2022-2023 Concert Season

Diamond Jubilee Season Highlights: Jubilation, Celebrating 60 Years in the Community!

Season and individual tickets available soon through the Lesher Center for the Arts box office

Welcome to Diablo Symphony’s Diamond Jubilee! In this special season, we celebrate diversity through our community, collaborating with other fabulous local groups as well as local composers and guest artists. Connections to folk music and folk traditions also form a thread throughout the season, ranging from folk-song-inspired music by Gustav Mahler and Alex Saratsky to a new family chamber opera based on the stories of Brer Rabbit. I look forward to celebrating the power of diversity in music and community with all of you. – Matilda Hofman, Music Director and Conductor

CELEBRATION: Mahler Symphony No. 1
Sunday, October 23, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Themes of struggle, freedom, and triumphs permeate this program. We welcome the San Ramon Valley Chorale to the stage and present Mahler’s titanic First Symphony, which runs the full gamut of emotions, from the awakening of Nature to a glorious finale.

Aaron Copland – Canticle of Freedom
Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Featuring: Blackhawk Chorus

Anna Presler – Violin
Leighton Fong – Cello

Alex Saratsky – Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (world premiere)
Holiday Favorites – Music from Home Alone and Messiah, and more

This uplifting program features Ukrainian composer Alex Saratsky’s new jazzy double concerto, inspired by Ukrainian folk songs, and a wonderful second half with the Blackhawk Chorus to celebrate the holiday season.

LOCAL STARS: Juliana Athayde Plays Mendelssohn
Sunday, February 26, 2023 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts
Juliana Athayde

Here is a unique chance to hear extraordinary violinist Juliana Athayde come back to her hometown to perform Mendelssohn‘s violin concerto. We also celebrate Black History Month with more beautiful music of the wonderful Florence Price.

Florence Price – Dances in the Canebrakes
Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4

FAMILY CONCERT: Tales from the Briar Patch
Coproduction with Festival Opera
Sunday, April 2, 2023 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Yen Liang Young Artist Competition Winner, piano

This joyous concert features a humorous new mini-opera inspired by the traditional stories of the famous trickster Brer Rabbit. With a toe tapping and energetic first half, this concert is a great outing for the whole family

Leonard Bernstein– Candide Overture
George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Nkeiru Okoye – Tales from the Briar Patch

SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAS: Sounds of Brazil
Sunday, May 14, 2023 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Brian Rice & the Berkeley Choro Ensemble

This varied program highlights a range of beautiful music from Brazil, including the world premiere of a concerto for pandeiro, the Brazilian tambourine. We also premiere local composer Jean Ahn’s new work for the Diablo Symphony’s 60th anniversary and present an uproarious work by Milhaud, envisioned to be played with any film by Charlie Chaplin, providing a lighthearted finale to the season.

Jean Ahn – Many Hues of Green (world premiere, DSO commission to celebrate Diamond Jubilee Anniversary)
Clarice Assad – Brazilian Fanfare
Felipe Senna – Choro Suite & Concerto for Pandiero and Orchestra (world premiere)
Darius Milhaud – Le Bœuf sur le Toit (with screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Adventurer)