Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Iconoclasts and Freethinkers

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The history of music composition is full of iconoclasts and freethinkers who forged unique artistic voices that challenged musical norms and enriched our lives forever. In this concert, we celebrate four of them, including Czech composer Leos Janacek, who was famous for his use of Moravian folk music and rhythms drawn from speech, American composer Jordan Kuspa, who pays tribute to the American ethos of individualism, and German composer Paul Hindemith, whose music was deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis. We also include a world-premiere by our own Bay Area iconoclast, composer-in-residence Julie Herndon, who is creating a new mixed-media work in collaboration with projection artist Patricia Robinson.

Tickets and additional information can be found here

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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Elevate Ensemble: Iconoclasts and Freethinkers

The history of music composition is full of iconoclasts and freethinkers who forged unique artistic voices that challenged musical norms and enriched our lives forever. In this concert, we celebrate four of them, including Czech composer Leos Janacek, who was famous for his use of Moravian folk music and rhythms drawn from speech, American composer Jordan Kuspa, who pays tribute to the American ethos of individualism, and German composer Paul Hindemith, whose music was deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis. We also include a world-premiere by our own Bay Area iconoclast, composer-in-residence Julie Herndon, who is creating a new mixed-media work in collaboration with projection artist Patricia Robinson.

Tickets and additional information can be found here

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Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: The Trumpet Shall Sound

Nick Benavides: Magnetismus
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory
featuring soloist Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb
featuring soloist Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Leos Janacek: Idyll for Strings (Adagio)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 82 “The Bear”

From heroic fanfares to sultry serenades, the trumpet is a leading voice that composers have relied on to tell their stories for centuries. Join the CCCO and soloist Joe Brown, Second Trumpet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in a program featuring two stunning solos for trumpet and orchestra. From Alan Hovhaness’ lush, dream-like Prayer of Saint Gregory to Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s shimmering, virtuosic Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, this program will showcase the tremendous capabilities of the trumpet. Also on the program will be California-based composer Nick Benavides’s mesmerizing Magnetismus, the “Adagio” from Leos Janacek’s Idyll and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 “The Bear.”

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Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: The Trumpet Shall Sound

Nick Benavides: Magnetismus
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory
featuring soloist Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb
featuring soloist Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Leos Janacek: Idyll for Strings (Adagio)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 82 “The Bear”

From heroic fanfares to sultry serenades, the trumpet is a leading voice that composers have relied on to tell their stories for centuries. Join the CCCO and soloist Joe Brown, Second Trumpet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in a program featuring two stunning solos for trumpet and orchestra. From Alan Hovhaness’ lush, dream-like Prayer of Saint Gregory to Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s shimmering, virtuosic Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, this program will showcase the tremendous capabilities of the trumpet. Also on the program will be California-based composer Nick Benavides’s mesmerizing Magnetismus, the “Adagio” from Leos Janacek’s Idyll and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 “The Bear.”

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Low Hanging Fruit

Sometimes what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best. That theme is explored in this program of virtuosic chamber works that push the performer to the extreme. Michael Gilbertson’s Low Hanging Fruit serves as the title piece, using musical concepts to illustrate the story of the garden of Eden. Also on the program are Gyorgy Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano, one of the most difficult pieces in the 20th-century piano canon, as well as Bela Bartok’s jazz-inspired Contrasts and a Balkan-themed cello solo work by Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolović.

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Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Let's Dance

Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre
with Julio Reyes, guitar
Claude Debussy/Ravel: Sarabande
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite

On February 16th and 17th, the CCCO presents a program highlighting the sounds of dance music from around the world.

Bela Bartok was committed to preserving the traditional folk music of his homeland and finding ways to incorporate them into his own compositional voice. Romanian Folk Dances is a passionate setting of traditional folk tunes the composer discovered while traveling from village to village in the countryside.

Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s stunning guitar concerto, Fantasia para un gentilhombre is based on six dances composed by 17th-century composer Gaspar Sanz. Guitar virtuoso Julio Reyes will be our featured soloist.

Maurice Ravel, an admirer of fellow French composer Claude Debussy, arranged several of his piano works for full orchestra. One particularly striking arrangement is of the luscious “Sarabande” from Debussy’s Pour le piano.Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite contains several of the most famous dances from this treasured ballet.

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Let's Dance

Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre
with Julio Reyes, guitar
Claude Debussy/Ravel: Sarabande
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite

On February 16th and 17th, the CCCO presents a program highlighting the sounds of dance music from around the world.

Bela Bartok was committed to preserving the traditional folk music of his homeland and finding ways to incorporate them into his own compositional voice. Romanian Folk Dances is a passionate setting of traditional folk tunes the composer discovered while traveling from village to village in the countryside.

Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s stunning guitar concerto, Fantasia para un gentilhombre is based on six dances composed by 17th-century composer Gaspar Sanz. Guitar virtuoso Julio Reyes will be our featured soloist.

Maurice Ravel, an admirer of fellow French composer Claude Debussy, arranged several of his piano works for full orchestra. One particularly striking arrangement is of the luscious “Sarabande” from Debussy’s Pour le piano.Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite contains several of the most famous dances from this treasured ballet.

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Italian Nights

Soloist: Alex Frankel, Tenor
Verdi: La forza del destino Overture
Verdi: La forza del destino “O tu, che in seno Angeli”
Morricone: Cinema Paradiso “Love Theme”
Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Preludio and “O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa”
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Mascagni: “mamma quel vino è generoso”

Based in New York City but raised in Walnut Creek, operatic tenor Alex Frankel returns home to the Bay Area to join the CCCO for a night celebrating some of the world’s most beloved Italian music. From Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Verdi’s La forza del destino, to film composer Ennio Morricone’s score to Cinema Paradiso, this is an evening of Italian song that you do not want to miss.

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Italian Nights

Soloist: Alex Frankel, Tenor
Verdi: La forza del destino Overture
Verdi: La forza del destino “O tu, che in seno Angeli”
Morricone: Cinema Paradiso “Love Theme”
Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Preludio and “O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa”
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Mascagni: “mamma quel vino è generoso”

Based in New York City but raised in Walnut Creek, operatic tenor Alex Frankel returns home to the Bay Area to join the CCCO for a night celebrating some of the world’s most beloved Italian music. From Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Verdi’s La forza del destino, to film composer Ennio Morricone’s score to Cinema Paradiso, this is an evening of Italian song that you do not want to miss.

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Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Elevate Ensemble: Musical Omakase

Come enjoy the next installment of our popular music-and-food events, where we pair the culinary talents of a local chef with complimentary musical selections, each enhancing the experience of the other. You’ll enjoy three sets of music interspersed with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. This year, we’re asking Elevate’s musicians to select some of their favorite pieces for the program, so it’s a “chef’s choice” both musically and culinarily.

Tickets and additional information may be found at this link

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May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

Call for Scores Winner: Winner TBD in 2019!
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
with Britton Day, Piano
Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

Bay Area pianist Britton Day joins the CCCO for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1. This underperformed gem bursts out of the gate with a barrage of virtuosic melodies, then melts into a calm, reflective slow movement before barreling on to a stunning finale.

This past year, the CCCO asked composers from around the country to submit original works for chamber orchestra. The winning composition will be revealed at the start of 2019 and receive performances at all of our May concerts.

American composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Adagio is an elegant, powerful work that requires the utmost focus and sensitivity from the performers.

The program closes with Franz Schubert’s dramatic, romantic Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.”

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May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

Call for Scores Winner: Winner TBD in 2019!
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
with Britton Day, Piano
Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

Bay Area pianist Britton Day joins the CCCO for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1. This underperformed gem bursts out of the gate with a barrage of virtuosic melodies, then melts into a calm, reflective slow movement before barreling on to a stunning finale.

