Bay Area Music Groups
The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].
Known for their conductor-less performances, this group of professional musicians presents a wide array of chamber music repertoire that ranges from historical classics to international commissions, with an emphasis on innovative performance styles.
The New Esterházy Quartet in their first three seasons performed all 68 quartets of Joseph Haydn, the first time the complete cycle has been played on period instruments in America. Since then they have been exploring Haydn's influence and legacy. Mozart was among over a dozen composers to dedicate sets of quartets to Haydn, Beethoven was among dozens of Haydn's students, so NEQ play them together with the works of other composers within Haydn's circle, some familiar, some unheard of. Once a form of home amusement, then of public entertainment, the string quartets of centuries past offer all that plus a window into the souls of our cultural ancestors and thus our own.
The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra emerged as the shared vision of Bay Area conductor James Richard Frieman and entrepreneur/musician Dagmar Dolatschko. They realized that there were many accomplished musicians in the Mid-Peninsula area who have limited practice and rehearsal time but want the opportunity to share their talents playing exciting music in a chamber orchestra environment.
Concentrating on music written in the twentieth century or later, Melinda and Anne aim to explore unique works that challenge the status quo and push boundaries of compositional styles. Mezzo soprano Melinda Becker and pianist Anne Rainwater enjoy communicating musically through a wide variety of genres and languages that convey compelling and often untold narratives.
To provide performance opportunities and related services to composers, performers, and presenters of new musical, mixed media, and performance art works in the San Francisco Bay Area. New Music Bay Area presents the popular Garden of Memory event annually in Oakland.
New Music Works is an 11 member ensemble originally formed by composers to perform each other's work publicly. The ensemble continues to focus on performance of works by Santa Cruz area composers. Through the Sound Horizons program they perform new works submitted in a competition format by students in the area.
New Opera West (NOW) is non-profit organization that seeks to promote the growth and professional development of composers, librettists and performers in the creation of new opera. By performing works that explore timely themes and stories that feature opportunities for diverse artists, we strive to not only attract new opera audiences but also work towards the sustainability of opera in the 21st century.