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Discovery Day on Berlioz' Requiem


Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00am - 12:30pm


St. Paschal Baylon Church
3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland


On May 16, 2014 in the final concert of the Symphony's 25th Anniversary Season, the Oakland Symphony Chorus will perform Berlioz' magnificent and rarely performed Requiem with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Youth Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.  Berlioz’ masterwork is a powerful, deeply moving and timelessly relevant tribute to victims of war.

But first, come to our Discovery Day on April 26 and learn about this wonderful piece and gain insight into why it is important and why it was chosen as the climax of our anniversary year.  Our special guest is musicologist, retired UC Davis professor and conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, D. Kern Holomon who will guide you through the history, sounds, and images of composer Hector Berlioz and his works.  Dr. Holomon is a Berlioz scholar and the author of several important books and articles on our composer. 

Dr. Holomon will be joined by Chorus Music Director Lynne Morrow and Symphony Music Director Michael Morgan in a conversation about the Requiem.  Chorus members will offer live examples. This is a not-to-miss opportunity to get closer to the Requiem and greatly enhance your May 16 concert experience.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  For advance sales, contact the Chorus by phone (510) 207-4093 or click here to send an email.  St. Paschal's is disabled accessible and there is plenty of free parking.  Refreshments will be served. 


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Meet the Oakland Symphony Chorus


The Oakland Symphony Chorus is the East Bay's premier community resource for choral performance and learning. In addition to collaborating with the Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) and other fine performing arts groups, we offer educational opportunities to the general singing community. Our season runs from September to May; rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at St. Paschal Church near the Oakland Zoo. Auditions are held throughout the year.

Photograph courtesy of Keith Nomura.

OSC at the Paramount





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Berlioz Requiem - May 16 Minimize


Oakland East Bay Symphony

Anniversary Season Finale:

Friday, May 16, 8pm
Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Michael Morgan, Conductor

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Pre-concert talk by John Kendall Bailey at 7:00pm.

Requiem (1837)

Thomas Glenn, tenor

Oakland Symphony Chorus
(Lynne Morrow, Music Director)

Oakland Youth Orchestra (Michael Morgan, Artistic Director)

Every inch of the historic Paramount Theatre stage will brim with music to mark the 25th anniversary of the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the grandest of styles as Maestro Morgan musters the full complement of orchestra, Oakland Youth Orchestra (50th anniversary) and Oakland Symphony Chorus (55th anniversary) for Berlioz’ monumental Requiem. Berlioz’ masterwork is a powerful, deeply moving and timelessly relevant tribute to victims of war. It features an unusually large orchestra, chorus, tenor soloist and four brass ensembles, making it one of the most impressive works of the Romantic era. Symphony audiences have enjoyed tenor Thomas Glenn’s earlier appearances, which have been acclaimed as being “alive with energy and expression” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Glenn’s performance as Robert Wilson in John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic won a 2012 Grammy Award.




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