Michael Morgan memorial set for Oct. 19, with multiple performers

Posted on: October 15, 2021

“On August 20, the Bay Area and the world learned of the death, at age 61, of Michael Morgan, one of the most visionary conductors of our time and a potent advocate for orchestral music,” writes Michael Zwiebach in Thursday’s (10/14) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Though most associated with the Oakland Symphony, which he led for 30 years, his influence was felt throughout the Bay Area, as music director of Festival Opera during its glory years in the aughts, as music director of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and as the teacher of the SF Conservatory’s graduate conducting class. He was also connected to a variety of youth service and local community organizations. Yesterday, details of his upcoming memorial concert were released…. The concert, on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., will include musicians and community members from all over the Bay Area…. The Oakland Symphony and KDFC 90.3FM in San Francisco will broadcast the Memorial on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST direct from KDFC.com and OaklandSymphony.org.” Among the scheduled performers are mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, the Oakland Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Youth Orchestra, and Gateways Brass Collective.