Join us this fall for Joseph Young & Friends: a series of free online musical gatherings hosted by Music Director Joseph Young. With this series, Joseph invites us all to share intimate musical experiences offered by his dearest friends and colleagues. From BSO musicians, to local composers, to special guest artists: expect to interact with familiar faces and make new friends in an engaging musical journey!
Next episode airs Thursday September 24th at 5PM (PDT)
Stay tuned for future episode air dates and registration info
Coming on September 25! Reading Is Instrumental, a weekly musical storytime at the Berkeley Public Libraryproduced by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Berkeley Symphony. Reading Is Instrumental features an all-star lineup of readers from Berkeley and beyond, with musical accompaniment by Berkeley Symphony musicians. Guest readers include actress Rita Moreno, author Maxine Hong Kingston with actor Earll Kingston, Oakland A’s player Marcus Semien, comedian/actor Andy Samberg, author/illustrator Thacher Hurd, Berkeley Symphony Music Director Joseph Young, and children’s librarian Michael Kwende. Kids and adults alike can tune in for literary, musical fun from your Bay Area favorites.
BERKELEY SYMPHONY CO-COMMISSIONS NEW WORK BY BRIAN RAPHAEL NABORS
We are delighted to share that Berkeley Symphony has been selected by New Music USA as one of the lead orchestras for their Amplifying Voices Program, supported by the Sphinx Venture Fund. As one of the lead orchestras selected for this program, Berkeley Symphony will co-commission a new work by emerging composer Brian Raphael Nabors, to be premiered in the 2021-22 season.
Amplifying Voices fosters collaboration and collective action toward equitable representation of composers in classical music. Amplifying Voices seeks to increase support and promotion of composers of color, bringing them to the table for artistic planning at major national orchestras, and ensuring orchestras’ engagement with repertoire, past and present, that has previously been omitted from major concert programs.
We are delighted to have been part of the Downtown Berkeley Summer Online Arts Festival! Our episode aired on August 20th at 1:00 p.m. PDT on the Downtown Berkeley Association website. Enjoy a flashback to Joseph Young’s awesome debut concert as he rocks Beethoven’s 5th with our very own Berkeley Symphony!
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An evening at Berkeley Symphony is not only a thrilling auditory experience, but a superb culinary adventure as well! Downtown Berkeley is a food-lovers’ paradise, internationally known for the quality and scope of its offerings. From intimate French bistros to vibrant California eateries, Berkeley has a wealth of restaurants to suit any palate.