A Sampling of Our Repertoire

See our event calendar for our programs after 2019.

2018-2019 Season

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


The Trumpet Shall Sound

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”


Let’s Dance

Soloist: Jeff LaDeur, Piano

Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

Georges Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1 

Franz Liszt Totentanz
with Jeff LaDeur, Piano

Claude Debussy/Ravel: Sarabande

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite


Italian Nights

Soloist: Alex Frankel, Tenor

La forza del destino (Overture) – Giuseppe Verdi

Nabucco (Overture) – Giuseppe Verdi

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Overture) – Gioachino Rossini

Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana – Pietro Mascagni

mamma quel vino è generoso (Cavalleria rusticana) – Pietro Mascagni

Lamento di Ferderico (L’arlesiana) – Francesco Cilea

Ella mi fu rapita (Rigoletto) – Giuseppe Verdi

Possente Amor (Rigoletto) – Giuseppe Verdi

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) – Giuseppe Verdi


Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

Soloist: Britton Day, Piano

Jordan Kuspa: Lemonade Battery

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1

Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

2017-2018 Season

Making Overtures

Mikhail Glinka Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla”

Christoph Gluck Overture to “Iphigenia in Aulis”

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Marriage of Figaro”

Gioachino RossiniOverture to “La Gazza Ladra”

Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to “Egmont”

Franz Schubert Overture to “Rosamunde”

Jacques Offenbach Overture to “La belle Helene”

Oscar Navarro Downey Overture


Mozart Masterpieces – with Susan Waller, flute

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Don Giovanni”

W.A. Mozart Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in G Major

W.A. Mozart Serenade No. 11 in Eb, for wind octet

W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor


Ludwig and Leonard – with Samantha Rose Cardenas, soprano and Jeffrey Albright, tenor

Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to “Cariolanus”

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major

Leonard Bernstein Overture to “On the Town”

Leonard Bernstein Concert Suite No. 1 form “West Side Story”

Leonard Bernstein Dream with Me, from “Peter Pan”

Leonard Bernstein Overture to “Candide”


With a Song and a Smile – with Elizabeth Hunter-Ashley, soprano

Carslile Floyd Ain’t it a Pretty Night, from “Susanna”

George Gershwin Summertime, from “Porgy and Bess”

Aaron Copland Three Selections from “Old American Songs”

Irving Berlin/arr. Healey Tribute to Irving Berlin

Hoagy Carmichael/arr. Sammy Nestico Hoagy Carmichael; Am American Treasure

Bruce Chase (arr) Broadway Tonight

Richard Rogers/arr. R.R. Bennett The Carousel Waltz, from “Carousel”

Richard Rogers/arr. John Moss A Salute to Rogers and Hammerstein


American Idols – with Martin Morley, piano

Michael Markowski joyRIDE – Northern California Premiere

Charles Ives/orch. William Schuman Variations on “America”

Morton Gould American Salute

Alexander Safford Folk Tune and Fiddler’s Fury

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin/arr. John Whitney Fascinating Rythm

Carolyn Bremmer Early Light – Northern California Premiere

George M. Cohan/arr. Hermann George M. Cohan Salute

2016-2017 Season

Now and Then – with Paul Hanson, bassoon/composer

Raymond David Burkhart Fanfare St. Antoni – Commissioned work, world premiere

Darius Milhaud Overture and Allegro, form “La Sultane”

Mozart Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in Bb Major

Paul Hanson Concerto Serpentique, for electric bassoon and Orchestra

Commissioned work, world premiere

Cindy McTee Circuits

Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St. Antoni Variations)


Sound Worlds – with Amy Likar, piccolo

John Knowles Paine The Tempest, Symphonic Poem

Alberto Ginastera Pompeana No. 3, Pastoral Symphony in 3 movements

Martin Rokeach Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra –  second performance

