22/23 Season - Berkeley Symphony

22/23 Season

Music Director, Joseph Young

Find Your Frequency

Music Director, Joseph Young

It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to Berkeley Symphony’s 51st season! Our milestone 50th year marked a return to joy — now, as we embark on our next chapter, we invite you to be an important part of how we reinterpret classics and rejoice in new works. 

Innovative concerts, sweeping scores, and vital voices: our 51st season promises a thrilling ride, one that forwards our mission of reimagining classics while also presenting them alongside fresh orchestral pieces that are as moving as they are relevant. By this work, Berkeley Symphony highlights an important throughline, revealing how the beloved canon influences and engages our gifted contemporary artists.  

Bridging unique styles, I call this season “Find Your Frequency.”  Each of the season’s three concerts offer music as a form of self-expression, a means for creating connections, and a vehicle for sharing our stories with one another.  

Experience Tchaikovsky’s mental agitation and turmoil as captured in the notes of the Fifth Symphony, or Elgar’s intense dedication and commitment to his friends, immortalized in each of the Enigma Variations. I’m also particularly excited to share world premieres from Brian Raphael Nabors and Xi Wang, whose groundbreaking works introduce us to the orchestral world’s next generation of paramount talent. 

Music is an invitation: it offers us the distinct opportunity to answer its call, come together, and delight in its virtue. At Berkeley Symphony, we endeavor to share this invitation — and its gift — far and wide. Thank you for your support, and we hope you’ll join us for another standout season. 

SYMPHONIC SERIES

Conductor, Joseph Young

SYMPHONIC I: IDENTITIES

Nabors World Premiere | Price | Tchaikovsky
Special Guest Artist: Violinst Rachel Barton Pine

BRIAN RAPHAEL NABORS Upon Daybreak World Premiere
FLORENCE PRICE Violin Concerto No. 2
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
Photo: Brian Raphael Nabors

SUNDAY 10.16.2022 4:00 PM ZELLERBACH HALL

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Conductor, Joseph Young

SYMPHONIC II: CONNECTIONS

Contreras | Ellington | Strayhorn/Walden | Elgar
Special Guest Artist: Pianist Lara Downes

JUAN PABLO CONTRERAS Mariachitlán
DUKE ELLINGTON New World A-Comin
BILLY STRAYHORN / CHRIS WALDEN Piano Concerto Enigma Variations
EDWARD ELGAR Enigma Variations
Photo: Duke Ellington

SUNDAY 04.02.2023 4:00 PM ZELLERBACH HALL

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Xi Wang Headshot

SYMPHONIC III: ENDURING STORIES

Wang World Premiere | Simon | Rimsky-Korsakov

XI WANG Lotus Prayer World Premiere
CARLOS SIMON Portrait of a Queen
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
Photo: Xi Wang

SUNDAY 06.04.2023 4:00 PM ZELLERBACH HALL

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Programs are subject to change.

CHAMBER SERIES

CHAMBER SERIES

Fall Colors
October 2, 2022

Nabors | Price | Tchaikovsky

BRIAN RAPHAEL NABORS 7 Dances for Flute, Clarinet, Cello
FLORENCE PRICE Five Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 3
Explore the Symphonic I concert for more works by these composers.
Photo: Brian Raphael Nabors

 performance begins at 4:00pm Piedmont Center for the Arts

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CHAMBER SERIES

Holiday Blast
December 4, 2022

HOLIDAY BRASS QUINTET Featuring Festive Holiday Favorites

 performance beginS at 4:00pm Piedmont Community Hall

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CHAMBER SERIES

Winter of Love
February 5, 2023

Beach | Costello | Brahms

AMY BEACH Romance for Violin and Piano
ELVIS COSTELLO Selections from The Juliet Letters for Baritone and String Quartet
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25
Photo: Elvis Costello by Shore Fire Media

 performance beginS at 4:00pm Piedmont Center for the Arts

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CHAMBER SERIES

Spring Fever
March 19, 2023

Boulanger | Piazzolla | Ravel

LILI BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps (Of a spring morning)
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
MAURICE RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor
Photo: Lili Boulanger

  performance beginS at 4:00pm Piedmont Center for the Arts

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CHAMBER SERIES

Between Worlds
May 21, 2023

Simon | Beach | Borodin

CARLOS SIMON move it for solo flute
AMY BEACH Theme and Variation for flute and string quartet, Op. 80
CARLOS SIMON Between Worlds for solo violin
ALEXANDER BORODIN String Quartet No.2
Explore the Symphonic IV concert for a piece titled Portrait of a Queen by composer Carlos Simon.
Photo: Carlos Simon by Terrance Ragland

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

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Programs are subject to change.