Symphony Concert this Friday night!
ROOTED IN AMERICA January 27, 2023 @ Paramount Theatre
HAPPY NEW YEAR! From the Oakland Symphony
Register Your School to Attend the Young People's Concert on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
There is NO COST to attend this concert.
The Young People's Concert program provides approximately 8,000 students their first introduction to orchestral music through a school day concert held in the spring; performed and conducted by members of the Oakland Symphony.
There will be (two) forty-five minute concerts for students on 03.22.2023 one at 9:30am the other at 11am.
“Adventures in music with Dawn and the Oakland symphony” conducted by Omid Zoufonoun.
Come spend a morning with Dawn and Symphony, as Dawn takes you on a musical journey, like on a time machine, starting at the time of the Kings and Queens. From Bach to the Orange Blossom Special…….the children will squeal with delight, as she brings her hilarious cast of characters to play for the audience!
Several lucky students will get to come up on stage and play the violin for first time, and many others will get to come up and compose!
It’s so entertaining, you don’t even know that you are being educated and having fun all at the same time!
Use this link to register your school Young People's Concert (YPC) registration
FREE EVENT! Learn More About the Remarkable History of the Negro Folk Symphony
The Oakland Symphony offers a free community event “Deep River” – Harry Burleigh and the Founding of Black Classical Music, presented by Joseph Horowitz, the acclaimed author of Dvořák’s Prophecy. You’ll gain insight into Dawson’s masterpiece, the “Negro Folk Symphony,” its history, influences and, until very recently, it’s unjustified neglect. Prepare to be enthralled by one of America’s very greatest symphonies.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 6:00pm-7:30pm
Piedmont Piano, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland.
Harry Burleigh, a forgotten hero of American music, was responsible for turning African-American spirituals into powerful concert songs sung by Marian Anderson and many others to this day. He may in fact be regarded as the father of Black Classical Music – including the magnificent William Levi Dawson Negro Folk Symphony that the Oakland Symphony performs on January 27.
A presentation with film and live music.
ROOTED IN AMERICA conductor Andrew Grams
With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts, ability to connect with audiences, and long-term orchestra building.
The youngest of a large mixed-race family [Grams is of mixed-race heritage (his mother is Black and his father is White) but identifies as Black] from Severn, Maryland, Andrew began studying the violin when he was eight years old in the public school system.
In 1999 he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He was selected to spend the summer of 2003 studying with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and returned to that program again in 2004. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.
Now in his 7th ESO season, Andrew Grams became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra after an international search. His charismatic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences. He’s the winner of 2015 Conductor of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras and has led orchestras throughout the United States including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
A frequent traveler, Mr. Grams has worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, the Orchestre National de France, Hong Kong Philharmonic, the BBC Orchestras of London, Wales and Scotland, the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Western Australia, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Het Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, Netherlands. He has led multiple performances of New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and the first performances of the new production of The Nutcracker for the Norwegian National Ballet in Olso. Last season, Mr. Grams led the Sacramento Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Also an educator, Mr. Grams has worked with orchestras at institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Roosevelt University, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Also an accomplished violinist, Mr. Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra from 1998-2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. Additionally, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony as well as performing with chamber music ensembles around the country.
Bring your students to Oakland Symphony concerts!
The Oakland Symphony welcomes all OUSD and neighboring district students and staff to attend concerts this season.
To show our ongoing appreciation for the critical work teachers, administrators, community school managers, counselors, after-school program staff, librarians, custodians, office and attendance clerks, paraprofessionals, tutors, yard duty supervisors, food service workers, nurses, volunteers and others do within our schools.
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Oakland Symphony's Young People's Concert
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