CONCERTS AND EVENTS

2018-2019 SEASON
  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018

    How to Make it in America

    Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 2:00pm
    El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd St Antioch, California
    Buy Tickets Online or by phone (925) 757-9500

    Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 2:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, California
    Buy Tickets Online, or by phone (925) 943-7469 (SHOW)

     

    American Flag

    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.

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018

    The Trumpet Shall Sound

    Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 2:00pm
    El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd St Antioch, California
    Buy Tickets Online or by phone (925) 757-9500

    Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 4:00pm
    Fireside Room at Gateway Complex
    Private event for Rossmoor residents and their guests

     

     

    Soloist: Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

    Nick Benavides: Magnetismus

    Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory

    Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb
    featuring Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

    Leos Janacek: Idyll for Strings (Adagio only)

    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.”

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Let's Dance

    Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 2:00pm
    El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd St Antioch, California
    Buy Tickets Online or by phone (925) 757-9500

    Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 2:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, California
    Buy Tickets Online, or by phone (925) 943-7469 (SHOW)

     

    Jeff LaDeur Profile

    Soloist: Jeff LaDeur, Piano

    Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

    Franz Liszt Totentanz
    with Jeff LaDeur, Piano

    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.

    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.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Italian Nights

    Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 2:00pm
    El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd St Antioch, California
    Buy Tickets Online or by phone (925) 757-9500

    Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 2:00pm
    Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, California
    Buy Tickets Online, or by phone (925) 943-7469 (SHOW)

     

    Alex Frankel Headshot

    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.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019
    Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

    Fri, May 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
    Alhambra High School - Performing Arts Building 150 E Street, Martinez
    $10 adult/$5 senior/$5 youth at the door

    Sat, May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
    Rossmoor Events Center
    Private event for Rossmoor residents and their guests

    Sun, May 5, 2019 at 2:00pm
    El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd St Antioch, California
    Buy Tickets Online or by phone (925) 757-9500

     

     

    Soloist: Britton Day, Piano

    Call for Scores Winner: Winner TBD in 2019!

    Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1

    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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