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Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

September 25 – 27, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Like no other violinist of recent times, Joshua Bell has captured the imaginations of both critics and audiences. Interview magazine once said his playing “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.”

Did you know? Renowned film composer John Williams introduced a young assistant conductor at Boston Symphony to an emerging orchestra on the West Coast. Music Director Carl St.Clair says “I never would have known about Pacific Symphony were it not for John Williams.” Fittingly, then, St.Clair’s 25th-anniversary season launches with music by John Williams.

Afternoon with Joshua Bell

Afternoon with Joshua Bell

September 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

A true classical music superstar, Joshua Bell enjoys a successful concert career, famous chamber music collaborations, partnerships with artists outside the classical arena and performances on movie soundtracks — including, famously, “The Red Violin.”  Glazunov’s lyrical Violin Concerto is a colorful, bravura showpiece for our special guest.

Cathedrals of Sound

Cathedrals of Sound

October 23 – 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

An evening of awe and inspiration: Bathe in waves of sound — including the mighty William J. Gillespie Concert Organ — as Respighi’s orchestration of stained-glass windows comes to life! Then, the rich, sonorous voices of the Norbertine Fathers, performing the chants that inspired Duruflé.

Sherlock Holmes Halloween

Sherlock Holmes Halloween

October 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Magical, mysterious music gets you in the Halloween mood as you help Sherlock Holmes solve the Mystery of the Haunted Violin! Includes instantly recognizable selections from Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and more!

Don’t forget to wear your costume.

Cafe Ludwig: Beethoven, Debussy and Mendelssohn

Cafe Ludwig: Beethoven, Debussy and Mendelssohn

November 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Three gems plucked from the early works of each composer: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata, its finale a vehicle for virtuosity that must have tested the limits of even the best players of the time; Debussy’s Piano Trio, sweet and sentimental; and Mendelssohn’s String Octet, lauded by critics who say “its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of 19th-century music.”

Michael Andrew Sings Sinatra

Michael Andrew Sings Sinatra

November 6 – 8, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

The Great American Songbook comes alive!  An award-winning singer in the style and tradition of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Andrew has been a featured guest artist with orchestras across America.  The Wichita Eagle says “Andrew has Sinatra’s style down pat, from his husky, off-hand delivery to heady shout choruses always anchored by tough-but-tender can’t-touch-this cool.”

Mozart & Brahms

Mozart & Brahms

November 13 – 15, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Let Mozart’s piano concerto take you on a journey from turbulent, agitated and ominous, to lyrical, passionate and tender. Then, Brahms steps out of Beethoven’s shadow with his rich, ingenious Symphony No. 2. Winner of the 2012 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang was also the youngest contestant.

Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor

Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor

November 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

The nineteen-year-old American violinist Chad Hoopes joins Pacific Symphony for the ever popular Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. The 2nd half continues with Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, for the inspiration comes from the very colour and atmosphere of Italy, where Mendelssohn made his first sketches.

Beethoven & Rachmaninoff

Beethoven & Rachmaninoff

December 11 – 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Savor two giant works of the repertoire: Beethoven’s masterful rhythmic symphony — the composer himself called it “one of my best works” — and Rachmaninoff’s enduringly popular piano concerto. Before that, Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence offers his celebration of Carl’s commitment to new music.

Did you know? Symphony No. 7 concluded Carl St.Clair’s first appearance as music director. The Los Angeles Times called that concert “a bright beginning,” saying of Beethoven’s work: “They made it a brisk and energetic showpiece…. It was never dutiful, never dull.”

Nutcracker for Kids

Nutcracker for Kids

December 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along!

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

An event of joy, reflection and renewal: Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting “Hallelujah!” chorus.

Holiday Organ Spectacular

Holiday Organ Spectacular

December 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist and a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the $3.1-million organ.

Christmas with Sandi Patty

Christmas with Sandi Patty

December 18 – 20, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

A wholesome, uplifting holiday concert for the entire family.  Sandi Patty’s angelic voice has earned her five Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold.  Known simply as “The Voice,” Patty joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the season with inspirational and joyful songs.  

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

January 8 – 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s sunny violin concerto — always an audience favorite —performed by Augustin Hadelich, hailed as “one of the most distinctive violinists of his generation” by The New York Times, which says he has “dazzling technique, a gorgeous tone and penetrating, spontaneous musicality.”