Antonin Dvorak Othello Overture


Song and Dance – with Elizabeth Hunter-Ashley, soprano

Carl Nielson Maskarade Overture

Joseph Suk Scherzo Fantastique

Giacomo Puccini Quando ne’n vo’, from “La Boheme”

Johann Strauss, Jr. Mein Herr Marquis, from “Die Fledermaus”

Jaromir Weinberger Polka and Fugue, from “Schwanda the Bagpiper”

Aram Kachaturian Waltz, from “Masquerade Suite”

Giuseppe Verdi Ah, fors’e lui; Serpre libera, from “La Traviata”

Leonard Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay, from “Canide”

Arturo Marquez Dazon No. 2


Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Legend – with Sara Sloan, soprano/Jeffrey Albright, tenor

Leigh Harline/Ned Washington When You Wish Upon a Star, from “Pinocchio”

Bob Lowden (arr) Disney Magic

Alan Menken/arr. Harry Haden-Brown Part of Your World, form “Little Mermaid”

Alan Menken/arr. Healey A Whole New World, from “Aladdin”

Peter Tchaikovsky Waltz, from “Sleeping Beauty”

Alan Menken/arr. Healey and Prechel Go the Distance, from “Hercules”

John Williams Suite from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Michael Giacchino/arr. Datzman Music from “Up”

Alan Menken Home, from “Beauty and the Beast”

Alan Menken/arr. Bruce Chase Beauty and the Beast, from “Beauty and the Beast”

Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, from “Fantasia”

Randy Newman You’ve Got A Friend In Me, from “Toy Story”

Lopez & Lopez Love is an Open Door, from “Frozen”

Bob Lowden (arr) A Disney Super Time, A Mary Poppins Suite


Then and Now

Noah Luna A Mighty Fortress,

based on the Lutheran Hymn “Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott”

commissioned work – world premiere

Gordon Jacob Old Wine in New Bottles, for chamber winds

Nancy Bachmann Ocean Beach, SF –  second performance

William Walton/arr. Muir Mathieson Suite from the film score to “Richard III”

Steven Bryant Estatic Fanfare – Northern California Premiere

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 in D minor, “Reformation”

2015-2016 Season

Around the World in 80 Minutes – with Phil Santos, violin

Richard Wagner Overture to “Die Meistersinger”

Eric Satie/arr. Claude Debussy Gymnopodies No. 1 and 3

Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish Dances

Benjamin Taylor Toccata for Orchestra (East Bay Premiere)

Antonin Dvorak Romance in F minor, for Violin and Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak Mazurek (Mazurka) in e minor for Violin and Orchestra

Emmanuel Charbrier Habanera

Hector Berlioz Hungarian (Rakoczy) March


Russian Riches – with Martin Morley, piano

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture

Alexander Borodin Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Alexander Arutunian Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in Db Major


Broadway at the Movies – with Sara Sloan, soprano and Jeffrey Albright, tenor

Charles Sayer (Arr.) Broadway Showstoppers

Richard Rogers/arr. R.R. Bennett Music from “South Pacific”

Mitch Leigh/arr. Joe Darion Impossible Dream, form “Man of La Mancha”

Richard Rogers The Sound of Music from “The Sound of Music”

Leonard Bernstein/arr. Jack Mason Selections from “West Side Story”

Claud-Michel Shonberg Bring Him Home, from “Les Miserables”

Meredith Wilson/arr. Leroy Anderson Seventy-Six Trombones, form “The Music Man”

Frederick Lowe/Alan Lerner Selections from “My Fair Lady”

Andrew Lloyd Weber Selections from “Phantom of the Opera”

Richard Rogers/arr. R.R. Bennett Selections from “The Sound of Music”


Mad About Mozart – with Donna Olson, soprano

Mozart Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio”

Mozart Serenade No. 13 in G Major “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

Mozart Arias from “Cosi fan Tutti”

Arias from “Marriage of Figaro”

Arias from “La Clemenza di Tito”

Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D Major “Haffner”



Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Aaron Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody, from “Appalachian Spring”

