Upcoming Concerts




2018 - 2019 season

[All of our concerts are free of cost, 

unless otherwise noted.]

The mystery of our upcoming 2018-2019 season slowly unfolds.

Rehearsals begin in late August 2018! 

New players welcome!!

Oct. 28, 2018: Sibelius in Italy: 

  * Sibelius Symphony No. 2

  * Rossini Overture to Semiramide

Feb. 24, 2019: 

  * Celebrating Black History Month with the music of Florence Price; Joseph St. Georges; and the historic Lincoln Portrait of Aaron Copland.

April 14, 2019

June 2, 2019

OCO recent concerts:

    June 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m.


A Bernstein Centennial Celebration


  • Leonard Bernstein:
    • Candide Overture
    • Glitter and Be Gay (from Candide)
  • Arturo Marquez: Danzon No. 2
  • Martha Stoddard: Thought Process *
  • Alexis Alrich: Bell and Drum Tower *


* Supported through a grant from the 
             Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

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


Featuring Isaac Pastor-Chermak, violoncello  

Martha Stoddard, Artistic Director and Conductor

Christine Brandes, Assistant Conductor

  • Carl Maria von Weber: 
    Overture: Der Freischutz  
  • Richard Strauss:
    Till Eulenspiegel
  • Franz Liszt: 
    Allegro from Mazeppa
  • D'Albert: Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra, Opus 20, in C Major
        Isaac Pastor-Chermak, Cello

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


  • Humperdinck: Overture - Hansel and Gretel
  • Mahler Symphony No. 4
        Danika Fernandez, Soprano

Unless otherwise noted, OCO concerts are at:
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 
1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland CA

Maya Kherani, soprano, was featured in our June 10, 2018 concert, "All that Glitters".

    Praised for her "crystalline tone" by Opera News, soprano Maya Kherani has sung over 30 operatic roles spanning her 6-year career.  Ms. Kherani recently triumphed as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Opera San Jose, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at West Bay Opera, and Britomarte in L'arbore di Diana in the critically acclaimed West Edge Opera summer festival.

    At the BU Opera Institute, she sang Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and La Fee (Cendrillon).  In 2014, Ms. Kherani made her Houston Grand Opera (HGOco) deput as Meera in the world premiere of River of Light.  Upcoming roles include Semele (Semele), Jill (Jack and Jill and the Happening Hill), and Partenope (Partenope).  

    Prior to her singing career, Maya graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Follow her online at mayakherani.com. 


Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello, performanced the D'Albert's Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra, Opus 20, in C Major, in our March 25, 2018 concert

    Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic.  He is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only professional flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country, and enjoys frequent sonata collaborations with pianists Miles Graber and Allison Lee.  Pastor-Chermak performs more than 100 concerts every season, playing an 1889 Riccardo Antoniazzi cello.

    As an educator, Pastor-Chermak is Beelard Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Young Artists Conservatory of Music in Vacaville, CA; and a faculty member at Dominican Sisters School of Music in Fremomnt, CA.  His cello students and chamber ensembles receive consistent high marks in regional competitions.  He is founder and principal conductor of Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra, the first youth orchestra in the city of Vacaville.  Pastor-Chermak holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. with honors) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors).  He makes his home in the North Berkeley hills, but is at home wherever the music takes him.  www.isaacpastorchermak.com