• Oakland Public Library (main branch) (map)
  • 125 14th Street
  • Oakland, CA, 94612
  • United States

Join Awesöme Orchestra as a musician or a listener for our next musical adventure: Open Session 52 with National Night Out at the Oakland Public Library! New to the orchestra? Learn more here.

One of the three pieces we’re playing for Open Session 52 that deserves special attention is Requiem Without Words, written in loving memory of the victims killed in the Ghost Ship fire last year, and in consolation to those of us who lost someone dear. We are honored to premiere this piece, written by Awesöme Ambassador Arturo Rodriguez.

To deepen your music appreciation, we have some bacchanalian musicology on our blog about the first piece we’re playing: “Grand cortège de Bacchus” from Sylvia by Léo Delibes. Thanks to Molly Phelan, author of the musicology blog Canon Fodder, for guest blogging!

Get bacchanalian!

And last but not least, we’re phoning home to the ’80s with E.T.: Adventures on Earth by John Williams. Enough said!

Note: limited street parking available; strongly suggested to walk from 12th St. or Lake Merritt BART stations.

Repertoire, instrumentation, and schedule are as follows, with conductor David Möschler:

6:00–7:00 p.m. - Léo Delibes: “Grand cortège de Bacchus”
(from Act III of Sylvia)

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (in E), 2 trumpets (in E), 2 cornets (in A), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani (3 drums), percussion (bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine), harp, violins, violas, cellos, double basses

7:00–8:00 p.m. - Arturo Rodriguez: Introit from Requiem Without Words
(for orchestra)

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, 1 english horn, 2 clarinets (B-flat), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (C), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, harp, violins, violas, cellos, double basses

8:00–9:00 p.m. John Williams: E.T.: Adventures on Earth (for orchestra) 

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes (2nd doubling english horn), 2 clarinets (B-flat), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (B-flat), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion (bass drum, snare drum, suspended cymbal, piatti, tam-tam, triangle, tubular bells, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel), harp, piano, violins, violas, cellos, double basses


SHEET MUSIC for upcoming open sessions can always be found on Google Drive at:

Please bring a music stand and battery-powered stand light if you have one (it'll get dark!). We'll have chairs, sheet music, and water for the musicians! (We unfortunately can't have beer at this venue either due to permitting, but we'll have an afterparty at Mad Oak Bar around the corner at 125 12th St.

The sign-up deadline for all sections is Sunday, July 23. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments within the week (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven't heard back by July 29. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found at: