The UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is embarking on a tour to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Bratislava in the Summer of 2020! We are commissioning four new works by UC Berkeley composers to present in each city. We will not only demonstrate the latest developments in music technology and composition, but also showcase the artistic achievements of UC Berkeley students through our standard repertoire. The orchestra's past tours to Central Europe and Spain were met with enthusiastic audiences and international acclaim. It's sure to be an unforgettable experience.
With its 90-year history, the UCBSO is the longest standing orchestra in the UC system. It is comprised of 120 UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and members of the community. Our purpose is to provide unique and innovative programming to the campus and the Bay Area, performed with astonishing intensity by students in all disciplines, including science, technology, and medicine. Now, the Orchestra will share this purpose with global audiences as well. The work of the UCBSO exemplifies the outstanding depth of musical achievement from the students of an already internationally renowned university.
The diversity of our members is what makes this group a special and vital part of our community. The ensemble provides the community with excellent performances of difficult repertoire despite most of the musicians focusing on academic fields outside of music. The orchestra is full of accomplished undergraduate and graduate students working in all fields. Even so, every member attends bi-weekly rehearsals prepared to work diligently on our repertoire, driven by a shared sense of community and love for music. While our members are improving the world with their personal research, our orchestra is improving our community by making it a more inclusive and united space through music.
Why We're Asking for Your Help:
Many of our students do not have the financial means to cover the cost of this tour. We are fundraising to offset the financial burdens of participation for our student musicians. Donor contributions can ensure that none of our students miss this tour due to a lack of resources, and they will all learn and grow from this unique opportunity.
With your contribution, you are directly supporting a student’s participation in next summer’s tour.