The California Symphony‘s 30th season gets underway this Sunday afternoon at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, with a concert that also celebrates the flute and a past composer in residence. Music Director Donato Cabrera will be part of a live stream as he gives his pre-concert talk, and then the stream will continue long enough to hear the first work on the program, Network by Kevin Puts.
There’s more about the concert at the California Symphony website.
The California Symphony has had a very successful string of ‘Young American Composers in Residence,’ including the Pulitzer Prize winning Kevin Puts and Christopher Theofanides. Each of the programs this anniversary season will include a work by one of them. “The music that these composers not only composed for us, but have composed since then,” Cabrera says, “are just wonderful compositions. And this piece, Network, already shows the signs of a composer whose voice is so well-grounded, and meaningful, and engaged.” On the program with Network is the Mozart Flute concerto, played by up-and-coming performer Annie Wu, who used to be in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s second symphony. In the lead-up to the concert, there will be food trucks and an ‘instrument petting zoo’ on the Lesher Center Promenade, and the same behind the scenes video stream that people at home are seeing will be visible on screens outside as well.