Aaron Copland Down a Country Lane

Aaron Copland Four Scenes from “Rodeo”

Aaron Copland Three Latin-American Sketches

Aaron Copland Music form “The Red Pony”

Aaron Copland Danzon Cubano

2014-2015 Season

Masterpieces Past and Present – with Matt Montgomery

Oscar NavarroDowney Overture

Alexander Safford Folk Tune and Fiddler’s Fury

Richard Strauss Serenade, Op. 7 for Wind Instruments

Jean Sibelius Finlandia

Matt Montgomery Live Concert version of the album “Petty Troubles”


We Are The Nation – A Salute to Veterans – with Dan Olivas, baritone

William Walton Spitfire, Prelude and Fugue

Malcolm Arnold English Dances, Set #1

John Williams Hymn to the Fallen, from “Saving Private Ryan”

Richard Rogers/Orch. R.R. Bennett Suite from “Victory at Sea”

Robert Jager “Esprit de Corps”

Ralph Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel

Morton Gould American Salute


Hooray for Hollywood – with Mary Fettig, alto saxophone

Johnny Mercer/arr. John Williams Hooray for Hollywood

Klaus Badelt/arr. Ted Rickets Pirates fo the Caribbean

Harold Arlen/arr. Rothrock and Holcombe Over the Rainbow, from “The Wizard of Oz”

Arr. Victor Lopez James Bond Medley

James Horner/arr. Jonathan Moss James Horner: Hollywood Blockbusters

Lopez & Lopez/arr. Bob Krogstad Music from “Frozen”

Henry Mancini/arr. Calvin Custer A Tribute to Henry Mancini

John Williams Catch Me If You Can: Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orch.

Alan Silvestri/arr. Calvin Custer Forrest Gump Suite

John Williams/arr. Paul Lavender A Tribute to John Williams


Immortal Beloved – with Lino Rivera, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven Overture and Finale from “The Creatures of Prometheus”

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, “Emperor”

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major “Eroica”


Some Assembly Required

Paul Dukas Fanfare from “La Peri”

Igor Stravinsky Octet for Wind Instruments

Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 101 in D Major “The Clock”

David Diamond Rounds, for String Orchestra

Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

2013-2014 Season

It Takes Two – with Julianna Athayde (violin) and Pamela Strickland (viola)

Peter Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

Peter Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Little Russian”


Acting Out – with Jonathan Knight, trumpet

Leonard Bernstein Candide Overture

Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat

Alexander Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

Kurt Weil Suite from “Threepenny Opera”

John Williams “Cowboys” Overture


Crazy Eights

George Friedrich Handel Concerto Grosso, O. 6 No. 8

Mozart Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F


Herstory: A Women’s History Month Celebration – with Michelle Caimotto, flute

Jennifer Higdon Fanfare Ritmico

Lili Boulanger d’un matin du printemps

Stacy Garrop Thunderwalker

Libby Larsen Overture for the End of a Century

Cecile Chaminade Concertino for Flute and Orchestra

Emma Lou Diemer Festival Overture

Estafania Webster Tren del fin del mundo – Commissioned work, world premiere


Let’s Get Lost – with Julio Reyes, guitar

Felix Mendelssohn Overture to “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra in D Major

Franz Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D Major

2012-2013 Season

Seven Wonders of the World – with Jeremy Cohen, violin

Nikolas Rimsky-Korsakov Overture on Russian Themes

Edwarg GriegTwo Elegiac Melodies

Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite

Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance, No. 5

Arr. Jeremy Cohen A Trio of Tangos (w/J. Cohen, violin)

Samuel Ward/arr. Carmen Dragon America the Beautiful


Parts of the Whole

Karl Husa Divertimento for Brass and Percussion

Charles Gounod Petite Symphonie, pour instruments a vent

Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 1 in C Major

Benjamin Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra


Composites – with Diane Maltester, clarinet

Ottorino Respighi Gli Uccelli (The Birds)

