19/20 Season - Berkeley Symphony

19/20 Season

Music Director, Joseph Young

WELCOME TO A NEW ERA AT BERKELEY SYMPHONY

Music Director, Joseph Young

As your new Music Director, it is with great enthusiasm that I introduce you to Berkeley Symphony’s 19/20 Season. When I serendipitously conducted this wonderful orchestra for the first time, there was instant chemistry. I never dreamed that only months later, I would be writing this letter to you. It is an honor to join this iconic organization and to be part of the vibrant Bay Area creative community.

In a season in which diverse musical voices are front and center, I also look forward to introducing you to the world premieres by Xi Wang and Derrick Spiva, and Bay Area premieres by Bryce Dessner and Roxanna Panufnik. It is our goal to share new perspectives by performing extraordinary music of our time in concert with the classic composers of this season: Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin and Prokofiev.

It is, indeed, the beginning of a new era.

 

SYMPHONIC SERIES

Conductor, Joseph Young
SYMPHONIC I: Celebrating a New Era

Beethoven | Wilson

OLLY WILSON Shango Memory
MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor

JOSEPH YOUNG Conductor
CONRAD TAO Piano

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10.24.2019
7:00 PM
ZELLERBACH HALL

SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS
SYMPHONIC II: You Have a Voice

Brahms | Dessner

XI WANG World Premiere
BRYCE DESSNER Voy a Dormir*
MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN Become Who I Am*
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor

JOSEPH YOUNG Conductor
KELLY O’CONNOR Mezzo Soprano
SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS CHORUS

*Bay Area Premieres

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02.06.2020
8:00 PM
ZELLERBACH HALL

SEAN JONES Trumpet
SYMPHONIC III: New Perspectives

Gershwin | Zimmerman

DARIUS MILHAUD La création du monde
GUNTHER SCHULLER Journey Into Jazz*
BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN Trumpet Concerto*
GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

JOSEPH YOUNG Conductor
SEAN JONES Trumpet
BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ COMBO

*Bay Area Premieres

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03.26.2020
8:00 PM
ZELLERBACH HALL

DERRICK SPIVA, JR. World Premiere
SYMPHONIC IV: Pathways to Peace

Prokofiev | Spiva

ROXANNA PANUFNIK Three Paths to Peace*
DERRICK SPIVA, JR. World Premiere
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major

JOSEPH YOUNG Conductor

*U.S. Premiere

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05.14.2020
8:00 PM
ZELLERBACH HALL

CHAMBER SERIES

CHAMBER SERIES
Chamber I: September 22, 2019

Brahms to Bartok

STUART CANIN Violin
ANGELA LEE Cello
MARKUS PAWLIK Piano


Chamber II: November 3, 2019

Ysaye: Six Sonatas for Violin Solo

FLORIN PARVULESCU Violin


Chamber III: January 19, 2020

Beethoven to Rindt

EMANUELA NIKIFOROVA Violin
STEPHANIE BIBBO Violin
DARCY RINDT Viola
SAMSUN VAN LOON Cello
STACEY PELINKA Flute


Chamber IV: March 15, 2020

Gershwin to Adams

MATTHEW SZEMELA and Friends


Chamber V: April 19, 2020

Mozart to Shostakovich

RENÉ MANDEL and Friends

 

 All performances begin at 4:00pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts

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