Welcome to our 2018|19 season

Upcoming Concerts

Season Finale: Tried, True, and New

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

1330 First Avenue, Oakland, California 94606

BRAHMS: Tragic Overture

UMAR-DURR: To Anacreon (World Premiere)

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5, "Reformation"

SUPPORT OAKLAND CIVIC ORCHESTRA

The Bay Area is a wonderful place, but it can be an expensive place for the arts to flourish. OCO is facing a significant rise in costs next season. Please help us, if you can, to continue providing free concerts in Oakland.

We accept donations in many forms including cash, check, and on our new Go Fund Me page.

The Oakland Civic Orchestra is grateful for your support and generosity!

Past Concerts 2018|19 Season

Evocations of the Sea

A Collaborative Concert w/ Holy Names University Orchestra

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Holy Names University Valley Center for Performing Arts

3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

RACHMANINOFF: Isle of the Dead

WAGNER: Overture to the Flying Dutchman

DEBUSSY: La Mer

Honoring Black History

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

1330 First Avenue, Oakland, California 94606

Free concert (donations welcomed)

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Ballade Op. 33

ST. GEORGES: Violin Concerto Op. 5 No. 1

Featuring Christina Owens

JAMES P. JOHNSON: Harlem Symphony

COPLAND: Lincoln Portrait

Narrated by L. Peter Callender
L. Peter Callender, Narrator
Christina Owens, Violin
Jean Sibelius in Vienna, late 1880s. © Bettmann/Corbis

Season Premiere: Italian Infusion

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

1330 First Avenue, Oakland, California 94606

ROSSINI: Overture to Semiramide

MOZART: Symphony No. 32

DUKAS: La Peri Fanfare

SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

Please join Oakland Civic Orchestra for an afternoon of free classical music on the shores of Lake Merritt! We kick off the 2018-19 season with a program featuring Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Started in the winter of 1901 while the Finnish composer was in Rapallo, Italy, he described the powerful work as a "confession of the soul."

The program also includes other music infused and inspired by Italy: Rossini's Overture to Semiramide, Dukas' La Peri Fanfare, and Mozart's Symphony No. 32.

The Oakland Civic Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra lead by artistic director/conductor Martha Stoddard and assistant conductors Shannon Houston and Christine Brandes. We are particularly happy to perform free concerts in a kid-friendly and comfortable environment in the heart of Oakland.

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