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Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

At Session 69 on August 6, we'll be celebrating National Night Out at the Oakland Public Library for the fifth year in a row. Join us in the outdoor courtyard of their central branch while we make some awesöme music for this national community-building event from 6:00-9:00pm. Repertoire includes: a world premiere reading of a new movement of Requiem Sinfónica by local composer Arturo Rodriguez, Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas, and Boléro by Maurice Ravel.

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WHEN: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oakland Public Library (Central Branch) Outdoor Courtyard on Madison Ave. between 13th and 14th St.

TRANSPORTATION SUGGESTIONS: There is limited street parking available, so we strongly suggest walking from 19th St. and Lake Merritt BART stations.

Repertoire, instrumentation, and schedule are as follows, with Conductor Dave Möschler and Resident Guest Conductor Brian Adam McCune:

6:00-7:00pm - Arturo Rodriguez - "Agnus Dei" from Requiem Sinfónica(2019) (~11) World Premiere Reading

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 2 clarinets (A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, 2 percussion (glockenspiel, bass drum, cymbals, snare drum), strings

7:10-8:00pm - Silvestre Revueltas - Sensemayá (1938) (~7')

INSTRUMENTATION: 4 flutes (2 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 1 clarinet (E-flat), 2 clarinets (B-flat), 1 bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns (F), 4 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, 3 percussion (xylophone, claves, maracas, raspador, gourd, small Indian drum, bass drum, 2 tom-toms [high and low], cymbals, 2 gongs [large and small], glockenspiel) piano, celesta, strings

8:15-9:00pm - Maurice Ravel - Boléro (1928) (~14')

2 flutes (1 doubles piccolo), 1 piccolo, 2 oboes (1 doubles English horn), 1 English horn, 2 clarinets (B-flat) (1 doubles E-flat), 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 3 saxophones (1 soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor), 4 horns (F), 4 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, 4 percussion (2 snare drums, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam), 1 harp, celesta, strings

SHEET MUSIC for upcoming open sessions can always be found on Google Drive at:
Parts for the "Agnus Dei" will be available on August 1, all other parts are available now. To maximize the fun, please commit to practicing your parts ahead of time!

Reference recordings for all pieces can be found linked above.

Please bring music stands, stand lights (if you've got 'em), layers for warmth in case it gets chilly, and personal water bottles. We'll provide chairs, stand clips, and sheet music. Sadly, due to permitting at OPL, this will be a dry event so we won't have beer for musicians. Make sure to join us for a pint afterward at Mad Oak (135 12th st.).

The sign-up deadline for all sections is Thursday, August 1. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments later that week (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven't heard back by Sunday, August 4. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found at