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Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is one of California's most beautiful historic buildings. We are a Crematory, Columbarium, and one of the top cremation service providers in Northern California.

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Memorial Day at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland!

Memorial Day at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland

Thank you to everyone who made our Memorial Day celebration a huge success this year!

Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to celebrating again next year!

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland - Summer Solstice 2012

Memorial Artwork

At this popular solstice concert, the program features simultaneous performances in different parts of the building by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances.

The artists, many of whom are well-known to Bay Area audiences, to be featured at this event include Kitka, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg, Ellen Fullman, the Wild Rumpus New Music Collective, Orchestra Nostalgico, pianists Sarah Cahill and Regina Schaffer, Dan Plonsey's Daniel Popsicle, the Del Sol Quartet, Dylan Mattingly, Beth Custer, Luciano Chessa, and many others.

Guests are invited to walk through the multilevel maze of internal gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. The facility's numerous chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with antiquities that date back to the 16th century. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

Garden of Memory offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multilevel maze of interior gardens, alcoves, pools, and antechambers ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan. Drawing crowds of over a thousand people each year (including a large number of children), Garden of Memory has become a favorite summer solstice celebration for Bay Area audiences. Chapel of the Chimes, the largest above-ground cemetery west of the Mississippi, started out as a street car station and became the California Memorial Crematorium and Columbarium in 1909. The property was expanded and transformed by Julia Morgan and later, Aaron Green a protg of Frank Lloyd Wright. The lobby and hallways feature artwork by Diego Rivera, a marble table top from the Medici family crest and a page from the Gutenberg Bible.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets! The concert will be Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 5-9pm.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland Building

Love Local Artists? Come See Jazz at the Chimes

Jazz at the Chimes 5-20-12

Join others in celebrating jazz music and local artists at Chapel of the Chimes’ Jazz at the Chimes concerts. Our last two concerts sold out, entertaining 400 people with the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area. Now it’s your turn! Read below to learn more about our most recent event with The John Santos Latin Jazz Sextet that took place on May 20, 2012.

  • Great Talent

John Santos is San Francisco native with strong roots in the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and American jazz. John grew up in the fertile musical environment of the Bay Area, where he perfected his craft. Over the past 35 years, his talent as a percussionist and music producer has been recognized in the industry with five Grammy nominations. Santos has worked with some of the best, including Dizzy Gillespie, the late Tito Puente, Max Roach, and Carlos Santana.  

San Francisco jazz quartet Le Jazz Hot performed to a sold-out crowd at the last Jazz at the Chimes concert. Crowds came to see these accomplished and versatile musicians celebrate the music of Djando Reinhardt.

  • Fun for the Family

On Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m., John Santos performed at our third Jazz at the Chimes concert. Jazz at the Chimes is a great opportunity to pull the kids away from the computer and get out for some quality family time. We encourage everyone to bring your whole family to our beautiful grounds to experience some great music, a beautiful atmosphere, and a piece of history at the next Jazz at the Chimes Event.

Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is proud to partner with the community in hosting leadership conferences, musical performances, and end-of-life services. We are a historical site and one of the top cremation service providers in Northern California. Call us at (510) 992-6709 for more information about the next Jazz at the Chimes event happening on July 15, 2012.

Jazz at the Chimes Flyer

Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

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