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Young People's Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

November 1, 2012

Young People's Symphony OrchestraIt just so happens that this weekend features several youth orchestras. And it’s SAT Saturday, to boot. Performances include the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which plays on Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in Walnut Creek and then on Nov. 4 in Oakland at 3 p.m. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra plays on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall. Also on Sunday, The Peninsula Youth Orchestra plays at Carlmont High School in San Mateo at 5 p.m.

But if you can only attend one performance this weekend, our recommendation is to catch the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, which is California's oldest youth orchestra and the second oldest youth orchestra in the United States. They’re collaborating with the Oakland Symphony Chorus in a program featuring Music Director/Conductor David Ramadanoff and YPSO’s 95 young musicians in performances of Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem with the Oakland Symphony Chorus directed by Lynne Morrow and American composer Christopher Theophanidis’ Rainbow Body.

Young People's Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church General admission, $20; students and seniors, $15., (925) 935-1574.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in ArtsJournal.com.  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is macnamband.com.