CA Festival

RIVERSIDE CA (September 2023) – A two-week, statewide festival of music from around the world will showcase today’s most compelling and forward-looking voices in performances of works written within the past five years. The California Festival was conceived by LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen as a festival that highlights the collaborative and innovative spirit that thrives in California. 

The California Festival will take place November 3–19, 2023, and spotlight works written in the last five years that resonate with the curiosity and joyful  experimentation that permeate the history of music in California. Each participating organization will curate its own program or project under the festival umbrella. The festival invites multiple points of view to emphasize inclusivity and diversity in all its forms and to create a program that is meaningful to the communities that comprise California and the world at large. 

Representing the Inland Empire, the Riverside Philharmonic will participate in the California Festival with a concert on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 4 pm at Riverside City College’s Coil School for the Arts, 3890 University Avenue, Riverside CA 92501. The concert, entitled Music for the People, will feature Anna Clyne’s Stride for string orchestra. Clyne, currently the composer-in-residence for the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, was heralded by the New York Times as “a composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods.” The balance of the program includes Béla Bartók, Rumanian Folk Dances and Franz Joseph Haydn, both his Symphony #44 in E minor and Symphony #39 in G minor.


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