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Oakland East Bay Symphony

Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS)
Orchestra
Founded 1988
Concert hall Paramount Theatre
Principal conductor Michael Morgan
Website .org.oebswww

The Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) is a leading orchestra based in Paramount Theatre has been the home of the Symphony since 1995. Bryan Nies has been Assistant Conductor since 2002. The Symphony presents six programs of music during the season.

Contents

  • Overview 1
    • American Masterworks Series 1.1
  • Awards and recognition 2
  • Selective discography 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • External links 5

Overview

Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) was founded in July 1988, when musicians from the former Oakland and the East Bay. More than 60,000 people attend the Symphony's performances at the Paramount Theatre, at churches and senior centers, and at other community sites each year.[1] The symphony presents both classic and innovative new works. The Symphony is an important positive force in bringing together the talents and resources of diverse arts groups from the community. Whenever possible, OEBS collaborates with local ballet, opera, choral and theatrical groups and performs at community events. In June 2001, OEBS presented a special concert entitled "A Tribute to Gordon Parks" in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California on the eve of the opening of a national touring exhibit of Mr. Parks' work. In July 2002, the Symphony collaborated with Jack London Square for a free Fourth of July Pops Concert, performed with fireworks.

In 2007, The Symphony performed a musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The symphony perform the West Coast premier of Petaluma-based composer Nolan Gasser's "Black Suit Blues". Based on a poem by Robert Trent Jones Jr. about the impact of King's life on the United States, the production features the symphony, chorus as well as baritone singer Robert Sims and saxophonist David Henderson. The program also included Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9.

In early December 2007 Let Us Break Bread Together: A Holiday Celebration, Michael Morgan and the orchestra are joined by Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly & the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Piedmont Choirs, Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir and Klezmer ensemble Kugelplex[2] for inspiring performances of spirituals, classical and sacred music, and other holiday favorites.

December 2007, the Oakland Ballet celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Ronn Guidiā€™s famous "Tchaikovsky.

American Masterworks Series

On May 18, 2007, the Oakland East Bay Symphony launched "American Masterworks Series." With its May 18, 2007, performance of Kalil Wilson, baritone Milton Williams, and baritone Joseph Wright.

The second offering of "American Masterworks Series" continues with another composer who blurs the line between high and popular art, Stephen Sondheim. Follies (1971) will be performed in concert version in May 2008. The concert version will include all of the popular songs, including "Broadway Baby", "Losing My Mind" and "Could I Leave You?"

Awards and recognition

Year Category Organization Result Notes
2006 Adventurous Programming Awards[5] The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) First Place Programming of Contemporary Music
2007 Excellence in Community Engagement[6] American Symphony Orchestra League Winner outstanding work by orchestras that can serve as models for other orchestras

Selective discography

Year Title Genre Conductor
2002 Live at the Paramount Theatre!
New Works for a New Century
Classical Michael Morgan

Footnotes

  1. ^ Oakland East Bay Symphony History
  2. ^ Kugelplex Band
  3. ^ Oakland East Bay Symphony
  4. ^ The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2007)
  5. ^ The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards
  6. ^ American Symphony Orchestra League Awards

External links

  • Oakland East Bay Symphony official website
  • Oakland Ballet
  • Oakland Symphony Chorus

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