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Joseph Young, Music Director

REJOICE Season 2021/2022

Beethoven • López Bellido World Premiere JUN 12 • 4PM | Zellerbach Hall


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Berkeley Symphony 21/22 Season


Message from the Music Director


Board of Directors & Advisory Council


Orchestra & Chorus

13 Season Sponsors 14 50th Anniversary Sponsors 15 Silent Auction 21 Ad Index: Support Businesses that Support Us 23 Today’s Program 25 Program Notes 35 Music Director Joseph Young 37 Composer & Guest Artist Bios 45 About Berkeley Symphony 47 Music in the Schools 51 $100K+ Lifetime Donors 52 Annual Membership Support 58 Contact Cover photo by Louis Bryant Photography Berkeley Symphony is a member of the League of American Orchestras and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. No recordings of any part of today’s performance may be made without the written consent of the management of Berkeley Symphony. Program subject to change. June 12 2022


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Message from the Music Director


t brings me so much joy to return to the Zellerbach stage for the final symphonic concert of our historic 50th Anniversary season! This season, we have celebrated a variety of cultures and musical genres reminding us that music is a universal language that can be shared by people of different backgrounds and viewpoints. This season is a testament to the resilience of the Berkeley community whose support has made it possible for us to Return to Joy. We are so appreciative of our talented musicians as well as our loyal audiences, patrons, donors, and partners who have made this such a magical season.

Our final symphonic concert, REJOICE, is a musical journey that connects our past to the present and future of Berkeley Symphony. We are thrilled to introduce the World Premiere of Rise, a celebratory work written in honor of our 50th Anniversary season by Berkeley-based composer Jimmy López Bellido. The commission is made possible through the generous support of Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes and New Music USA. We close our season with Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony, considered one of the world’s great works of art and a clarion call for freedom and fraternity. Our performance features a reimagined libretto written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith that was commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The new text reconceives the Ninth as a contemporary exploration of, and meditation on, joy. Special guest artists include Shawnette Sulker, soprano, Gabrielle Beteag, mezzo-soprano, Edward Graves, tenor, and Nicholas Davis, bass-baritone. Our multi-generational chorus directed by Dr. Lynne Morrow consists of 100 diverse voices drawn from communities all over the Bay Area. It is with great pride that we conclude our 50th Anniversary celebration and look towards a vibrant future of innovative programming and adventurous music-making! —Joseph Young June 12 2022


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Board of Directors & Advisory Council Executive Committee Paul Bennett, President Kathleen G. Henschel, Vice President for Development Kathleen Crandall, Vice President for Community Engagement John Dewes, Treasurer & Secretary Shariq Yosufzai, Past President Jim Tibbs, Executive Director René Mandel, Artistic Director

Board of Directors

Advisory Council (continued)

Susan Acquistapace Dianne Crosby Deborah Gould Brian James William Knuttel Janet Maestre Sandy McCoy Jan McCutcheon Emma Moon Thomas Z. Reicher Michel Taddei

Carolyn Doelling Karen Faircloth Sandra Floyd Jill Grossman Ellen L. Hahn Buzz & Lisa Hines Jennifer Howard & Anthony J. Cascardi Edith Jackson Kenneth A. Johnson & Nina Grove Todd Kerr Jeffrey S. Leiter Bennett Markel Bebe & Colin McRae Helen & John Meyer Deborah O’Grady & John Adams Becky & Michael O’Malley Ed Osborn & Marcia Muggli Kathy Canfield Shepard & John Shepard Jutta Singh James Taylor Alison Teeman & Michael Yovino-Young Paul Templeton & Darrell Louie Anne & Craig Van Dyke Yvette Vloeberghs

Advisory Council Lisa Taylor, Co-chair Jan McCutcheon, Co-chair Marilyn Collier, Chair Emerita Gertrude Allen Michele Benson Judith Bloom Norman Bookstein & Gillian Kuehner Joy Carlin Ron & Susan Choy Richard Collier Charli & John Danielsen

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The Orchestra Violin I

Viola continued

Nigel Armstrong, Concertmaster

Keith Lawrence

Emanuela Nikiforova, Associate Concertmaster

Patrick Kroboth

Dagenais Smiley, Assistant Concertmaster

Rick Diamond

Stephanie Ng Peter Liepman

Candace Sanderson Lisa Zadek


Shawyon Malek-Salehi

Carol Rice, Principal

René Mandel Sara Chazin Sarah Elert Rebecca Wishnia Annie Li

Violin II

Sponsored by Paul & Laura Bennett

Michael Graham, Assistant Principal Kris Desby Dina Weinshelbaum David Wishnia Ken Johnson Margaret Moores

Philip Santos, Principal

Nicholas Carlin

Hui Lim, Assistant Principal


David Cheng Daniel Lewin Sergi Goldman-Hull Lylia Guion Matthew Oshida Ann Eastman Gayle Strang Charles Zhou


Michel Taddei, Principal Dave Horn, Assistant Principal Patrick Klobas Yuchen Liu Aaron Shaul

Flute Myungju Yeo, Principal Sarah Holzman Victoria Hauka

Tiantian Lan, Principal


Clio Tilton, Assistant Principal

Adrienne Malley, Principal

Charith Premwardhana

Robin May


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Roman Fukshansky, Principal

Robert Giambruno, Principal

Bruce Foster

John Pearson



David Granger, Principal

Thomas Hornig, Principal

Ravinder Sehgal

Contrabassoon Kristopher King

Horn Alicia Mastromonaco, Principal Nicky Roosevelt Craig Hansen Sarah Ference Alena Zidlicky

Sponsored by Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes

Craig Bryant

Bass Trombone Wayne Solomon

Timpani Kevin Neuhoff, Principal

Percussion Ward Spangler, Principal Victor Avdienko Divesh Karamchandani

The Chorus Oakland Symphony Chorus

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus

Dr. Lynne Morrow, Director

Dr. Ben Riggs, Director

Berkeley Community Chorus

Pacific Edge Voices

Ming Luke, Debra Golata, Costas Dafnis, Director

Ash Walker, Director

San Francisco Girls Chorus


Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Dr. Anne K. Hege, Directors

Young Musicians Choral Orchestra James Meredith, Director

UC Berkeley University Chorus Wei Chang, Director

Soprano Susan Chan Phyllis Pennington-Kent Delia Zavala-Henry Zoe Reiniger Tia Pelz

