7:30 p.m. Sunday: Best Way to Discover Precocious Classical Masters 

California Symphony

Founded in 1986 by Music Director Barry Jekowsky, the California Symphony has recently been acknowledged by the world's two largest classical music licensing corporations, BMI and ASCAP, for its cultivation of contemporary American music via the symphony's Young American Composer-in-Residence program. Jekowsky has a knack for tuning into an international network that spots emerging talent, often before the individuals have grown enough to play full-sized instruments. You'd be hard pressed to find another orchestra in the United States whose program has sponsored four consecutive winners of the prestigious Rome Prize, and whose extremely youthful soloists have included such future greats as violinists Kyoko Takezawa, Sarah Chang, Leila Josefowicz, and Hilary Hahn, as well as cellists Alicia Weilerstein and Daniel Lee. As with another one-of-a-kind orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony's enticing programs mix adventurous repertoire and world premieres with tried and true classics.


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