Marin Symphony

This orchestra comprises both professional and community musicians, presenting a wide array of classical music. With its Youth Orchestra and annual Family and Holiday Concerts, the Marin Symphony is a major presence in Marin County.

To view Marin Symphony's listing of events, please click here.

Kids & Families Feature
June 6, 2013

There’s more music in a Pixar movie than you might think, as Marin Symphony’s principal violist, Jenny Douglass, can attest.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Marin Symphony Goes to Sea
May 5, 2013

The Marin Symphony, with pianist Joyce Yang, provides an illuminating session of compare-and-contrast of Debussy’s La Mer, along with some delicious Ravel.

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Artist Spotlight
January 16, 2013

Now happily at home in San Francisco, Scottish-born conductor Alasdair Neale discusses his vision for the Marin Symphony and the need for a new model of concert-giving.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Musical Reaches: Spanning the Golden Gate
May 6, 2012

The Marin Symphony's presentation of an opus to the Golden Gate Bridge, the sonically immersive composition by Rob Kapilow, is a work that aims to capture it all.

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 Marin Symphony  Elgar and  Symphonies Enlighten at Marin
January 31, 2012

If you ever wondered how today’s symphonies contrast with those of a century ago, a trip to the Marin Symphony to hear Alasdair Neal conduct the orchestra would have been enlightening.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Marin Mahler, Bunch Enthuse Symphony Patrons
November 6, 2011

A Marin audience hails a fine Mahler performance and Kenji Bunch’s pleasurable new piano concerto.

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 Marin Symphony  Softly It Goes at the Marin Symphony
May 3, 2011

At the Marin Symphony, Zuill Bailey cannily controls his sound in the Dvořák Cello Concerto; and a Persian-style work by Behzad Ranjbaran gets its first outing.

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Feature Article
April 25, 2011

Rob Kapilow, the composer of the Marin Symphony’s latest commissioned work, on the anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, came to the Bay Area to gather ideas from the people who live next to it.

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 Marin Symphony  Pop Goes the Marin Symphony
March 13, 2011

In the Marin Symphony’s lively pops-cum-masterworks concert Sunday, Bay Area composer Nathaniel Stookey ran away with the show.

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Feature Article
October 26, 2010

Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir looks forward to a gig with the Marin Symphony and the opening of his new music recording studio — just a hint of the new projects he’s lining up involving classical orchestras.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 Marin Symphony  Christine Brewer Tested in Quasiromantic Marin Symphony Concert
April 11, 2010

“Courageous and psychedelic” wowed one patron. “It wasn’t the Four Last Songs” (of Richard Strauss), belittled another. Such reflects the mixed reaction of audience members to the music and the vocal challenges faced by soprano Christine Brewer in David Carlson’s work The Promise of Time, the premiere of which formed the centerpiece to Sunday’s final concert of the Marin Symphony’s season.

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 Marin Symphony  Dance of the Blessed Violinist
January 31, 2010

After all the passion of Mozart’s Requiem and the fire of Brahms’ violin concerto, the signature moment of Sunday’s Marin Symphony concert arrived during the encore, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Violin soloist Vadim Gluzman played the brief interlude to perfection, barely raising his volume above a whisper, the better to demonstrate his absolute command of dynamics and phrasing. It was a tender, almost ethereal, performance — a fitting end to an evening marked by virtuosity, musicality, and feeling.

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 Marin Symphony  Musical Menageries
April 7, 2009

Noisy music with imaginary animals from both sides of the program threatened to cage the central Mozart concerto at Tuesday's Marin Symphony concert. But the songbird in the Mozart wound up soaring above the surrounding beasts, thanks to fine playing by principals Dan Levitan on harp and Monica Daniel-Barker on flute.

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