UC Alumni Chorus

Rose Wang

Dr. Mark Sumner, Director

Noelle Blose

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Soprano continued

Somin Cheon

Curtis Lawler

Jiayu "Joyce" Chen

Emily Huang

Ronni Brega

Chithra Vedantam

Jean Cheng

Dana Meyer

Natasha Abrams

Angela Harris

Adrian van Kan

Sophia Li

Rachel Harris

Pamela Grove

Karen Rossi

Peggy Rock

Khris Sanchez

Mary-Jo Knight

Emily Brockman

Israel Rangel-Mejia

Annie Hallatt

Darby Gould

David Ahn

Jamelia Brown

Karna Roa

Chris Poston

Christabel Nunoo

Kathy Paxson

Thomas Kim

Amelia Berger

Janice Bradley

Julia Howe

Nikki Gage

Wilhelmina Naumann Ratto

Manon Johnson

Mackenzie Pederson

Virginia Dobbins

Elizabeth Rogers

Elisabeth Eliassen

Vibhuti Singh

LaNell Martin

Calista Stone

Beth Ann Turner

Shiva Swaminathan Strickland

Theo Alling

Anayah Tin

Natalie Falero

Venus Yu Miroslava Zagal

Janice Murota

Gloria Cebrian Aram Kim Iris Pradal Katherine Rogers

Alto Cynthia WebbBeckford

Ana Camila Vazquez Pearl Watson

Loni Williams

Bass Karl Malamud-Roam Ken Saltzstine Charles Crane John Klopotowski Philip Dempster Bruce Carlton Kai Moore Jim Ahrens Steven P Smith Seth Frost Jeffrey Bean Jr. Paul Farrell Tom Rothschild Max Nguyen Edward Nunoo Jim McMillan

Sylvia Parker


Ilona Turner

Jerry Reynolds

Lawrence DiCostanzo

Eve Zhang

Barbara Miller

Kelvin Ellis

Signe Harnett

Nancy Lemon

John Scott

Donna Hendrix

Jim Stenson

Joseph Orr

Joanna Reed

Pierre Maffre

Avi Jacobson


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21/22 Season Sponsors

Berkeley Symphony extends its deep appreciation to the following companies and individuals whose generous support has made the 21/22 Season possible:

Susan & Jim Acquistapace David Burkhart Laura & Paul V. Bennett Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes Gordon Getty Robert Kroll & Rose Ray in memory of our son C. Stephen Ray Thomas W. Richardson & Edith Jackson S. Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James Anonymous Media Sponsor

Official Wine Sponsor

Presentation bouquets are graciously provided by Jutta’s Flowers, the official florist of Berkeley Symphony June 12 2022


50th Anniversary Sponsors Event Sponsor

Aficionado Sponsors (continued)

Gordon Getty

Kathleen Crandall & Lori Gitter

Maestro Sponsors

Deborah L. Gould, MD & Laurence Blackwell

Susan & Jim Aquistapace Laura & Paul Bennet

Buzz & Lisa Hines

Impresario Sponsors Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes Lisa Taylor

Performer Sponsors Dianne Crosby & Scott Hamilton

S. Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James

Mark & Lynne Humphrey

Virtuoso Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors Judith L. Bloom Susan & Ronald Choy Marilyn & Richard Collier John Collins & David Nicolls Stuart & Sharon Gronningen Ellen Hahn

Robert Kroll & Rose Ray, in memory of our son C. Stephen Ray

Ms. Ann Fischer Hecht

Aficionado Sponsors

Jan McCutcheon

Janet Maestre Helen Marcus Pat & Merrill Shanks Jim Tibbs & Philip Anderson List as of May 26th


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Silent Auction Join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary by participating in our virtual silent auction which continues until June 18th. Ensure that you are registered by texting CELEBRATEBSO50 to 76278 or scan the QR code below Bid via Smartphone: Tap the link in your welcome message— then view, browse, and bid on the items

Bid On: Conduct Your Orchestra! Take the Podium with Joseph Young Berkeley Symphony VIP Package Music@Menlo 20th Anniversary Festival Chanticleer Concert Package Sound Healing Experience with Ward Spangler Private Drum Lesson with Ward Spangler Signed Art Prints of Illustrations from Peter and the Wolf Donum Estate Open Art Exhibit Package International Fine Wines Package Landmark Wine Tasting & Chardonnay Package Reading Is Instrumental Library REALM Napa Cabernet Package

Restrictions: Berkeley Symphony has made every effort to include restrictions wherever applicable. Nevertheless, additional restrictions, deadlines, and redemption instructions may apply. Be sure to consult all materials included in your auction purchase for additional details. A Note on Deductions: For income tax purposes, your auction purchase is deductible as a charitable donation only to the extent that the paid exceeds the fair market value (FMV) of the goods or services received. Berkeley Symphony and auction donors have made a good faith estimate of the FMV of each auction item. Berkeley Symphony will mail a tax receipt promptly following the Gala for the amount of the auction purchase(s) that is tax deductible. Please consult your tax accountant about additional questions and/ or concerns. Berkeley Symphony is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID number: 23-7219508)

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Silent Auction Packages Conduct Your Orchestra! Take the Podium with Joseph Young Have you dreamed of conducting a professional orchestra? Here’s your chance to conduct your Berkeley Symphony with Joseph Young, Music Director! Conduct onstage at Zellerbach Hall at a rehearsal for one of our Symphonic Series concerts. No music degree or experience needed: You’ll receive a conducting lesson and share lunch with Joseph to get all his tips and tricks for a command performance. Feel the electricity with the baton in your hand in front of the Symphony musicians for this “bucket list” experience!