Igor Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks, Concerto in Eb

Martin Rokeach Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait


A River Runs Through It – with Soheil Nassari, piano

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Cosi fan Tutti”

Ludwig can Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major

Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in Eb, “Rhenish”


French Connection – with Dale Wolford, alto saxophone

Claude Debussy La Boite a joujoux (The Toy Box)

Maurice Ravel/arr. M. Holmes Trois Chansons

Alexander Glazunov Concerto in Eb for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra

Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau du Couperin

2011-2012 Season

Making Overtures

Mikhail Glinka Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla”

Christoph Gluck Overture to “Iphigenia in Aulis”

Gioachino Rossini Overture to “Semiramide”

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Marriage of Figaro”

Franz Schubert Overture to “Rosamunde”

Aaron Copland An Outdoor Overture


Vibrant Vistas – with Eric Chang, cello

Percy Grainger Shepherd’s Hey

Percy Grainger/Stokowski Molly on the Shore

Ottorino Respighi Trittico Botticelliano

Petor Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

George Bizet Carmen Suites No. 1 and 2


Wondrous Wolfgang – with Cheryl Albright (flute) and Joffria Whitfield (harp)

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Don Giovanni”

W.A. Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp

W.A. Mozart Overture to “Idomeneo”

W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 25 in g minor


TransGenre – with Lino Rivera, piano

Darius Milhaud La Creation du Monde

Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Lukas Foss For Aaron

George Gershwin An American in Paris


Triple Play – with Villa Sinfonia Trio

Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major

2010-2011 Season

Made in America – With Marni Nixon, soprano

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring: Ballet for Martha (full orch version)

Douglas Beavers American Transgressions for Orchestra – World Premiere

Richard Rogers Hello Young Lovers, from “The King and I”

Leonard Bernstein Somewhere, and Tonight, from “West Side Story”

Jay Lerner I Could Have Danced All Night, and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, from “My Fair Lady”

William Schuman New England Triptych


A Composer’s Anniversary Celebration – with Daniel Glover, piano

Igor Stravinsky Greeting Prelude

Igor Stravinsky Eight Instrumental Miniatures for 15 players

Robert Schumann Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92

Frederick Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Samuel Barber First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12


The Three B’s – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – with Kevin Eng (violin), Nancy Loomba (flute) and Brian Roberts (harpsichord)

Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Ludwig von Beethoven Symphony No. 5, in C Major, op. 67


Expressions of Tribute – with Nadia Blank, piano

Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky Mozartiana (Suite No. 4)

Franz Liszt Concerto for Piano No. 1 in Eb

Edvard Grieg Suite from Holberg’s Time Op. 40

Darius Milhaud Suite Francaise


A Four-Century Sampler – with the Contra Costa Children’s Choir

M. von Weber Overture to “Oberon”

Ralph Vaughan Williams Scherzo Alla Marcia, from Symphony No. 8

William Boyce Symphony No. 8

Serge Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Op 25

Stephen Paulis Sing Creations Music On

Malcolm Williams onOde to Music

Benjamin Britten Psalm 150

Andre Thomas I Dream a World

Gustav Holst/Z. Randall Stroope Homeland

2009-2010 Season

Music That Tells A Story – with Jeremy Cohen, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to “Egmont”

George Telemann Don Quixote Suite

Paul Dukas/Orch. Hubert Mouton Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf

Jeremy Cohen Jeremy’s Fiddle Soup

Duke Ellington/arr. J. Cohen Ellington Medley


Music That Merges With Words – with Cantare con Vivo Chamber Choir

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on “Greensleeves”

Gordon Jacob Old Wine in New Bottles

Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Percy Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry


Music That Paints A Picture – With Kelsey Schweikert and Eri Hoshina, pianos

Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals

Aaron Copland Quiet City

Frederick Delius Two Pieces for Small Orchestra

On Hearing a Cukooo in Spring

Summer Night on the River

Larry Cooperman Oceanographic – Premiere Performance

Antonin Dvorak Czech Suite


Music That Has Stood the Test of Time – with CCCO string soloists

W.A. Mozart Overture to “The Magic Flute”

