Hacienda employees can enjoy performances by the Classical Philharmonic and save money thanks to a special, two-for-one ticket offer from the group, now in its 12th season. The Classical Philharmonic, a chamber symphony orchestra, performs throughout the Bay Area under the baton of music director and conductor Lawrence Kohl.
The season began in November with the Baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Coffee Cantata" and Handel's "Water Music." In February the concert theme is "L'Esprit Francais" and will include Dukas' "Liapprenti Sorcier," Satie's "Sports and Amusements," and Gounod's "Symphony Number 1 in D Major." Denis Pascal will play Saint-Saens' "Piano Concerto Number 2 in G Minor."
The February concerts are on February 9 at 8:00 p.m. Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton and will be performed on subsequent days at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names College in Oakland.
In March, the Starry Night theme will bring Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Musgrave's "Night Music," Glinka's "Night in Madrid," Dallapiccola's "Piccola Music Notturna," and Mussorgskyk's "Night on Bald Mountain." The concerts are at 8 p.m., March 2 in Pleasanton and March 3 in San Francisco, and at 3 p.m. in Oakland on March 4.
April brings the Fifth Annual Concerto Competition. Concert-goers will enjoy the extraordinary talents of young Bay Area musician Natasha Paremski, the Young Artist Division 2000 award winner, performing Liszt's "Piano Concerto Number 1." The concerts are April 1 at 3 p.m. in Oakland and April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in San Francisco, Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco.
"Classical Ideals" round out the season in May with an exploration of chamber with Mozart's wondrous "Symphony number 40 in G minor," and Stravinsky's "Pulcinella."
The concerts are on May 4 at 8 p.m. in Pleasanton, May 5 at Herbst Theatre, and May 6 in Oakland.
In addition to the regular concerts, the Classical Philharmonic presents concerts to more than 6,000 Bay Area students each year thorough the Adopt-A-School program. The program matches local sponsors with their community schools to help restore to children a rich and full arts education.
Major Classical Philharmonic sponsors include ANG Newspapers, Tri-Valley Community Fund, City of Pleasanton and the Hewlett Foundation.
Single concert tickets are available in the Tri-Valley and East Bay at (510) 352-3945 and in San Francisco at (415) 392-4400. Simply identify yourself as a Hacienda employee to receive the two-for-one offer, good on reserved seats. (The ticket offer is also good for seats purchased at the door.) The Classical Philharmonic's offices are located at 1155 E. 14th St., Ste. 215, San Leandro 94577. The phone number is (510) 352-3945.
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