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

January 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Feel the heartstopping beauty of Beethoven’s only violin concerto in the hands of this beloved and charming talent.

Enjoy our two SPECIAL concerts with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma ONLY available when you purchase The Maestro's Series. Call the box office at (714) 755-5799 for more details.

Bruch Violin Concerto

Bruch Violin Concerto

January 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Violinist Chee-Yun lends here flawless technique and dazzling tone to Bruch's Violin Concerto. Carl St.Clair then leads the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony No. 5. The light instrumentation is reminiscent of Mozart's 40th.

For the Love of Bernstein

For the Love of Bernstein

January 29 – 31, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

The first American-born conductor to become a superstar, Leonard Bernstein changed the face of music. Together with other artists who were privileged to work with the fabled conductor, Music Director Carl St.Clair offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life.

Did you know? Carl St.Clair conducted the world premiere of “Arias and Barcarolles” when he stepped in for an ailing Leonard Bernstein.
Cinderella, Opera for Kids!

Cinderella, Opera for Kids!

January 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Rossini's retelling of the timeless rags-to-riches tale is a delightfully romantic comedy filled with toe-tapping tunes, colorful characters and splendid orchestration. You'll enjoy hearing professional singers and talented students from Chapman University.

The Bernstein Legacy

The Bernstein Legacy

February 1, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Music Director Carl St.Clair offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life — the legendary Leonard Bernstein, who once remarked, “I can’t live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it or thinking about it.”

Valentine's Day with The Tenors

Valentine's Day with The Tenors

February 12 – 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Setting the mood for Valentine’s Day with their marvelous musicianship and magnificent voices, The Tenors perform songs from their 2012 Platinum album “Lead With Your Heart” and other favorites.  Over the past few years, they have shared the stage with legendary artists like Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan, Paul Anka, Natalie Cole, Sting and Paul McCartney.  They were featured performers on the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast.

Bizet’s Carmen

Bizet’s Carmen

February 19 – 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Be seduced by Bizet’s irresistible rhythms as his riveting tale of love and lust comes alive. Carmen’s unforgettable score contains intoxicating melodies and the sultry sounds of Spain — highlighted by some of opera’s finest arias and best-loved moments. Don’t miss Milena Kitić, Orange County’s own diva and one of the leading Carmens internationally.

Cafe Ludwig: Bach, Beethoven and Bartok

Cafe Ludwig: Bach, Beethoven and Bartok

March 1, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
A delightful afternoon featuring sonatas by three of the most popular composers: Bach’s flowing Trio Sonata; Beethoven’s rich melodies, with lyricism balanced against surging energy; and Bartók’s unusual sonata, complete with highly detailed instructions for percussionists written in the score.
Organ Recital: Hector Olivera

Organ Recital: Hector Olivera

March 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

One of today’s most sought-after concert organists, Juilliard-trained Hector Olivera is a passionate musician, whose interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. Critics have called his recitals “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso can unleash in a concert hall.”

Tchaikovsky’s "Pathetique"

Tchaikovsky’s "Pathetique"

March 12 – 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Of his Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky claimed “without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” It is beautiful, deep and moving. Also, be there when “go-to” Hollywood composer James Newton Howard’s (“The Village,” “Defiance,” “The Hunger Games”) Violin Concerto receives its historic world premiere.

Did you know? Frank Ticheli’s “There Will Be Rest” was written in memory of Cole Carsan St.Clair.
Superheroes!

Superheroes!

March 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Join the adventures of Captain Symphony as we explore music that sets the mood for fighting crime and using our super powers. Dress as your favorite superhero to hear music from "Superman"; and "Star Wars"; by John Williams as well as music by Dvorak and Rimsky-Korsakov. Features Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with Pacific Symphony.

"Pathetique"

"Pathetique"

March 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Of his Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky claimed “Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.”  This beautiful, deep and moving work remains firmly entrenched in the repertoire more than 120 years after its premiere.  Find out why.

The Chieftains

The Chieftains

March 19 – 21, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the Chieftains!  Over the course of 53 years and 58 albums, they have popularized their country’s rich musical heritage, bringing attention and affection to traditional Irish music.  Equally at home playing spontaneous sessions as they are headlining at Carnegie Hall, they make the music their own with a style that is exhilarating and exciting.

