2020-21 Concert Season

Season Highlights at the Lesher: The Light That Fills the World

Please note that due to continuing concerns about social gathering in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, all concerts for the 2020-21 season have not been finalized.

Dvořák meets Philip Glass

Dvořák’s gorgeous and hopeful Eighth Symphony graces our first concert, in conversation with a rhythmic and hypnotic double concerto by Philip Glass. Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” opens the program.

Soloists: Anna Presler (violin) and Leighton Fong (cello)
Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Philip Glass – Double concerto
Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 8

Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals!

Full of fun for everyone, this concert introduces the orchestra through animals, humor, and beautiful music!

Soloists: Randall Benway (piano)
John Williams – Jurassic Park
Camille Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals

Sounds of the Americas I

Sounds of America in the 1930s: Florence Price, Duke Ellington and the refugee from Hungary, Béla Bartók

Soloist: Chuxuejie Zhang (viola), Yen Liang Young Artist Competition winner
Florence Price – Symphony No. 3
Béla Bartók – Viola Concerto
Duke Ellington – Sophisticated Lady and other numbers

Sounds of the Americas II – The Light That Fills the World

Heidi Moss’s gorgeous voice brings us music from Brazil to Chicago, and John Luther Adams’s music opens wide, beautiful vistas of landscape and imagination.

Soloist: Heidi Moss (soprano)
Gabriela Lena Frank – Elegia Andina
Kurt Erikson – Chicago Songs
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachanias Brasilieras No. 5
John Luther Adams – The Light That Fills the World

Holiday Concert at Walnut Creek Presbyterian: A Marionette Holiday Celebration!

The fabulous Fratello Marionettes join us for some puppet interpretations of favorite holiday music, including The Nutcracker and “Frosty the Snowman”. Yen Liang Young Artist winner Grace Huh will perform Wienawski’s flashy second violin concerto.

Soloist: Grace Huh (violin), Yen Liang Young Artist Competition Winner
Henryk Wienawski – Violin Concerto No. 2
Johann Strauss, Jr. – Waltzes and Polkas
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Selections from The Nutcracker
Holiday favorites