Get the Berkeley Symphony VIP treatment! For the entire 2022-23 season, experience your Berkeley Symphony from great seats at Zellerbach Hall and the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Includes a pair of tickets to each of Berkeley Symphony’s four Symphonic series performances in Berkeley with reserved Sproul garage parking for the concerts at Zellerbach Hall. You’ll also receive two tickets to each of the Symphony’s five Chamber series performances at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

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Tickets and Dinner for 4 for a Bay Area Chanticleer Concert Enjoy one of Chanticleer’s concerts in the 22-23 season and a pre-concert dinner for four in Belvedere, Berkeley, or San Francisco. The package includes four concert tickets plus a pre-concert dinner for four with your hosts Berkeley Symphony Board member John W. Dewes, and Chanticleer and Berkeley Symphony Board member Kathleen G. Henschel.

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Today’s Program Joseph Young


Dr. Lynne Morrow Chorus Director Jimmy López Bellido

Rise (World premiere made possible through the generous support of Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes and New Music USA)

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 featuring a Carnegie Hall–commissioned libretto written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso II. Molto vivace III. Adagio molto e cantabile IV. Finale Shawnette Sulker soprano Gabrielle Beteag


Edward Graves


Nicholas Davis


Today’s concert will be broadcast on KALW 91.7 FM on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

Today’s performance is made possible by the generous support of Kenneth Johnson & Nina Grove, Dianne Crosby & Scott Hamilton, Paul Templeton & Darrell Louie Berkeley Symphony sends a heartfelt thank you to Berkeley Lodge No. 270 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for making their Grand Hall available as a rehearsal space for our chorus and orchestra in preparation for this concert. Please switch off your cell phones, alarms, and other electronic devices during the concert. Thank you. June 12 2022



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Program Notes Jimmy López Bellido Born: October 21, 1978; resides in Berkeley, California

Rise Composed: 2020 First performance: This performance is the world premiere. Duration: c. 11 minutes Scored for 2 flutes and piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets , 2 bassoons and contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, three percussionists (snare drum, crash cymbals, tam-tam, glockenspiel, sand blocks, suspended cymbal, snare drum, bass drum, tomtoms, güiro, triangle; cabasa, bongos, ratchet, mark tree), and strings


o celebrate Berkeley Symphony’s 50th-anniversary season, local hero Jimmy López Bellido presents a new work he has created specifically for this remarkable community of musicians. In fact, Rise pays homage not only to the orchestra but to the progressive spirit of Berkeley itself as articulated by the namesake of the city and the university, Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), the Irish-born descendant of an English family. Berkeley’s brand of idealist philosophy had a powerful impact on the colonial independence movement culminating in the American Revolution. As López Bellido researched into the origins of Berkeley Symphony—which called itself the Berkeley Promenade

Orchestra when it began giving concerts in 1971—he was struck by the role George Berkeley had played in inspiring the name of the city and the university. Though known primarily as a philosopher (famous above all for his maxim “to be is to be perceived”), Berkeley published a poem in 1726 on the “destiny of America” that expressed his vision of founding an educational institution in the New World. The poem sprang to mind when Frederick Billings gazed out at the view towards the Golden Gate one day in 1866. He had been tasked with suggesting a name to his fellow trustees of the then-private College of California for the new campus that would become the University of California—as well as for the residential community that would spring up around it. “Many of the trustees were familiar with George Berkeley’s writings, and the name and poem resonated with them as they stood looking west to the Pacific,” according to the Berkeley Historical Society’s section “Why is Berkeley Called Berkeley?” So on May 24, 1866, they officially voted to name the new campus after the philosopher. The poem contrasts the “decay” and “pedantry” of timeworn Europe with the fresh hope represented by young America. López Bellido zeroes in on four verses that he found “particularly poignant”: “There shall be sung another golden age,/The rise of empire and of arts,/The good and great inspiring epic rage,/The wisest heads and noblest hearts.” He found the title for his new June 12 2022



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piece in the word “rise.” For the composer, its connotations are “in perfect alignment with the central and progressive role that both the city of Berkeley and the university have played in some of the most transformative moments in the history of this country.” Internationally renowned and one of today’s most sought-after composers, the 43-year-old López Bellido maintains strong ties to the Berkeley community and expresses gratitude for being “wholeheartedly embraced and welcomed.” He moved here in 2007 to earn his Ph.D. in music at UC-Berkeley, following studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and in his native Lima. George Berkeley’s vision of a new golden age, he says, has been realized in the University’s role as a center for knowledge and research. “But Berkeley has also historically been a very strong force for free thinking, for protests and for rising up against oppression or injustice. My title Rise alludes to this long tradition that continues to live on within the students and the city itself.” Following the state of frozen storage that live performance life was suddenly forced into by the pandemic, López Bellido has been enjoying a banner year with the world premieres of his Symphony No. 3 (Altered Landscape) and the piano concerto Ephemerae, as well as the release of the Houston Symphony’s recording of his 2019 Symphony No. 2 (Ad Astra) and the violin concerto Aurora. Across the Bay, the San Francisco Symphony recently gave its first performance of his music with its account of Perú Negro (2013). Amid all this high-profile activity, did the request to provide an “opening act” for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony have

an inhibiting effect? “Having the opportunity to celebrate Berkeley Symphony’s 50th anniversary was very inspiring to me,” replies the composer. “The piece actually flowed from all this enthusiasm I had inside me.” López Bellido had begun composing Rise early in 2020, and it became the first project he completed during the pandemic. What to listen for Rise presents a new contribution to the tradition of the concert overture, with an added celebratory tone in view of the anniversary commemoration. At the same time, López Bellido set out to write a piece that specifically acts as a prelude to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, setting the stage so that the famously mysterious, emerging-out-of-chaos opening of the latter would seem naturally to follow. Rise thus deploys essentially the same instrumental forces as Beethoven’s Ninth, without the solo voices and chorus (though the three percussionists preside over a wider array of instruments). Immediately seizing the attention with fanfare-like gestures and bold harmonies, Rise also showcases the composer’s expertise as an orchestrator as the music cycles through a variety of timbral closeups and combinations. A few moments foreshadow, without actual quoting, the spirit of the symphonic behemoth to come—one passage in particular excitingly anticipates the irrepressible power of the Ninth’s Scherzo. López Bellido describes the piece’s overall character as “high octane, relentless, festive, energetic,” adding that, even after the experience of the Beethoven freshly resounding, he hopes “some echoes of Rise will remain with the audience.” June 12 2022



