• Omni Commons (map)
  • 4799 Shattuck Avenue
  • Oakland, CA, 94609
  • United States

We're beyond thrilled to have our first session at the Omni Commons this July 4! Come celebrate with us for our annual mid-year fundraiser with trivia and music from the world of Harry Potter! Costumes encouraged!


WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6:00–9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Omni Commons Ballroom, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA (enter on Shattuck Ave. entrance!)

TRANSPORTATION SUGGESTIONS: It is a ten-minute walk (0.5 mile) from MacArthur BART station, so we strongly recommend using buses or BART, or biking, or carpools. Limited street parking is available, but will be tight since the meters are off on the holiday. It's a safe neighborhood, but the venue strongly recommends parking on Shattuck or Telegraph and avoiding leaving items in vehicles during the event.

Repertoire, instrumentation, and schedule are as follows, with conductor David Möschler and guest conductor Brian Adam McCune:

6:00-6:25pm - John Williams - "Nimbus 2000" from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone Suite (~2')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo/flute, 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 2 clarinets (in B-flat), 1 clarinet / bass clarinet (in B-flat), 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon

6:25–6:50 p.m. - John Williams - "Aunt Marge's Waltz" from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (~2')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo/flute, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets (in B-flat), 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns (in F), 3 trumpets (in B-flat), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 2 percussion (snare drum, bass drum, triangle, crash cymbals, 2 slide whistles), celeste, harp, strings 

7:00–8:00 p.m.  - Brian Adam McCune - The Potions Master for narrators and orchestra (~ 18')

INSTRUMENTATION: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 2 clarinets (in B-flat), 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 1 alto saxophone, 6 horns (in F), 3 trumpets (in C), 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 2 tubas, timpani, 4 percussion (snare drum, suspended cymbal, snare drum, tom-toms (3), bass drum, triangle, tambourine, glockenspiel, vibraphone, harp, narrators, strings 

8:15–9:30 p.m. -Trivia Round - curated by local award-winning team, McGonagall's Army! Multiple prizes!

All players or audience are welcome to pre-register for the trivia at this link:

The trivia will include a special music round at the beginning, playing excerpts from the films with the full orchestra. Players can perform in each piece before and during the trivia round even if they are participating on a trivia team! The titles for the music round excerpts will be kept confidential, even on the parts and pieces, distributed the day of the event! 

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

Please bring a music stand, battery-powered stand light since the lighting can get low by the end of the session! We'll have chairs, sheet music, water, and beer for the musicians! 
The sign-up deadline for all sections is Thursday, June 28. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven't heard back by that weekend. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found at

RSVP to the Facebook event!