This past year, the CCCO asked composers from around the country to submit original works for chamber orchestra. The winning composition will be revealed at the start of 2019 and receive performances at all of our May concerts.

American composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Adagio is an elegant, powerful work that requires the utmost focus and sensitivity from the performers.

The program closes with Franz Schubert’s dramatic, romantic Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.”

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May
5
4:00 PM16:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

Call for Scores Winner: Winner TBD in 2019!
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
with Britton Day, Piano
Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

Bay Area pianist Britton Day joins the CCCO for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1. This underperformed gem bursts out of the gate with a barrage of virtuosic melodies, then melts into a calm, reflective slow movement before barreling on to a stunning finale.

This past year, the CCCO asked composers from around the country to submit original works for chamber orchestra. The winning composition will be revealed at the start of 2019 and receive performances at all of our May concerts.

American composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Adagio is an elegant, powerful work that requires the utmost focus and sensitivity from the performers.

The program closes with Franz Schubert’s dramatic, romantic Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.”

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: High Strung

Composers have often used the expressive nature of the string orchestra to evoke nostalgic memories of places dear to them. In this program, we bring you several contrasting examples of this idea. Chiayu Hsu explores urban and natural aspects of life in Taiwan, Sahba Aminikia draws inspiration from a 2009 street riot in Tehran, and Charles Ives reflects on favorite church hymns of his youth. Also on the program are a world premiere by our composer-in-residence and a piece by Texas-based composer Minho Yoon.

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Copy of Elevate Ensemble: High Strung

Composers have often used the expressive nature of the string orchestra to evoke nostalgic memories of places dear to them. In this program, we bring you several contrasting examples of this idea. Chiayu Hsu explores urban and natural aspects of life in Taiwan, Sahba Aminikia draws inspiration from a 2009 street riot in Tehran, and Charles Ives reflects on favorite church hymns of his youth. Also on the program are a world premiere by our composer-in-residence and a piece by Texas-based composer Minho Yoon.

Tickets and additional information found here

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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: How to Make it in America

Nancy Bloomer Deussen: American Hymn
Antonin Dvorak: American Suite
William Grant Still: From the Black Belt
George Gershwin: An American in Paris

Join the CCCO as we explore music penned by several of the most ambitious, diverse composers to make a name for themselves in America.

Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen's An American Hymn is a gorgeous musical depiction of the vast landscapes of America. The score carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."

Antonin Dvorak’s American Suite, a “melting pot” work, blends the sounds of the American landscape he explored in the 1890’s with those of his Czech heritage.

William Grant Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. His work From the Black Belt is comprised of seven charming vignettes. In the preface to the score, the composer explains that this piece was “written frankly to amuse and to please those who listen to them.”

Closing the program is George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a work that helped define the sound of America and propel American composers into the international spotlight.

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Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra: How to Make it in America

Nancy Bloomer Deussen: An American Hymn
Antonin Dvorak: American Suite
William Grant Still: From the Black Belt
George Gershwin: American in Paris

Join the CCCO as we explore music penned by several of the most ambitious, diverse composers to make a name for themselves in America.

Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen's An American Hymn is a gorgeous musical depiction of the vast landscapes of America. The score carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."

Antonin Dvorak’s American Suite, a “melting pot” work, blends the sounds of the American landscape he explored in the 1890’s with those of his Czech heritage.

William Grant Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. His work From the Black Belt is comprised of seven charming vignettes. In the preface to the score, the composer explains that this piece was “written frankly to amuse and to please those who listen to them.”

Closing the program is George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a work that helped define the sound of America and propel American composers into the international spotlight.

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Transformations

Come hear a piece that changed music forever. Arnold Schoenberg’s pivotal Chamber Symphony was one of the first to blur the line between tonality and atonality. It also transformed the concept of the chamber orchestra, proving that a rich symphonic sound could be produced by only 15 instrumentalists.

