Oakland Symphony begins its season with a program of Romantic music, with a dash of the political… Music Director Michael Morgan welcomes baritone Hadleigh Adams for some Mahler songs, there’s an infrequently performed triple concerto, “Southern” music by Elgar, and an election-themed premiere by a Berkeley composer. The concert is Friday, October 14th at the Paramount Theatre.

There’s more information about the performance at the Oakland Symphony website.

“We’re starting with a piece by Berkeley composer Clark Suprynowicz, who wrote this piece, Red States Blue States some time ago,” Morgan explains. “It was read by the Berkeley Symphony, but it hasn’t been performed publicly yet. And so, it ties in with the election year, so, I thought it was the thing for us to start with.” They’ll follow that with the guest ensemble Delphi Trio, who’ll play Russian-born Swiss composer Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes. Morgan describes it this way: “Sort of edgy, end-of-Romanticism, headed into the 20th Century but not quite there yet sort of a piece. It’s very big. What the trio is asked to do, particularly the piano, the piano part is ridiculous.” Former Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams will sing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the orchestra, before they take on Elgar’s Italian vacation postcard, In the South. Morgan describes those works as “three very different views of Romanticism.”