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Ludwig Van Beethoven Born on December 16, 1770, in Bonn, at the time capital of the Electorate of Cologne; died on March 26, 1827, in Vienna

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Composed: 1822-24 (drawing on sketches dating back to 1817, when the work was originally commissioned) First performance: May 7, 1824, in Vienna Duration: c. 65 minutes Scored for 2 flutes and piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, triangle, bass drum, cymbals, and strings, along with solo vocal quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and four-part chorus (in the fourth movement only)


friend, my heart has tired/Of such darkness./Now it vies for joy.” Prepare to encounter Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a fresh light. With these lines, Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner (for her collection Life on Mars) begins her extraordinary reimagining of the Ode to Joy (An die Freude) by Friedrich Schiller (17591805). As part of the #GlobalOdeToJoy presented by Carnegie Hall in 2020, Smith was commissioned to create her contemporary response to the 18th-century German poem that Beethoven set to music in the final movement of his final symphony. There is good precedent as well:

Beethoven himself did not simply write music to Schiller’s words but excerpted and adapted the original, even adding verses of his own—much as Gustav Mahler would do in his Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), in the parallel movement, with regard to the poem by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock he similarly set to music. Schiller published the poem in 1785, on the eve of the French Revolution, and Beethoven had been living with it since he first came to know the Ode to Joy as a young man newly arrived in Vienna in the 1790s. Along with the idealism expressed by the Ode to Joy and its associated music, the Ninth Symphony makes eminent sense as a choice to celebrate an orchestral anniversary. It was this work in particular, along with the rest of Beethoven’s symphonies more generally, that spurred on the establishment of civic orchestras. The idea of self-standing orchestras— existing apart from the various theaterassociated ensembles—that offered regular concert seasons emerged sporadically in cities like Paris and London but did not become standard until after Beethoven’s death. The technical demands Beethoven makes of his orchestral and choral forces in the Ninth inspired new standards of rehearsal. It’s hard to fathom that for the world premiere of the Ninth itself—which took place on a Friday evening spring concert in Vienna, on May 7, 1824—there was time for only two full rehearsals. Throughout his career, Beethoven had to organize his own concerts to promote his music, gathering together ad hoc ensembles of freelancers from the various theater orchestras; naturally, he was also responsible for the marketing. June 12 2022


Beethoven had returned to writing symphonies after a considerable hiatus. Following the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies (completed in 1812), he endured one of his most serious personal crises and became far less productive. The Ninth began as a commission in 1817 from the Philharmonic Society of London (established as recently as 1813). But Beethoven was unable to focus on the project until 1822 and did not complete the score until February 1824. The first movement alone ranks among the most overpowering musical expressions of tragedy—or even apocalypse, depending on your interpretation. And what to make of the Scherzo, with its primordial energy and strange rhythmic insistence (and, in its contrasting trio section, yet another kind of “joy”)? Where does the unearthly, transcendent beauty of the Adagio—a model Mahler would emulate in some of his most moving passages—fit into the bigger picture of a work whose destination is supposed to be a toast to “joy”?

And the power of the Ninth has inevitably been misused. Although the utopian message of universal embrace in opposition to the “divisions” of the conventional order has been an inspiration to bravery during turning points in world history, the Nazis twisted it and used the Ninth to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. Especially in the wake of the 20th century’s catastrophes and the insecurities of the 21st, the unfulfilled promise Beethoven voices does not lack for severe critics. In Thomas Mann’s novel Doktor Faustus, the protagonist-composer announces his desire to “revoke” the Ninth and its complicity with bad faith. As the scholar David Benjamin Levy has observed, “coming to terms with the work involves a kind of leap of faith.” What to listen for In this endlessly fascinating score, Beethoven even imagines a new way of beginning. Thematic shards coalesce until, with a mighty increase in power, they are hammered together to form the titanic main theme. Even the

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lyrical grace of the contrasting second theme (which foreshadows the “Joy” melody to come) gets swept away in a tempestuous surge of developing ideas. The suspenseful closing section ratchets up the tension even more through a thrillingly gradual crescendo. Beethoven for the first time positions his Scherzo as the second rather than third movement. Its energy mirrors the elemental character of the opening—this is music of colossal forces at play. With the Adagio, he embarks on a journey of deep, sustained—and, at times, ecstatic—contemplation. The movement unfolds as a set of double variations: that is, variations on two highly contrasting themes, in different keys and tempi, alternating one with the other. The finale begins with a terrifying chord that immediately takes us right back to the chaos out of which the Ninth sprang into being. But here, the chaos is violent and rupturing rather than mysterious. The orchestra reminisces on the ideas that have appeared so far. But with wordless insistence, the low strings reject each of these propositions as unsuitable.

The instruments show the way at first, presenting and developing the “Joy” theme in successive layerings. But the chord of terror reappears, as if all that has been achieved is hopeless. Suddenly, a solo baritone bursts on the scene with the urgent plea to keep to the theme of joy. For Tracy K. Smith, joy is “harder and bigger than happiness.” It is “something we have to seek, make space for, welcome.” Visionary as the Ninth Symphony is, Beethoven also pays homage to the wisdom of tradition. He joins his varied ideas together to create a larger unity through age-old techniques, and the rousing choral music of Handel’s oratorios clearly served as a model. In our present era of disillusion, Beethoven’s final symphony, premiered almost two centuries ago, feels as urgently necessary as ever. As Smith says: “It seems like a moment where the work of joy and the work of offering and humble reflection is vital to our survival as a species.”

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Ode to Joy Reimagined Libretto When Beethoven incorporated Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” into his Ninth Symphony, it was a radical call for equality, freedom, and brotherhood. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Carnegie Hall commissioned former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to reimagine Schiller’s poem as a contemporary meditation on our community, politics, and spirit.

