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The Orchestral Jam Sessions - East Bay Express

- Sam Levin

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a group of about 65 musicians had just finished playing an original orchestral arrangement of Björk's "New World." After the final chord reverberated throughout the rehearsal space, a hush fell over the musicians and the several dozen audience members in attendance.

Finally, conductor David Möschler broke the silence. "All music has only one test," he said softly. "Do you want to hear it again? That's the only test...Do you just want to listen to that again? And I hope you agree with me—I want to hear that again."
 

Not Your Grandma's Orchestra - KALW

- Mary Rees

Once or twice a month in the East Bay, violinists and bass-players, flautists and trumpeters – gather to play orchestra music. But instead of a concert hall, they meet in warehouses or museums. No one’s wearing a tie or gown, and the group hasn’t rehearsed. They play a few pieces together and swill free beer between sets.

It all started about two years ago, when founder David Möschler learned that a friend’s very ill father had the dream of conducting Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture” with an orchestra.
 

From ‘The Simpsons’ to Stravinsky: Creating Community With Oakland’s Awesome Orchestra - The California Report

- Suzie Racho

Awesöme Orchestra Collective to perform ‘Carmina Burana - SF Chronicle

- Jesse Hamlin

An Open, Free, Reading Orchestra? That’s Awesöme! - SF Classical voice 

- Jeff Kaliss

Awesome 50th birthday celebration for Intersection for the Arts - SF Chronicle

- Jesse Hamlin

 

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