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

March 29, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy one of the best Baroque orchestral works ever written in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, followed by the seldom performed Serenade in E-flat Major by Strauss. Then Mayuko Kamio, gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, will join Pacific Symphony for the challenging Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Paul Anka

Paul Anka

April 9 – 11, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

A sensation since the age of 16, when he rocketed to stardom with “Diana,” Paul Anka today boasts a catalog of more than 900 songs, including “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Puppy Love,” “Time of Your Life” and “I Love You Baby.”  The legendary singer/songwriter — who has penned songs for Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson and many others — performs his dynamic, high-energy show, backed by Pacific Symphony.

Romeo & Juliet Reimagined

Romeo & Juliet Reimagined

April 16 – 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful music. Here actors and dancers reinstate Prokofiev’s original happy ending which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale. But first, the principal violinists of Pacific Symphony ignite Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer breathes passion into Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

Did you know? Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” suite was performed by Pacific Symphony during its 2006 European tour. German critics praised a “broad string sound that had been polished into brilliance,” saying “It was magnificent, the way the strings were allowed to sob beneath Juliet’s balcony.”
Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

April 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

The award-winning "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"; inspires young audiences with more than 25 musical excerpts — including "Moonlight Sonata,"; "Für Elise"; and the great Fifth and Ninth symphonies. True events from Beethoven's life are woven into the gripping story of a boy who discovers that his strange new neighbor is none other than the legendary composer.

Romeo & Juliet: Happy Endings

Romeo & Juliet: Happy Endings

April 19, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music!  Here, actors and dancers reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.

Chaplin's "The Gold Rush"

Chaplin's "The Gold Rush"

April 26, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Called “the outstanding gem of all Chaplin’s pictures” by The New York Times, 1925’s “The Gold Rush” is the highest-grossing silent comedy of all time. See Chaplin in his iconic role as The Little Tramp while organist Dennis James provides an unforgettable soundtrack.

Vertigo

Vertigo

April 30 – May 2, 2015,  8:00 p.m.

Drenched in Bernard Herrmann’s haunting and hypnotic score, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller is widely recognized as one of the greatest films of all time.  In this symphonic night at the movies, a newly restored print fills the big screen while the musicians of Pacific Symphony recreate the soundtrack — live!

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

May 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

One of the true superstars of classical music, Yo-Yo Ma is a stunning soloist who has garnered broad popular appeal. Whether performing familiar works from the cello repertoire or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western Classical tradition, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Enjoy our two SPECIAL concerts with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma ONLY available when you purchase The Maestro's Series. Call the box office at (714) 755-5799 for more details.

Beethoven’s “Emperor”

Beethoven’s “Emperor”

May 7 – 9, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

An amazing and massive piece written in Beethoven’s unique style, the “Emperor” concerto is music from the age of revolution and romance — the story of a heroic struggle ending in victory. Enjoy the performance by Barry Douglas, who catapulted to stardom with his gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert

Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert

May 10, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

The later works of three great composers are highlighted: Beethoven’s Sonata, the most technically demanding work for cello before the 20th century; Brahms’ piano works, complex, dense and reflective; Schubert’s Nocturne, rhythmic and exuberant; and Brahms’ Trio, praised by a friend of the composer who said “It is as though the instruments were in love with each other!”

André Previn

André Previn

May 28 – 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Discover the talents of one of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century. André Previn enjoys an international career in classical music — and has previously enjoyed success in the movies, musicals, popular music and jazz. No stranger to the Southland, Previn served as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985-89.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

June 4 – 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall infuse an eclectic blend of jazz, world and American pop standards with their unique sound.  Performing together since 2006, each half of this husband-and-wife duo brings an impressive musical background to the table:  Alpert’s accomplishments include five number one hits, 28 albums on the Billboard charts and eight Grammys; while Hall is a Grammy-winning vocalist who was the original lead singer for Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’66.

Fire & Water

Fire & Water

June 11 – 13, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

A multi-faceted, multimedia exploration of the elements. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Gregory MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”) debuts a stunning video to accompany a newly commissioned piece celebrating the oceans. Then, behold the power of Brünnhilde’s immolation scene through the music of Richard Wagner. Metropolitan Opera superstar Deborah Voigt, one of the leading Brünnhildes of our time, returns to Orange County in this definitive role.