O friend, my heart has tired

Joy like water, milk of mothers.

Of such darkness.

Kind and wicked all deserve

Now it vies for joy.

Joy’s compassion freely given, Joy which can’t be sold or earned.

Joy, bright God-spark born of Ever

In the depths of blackest soil

Daughter of fresh paradise—

In the lightless atmosphere

Where you walked once now walk rancor,

In the atom and the ether, Animating all that is.

Greed, suspicion, anger, fright. Joy, the breeze off all that’s holy,

Let us feel it, let us heed it,

Pure with terror, wild as flame.

Let us seek its deepest kiss.

Make us brothers, Give us comfort,

Let us live our brief lives mining

Bid us past such fear and hate.

That which joy alone can give.

If you’ve loved another’s beauty

Battered planet, home of billions,

If you’ve craved the warmth of flesh,

Our long shadow stalks your face.

If your spirit is invested

All we’ve fractured, all we’ve stolen,

In another’s sense of worth,

All we’ve sought blind to your grace.

Lift your voice to touch my voice now,

Earth, forgive us, claim us, let us

Let our song bring joy to earth.

Live in humble thanks and joy.

Lift your voice to touch my voice now,

Let our hearts wake from our stupor,

Let our song bring joy to earth.

Let us praise you in one voice. —Tracy K. Smith

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New World Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), among others in the U.S. and Europe. In his most recent role Joseph served as the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony where he conducted more than 50 concerts per season. Mr. Young also served as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.


raised for his suavely adventurous programing, Joseph Young is increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.” Joseph is Music Director of Berkeley Symphony, Artistic Director of Ensembles for the Peabody Conservatory, and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall. In recent years, he has made appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker,

Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008, and 2014. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Joseph completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop whom he continues to maintain a close relationship. June 12 2022


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2010 Youth Olympic Games and Lima 2019 Pan American Games. His music has been featured in numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, Grant Park, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen and the Nordic Music Days.

Jimmy López Bellido


ward-winning composer Jimmy López Bellido (*1978) is considered “one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today” (Chicago Sun-Times), and an “expert in orchestration” (New York Times) with a distinct voice that is “adventurous and winning” (Denver Post). His works have been performed by leading orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Spain, among others, and his music has been heard in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, and during the Singapore

As part of the Renée Fleming initiative, the Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned him a full-length opera based on the bestselling novel Bel Canto which premiered on December 7, 2015 to wide critical acclaim. Bel Canto became the bestselling opera of Lyric’s 2015-2016 season, and it went on to earn a nomination to the 2016 International Opera Awards. In 2017 it was broadcast all throughout the U.S. on PBS’ Great Performances. His work Fiesta! has been performed over a hundred times worldwide, ranging from New Zealand to Siberia, thus making it one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works. Dreamers, an oratorio which he wrote in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, received its world premiere by Soprano Ana María Martínez, Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in Berkeley, California in March of 2019. Mr. López completed a three-year tenure as the Houston Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence in the spring of 2020. He has been awarded numerous prizes, among them: a 2017 Hewlett50 Arts Commissions from the Hewlett Foundation, TUMI USA Award 2016, Musician of the Year 2015 by Opera Peru and “El Comercio”; Honorable Mention at the 2015 Barlow Prize Competition; June 12 2022


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Special Mention at the 2015 Casa de las Américas Composition Prize; 2014 Antara Prize in recognition for his outstanding career; 2013 Prince Prize from the Prince Charitable Trusts; First Prize at the 2012 and 2011 Nicola de Lorenzo Music Composition Contest; 2009 Georges Ladd Prix de Paris, Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the 2008 Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music; 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP; Honorable Mention at the 2005 Irino Composition Prize in Japan; First Prize at the ALEA III 2003 International Composition Competition; and Orchestra Prize at the 2002 CCA International Composition Competition in Taiwan. He is a member of Suomen Säveltäjät (Society of Finnish Composers), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Circomper (Circle of Composers of Peru) and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy). Aurora & Ad Astra, a new album featuring his Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 2, was released on January 14, 2022 on Pentatone. Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the Houston Symphony and soloist Leticia Moreno in these world-premiere recordings. He studied with Enrique Iturriaga from 1998-2000 at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, and with VeliMatti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi from 2000-2007 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, from where he obtained his Master of Music Degree. He completed his PhD in Music at the University of California-Berkeley in May of 2012 with Edmund Campion. He is published by Filarmonika and Birdsong.

Dr. Lynne Morrow


ynne Morrow is the Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the former Music Director of Pacific Edge Voices. At the Oakland Symphony, Lynne Morrow has expanded the scope of the Chorus to include contemporary, international, and neglected works, in addition to traditional choral repertoire. She conducts the Chorus’ workshop performances of major works and produces Summer Sing workshops. Dr. Morrow has taken the Oakland Symphony Chorus on their 2 international tours: in 2015 to Budapest/Vienna/Prague and in 2018 to Rome/Florence/Venice, Italy. Pacific Edge Voices, formerly the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, made its Carnegie Hall debut in November 2005, representing choral music for Meredith Monk’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Morrow coached PME and sang several solos for the Berlin performances June 12 2022


and recording of Bernstein’s “Mass” with Kent Nagano. Dr. Morrow’s work received a GRAMMY nomination in December 2005. She also directed the ensemble for two CDs of Dave Brubeck’s choral music. Dr. Morrow enjoys working with composers on new works. She commissioned Michael Roberts to compose “Mass for Freedom” for Oakland Symphony Chorus in 2019. The new Mass uses African American Spirituals which became Protest Songs in the Civil Rights Movement as the source material. Morrow plans to take the Chorus on its third tour, to Civil Rights locations in the United States, performing the “Mass for Freedom.” Dr. Lynne Morrow teaches at Sonoma State University, directing the Vocal and Opera/Music Theatre Programs since 2001. Each year, she presents a fully staged Opera or Music Theatre work. In addition, students perform in two Music Theatre Scenes Workshops and two Opera Scenes shows. Titles from the last few years include, “Sweeney Todd,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” This program seeks to broaden the formal and stylistic links between Opera and American Musical Theatre. Dr. Morrow presents workshops on African American Spirituals, including two workshops on cruises to Alaska. Morrow received The Heritage Keepers Award from the Friends of Negro Spirituals. She has also given lectures on Music for major Bay Area organizations including Cal Performances, Green Music Center, Stern Grove, Oakland Symphony, and Festival Opera. Dr. Morrow strives for a visceral 40

