Marin Symphony Plans Live Concerts for 70th Season

Established in 1951, The acclaimed Marin Symphony Orchestra presents classical Masterworks and Pops concerts in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and other venues in the North Bay.

Last year, the orchestra was forced to cancel in-person performances due to the pandemic. Now, as the state reopens the economy, Marin Symphony is ready to return to the stage for a packed 70th season of live shows, beginning in November 2021.

“Thanks to the overwhelming loyalty and generosity of our patrons and musicians, we have weathered the pandemic and look forward to a glorious return to the concert stage in the fall,” says Marin Symphony Association Executive Director Tod Brody in a statement.

Under the musical direction of Maestro Alasdair Neale, who marks his 21st season at the helm of the orchestra, Marin Symphony will offer four Masterworks programs. In addition, the orchestra will perform three Pops Concerts (Holiday, Valentine’s and Spring) that will be led by Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz.

“The programs we had to cancel (last season) were really good programs, and I’m happy in the knowledge that we will be bringing back many of the artists and much of the repertoire that we missed,” Neale says in a statement. “Marin favorites Orli Shaham, Joyce Yang, and Vadim Gluzman will be here, at long last, on our stage! I couldn’t be more enthused about these programs, and about the prospect of making music again with the marvelous musicians of the Marin Symphony.” 

The season kicks off on November 6 and 7, 2021, with the symphony’s first masterworks program, Schumann & Brahms, featuring Shahman on piano and bookended by rising star Jessie Montgomery’s illuminating take on the American national anthem and Brahms’s masterful First.

Marin Symphony then ushers in the holiday season with two Holiday Concerts by Candlelight performances on December 4 and 5, 2021, featuring the massive Marin Symphony Chorus and an instrumental ensemble performing in the Church of Saint Raphael in downtown San Rafael.

Next up is the ever-popular Holiday Pops Concert on December 14. Now in its 9th year, this concert has become a holiday tradition in Marin, and the orchestra presents a program of holiday-inspired music with accompaniment from soprano vocalist Dee Donasco.

The symphony’s second Masterworks concerts will take place on January 29 and 30, 2022 with Yang–a Marin favorite–returning for Tchaikovosky’s beloved 1st Piano Concerto, along with works by Jennifer Higdon and Igor Stravinsky.

From there, a Valentine-themed concert commences in February; Beethoven’s violin concerto is featured in early March; Peter and the Wolf plays out in late March, Carmina Burana takes the stage in April and a tribute to Aretha Franklin concludes the 2021-2022 season in May.

Subscriptions to the entire season can be ordered now, and single tickets go on sale September 1, 2021. Get more information on shows, tickets and Covid-19 health and safety protocol online at Marinsymphony.org.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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