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  • Fri

    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.

  • Fri

    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.”