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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 Friday October 30th at 5PM (PDT)
Stay tuned for future episode air dates and registration info

Reading Is Instrumental, a weekly musical storytime at the Berkeley Public Library produced 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 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. 

Reading Is Instrumental will be streamed at 11 AM (PDT) Fridays on the Berkeley Public Library Facebook page.


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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Reflections Town Hall convenes a panel of thought leaders to examine the role of arts organizations in addressing racial injustice. Reflections is intended to offer a platform for listening, learning, and engagement as our panel discusses how the arts and culture sector can be a catalyst for positive social change. Berkeley Symphony and the Commonwealth Club are proud to co-present this important conversation.

Dine Nearby

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.

La Note

2377 Shattuck Ave @ Durant 10 MINUTE walk to Zellerbach


1685 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

Café La Mediterranée

2936 College Avenue near Ashby


2315 Durant Avenue between Dana & Durant

Cafe Zellerbach

101 Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley (inside Zellerbach!)

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