2024–2025 season

Welcome to a Diablo Symphony season of music that moves you! Come and hear works that reflect the spirit of the dance and harness the kinetic energy of the natural world. We bring you Diablo Symphony’s popular mix of beloved musical favorites alongside works by composers who deserve more of our collective attention. Our popular family concert opens the season, and we close with a Mother’s Day concert that celebrates creativity and the power and beauty of Mother Earth. Each concert reflects different ways in which music and movement are connected. We can’t wait to share the music with you!
— Matilda Hofman, Music Director and Conductor

To purchase tickets to a specific concert, call the Lesher Center Box Office (925-943-7469) or click the link below to that concert’s webpage and then click the “Buy Now” button. We look forward to seeing you at the symphony!

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, October 20, 2024 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Yen Liang Young Artist Competition winner and Conduct the Orchestra winner

Cindy Silva

Our traditional family concert opens the season! Experience how different composers explore the colors of the orchestra. Narrated by Cindy Silva, the delightful story with music “Peter and the Wolf” introduces the listeners to the musical instruments, each representing a different animal or character.

Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf, with narrator Cindy Silva
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Dean Boysen) – Oblivion
Richard Strauss – “Sunrise” from Also Sprach Zarathustra
Wind, brass or percussion concerto featuring Yen Liang Young Artist Competition winner

Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 14, 2024 – 2:00 p.m.
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Featuring: The Fratello Marionettes and San Ramon Valley Chorale, Bruce Koliha, Artistic Director

San Ramon Valley Chorale

This festive event will bring joy to all ages. The Fratello Marionettes will bring scenes from The Nutcracker to life, in interpretations by both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington! The San Ramon Valley Chorale’s beautiful singing will complete this holiday celebration.

Archangelo Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Magnificat
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Duke Ellington – Nutcracker Suite
Holiday favorites

Sounds of the Americas: American Dance!
Sunday, February 9, 2025 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Terrie Baune, violin

Terrie Baune

Libby Larsen describes her “Dancing Man Rhapsody” as a cornucopia of music in motion. This program celebrates the incredible variety of dance music composed and performed in the United States.

Florence Price – Suite of Dances
Libby Larsen – Dancing Man Rhapsody
Sergei Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances 

The Sea in Us
Sunday, March 30, 2025 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Evan Kahn, cello

Evan Kahn

The ocean as a force of nature and its reflection of human emotion inspire composers across the centuries. Cellist extraordinaire Evan Kahn will delight us with wonderful works you won’t often get to hear!

Josiah Catalan (DSO composer-in-residence) – The Sea in Us (world premiere)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Cello Concerto
Alexander Glazunov – Melodie
Claude Debussy – La Mer

A Musical Mother’s Day: River Journeys
Sunday, May 11, 2025 – 2:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts

Featuring: Amy Likar, piccolo

Amy Liker

Travel down the Mississippi with Florence Price and the Moldau with Bedřich Smetana, respectively, in a Mother’s Day concert that celebrates musical creativity and the beauty of Mother Earth.

Florence Price – Mississippi River Suite
Martin Rokeach – Piccolo Concerto
Bedřich Smetana – The Moldau