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Oakland East Bay Symphony is Oakland’s prime orchestra that has been holding its shows at Paramount Theatre since 1995. The symphony is best known for making classical music better accessible, particularly to the community’s individuals who otherwise would not get to hear such live symphonic melodies. Its current conductor and music director is Michael Morgan, who is known across the nation for making appearances in schools, especially those located in East Bay.
The symphony’s current assistant conductor is Bryan Nies, who is also serving as their resident conductor. Every season the symphony performs six music programs including both, innovative new works and classics, providing an important positive space in bringing together resources from diverse groups of art and drawing on various types of talents from among the community. Often enough, it collaborates with the local choral, opera, theatrical groups and ballet, giving a delightfully combined performance at community events. As is tradition, the OEBS gives talks just before its concerts, where these talks are usually given by the talented John Kendall Bailey or a composer whose piece is being featured in the program. Oakland East Bay Symphony tickets are particularly popular among classic music fans, particularly those looking to gain good exposure to some of the greatest musical pieces alongside of this age.
Oakland East Bay Symphony was formed in 1988, after several musicians from Oakland Symphony League and former Oakland Symphony came together to create a new orchestra. Today the symphony is counted among the leading organizations providing music education to young people, while also performing orchestral music at schools throughout the East Bay and Oakland. More than six thousand people gather to listen to the symphony’s performances at Paramount Theatre, senior centers and churches, as well as other community places each year. In 2001, it performed a special concert called Tribute to Gordon Parks, which marked its memorable collaboration with Oakland Museum of California. The following year, it collaborated with the famous Jack London Square performed with fireworks for a free Pops Concert performance on Fourth of July.
Oakland East Bay Symphony has released selective recording such as Michael Morgan’s classical performance titled New Works for New Century: Live at Paramount Theatre!. The symphony has won some prestigious awards including the first prize for programming contemporary music from American Society of Publishers, Authors and Composers in the category of Adventurous Programming Award, in 2006. The symphony also won an honor from the recognized American Symphony Orchestra League in the category of Excellence in Community Engagement for making outstanding orchestra performances that provide the perfect orchestra model to follow. In 2007, it launched the ‘American Masterworks Series’ following its performance of ‘Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, which was sold out to more than three thousand patrons, all of whom attended the show.
Some of the upcoming shows featured by Oakland East Bay Symphony this season include A Woman’s Life based on poetry by Maya Angelou with Hector Berloiz as symphonie fantastique and soprano Angela Brown, who will be playing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s third overture; Sky Above, Sea Below bringing together conductors Bryan Nies, Michael Morgan an Lynne Morrow who will all be performing George Frideric Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks and Benjamin Britten’s Passacaglia and four sea interludes from Peter Grimes. It also features a requiem by Gabriel Faure with soprano Carrie Hennessey, baritone Zachary Gordin and chorus conductor Lynne Morrow. Another exciting performance is called Notes from Middle East with guest conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs playing Nadar Abassi’s The Nile Bride and Avner Dorman’s Astrolatry. The show also includes Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto by Eliran Avni. Saints and Sinners, the season’s finale features Terrence Wilson playing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s piano concerto Emperor, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat with soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor Trey Costerisan, countertenor William Sauerland, baritone Nikolas Nackley and the Pacific Boychoir. You know you don’t want to miss these exciting upcoming performances so just grab some Oakland East Bay Symphony tickets.
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