2021-22 Concert Season

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

It is with so many emotions that we start returning to live music-making and live performances to share with real live audiences. We are so grateful to be able to share a season with you once more in our beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts. Our first concert is a kind of thanksgiving for this return to live music, from “Amazing Grace” to Dvorak’s uplifting symphony.

Our season title, “The Light That Fills the World,” reminds me of the incredible beauty and inner strength of the natural world and the humans that live in it. It is also the title of a mesmerizing work we will be performing in our “Sounds of the Americas” concert, a piece inspired more specifically by the light in far-northern Alaska.

Please also join us for three fun and uplifting programs celebrating the holidays, family, and Mother’s Day. We are particularly excited to present the third symphony of African-American composer Florence Price to celebrate all hard-working mothers.In addition, we will celebrate young talent this season by presenting not just one, but three, winners of our Yen Liang Young Artist Competition!

See you at the symphony!

Amazing Grace, Nov 21, 2021 2:00 PM, Lesher Center for the Arts

A celebration of resilience and connection to cultural roots through the music of composers of African-American, Black British, and Czech descent.

Holidays with the Fratello Marionettes, Dec 11, 2021 2:00 PM, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

Celebrate the holidays in style with a beautiful and varied selection of music, ranging from Sibelius’ wintery and exquisite violin concerto to holiday favorites with the Fratello marionettes. Suitable for the whole family.

Animals of the Orchestra, Feb 06, 2022 2:00 PM, Lesher Center for the Arts

Musical instruments often represent different animals, or maybe they are actually animals themselves! Come and find animals hidden in our orchestra and in our music. Fun for the whole family.  Animal costumes encouraged!

The Light That Fills the World: Sounds from California to Alaska, Mar 13, 2022 2:00 PM, Lesher Center for the Arts

This concert travels from music by a Hungarian refugee in New York, to an African-American composing music inspired by the sounds of the Gold Rush era, to a transcendent and meditative work by a composer born in Mississippi and inspired by the landscapes of Alaska.

Mother’s Day with Florence Price, May 08, 2022 2:00 PM, Lesher Center for the Arts

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Diablo Symphony and a beautiful program thatcelebrates all mothers, featuring the pioneering work of African-American composer Florence Price.