Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Zellerbach Hall

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Elgar’s Enigma Variations, an Oscar Bettison world premiere, and a performance of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto by soloist Jennifer Koh

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The Deal

  • One ticket to Berkeley Symphony Orchestra’s opening-night concert
  • When: Thursday, October 2, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Zellerbach Hall
  • Door time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Ticketing Options

  • $7 for balcony seating (up to $15 value)
  • $14 for rear-orchestra seating (up to $28 value)
  • $14 for front-orchestra seating (up to $28 value)
  • $24 for side-mezzanine seating (up to $48 value)
  • $24 for side-orchestra seating (up to $48 value)
  • $24 for mezzanine tier seating (up to $48 value)
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The Program

The title of this program comes from Elgar’s seminal Enigma Variations, but another work tonight is more truly unexplored: a world premiere from Oscar Bettison, commissioned by the BSO itself. Soloist Jennifer Koh, on the other hand, is far from unknown. Tonight, the famed Bach expert and virtuosic violinist picks up her bow for Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

  • Bettison—Sea Shaped: A standard orchestra generally won’t do the trick for the British-American Oscar Bettison—he’s known for designing his own percussion instruments and using rock instrumentation, and audiences tonight will experience some of his newest innovations.
  • Sibelius—Violin Concerto: Hushed strings cushion the entrance of the violinist in the first movement of Sibelius’s only concerto, transitioning into a melodic solo spiked with dissonance and a third movement of staggering technical difficulty.
  • Elgar—Enigma Variations: Each of 14 variations is dedicated to one of Elgar’s dearest friends, but the titular enigma is an unplayed “theme” that Elgar often hinted at but never revealed.

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

  • 1969: British maestro Adrian Boult’s protégé Thomas Rarick debuts the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra—which, in true ’60s spirit, performs wearing casual clothes in unconventional settings while being conducted entirely by good vibes.
  • 1978: Kent Nagano takes the reins as music director, heralding such changes as programming focusing on rarely heard 20th-century scores, a switch to formal attire, and a name change.
  • 1984: The orchestra joins forces with Frank Zappa for a critically acclaimed concert featuring elaborate stage sets and life-size puppets.
  • 2003: The orchestra gets a comfortable pullout sofa and therefore its first composer-in-residence: Naomi Sekiya, whose Sinfonia delle Ombre for two guitars and orchestra debuts later that year.
  • 2009: Joana Carneiro becomes the third music director in the orchestra’s 40-year history, forging relationships with prominent Bay Area composers such as John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Paul Dresher.
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    Berkeley, CA 94720


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