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Announcing Conductor Donato Cabrera's 2019-2020 Concert Season

Conductor Donato Cabrera announces his 2019-2020 engagements, including his seventh season with the California Symphony and sixth season with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Cabrera also guest conducts the Reno Chamber Orchestra as a Music Director candidate and makes his debut leading Opera San Jose in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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As Music Director of California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic, Cabrera’s programming showcases a personalized and integrated vision for both orchestras. “I’m very excited about the programs that I’ve created for both the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic as they are not only chock full of music about which I’m deeply passionate, but each program represents a carefully crafted and curated concert that is part of a particularly chosen path that I set for both orchestras,” explains Cabrera. “I am consciously choosing repertoire that is more diverse and is a truer reflection of the communities that the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic serves, as well as providing multi-year retrospectives of the composers we all know and love.”

Cabrera returns to guest conduct the Reno Chamber Orchestra on October 19 & 20, 2019, this time as a candidate for the Music Director position. A native of Reno, Cabrera says, “Returning to my home town as a music director candidate for the orchestra with which I made my professional debut is a circle that I never envisioned closing. In this regard, it’s almost better than a dream come true!”

Cabrera’s career has straddled both the operatic and symphonic repertoire, and April 18-May 2, 2020, he makes his debut with Opera San Jose. “I am very happy to be once again delving into the fantastical world of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with such a strong cast, the director Brad Dalton, and the fantastic Opera San Jose Orchestra,” says Cabrera.

Donato Cabrera’s 2019-2020 Appearances with California Symphony

All performances take place at Lesher Center for the Arts | 1601 Civic Dr | Walnut Creek, CA

Tickets are on sale at or through the Lesher Center Box Office by phone (925.943.7469) or in person. Tickets include free, 30-minute pre-concert talk starting one hour before each performance.

Iconic Beethoven

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8pm and Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4pm

BEETHOVEN: The Creatures of Prometheus Overture

FRANK: La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove)

MAHLER: Lieder (Songs)

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

Mozart and his Mentor

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8pm and Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 4pm

MOZART: Symphony No. 1

PUTS: Flute Concerto

Annie Wu, flute

HAYDN: Symphony No. 104

Brahms Fest

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8pm and Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 4pm

BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3

BRAHMS: Concerto for Violin and Cello

Alina Kobialka, violin

Oliver Herbert, cello

Fate and Future

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8pm and Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4pm

BALCH: Illuminations for Three Voices and Orchestra (World Premiere)

Kelly Guerra, mezzo-soprano

Molly Netter, soprano

Alexandra Smither, soprano

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

Four Seasons Finale

Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8pm and Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 4pm

WALKER: Lyric for Strings

PӒRT: Fratres

REICH: Duet for Two Violins and Strings

Alexi Kenney, violin

Jennifer Cho, concertmaster

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

Donato Cabrera’s 2019-2020 Appearances with Las Vegas Philharmonic

All performances take place at The Smith Center | 61 Symphony Park Avenue | Las Vegas, NV

Tickets are on sale at or through the Smith Center Box Office by phone (702.749.2000) or in person.

Donato Cabrera and special guests will continue to host pre-concert conversations one hour prior to each performance in Reynolds Hall to discuss the works to be performed and the history behind the music.

Opening Night - Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 7:30pm

CLYNE: Masquerade

TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Francesca Dego, violin

MUSSORGSKY (arr. RAVEL): Pictures at an Exhibition

Very Vegas Showcase

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:30pm

Arr. CUSTER: A Tribute to Duke

RYAN HELMUTH: Horror Bound

MICHAEL BRENNAN: Cantata in F Minor

FRANK SINATRA: Fly Me to the Moon

Arr. RICKETTS: A Tribute to the King

FITZGERALD: Embraceable You



The Music of Danny Elfman

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30PM

Cabrera conducts music from The Simpsons, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, and more.

A Baroque Holiday – Handelʼs Messiah

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30pm

MANFREDINI: Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 12 “Christmas”

CORELLI: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas”

HANDEL: Messiah (Part I)

Katrina Galka, soprano

Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano

Joshua Dennis, tenor

Luis Orozco, baritone

Las Vegas Master Singers

Dvořák, Brahms and Smetana

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:30pm

SMETANA: Overture to The Bartered Bride

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

Beethoven, Mozart & Britten

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30pm

MOZART: Serenade No. 11, K.375 in E-Flat Major

BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Bill Bernatis, horn

Brian Thorsett, tenor

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4

Vivaldi Four Seasons – March Into The Stradosphere

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8pm

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

Kurt Weill’s America

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

WEILL: Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark

WEILL: Symphony No. 2

WEILL: The Seven Deadly Sins - Text by Bertolt Brecht

WEILL: Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera

Season Finale – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30pm

GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Three Latin American Dances

R. STRAUSS: Four Last Songs

Josefin Feiler, soprano

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

Donato Cabrera’s 2019-2020 Guest Appearances

Reno Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2pm

WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll

SAMUEL ADAMS: Chamber Concerto for Violin

Helen Kim, violin

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Opera San Jose

April 18-May 2, 2020

MOZART: The Magic Flute

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