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Tracy K. Smith


racy K. Smith is a Pulitzer Prizewinning poet, memoirist, editor, translator and librettist. She served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017-19, during which time she spearheaded American Conversations: Celebrating Poetry in Rural Communities with the Library of Congress, launched the American Public Media podcast The Slowdown, and edited the anthology American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time. Smith is the author of the poetry collections Wade in the Water, which was awarded the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, winner of the 2006 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; and The Body’s Question, which received the 2003 Cave Canem Prize. Her memoir,

Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction. She is the co-translator (with Changtai Bi) of My Name Will Grow Wide like a Tree: Selected Poems of Yi Lei, which was a finalist for the 2021 Griffin International Poetry Prize. Such Color: New and Selected Poems will be published in October 2021. Among her other honors are the Academy Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Harvard Arts Medal, the Columbia Medal for Excellence, a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award and an Essence Literary Award. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Shawnette Sulker


hawnette Sulker has been described as a singer “. . . displaying a bright, superbly controlled soprano with perfectly placed coloratura.” On the operatic stage, Ms. Sulker has been a featured artist in three San Francisco Opera productions: Porgy and Bess, The Mother of Us All, and Louise. She was also a

part of the joint production of Dido and Aeneas between San Francisco Opera and the Crucible, singing the roles of Second Woman and Second Witch. A native of Guyana, the soprano has sung leading roles with other companies of note, including Hawaii Opera Theatre, Internationale Opera Producties, Opera Naples, Union Avenue Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Pacific Opera Project, West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, Music in the Mountains, Mendocino Music Festival, and West Bay Opera, to name a few. Roles in Ms. Sulker’s repertoire include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Cunegonde (Candide), Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Musetta (La Bohème), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Constanze (Abduction from the Seraglio), Frasquita and Micaëla (Carmen), Despina (Così fan tutte), Clara and Serena (Porgy and Bess), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice), Treemonisha (Treemonisha), Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Rosabella (The Most Happy Fella). Ms. Sulker created the role of Corina in the world-premiere of David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel. The original cast recording can be found on the Arsis label. She has also sung in the American premieres of the following operas: Adam Gorb’s Anya17 in the role of Mila, Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness in the role of River Woman, Fabrizio Carlone’s Bonjour M. Gauguin as La Voix Intérieure, and Zenobia Powell Perry’s June 12 2022


Tawawa House as Fanny. Her film credits include a soundtrack performance for the movie Mimic and an on-camera operatic appearance in the feature film Jackson, directed by J.F. Lawton. In concert, Ms. Sulker has performed with American Bach Soloists, Eugene Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Group, Bear Valley Music Festival, Peninsula Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Choral Society, Santa Clara Chorale, UC Davis Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, Avedis Chamber Music Series, and Redwood Symphony, to name a few. Highlights in her concert repertoire include Handel’s Messiah; the Bach cantatas Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Coffee Cantata, and Non sa che sia dolore; Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Grand Mass in C minor, Requiem and Missa Brevis in G; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mass in B-flat major; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Virgine and Lamento della ninfa; Rutter’s Requiem; Schubert’s Mass in G; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Bach’s Magnificat and Weihnachts-Oratorium; Fauré’s Requiem; Pergolesi’s Magnificat; and Mahler’s Symphonies No. 4 and No.8. The soprano made her European concert debut with the Jugendsinfonieorchester Leipzig singing all the female roles in a concert version of Porgy and Bess and the soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42. These performances were held in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Prague’s Smetana Hall. She also performed a solo recital at Amsterdam’s Red Door Studio. As a special guest of 42

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the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, Japan Ms. Sulker was invited back three times to perform a series of Christmas concerts. Ms. Sulker earned scholarships to attend Bennington College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. The soprano was awarded scholarships to attend both the Contemporary Opera and Song Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program in Los Angeles. The soprano was also a resident artist for the Natchez Music Festival in Mississippi. A winner of career scholarships from the East Bay Opera League Vocal Competition, Ms. Sulker has also been a regional finalist with the NATS Competition and a finalist and award winner with the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.

Gabrielle Beteag


abrielle Beteag is a rising American mezzo-soprano praised for her “choice voice” (OperaWire) and “dramatically vivid” performances (Broadway World). A participant in the 2021 class

of the Merola Opera Program, she joins San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship Program in 2022. Beteag was a Studio Player at the Atlanta Opera during the 2020/21 season, where she performed Mercedes in the Big Tent production of The Threepenny Carmen. Her other role credits include Woman in a Hat/Duchess (The Ghosts of Versailles), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Mme. De Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Secretary (The Consul). An accomplished competitive singer, Beteag was a Grand Finals Winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received accolades from other competitions, including the Shreveport Opera Mary Jacobs Singer of the Year Competition (Runner Up, 2020), the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition (Finalist, 2019) and the Kristin Lewis Vocal Scholarship Competition (Grand Prize Winner, 2018).

