21/22 Season - Berkeley Symphony

21/22 Season

Music Director, Joseph Young

Return to Joy

Music Director, Joseph Young

Welcome back to Berkeley Symphony! It brings me so much joy to return to the Berkeley stage, invite our community back into the concert hall, and celebrate Berkeley Symphony’s historic 50th Anniversary season. We will go on a journey of renewal this season. While each concert is full of depth and complexity of its own, every program features an element that is reconceptualized. When we return to the concert hall, expect new takes on familiar classics from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; to a unique retelling of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf; to our season finale, where we present Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony with a brand new libretto by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Berkeley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary celebration would not be complete without building on our orchestra’s rich history of commissioning and presenting the music of today. We are thrilled to offer two Berkeley Symphony World Premiere commissions: a celebratory work from Derrick Skye (formerly Spiva) and a riveting new piece from Berkeley-based composer Jimmy López. This season revels in diverse programming and diverse audiences, and reminds us that Berkeley Symphony really is for everyone. I can’t wait for you to join us as we celebrate five decades of adventurous music-making and look towards a vibrant future.

SYMPHONIC SERIES

Conductor, Joseph Young

SYMPHONIC I: RENEW

Stravinsky | Sibelius | Adams | Skye World Premiere

MORTON GOULD “Protest” from Spirituals for Orchestra
DERRICK SKYE (FORMERLY SPIVA) As Water, Freedom (world premiere; Berkeley Symphony commission)
SIBELIUS Finlandia
JOHN ADAMS Lollapalooza
STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
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SUNDAY 02.06.2022 4:00 PM ZELLERBACH HALL

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Conductor, Joseph Young

SYMPHONIC II: REIMAGINE

Ravel | Prokofiev | Esmail

REENA ESMAIL Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz (My Sister’s Voice) featuring guest singers Saili Oak, Hindustani singer, and Maya Kherani, soprano
RAVEL Mother Goose Suite
PROKOFIEV
Peter and the Wolf
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FRIDAY 03.25.2022 7:30 PM FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF BERKELEY

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Conductor, Joseph Young

SYMPHONIC III: REJOICE

Beethoven | López World Premiere

JIMMY LÓPEZ Rise (world premiere; Berkeley Symphony commission, sponsors: Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes & New Music USA)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9 featuring new text from Tracy K. Smith
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SUNDAY 06.12.2022 4:00 PM ZELLERBACH HALL

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CHAMBER SERIES

CHAMBER SERIES

Special Chamber Concert: November 21, 2021

Stuart Canin & Friends

Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, & Beethoven

STUART CANIN Violin
HELENE WICKETT
Piano


Chamber I: December 12, 2021

Vivaldi | Debussy | Montgomery | Nabors

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Voodoo Dolls for string quartet
BRIAN NABORS* Theme and Variations for solo violin
ANTONIO VIVALDI Winter from Four Seasons
CLAUDE DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor

MATTHEW SZEMELA Violin
EMANUELA NIKIFOROVA
Violin
DARCY RINDT
Viola
ISAAC PASTOR-CHERMAK
Cello


Chamber II: January 16, 2022

Ravel | Biber | Shaw | Nabors

HEINRICH BIBER Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin
CAROLINE SHAW
Limestone and Felt for viola & cello
BRIAN NABORS*
Caged for string quintet
MAURICE RAVEL
String Quartet in F Major

NOAH STRICK Violin
STEPHANIE BIBBO
Violin/Viola
DARCY RINDT
Viola
CAROL RICE
Cello
CHLOÉ MENDOLA
Cello


Chamber III: March 6, 2022

Dvorak | Rindt | Nabors

BRIAN NABORS* Zephyr for 2 flutes and string quartet
DARCY RINDT A Tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots for string quartet
ANTONIN DVOŘÁK String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American Quartet”

MATTHEW SZEMELA Violin
STEPHANIE BIBBO Violin
DARCY RINDT
Viola
ISAAC PASTOR-CHERMAK
Cello
EMMA MOON Flute
STACEY PELINKA Flute


Chamber IV: April 10, 2022

Brahms | Bartok | Larsen | Weston/Flanagan

TREVOR WESTON / DAN FLANAGAN Works for Solo Violin and Art
LIBBY LARSEN 4 on the Floor
BELA BARTÓK Contrasts
JOHANNES BRAHMS Horn Trio in C Major

DAN FLANAGAN Violin
ROMAN FUKSHANSKY Clarinet
ALEX CAMPHOUSE French Horn
CAROL RICE
Cello
MICHEL TADDEI Bass
BRITTON DAY Piano


Chamber V: May 15, 2022

Mendelssohn | Garner | Esmail

REENA ESMAIL Saans
DAVID GARNER Vilna Poems
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

LISA DELAN Soprano
RENÉ MANDEL
Violin
EVAN KHAN
Cello
ROMAN FUKSHANSKY
Clarinet
KEVIN KORTH
Piano

 All performances begin at 4:00pm Piedmont Center for the Arts

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