

     

    Getty & Berlioz, Feb 1

    Music of the heavens and hell. Fauré’s setting of paraphrased sacred texts is paired with Bay Area composer Gordon Getty’s cantata, inspired by the canonized Joan of Arc. The work has been performed widely since its 1998 premiere, notably in a 2004 revival in St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. Soprano Lisa Delan has enjoyed international acclaim since performing the title role in the world premiere. The program concludes with Berlioz’s obsessive and hallucinatory masterpiece.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk begins
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    February 2, 2018

     

    Getty & Berlioz, Feb 2

    Music of the heavens and hell. Fauré’s setting of paraphrased sacred texts is paired with Bay Area composer Gordon Getty’s cantata, inspired by the canonized Joan of Arc. The work has been performed widely since its 1998 premiere, notably in a 2004 revival in St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. Soprano Lisa Delan has enjoyed international acclaim since performing the title role in the world premiere. The program concludes with Berlioz’s obsessive and hallucinatory masterpiece.

    7:00 pm – Box Office/Will Call opens
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    Caroline H. Hume Hall–San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    April 19, 2018

     

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral, Apr 19

    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is the composer’s last complete symphony. Completed in 1824, it is often considered by critics to be one of his greatest works, and many consider it to be one of the greatest compositions of all time. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. The words, sung during the final movement by four soloists and chorus, were taken from the poem Ode to Joy, written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 with text additions made by the composer.

    PLAN YOUR VISIT – Ticket information, dining, and pre-concert talks.
    VENUE INFORMATION – Parking, cafe, seating chart

    6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
    7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk begins
    8:00 pm – Concert begins

    *To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Date Event Venue
    September 24, 2017

     

    CHAMBER I: Schumann and Prokofiev, Sep 24

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    November 12, 2017

     

    CHAMBER II: Mozart & Shostakovich, Nov 12

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    February 11, 2018

     

    CHAMBER III: Sibelius and Chausson, Feb 11

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    March 11, 2018

     

    CHAMBER IV: From Bach to Tower of Power, Mar 11

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

    Program

    W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
         Allegro
         Andante
         Presto

    J.S. Bach/M. Szemala: Sonata No. 2 in A minor
         Andante/Improvisation

    Billy Preston: Fancy Lady
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    A. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269
    arr. Matthew Szemela
         Allegro
         Largo
         Allegro Pastorale

    INTERMISSION

    Annbjarg Lien: The Phoenix
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Blood Sweat and Tears: Spinning Wheel
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Väsen: Hasse Aʼs
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Joe Zawinul: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Tower of Power: Donʼt Change Horses in the Middle of a Stream
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Paul Taylor: Shake It Up
    arr. Emily Onderdonk

    Piedmont Center for the Arts
    May 6, 2018

     

    CHAMBER V: Martinu & Brahms, May 6

    Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.

    Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

    Piedmont Center for the Arts