Diablo Symphony October Concert: Mahler Symphony No. 1 and Copland’s Canticle of Freedom with San Ramon Valley Chorale

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra opens its Diamond (60th) Jubilee Season on Sunday, October 23, 2022, with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”) and Aaron Copland’s “Canticle of Freedom,” featuring the San Ramon Valley Chorale, Bruce Koliha, Director. Titled “Celebration,” the concert begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Themes of struggle, freedom, and triumph permeate the program, which also features pianist Randall Benway as a special guest in a surprise piece and Nicholas Weathers, winner of the DSO’s 2021–2022 Yen Liang Young Artist Competition, in the adagio movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Copland’s 1955 work powerfully proclaims the concept of freedom, encapsulated throughout by a pervasive rhythmic pattern rooted in the word freedom itself, with the words “Freedom is a noble thing!” declared in the finale. And Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, although it begins mysteriously, ends in celebration. Along the way, listeners experience a spirited “Ländler” dance movement that reflects the composer’s love of traditional folk music, a funeral procession that quotes the song “Frère Jacques,” and a finale whose storm dissolves in light as the horns stand in unity for a jubilant conclusion.
The San Ramon Valley Chorale was founded in 2016 by Director Bruce Koliha and his former student Hayden Padgett, who together gathered alumni from Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley High Schools as well as singers from area religious and community organizations. Koliha was director of the award-winning choral program at Monte Vista for 32 years and is Music Director at the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church in Alamo in addition to the San Ramon Valley Chorale.  
Season and individual concert tickets are available through the DSO’s website at www.diablosymphony.org. You can also purchase tickets at the Lesher Center for the Arts box office (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek) or by calling 925-943-SHOW (7469). Tickets will also be available at the door. The DSO looks forward to seeing you at any one or all of its Jubilation Season concerts and events.
Season Sponsors: Patrick and Shirley Campbell Foundation
Date and Time

Sunday Oct 23, 202202:00 PM – 04:30 PM


Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek


Adults, $40; Youth 13-17, $10; Children 12 and under Free; Senior Group Discount for groups of 10 or more, $30 per person

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1


Oct 23 2022


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm