PRESS RELEASE: Marin Symphony Announces Its 70th Season

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SAN RAFAEL, CAThe Marin Symphony is excited to announce its 70th season at the Marin Center, with conductor Alasdair Neale celebrating his 21st season as Music Director. From Marin Symphony Association Executive Director Tod Brody: “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. With a full array of Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, and Family programming, the Marin Symphony is back!”

Music Director Alasdair Neale shared: “The programs we had to cancel 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. 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 new 2021-22 season brims with musical riches, offering four Masterworks programs, scheduled for Saturday evenings (ever-growing in popularity) and Sunday afternoon matinees, along with a Spring Family Concert, under the direction of Maestro Neale. Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz presents three Pops Concerts (Holiday, Valentine’s and Spring).

The season kicks off on November 6 and 7, 2021, with the season’s first masterworks program, Schumann & Brahms. The stellar pianist Orli Shahman is featured in Schumann’s glorious concerto, bookended by rising star Jessie Montgomery’s illuminating take on the American national anthem and Brahms’s masterful First.

Our Holiday Concerts by Candlelight usher in the holiday season with two performances, December 4 and 5, 2021, featuring our Marin Symphony Chorus, conducted by Kevin Fox, and an instrumental ensemble in the beautiful Church of Saint Raphael in downtown San Rafael.

Next up is the ever-popular Holiday Pops Concert on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Now in its 9th year, this concert has become a holiday tradition in Marin. The Marin Symphony Orchestra presents a program of holiday-inspired music, with Principal Pops Conductor Start Chafetz, and the lovely soprano voice of Dee Donasco.

Masterworks 2 will take place on January 29 and 30, 2022, with Marin favorite Joyce Yang returning for Tchaikovosky’s 1st Piano Concerto, along with colorful masterpieces by Jennifer Higdon and Igor Stravinsky.

Get ready for a “Date Night” on Saturday, February 12, 2022, when Principal Pops conductor Stuart Chafetz, the Symphony, and a trio of super-powerful pop vocalists present some of the greatest love songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Just in time for Valentine’s Day this Pops Concert is aptly title “The Power of Love: Music’s Greatest Love Songs”.

Gluzman Plays Beethoven is the title of our third Masterworks concert on March 5 and 6, 2022. The program leads off with Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, followed by Beethoven’s immortal Violin Concerto with the great Vadim Gluzman and closes with Saint-Saëns’s mighty Organ Symphony.

Our crowd-pleasing Family Concert returns on Sunday, March 20, 2022, with great music for young and old. Prokofiev’s immortal favorite, Peter and the Wolf, features the Marin Symphony’s star instrumentalists. And, the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra enriches this family-friendly program, sitting side-by-side with their professional counterparts.

The 4th Masterworks series, Carmina Burana is slated for April 23 and 24, 2022. The program begins with that maestro of orchestra/electronic collaboration, Mason Bates’s Liquid Interface. That sets the stage for the Marin Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists, as they close our Masterworks season in the grandest style with Orff’s magnum opus: Carmina Burana.

The season concludes on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with our 3rd Pops Concert – Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin. The greatest hits of the greatest soul maestro ever – three vocal soloists and your Marin Symphony celebrate Aretha’s legacy in a program that will have you singing and dancing along.

Subscription sales begin June 10, 2021, and can be ordered online or by calling the Marin Symphony office at 415-479-8100. Single tickets go on sale September 1, 2021, and can be purchased at the Marin Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 415-473-6800.

About Marin Symphony:
The acclaimed Marin Symphony Orchestra, established in 1951, presents classical Masterworks and Pops concerts in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and other venues in Marin. Under the music direction of Alasdair Neale, more than 80 professional symphony musicians, 110 chorus members and world-class guest artists come together to bring live classical music performances to the community. Over 3,000 students are touched by our youth programs, including our three-tiered Youth Orchestra program, Symphony Day (in which all 4th-graders in the county are invited, free of charge, to a special full orchestra performance), and in-school programs. Discover more at or call 415-479-8100.