And the wall came down

The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the images are still thrilling two decades on—will be remembered with an ambitious concert at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The Academy at All Hallows Orchestra, conducted by Pete Nowlen, will be featured, along with an 80-voice chorus. This “neighborhood” orchestra, with a roster of local professionals and rising college and post-college musicians, is based out of the All Hallows Church in Tahoe Park, and aims to present affordable orchestral concerts in Sacramento’s musically underserved central area. The program will feature music by German, Czech, Polish, Russian and American composers. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the acoustics—and beautiful art—in the refurbished downtown cathedral. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 3. Tickets start at $10-$15 (and go as high as $100 for donors), via or, or by calling (916) 486-8538.