Upcoming Concerts




2017 - 2018 season

[All of our concerts are free of cost, 

unless otherwise noted.]

January 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m.


  • Humperdinck: Overture - Hansel and Gretel
  • Mahler Symphony No. 4
        Christine Brandes, Soprano

March 25, 2018, 4:00 p.m.


  • Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major
  • Liadov: Enchanted Lake
  • Debussy: Nuages
  • D'Albert: Cello Concerto

June 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m.


  • Marquez: Danzon No. 2    
  • Piazolla: Tangazo
  • Stoddard: Thought Process
  • Alexis Alrich: Bell and Drum Tower

OCO recent concerts:

October 29, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

  • Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
  • Tchaikovsky/Stravinsky: Pas de Deux
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

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June 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Beginnings and Endings 
  • Symphony No. 5
  • Name Day Overture
  • Intermezzo:  The Walk to Paradise Garden
  • Valse Triste
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Unless otherwise noted, OCO concerts are at:
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 
1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland CA

Christine Brandes, Soprano, is featured in our January 28, 2018 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

    Noted for her radiant, crystalline voice and superb musicianship, soprano Christine Brandes brings her committed artistry to a repertoire ranging from 17th century to newly composed works, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera.

    Recent performances include the roles of Cupid in Martin y Soler's L'arbore di Diana and Nero in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea with the West Edge Opera, world premiers of works for string quartet and soprano by Eric Moe and Jennifer Higdon with the Brentano and Cypress Quartets respectively.  Handel's Israel in Egypt at Carnegie Hall with NY Choral Society, Bach's B-minor Mass with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Mahler's Symphony #2 with the Sacramento Symphony, Bernstein's Symphony #1 with the Santa Rosa Symphony and recitals at Stanford University with the Saint Lawrence Quartet and at King's College Chapel, Cambridge with organist Jonathan Dimmock.

     She has sung for the following opera houses: San Francisco, Seattle, Washington National, LA Opera, Houston Grand, Opera Pacific, Minnesota, Arizona, New York City Opera, Philadelphia, Portland, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera de Nancy and Central City in principle roles ranging from Handel and Mozart, through Verdi to Bolcom and Britten.  Ms. Brandes has also  sung with the following orchestras:  Cleveland, Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Minnesota, National Symphony, with such distinguished conductors as Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Frühbeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover and Nicholas McGegan.