Marin Symphony Announces Its 64th Season & Midori Residency Program

Midori_16-17 Season picSAN RAFAEL, CA — The Marin Symphony is excited to announce its 64th season at Marin Center with conductor Alasdair Neale celebrating his 16th season as Music Director. The 2016-17 Season will be a memorable one as the orchestra welcomes internationally acclaimed violinist, Midori to Marin. The Marin Symphony and its Youth Orchestra have been selected as this season’s sole recipient of her Prestigious Orchestra Residency Program Award. In addition to working with the youth programs and providing outreach to Marin schools, Midori will be the featured guest artist for the Orchestra’s Masterworks 2 program. Overall, the season offers four Masterworks concerts and one holiday pops concert, each putting orchestral power on full display.

The season kicks off October 30th with “Masterworks 1: Bold Beginnings” featuring works by Adams, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.  The program leads with John Adams’ joyful exuberant piece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, brilliantly scored for a large orchestra.  This kinetic gem evokes the excitement-cum-terror of a late-night thrill ride in a sports car. Guest artist Jon Nakamatsu, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” on piano. The evening concludes with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Today many regard it as his finest music, perhaps even comprehensive enough to be his Fourth Symphony.

Next up is the ever-popular “Holiday Pops Concert” on December 13th. In its 4th year, this concert is quickly becoming a holiday tradition in Marin. With beloved holiday pop classics, traditional carols and holiday film themes, the concert usually sells out. Performances by the Marin Symphony Chorus and Children’s Chorus are included and always make for a special evening.

“Masterworks 2: Midori Comes to Marin!will take place on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28, 2017. The program features Mason Bates’ Devils Radio with equal parts darkness and groove. Midori will then perform Britton’s Violin Concerto, a demanding work which features both technically brilliant and elegantly lyrical elements. Finally, Bela Bartók’sConcerto for Orchestra, one of his most popular works, will delve into the rich tradition of Eastern European folk music.

The Marin Symphony Chorus is featured in the first half of the program for “Masterworks 3: Songs of Destiny” on Sunday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 7, 2017. They will perform two gems of choral writing by Brahms:  Nänie and Schicksalslied. Best known for his “Pomp and Circumstance” March, Edward Elgar was a composer of enormous passion and imagination. His Symphony No. 1, a generous and noble work, with a breathtakingly beautiful slow movement, closes out the program.

The 4th Masterworks series concludes the season on April 9 & 11, 2017 with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5– a heroic journey from tragedy to triumph that invariably brings audiences to their feet.

New subscription sales begin July 1, 2016 and can be ordered online or by calling the Marin Symphony office at 415-479-8100. Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2016 and can be purchased at the Marin Center Box Office in person, online or by calling 415-473-6800.

Midori Orchestra Residencies Program

Designed by Midori as a means of supporting the American youth orchestra, the Orchestra Residencies Program is a collaborative project which provides meaningful musical experiences now for the next generation of classical musicians. The program aspires to help establish the youth orchestra as a presence in the community, as well as to build upon relationships with the local professional symphony, visiting artists and administrative staff.

Over a period of five to seven days, Midori will participate in a wide range of activities tailored to optimize the involvement of the youth orchestra. Through masterclasses, performance workshops, and meals with Q&A sessions, a substantial portion of the residency is devoted to the youth orchestra and its members. During her tenure in Marin, Midori will be participating in the following activities:

Symphony Day – Friday, January 27, 2017: 4th grade classes are invited to our concert hall at the Civic Center to hear Midori perform with the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. Concert will be 45 minutes and tickets are free to Marin County Schools!

Midori School Visits:  Midori will be available for 30 minute visits to Marin County schools Wed-Fri, January 25-27, 2017.

Concert with Marin Symphony Youth Ensembles:  In the grand finale of her residency, Midori will perform with all three of our youth orchestras on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm.


For inquiries about school visits or to reserve tickets for Symphony Day, please contact Jenny Douglass at