Oakland East Bay Symphony, "Let Us Break Bread Together"

Michael Morgan, music director and conductor of Oakland East Bay Symphony has announced program details for the upcoming choral extravaganza “Let Us Break Bread Together” on Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m., at Oakland’s historic Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway. Joining Maestro Morgan and the Symphony musicians on stage will be the combined musical forces of Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir of Hayward, Latin roots band Los Cenzontles, and the celebrated Bay Area klezmer band Kugelplex. This year’s musical selections will range from spirituals and sacred music to classical and popular holiday songs. Concert highlights include Ellen Hoffman’s original work “Let Us Break Bread Together” for orchestra and singers, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” and an array of beloved Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and traditional gospel. Audience participation is encouraged with a few opportunities to sing-along.Oakland East Bay Symphony’s highly acclaimed annual tradition of  “Let Us Break Bread Together” is a celebration of American music, choral singing, and specifically the rich tradition of community music-making found in the East Bay. Last year the Oakland Tribune called the experience “a thoroughly ecumenical, multicultural and unabashedly feel-good festival!” Tickets for this non-subscription concert are $15 to $40; $10 for youth ages 18 and under.  To order tickets, call (510) 625-8497 or visit www.oebs.org. The Symphony’s 20th season continues in 2009 with monthly concerts January through May, concluding with a special concert performance May 15 of Jerome Kern’s and Oscar Hammerstein’s groundbreaking musical, “Show Boat”. For additional information, visit www.oebs.org
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