Featured Artists

Benjamin Simon, Conductor

David Latulippe, KALW’s Open Air

Rik Malone, KDFC

P.D.Q. Bach


 Due to the fire that recently occurred at First Congregational Church, our 4/30/17 matinee will take place at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Click HERE to support our friends at First Church by donating to their gofundme campaign.


FRI, APR 28 | 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)


SAT, APR 29 | 7:30pm

First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)


SUN, APR 30 | 3pm

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave [Map]

Doors: 2:15pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

SCHICKELE “Unbegun” Symphony
MOZART A Musical Joke, K. 522 (Ein musikalischer Spaß)
HEIDRICH “Happy Birthday” Variations
HAYDN String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 (“The Joke”)
P.D.Q. BACH New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Sportscast


Your favorite chamber orchestra ends the season on the lighter side, with music designed to tickle your classical funny bone. Peter Schickele and his hilarious alter ego P.D.Q. Bach (the last and oddest of J.S. Bach’s 20-odd children) will be well represented—namely by P.D.Q.’s brilliant reworking of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a sportscast, featuring play-by-play announcers, a whistling referee, and a penalty box for errant horn players. Mozart and Haydn were notorious musical jokesters in their day, and Peter Heidrich’s witty “Happy Birthday” Variations sets a familiar tune in the styles of Bach, Brahms, and beyond.