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.
Treat your eyes to some world-class art at Berkeley's Berkeley Symphony.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this museum for any one of their A+ dishes.
Grab the kids when you head to this museum — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Imagine the best theater Oakland has to offer. Oakland East Bay Symphony has all that and more.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this theater has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
Bring the whole clan to this theater — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The production calendar for San Mateo's A Music Connection offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this theater for any one of their A+ dishes.
Save a seat for man's best friend — this is a dog-friendly theater.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.