Artistic Excellence

DRAA is committed to supporting our Cornerstone Producers who bring magic to the LCA year after year.

We are also proud to present new and cutting-edge programming including Jazz at the Lesher, College A Cappella, Summer Sounds and more.



Center REPertory Company
This is the award-winning resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center. For 50 years, Center REP has produced emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theater. The company presents six shows a year, including the beloved classic A Christmas Carol, as well as lively musicals, cutting-edge contemporary dramas and side-splitting comedies.




The Bedford Gallery
DRAA funds free school tours to all students in Contra Costa County. In 2015-16, more than 6,000 students experienced the award-winning exhibits of the celebrated Bedford Gallery-they created, tinkered and built. The Bedford Gallery is a program of the City or Walnut Creek and exhibits the work of historic, modern and contemporary artists, and provides the public with opportunities to learn about the visual arts through public programs that are varied, accessible, challenging and educational.




California Symphony
The California Symphony has grown into one of the West Coast’s most exciting and distinctive professional orchestras. With its home at the Lesher Center, the California Symphony performs a full range of classical music, with a particular emphasis on works by American composers. The symphony, with funding from DRAA, also showcases world-famous soloists, rising young stars, and innovative, multi-dimensional ways of presenting music.





Chamber Music San Francisco
This concert series brings some of the most outstanding artists in the Bay Area and beyond to Walnut Creek to perform great works of classical and contemporary chamber music.





Smuin Ballet
Founded in 1994 by the late choreographer Michael Smuin, Smuin Ballet quickly established itself as one of the country’s most entertaining, original dance troupes. The company continues Smuin’s vision of creating dance works that gracefully merge the vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance.