California Symphony: Mozart Serenades


The California Symphony conducted by Artistic and Music Director Donato Cabrera showcases the unique and individual sounds of woodwinds, brass, and percussion in “Mozart Serenades.” Written when he was 17-years-old, Richard Strauss’ lively Serenade opens the night of wind music. Finishing the program is Mozart’s sparkling “Gran Partita” wind serenade. In the 1984 movie Amadeus, Mozart’s rival Salieri hears the Gran Partita and famously proclaims, “It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.” Between these two giants of the wind repertoire, the California Symphony performs the music of American maverick composer Lou Harrison. Concertmaster Jennifer Cho is featured in his rhythmic Concerto for Violin with Five Percussionists. A California native, Jennifer Cho has been invited in recent seasons to be guest Concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Mendocino Music Festival, Sarasota Opera, Merola Opera, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Skywalker Sundance Orchestra.

California Symphony takes the stuffiness out of the concert experience: Take selfies at the photo booth, order a signature cocktail, and sip at your seat. Tickets include a free 30-minute pre-concert talk by award-winning instructor Scott Foglesong, starting one hour before the show.