There’s nothing quite like the buzzing atmosphere of the California Symphony’s holiday concerts, with the aroma of mulled wine in the hall, free activities in the lobby, and a program of music that’s geared to getting everyone into the holiday spirit.
’TIS THE SYMPHONY takes place Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4PM and 8PM at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, and whether you’re a regular or a first timer, we want you to feel welcome at the California Symphony, right here in Walnut Creek. Here’s a quick run down on what to expect for the holiday concerts.
Free, family-friendly fun…
“Why should I care it’s all humbug.” — Montgomery Burns
Elmo gets down with Jamie Foxx for The Nutcracker Mash.
The classic 1940 Walt Disney film featured dancing animated fairies, fish, flowers, mushrooms and leaves. No actual nutcracker is ever seen in this version.
Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren star in Disney’s latest holiday film.
Part of their 2014 holiday album, the a cappella quintet gave their signature treatment to the Nutcracker classic.
Barbie plays the role of Clara. What else can we say?
There’s something so satisfying about these…
California Symphony Orchestra (CSO): What’s the best thing about being a student at the PBA?
Cadence Strange: There is so many wonderful things about being here at PBA! We get individual attention from teachers, I get to sing classical music, and I have made tons of friends here — the campus is so small you can’t miss anyone!
CSO: What’s the most fun or interesting performance you’ve ever sung at and why?
CS: The most interesting performance has to be Boris Gudonov with the San Francisco Symphony. We got to go on stage and act and sing; it was a…
California Symphony Orchestra: What’s a typical day like as a student at the Pacific Boychoir Academy?
I get to PBA on my bike in the morning and usually have a few minutes to talk to friends before the first bell. When the bell rings we dress the line, and then go to our first class. We have two academic classes before our first break where you get time to play tag or basketball and talk to friends. …
In a large, stain-proof kettle or soup caldron, simmer all ingredients. Can also be made in crockpot, set on low for minimum of 2 hours.
Ladle into handle-less tea mugs, drizzle a Grand Mariner floater, and garnish with orange slices.
Can be made up to 4 days in advance, minus the clove-studded orange.
Serves 8 true drinkers or 16 people who rarely imbibe.
California Symphony Orchestra: How long have you been doing live orchestra video production?
Kim Rooker: Since 2006, when we installed a film projection system at Davies Hall for a San Francisco Symphony performance of Charlie Chaplin’s score, set to the movie City Lights. Until that point, there was no way for the conductor to sync the music to the film other than visual reference to the movie.
Before then, I was doing audio and video production for big corporate events for companies like Apple and Pepsi. Then an associate brought me in to supervise a projection install at San Francisco…
Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day — Veterans Day in the U.S.— commemorating the end of WWI, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month of the year. It was a devastating war and the world of classical music suffered greatly from this incredibly barbaric conflict.
It was not too long ago that every schoolchild in the U.S. recited John McCrae’s, In Flanders Fields, for Veteran’s Day:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid…
By California Symphony Young American Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch. Balch will visit Walnut Creek in January for a reading workshop of her new piece-in-development.
Hi! Katherine here, California Symphony’s composer-in-residence. Happy fall! I spent the last few days of October in Boston, where my friend and collaborator Robyn Bollinger lives. Robyn will premiere my violin concerto, Artifacts, this May with the California Symphony.
California Symphony Orchestra: What have you been up to since the premiere of your first piece with the California Symphony in May?
Katherine Balch: After an amazing week with the California Symphony, I had a fun time celebrating with the folks at Broadcast Music Inc., at the 66th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards ceremony in NYC, where I received an award for my orchestra piece, Leaf Fabric, written for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (with conductor Ilan Volkov). Then, I dove right into composing a new piece for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, called Chamber Music, which was premiered just recently in…
We talked with Aubrey about her experience in arts management, her pathway to the California Symphony, and why she believes so passionately in changing the narrative for symphony orchestras.
California Symphony Orchestra: We hear you decided you wanted to be an Executive Director when you were in high school, which is pretty unusual since most people don’t even know this is a profession until much later in life. Tell us more.
Aubrey Bergauer: I was 16 years old. I grew up in Houston playing tuba in the youth orchestra there, after winning an audition for it in eighth grade. Two…