Edward Graves


oted by Opera News for his “stunningly sweet tone,” tenor Edward

Graves joined San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship Program in 2022. This season he covers the roles of Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in La Traviata, and sings Gastone. Earlier engagements included the role of Policeman 2 in Blue at Michigan Opera Theatre and Monsieur Vogelsang on a digital version of The Impresario with Raylynmor Opera. Upcoming: the title role of Judas Maccabaeus with the Berkshire Choral International, and Beethoven Nine with Berkeley Symphony. As a 2021 participant in the Merola Opera Program, he was featured in a recital entitled What The Heart Desires and a filmed project entitled Back Home: Through The Stage Door. The year’s engagements included a role and house debut in a filmed version of Bastien and Bastienne with Raylynmor Opera, the world premiere of JFK Chorale with the Minot University Symphony, and his debut as Tamino in a new English translation of Black Flute with InSeries Opera. Edward returned to Michigan Opera Theatre for Blue, and then joined the casts of Porgy & Bess and Die Meistersinger at the Metropolitan Opera. Edward was a Studio Artist at Michigan Opera Theatre in 2019-20. He received his Performer Diploma and Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Towson University. June 12 2022


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Nicholas Davis


n recent seasons Nicholas Davis has performed with the Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Michigan Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera and Opera Ithaca, in roles as varied as The Reverend in the world premiere of Blue, Minskman in Flight, Senator Potter in Fellow Travelers, and Fred McMullin in The Fix. More traditional repertoire includes roles such as Ford in Falstaff, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Crown in Porgy and Bess

and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. In the 2021/2022 season, Nick was the baritone lead in the much-acclaimed virtual opera, Death By Life produced by White Snake Projects, appeared with On Site Opera in the world premiere of What Lies Beneath and The Perfect Pig, and joined Shreveport opera as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, also reprising his roles in the Minnesota cast of All is Calm. In 2022-23 he makes several company and roles debuts: Annapolis Opera as Marcello in La Bohème, 2nd Soldier in Salome with Tulsa Opera Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Brevard, Edward Tulane with Minnesota Opera and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Knoxville Opera. In concert, Nicholas has been bass soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony as Abimelech in Samson et Dalila, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Street Symphony in Händel’s Messiah, National Theater of Prague Orchestra, and the Chicago Sinfonietta for Beethoven Nine, which he reprises this season with Berkeley Symphony.

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About Berkeley Symphony


erkeley Symphony is unique among Bay Area and American orchestras for its commitment to innovation, community, and excellence. Founded in 1971 in the intellectual and artistic nexus of Berkeley, California, the Orchestra is committed to premiering and commissioning new music, sustained by the supportive musical environment of Berkeley, the East Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area. From the outset, the people behind Berkeley Symphony’s culture and programming were attuned to the culturally diverse people and the heady creative climate of their home city. Thomas Rarick, a protégé of the great English maestro Sir Adrian Boult, founded the orchestra in 1971 as the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra. Reflecting the spirit of the times, musicians performed in street dress and at unusual locations such as the University Art Museum. When Kent Nagano became Music Director of the Orchestra in 1978, he charted a new course by offering innovative programming that included rarely performed 20th-century works and numerous premieres. The renamed Berkeley Symphony

Orchestra gained an international reputation for its adventurous programming and became known for premiering the music of international composers and showcasing young local talents. After an extensive search, Joana Carneiro was selected in January 2009 to be the Orchestra’s third Music Director in its 40-year history. Maestra Carneiro further enhanced Berkeley Symphony’s reputation for innovative programming before stepping down after a successful nine-season tenure. Berkeley Symphony ushered in a new era with the appointment of Joseph Young as the Orchestra’s fourth Music Director, following his highly successful and critically acclaimed debut appearance as guest conductor in January 2019. Joseph Young returns to the stage as Music Director for the historic 50th Anniversary season which celebrates the Orchestra’s rich history, showcases diverse programming from familiar, reimagined classics to the music of today, and looks toward an exciting future of artistic innovation. June 12 2022



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SPONSOR CIRCLE GIFTS $100,000 and above

Gordon Getty $50,000 and above

Laura & Paul V. Bennett Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes Robert Kroll & Rose Ray in memory of our son C. Stephen Ray S. Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James $25,000 and above

Anonymous Susan & Jim Acquistapace David Burkhart Lisa Taylor $10,000 and above

Anonymous Susan & Ronald Choy Kathleen Crandall & Lori Gitter Margaret Dorfman Deborah L. Gould, MD & Laurence Blackwell Janet Maestre Edith Jackson & Thomas W. Richardson Jr. Harriet H. Simpson Paul Templeton & Darrell Louie Ama Torrance & David Davies $5,000 and above

Ms. Audrey Burkhart Dianne Crosby & Scott Hamilton Jefferson Han & Jennifer Banzaca Buzz & Lisa Hines Fred Jacobson & Mary Murtaugh 52

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Nina Grove & Ken Johnson Jan McCutcheon Pat & Merrill Shanks $2,500 and above

Anonymous Natasha Beery & Sandy McCoy John & Paula Gambs Ellen Hahn Mark & Lynne Humphrey Mr. & Mrs. Herrick Jackson William Knuttel Arthur & Martha Luehrmann Brad & Jenn McCullough Jack & Rhonda Morris Marcia Muggli & Ed Osborn Edward Vine & Ellen Singer-Vine Alison Teeman & Michael Yovino-Young $1,500 and above

Gertrude E. Allen Sallie & Edward Arens Michele Benson Judith L. Bloom Marilyn & Richard Collier Dean Francis World’s Peace Thomas & Mary Reicher Doug & Trish Nancy Shidler & Jack Anderson James Taylor Joseph Young


Anonymous (2) Janet Popesco Archibald Ms. Carol Christ San Francisco Opera Orchestra Mary & Stanley Friedman Gloria Fujimoto Daniel & Kate Funk Theresa Gabel & Timothy Zumwalt Steven E. Greenberg & Liz Varnhagen Jill Grossman Family Charitable Fund Russell Hyzen Gary & Lois Marcus Helen Marcus Jane & Bill Neilson Noel & Penny Nellis Marc A. Roth Jim Tibbs & Philip Anderson Scott Sparling Carolyn Spitz David & Pennie Warren Mrs. Elouise D Wilson $500 and above

$500 and above Stuart & Virginia Canin Richard & Christine Colton Mr. Bennie Cottone Dr. Charles M. Crane Mr. Joseph A Daly John & Charli Danielsen Carolyn Doelling Ann & Jack Eastman Bruce Fitch Peggy & Zach Griffin Stuart & Sharon Gronningen Gift Fish Lynne La Marca Heinrich Jim & Jenn Lewis & Family Patrick R. McCabe Robert Sinai & Susanna Schevill

