"Rise, a collaboration with the poet Tameka Cage Conley, bears witness to civil rights in America at a fraught moment in our history. A 40-minute reflection on the journey from Selma to Ferguson and beyond, the work is at once a celebration and a reckoning, the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century refracted through the unimaginable triumphs and horrors – the election of the first African-American president, juxtaposed with the deaths of young black men at the hands of law enforcement officers – of the 21st."
- Judah Adashi, composer
Chamber Music Concert Series (2016)
After a standing-room-only Halloween concert, the Occasional Symphony combined the arts of music and dance at a Masquerade. Inside Hampden's historically hip Church and Company, conductors Joshua Hong and Joon Choi invited the audience to dance to masterful waltzes composed by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Berg, Webern, and more - our performance included a premiere written by OS alumnus Scott Lee.
Nosferatu: A symphony of Horror (2015)
Occasional Symphony performed a live film score to the silent German Expressionist vampire film, Nosferatu. The live score included music by Mahler, Bartók, Sibelius, Wagner, and two world premieres by James Young and Richard Einhorn. The audience and musicians were invited to come in costume.
Occasional Symphony Celebrates Spring (2014)
The Occasional Symphony concluded its festive 2013-2014 season with a rousing celebration of spring. The free one-hour program featured The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the world premiere of Nocturnal by Peabody Conservatory alumnus Scott Lee.