F. Handel Water Music; selections from the 3 suites

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 in D minor, “Reformation”


Music That Dances – with Gianna Abondolo, cellist/composer

Jacques Offenbach Overture to “La Belle Helene”

Antonin Dvorak Slavonic Dances; Op. 46, No. 3 and 8

Bela Bartok Rumanian Dances

Buhuslav Martinu Revue de Cuisine; Suite from the Ballet

Gianna Abondolo En el Sueno de la Libertad – Premiere Performance

2008-2009 Season

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – With Phil O’Connor, clarinet

Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to “Coriolanus”

Frank LaRocca Crossing the Rubicon – commissioned by CCCO

Igor Stravinsky Suite No. 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra

Aaron Copland Concerto for Clarinet with String Orchestra, Harp and Piano

Johannes Brahms Serenade No. 1 in D Major


Something Old – with Kelsey Schweikert, piano

J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

Ernest Bloch Concerto Grosso No. 1 for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato

William Boyce Symphony No. 5 in D Major

W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”


Something New – With Diane Maltester, clarinet

Timothy M. Smith Fanfare for Friends III – world premiere

John Hidalgo Meditation on a Rumi Quatrain – world premiere

Jerome Neff Concerto Giocosso for Eb Clarinet and Orchestra

Commissioned by CCCO

Michael Sentura Petra – premiere performance

Brett Keuper Abigana Prayer for String Orchestra – SF Bay Area Premiere

Robert Litton Frontier Suite:Music for an imaginary film –second performance


Something Borrowed – With Daniel Glover, piano

Felix Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture

Donal Michalsky Fanfare After 17th Century Dances

Sergei Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

John Rutter Suite for String Orchestra

Igor Stravinski Pulcinella Suite


Something Blue – With Brenda Vahur, piano

Irving Fine Blue Towers

Frank Bridge Lament for String Orchestra

Alec Wilder Serenade for Winds

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

David H. Eshelman Incredible Blue – CCCO Commission, premiere performance

Paul Hindemith Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra

Michael Torke Bright Blue Music

2007-2008 Season

Here, there…back again, A Musical “Travel Brochure”

Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1

Alexandre Tansman Variations on a Theme of Girolamo Frescobaldi

Francis Poulenc Suite Frandaise, d’apres Claude Gervaise

Michael Berkeley Romance of the Rose, Theme and Variations

Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8, “The Unfinished”

Aaron CoplandHoe Down, from “Rodeo”


FRANCE – With Dale Wolford, Alto Saxophone

Gabriel FaurePavane

Claude Debussy/Orch. Henri BusserPetite Suite

Maurice Ravel/arr. HolmesTrois Chanson

Jaques Ibert Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments

George Bizet Symphony in C


GERMANY – With Hanny Schmidt-Wyss, piano

Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, “St. Antoni Variations”

Harald Genzmer Sinfonietta for String Orchestra

Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 104 ion D Major, “London”

Richard Wagner Sigfried Idyl

Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Major


ITALY – With Jay Rizzetto, trumpet

Gioacchino Rossini Overture to “La Gazza Ladra”

Giacomo PucciniI crisantemi

Guiseppe Torelli Sinfonia con tromba in Re

Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona septimi toni No. 2

Archangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8 in G minor

Ottorino Resphigi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1


ENGLAND AND AMERICA – With Tony Clements, tuba

Robert Litton Springtime Jubilee – commission, world premiere

Malcolm Arnold Serenade for Small Orchestra

Edward Elgar Chanson de Matin et Nuit

Arthur Frackenpohl Concertino for Tuba and String Orchestra

Burrill Phillips Three Pieces for String Orchestra

Aleksader Sternfeld-Dunn Lamentations of a Phoenix – world premiere