Elevate is pairing Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony with several other musical firsts, including a newly commissioned chamber symphony from composer-in-residence Julie Barwick, the winning selection from our second annual call for scores, and Stravinsky’s Pastorale. Don’t miss it!

The program includes:

  • Julie Barwick – Chamber Symphony (World Premiere)
  • David Lipten - Tongue and Groove (Second annual call-for-scores winner)
  • Arnold Schoenberg – Chamber Symphony
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May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: From Vienna to Silicon Valley

Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His lovely and innovative Garages of the Valley connects the culture of Silicon Valley to our symphonic tradition in a most novel way. We will present the latest Klein Competition virtuoso in a symphonic debut, and conclude the 2017-18 Season with Brahms’ triumphal and glorious Symphony No. 2 in D.

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: From Vienna to Silicon Valley

Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His lovely and innovative Garages of the Valley connects the culture of Silicon Valley to our symphonic tradition in a most novel way. We will present the latest Klein Competition virtuoso in a symphonic debut, and conclude the 2017-18 Season with Brahms’ triumphal and glorious Symphony No. 2 in D.

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Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Peninsula Symphony: Family Concert

As part of our Bridges to Music program, each year we present a free afternoon concert for children and families. These concerts feature engaging and interactive pieces written to help young people learn about the orchestra and the instruments, and children also have the opportunity to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close! And of course, tickets for the concert are free!

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Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: An American Celebration

Leonard Bernstein left an indelible imprint on music in America as a composer, conductor and advocate for the arts. In celebration of his 100th birthday in 2018, we’ll perform his greatest and most revered score, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, along with his mentor Aaron Copland’s glorious Lincoln Portrait, narrated by ABC7 News anchor Dan Ashley. Music of Howard Hanson (his “Romantic” Symphony) and Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen (An American Hymn) complete this program of magnificent American masterworks.

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Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: An American Celebration

Leonard Bernstein left an indelible imprint on music in America as a composer, conductor and advocate for the arts. In celebration of his 100th birthday in 2018, we’ll perform his greatest and most revered score, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, along with his mentor Aaron Copland’s glorious Lincoln Portrait, narrated by ABC7 News anchor Dan Ashley. Music of Howard Hanson (his “Romantic” Symphony) and Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen (An American Hymn) complete this program of magnificent American masterworks.

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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Old Girls Club

So many women are writing amazing music today, there’s really no excuse for the continued over-representation of male composers on concert programs. Elevate has always believed in the importance of promoting female composers, but we wanted to do more to balance the scales.

That’s why we’re excited to present this all-female program, featuring music by a handful of the many innovative women composers who deserve to be heard more broadly.

Composers on the program include Canadian Ana Sokolović, Americans Edie Hill and Jocelyn Hagen, and several others, presented in conjunction with curator Emma Logan at the Center for New Music.

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Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

Elevate Ensemble: Pedal to the Metal

Come hear an all-brass program in a unique art studio that features one-of-a-kind views of SF’s skyline. The evening will be filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a program of inspiring music—all while watching the city zooming by.

The program will feature rarely heard masterpieces by Dutch and American mavericks including Otto Ketting, Matthew Joseph Payne, Walter Hartley, Anthony Plog, and more.

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Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: Perfect Fifths

The “dazzling” (NY Times) Jon Nakamatsu, a Peninsula Symphony favorite and internationally celebrated artist, returns in a program of beloved masterworks, including Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (No. 5) and Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony. Continuing our focus on female composers, the program begins with Fanny Mendelsohn Hensel’s stately Overture in C.

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Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Peninsula Symphony: Perfect Fifths

The “dazzling” (NY Times) Jon Nakamatsu, a Peninsula Symphony favorite and internationally celebrated artist, returns in a program of beloved masterworks, including Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (No. 5) and Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony. Continuing our focus on female composers, the program begins with Fanny Mendelsohn Hensel’s stately Overture in C.

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