$300 and above

Beth & Norman Edelstein Bennett Falk & Margaret Morel& Laura Frost Trish & Tony Hawthorne William & Judith Hein Valerie & Richard Herr Amy Kweskin Richard O. Leder Jane Mauldon David Petta Janet Sovin Marta Tobey & Roger Ramey Anne & Craig Van Dyke Dr. George & Bay Westlake Evie & Gordon Wozniak $120 and above

Anonymous Dr. Henry L. Abrons & Dr. Li-Hsia Wang Patricia & Ronald Adler Ms. Joan Balter Tom Bates & Loni Hancock Ms. Joanne G. Bernstein John Beviacqua Tammy Button Yvette Hollingsworth Clark John Collins & David Nicolls Mr. Peter Cook Chris Crook Beth Crovitz Jan Davis Dennis & Sandy De Domenico Paul Dresher & Philippa Kelly Ednah Beth Friedman Edward Gordon Sophie Hahn Nancy Hall & Mark Theodoropoulos Alan Harper & Carol Baird John C. Huneke Phil Kohlmetz Jeffrey S. Leiter James E. & Jayne A. Matthews Robert McKee & Melissa Gates June 12 2022



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In memory of Todd Itokazu Gertrude E. Allen

San Francisco Opera Orchestra Lisa Taylor Mr. Bennie Cottone Jim & Jenn Lewis & Family Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes Richard O. Leder Cyndi Creamer Allison Don Tom & Adrienne Duckworth Steve & Michele Engebretson David Granger William Holmes Joan & Peter Klatt Thalia Moore Pete Nowlen & David Martin Carol Rice Marta Tobey Susan & Roger Waller Dan McNeill Nora Pirquet & Raymond Froehlich Jeff & Joan Bendix Ms. Patrice Hamdelton Leonie Kramer Ilana Matfis Cheryl R. Wiener

In honor of Ellen Singer-Vine Anonymous


FRIENDS OF BERKELEY SYMPHONY GIFTS $120 and above (continued)

Miles & Mary Ellen McKey Junichi & Sarah Miyazaki Emma Moon Geraldine & Gary Morrison James & Caren Quay Peggy Radel & Joel Myerson Flora Russ Margaret Seely Donald A. Riley & Carolyn Serrao Sylvia Sorell & Daniel Kane Bruce Stangeland Mr. Takato Umeda Vanessa Washington & Wayne Rowland

HONOR & MEMORIAL Gifts In memory of C. Stephen Ray Robert Kroll & Rose Ray In honor of Deborah Gould, MD Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

In honor of Janet Maestre Olivia Hurd In honor of Jim Tibbs’ Birthday Dave & Carol Moyer In honor of Joan Glasse The Richards Family Charitable Fund Deborah Shidler Principal Oboe Chair Fund Ms. Audrey Burkhart David Burkhart Doug & Trish Nancy Shidler & Jack Anderson Gertrude E. Allen Janet Popesco Archibald

Special thanks to these individuals and businesses whose generous donations of goods and services are crucial in helping Berkeley Symphony produce concerts and education programs while keeping expenses as low as possible.

Eric Asimov, Paul & Laura Bennett, Berkeley Times, Chanticleer, Chocolaterie, Cottage Grove Inn, Nidhi Chanani, Susan & Ronald Choy, Richard Collier, Donum Estate, Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes, Sean Hipkin, Landmark Winery, René Mandel, Music@Menlo, Penfolds, Peet’s Coffee, Piedmont Post, Henry Rogers, Sendy Santamaria, Scenic Made Bakery, Ward Spangler, Lisa Taylor, Yvette Vloeberghs, William Knuttel Winery, Joseph Young June 12 2022






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INSTITUTIONAL GIVING Berkeley Symphony is proud to recognize these corporations, foundations, community organizations, and government programs. These institutions are supporting our communities through their commitment to Berkeley Symphony and the arts. $100,000 and above

U.S. Small Business Administration $25,000 and above

Clarence E. Heller Foundation $10,000 and above

Bayer Corporation Bernard E & Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation Catalyst Fund (League of American Orchestras) City of Berkeley Fleishhacker Foundation The Grubb Co. National Endowment for the Arts Zellerbach Family Foundation $5,000 and above

Berkeley Bowl Marketplace Bernard Osher Foundation The Familian Levinson Foundation New Music U.S.A. Pacific Harmony Foundation $1,500 and above

Chevron The Friendship Fund $750 and above

Alameda County Arts Commission $120 and above

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

BERKELEY SYMPHONY LEGACY SOCIETY Legacy giving helps to ensure that Berkeley Symphony’s music and education programs will continue to delight and inspire for generations to come. We are deeply grateful to those who have made bequests to Berkeley Symphony as part of their estate planning. Legacies Pledged

Gertrude Allen Philip Anderson Joan Balter Norman Bookstein Kathleen Crandall & Lori Gitter Dianne Crosby John Dewes Kathleen Henschel Brian James Kenneth Johnson Jeffrey Leiter Janet Maestre Sandy McCoy Winton McKibben Tricia Swift Lisa Taylor Jim Tibbs S. Shariq Yosufzai Lisa Zadek Legacies Received

Margaret Stuart E. Graupner Susan Meadows Hone Rochelle D. Ridgway Harry Weininger

We thank all who contribute to Berkeley Symphony, including those giving up to $120 annually and those whose gifts have been received since press time. While every attempt has been made to assure accuracy in our list of supporters, omissions and misspellings may occur. Please call 510.841.2800 to report errors. We appreciate the opportunity to correct our records. June 12 2022


Administration & Creative Staff Joseph Young, Music Director

Kathy Paxson, Finance Manager

Jim Tibbs, Executive Director Emeritus

Laili Gohartaj, Grant Writer

Kate Kammeyer, Executive Director

Franklyn D’Antonio, Orchestra Manager

René Mandel, Artistic Director

Quelani Penland, Librarian

Ming Luke, Education Director


Isaac Bunch, Director of Operations

Andreas Jones, Design & Production

Tiffany Fajardo, Patron Services Manager

John McMullen, Advertising Sales

Shelley Mitchell, Marketing Associate

Krishna Copy Center, Printing


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