Formed in the late 1970s, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra has established a presence throughout the county. The orchestra is comprised of forty-five musicians ranging in age from 15 to 94 who are music teachers, accountants, students, electricians, mechanics, homemakers, lawyers, retirees, dentists, engineers and computer specialists. Primarily Contra Costa residents, their only remuneration is the stimulation and satisfaction of rehearsing and performing together. In addition to the five-concert season at the Lesher Center, the orchestra also nurtures its dedication to the community by providing affordable performances to the residents of East Contra Costa County at El Campanil Theatre.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Adults: $15 Seniors (62 & Over): $12 Students: $7
with soloist Martin Morley, piano
joyRIDE – Michael Markowski
Based on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Variations on “America”- Charles Ives/orchestrated by William Schuman
America the Beautiful – Samuel Ward/arr. Alfred Reed
Selections from Porgy and Bess– George Gershwin/arr. John Whitney
It Ain’t Necessarily So
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin
Bess You Is My Woman Now
There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’
American Salute – Morton Gould
Based on When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Folk Tune and Fiddler’s Fury – Alexander Safford
Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin/orch. Ferde Grofe
With Martin Morley, piano
Fascinating Rhythm – George Gershwin/arr. John Whitney
Early Light – Carolyn Bremer
Based on melodic ideas from The Star Spangled Banner
George M. Cohan Salute – George M. Cohan/arr. Hermann
Yankee Doodle Boy
Mary’s A Grand Old Name
You’re a Grand Old Flag
If a show is General Seating - that means first come first served. You cannot pre-select your seats.
About Our Seating
Orchestra – Rows A through H
All Seats are on the ground level and are accessible entirely without stairs. Seats are comfortable, ample legroom and no obstructions Wheelchair patrons (and companions) are asked to call the ticket office to order tickets.
Loge – Rows J through Q
These seats are in the first 8 rows upstairs. While considered very desirable, each seat has a divider in front that can be considered an obstruction for people who are less than 5’tall. We do offer booster seats, so please let us know if this is a requirement.Seats are comfortable, ample legroom and no other obstructions.Access to the Loge Level requires patrons to walk up as much as one flight of stairs depending on the row selected.
Opera – Rows R through Y
Like many seats in some of the great theatres in San Francisco, our Opera Level seats are challenging for people who are 6’ tall or more. Leg room is tight. If this presents a problem, call us to see if we have any seating that may be more accommodating. Access to the Opera Level requires patrons to walk up two flights of stairs.
All seats in rows J - Y are accessible only by using the stairs. The higher the rows alphabetic designation, the more stairs are required to reach it. We do not have an elevator.
Row H in the orchestra has 8 wheel chair spaces as well as companion seating. Please do not request seats that are designated as Wheelchair or companion seats unless you or members of your party require that type of seating. Call to order wheelchair seating.
Wireless listening assistance devices are available. Please ask for a device at the box office.