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Michael Morgan celebrates his 28th season at the Oakland Symphony

Anthony Mogli Maureal


Maestro Michael Morgan has been leading the Oakland Symphony since 1990.

He’s known for being a little bit unorthodox, putting together programs that go beyond standard concert fare, and commissioning new work from living composers like Victor Noriega and Oakland-local Kev Choice. This year Morgan is celebrating not only his 28th season leading the symphony, but also his 60th birthday. He spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien to share some reflections on his tenure as conductor and music director.



"An orchestra really has to reflect its community frankly or what good is it? It's really about bringing people together across artificial lines."

The symphony's 28th season opens Friday, October 20, with a performance of Beethoven and Shostakovich. That's also a celebration of Michael Morgan's 60th birthday.