Founded in 1988 and led by music conductor Michael Morgan since 1990, the Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) performs an eight concerts season as the 3,000-seat Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland. The orchestra performs for 18,000 paying patrons each year, 35,000 attendees of free concerts, and 23,000 students. OEBS performs a mix of contemporary American music, premieres and traditional orchestra works and distinguishes itself among its regional symphony peers by cultivating a strikingly diverse audience, 35% of whom are people of color. For his commitment to making the orchestra’s work accessible and engaging for East Bay communities, and for his development of the OEBS education program, Maestro Morgan was awarded the 2006 Community Leadership Award by the San Francisco Foundation. Renewed, and increased support for OEBS will enable this financially sound organization to further diversify its funding base, and deepen its music education programs in Oakland Unified and Livermore Valley Unified school districts.
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