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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 first conducted "Arias and Barcarolles" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra when he stepped in for an ailing Bernstein on what turned out to be Bernstein's last concert in 1990.
  
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman. Or listen online now!

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.”

Learn more about Bernstein in Alan Chapman's Concert Preview:

Feast for the Senses

Feast for the Senses

February 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique evening centered around the Bowers special exhibition: "China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui." 

An upscale and one-of-a-kind experience, guests are treated to an amalgam of music and history as Symphony musicians are woven between artifacts, performing music curated by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo and featuring world-renowned pipa player Zhou Yi. 

Reception and authentic Sichuan Province-inspired dinner and dessert presented by Tangata. 

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.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.

Santa Ana Sites: with wild Up

Santa Ana Sites: with wild Up

February 28, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Joined by experimental LA new music ensemble wild Up, Pacific Symphony performs a program of modern music for strings (Pärt, Greenwood, Dessner & Shostakovich) at Logan Creative, a former staircase factory turned arts compound.

This concert is presented by Santa Ana Sites, a contemporary performance series that presents work in public and private spaces in Downtown Santa Ana. www.santaanasites.com

PSYWE Olde School/New School

PSYWE Olde School/New School

March 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

There’s something for everyone in Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble’s "OLDE School/New School," which explores the wide range of compositional styles and genres of wind literature. Reminisce in “OLDE School” with movements from Tielman Susato’s The Dansyere for brass ensemble and Percy Grainger's wind transcription of Cabezón's Prelude in the Dorian Mode. Experience “New School” with Gershwin's Second Prelude and John Mackey's Sheltering Sky, Xerxes and Kingfisher's Catch Fire.

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.
PSYO Spring Concert

PSYO Spring Concert

March 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

The brilliant young talent of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra invites you to experience the magic and power of superheroes through excerpts from your favorite film music coupled with Rimsky-Korsakov’s vigorous Russian Easter Overture and Dvorák’s notorious Symphony No. 8.

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

March 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

The Pacific Coast Wine Festival is a sensational wine auction and dinner, featuring extraordinary wine tastings, imaginative silent auction offerings, a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and a gourmet dinner with exquisite wine pairings. The event will include great wines from:

Aubert Wines, BOND Estates, Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Montrose, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Palmer, Château Pontet-Canet, Château Margaux, Colgin Cellars, Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon, Harlan Estate, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Hundred Acre, Marcassin, Ornellaia, Peter Michael Winery, Pichon-Baron, Pichon-Lalande, Scarecrow, Shafer Vineyards, Vega-Sicilia.

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.
  
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with composer Frank Ticheli.

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, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, followed by the seldom performed Serenade in E-flat Major by Strauss. Then Benjamin Beilman, hailed for his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence" (The New York Times), joins 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

Romeo & Juliet

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.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.

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.

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.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.

PSSS How Suite It Is!

PSSS How Suite It Is!

May 9, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

In its Season Finale, the brilliant Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings invites you to experience just “How Suite It Is!” in a rousing artistic celebration of the orchestral suite and its intriguing adaptations over time.

PSYWE Collaborations

PSYWE Collaborations

May 10, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble’s Season Finale features a colorful, innovative array of “Collaborations," which include Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades, Katoh's Madrid Inspirations for Alto Saxophone & Band with guest soloist Dr. Kenneth Tse (Professor of Saxophone at The University of Iowa) and the world premiere of a commission by Pacific Symphony composer-in-residence Narong Prangcharoen.

 

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!”

PSYO Finale 2014-15

PSYO Finale 2014-15

May 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Season Finale highlights the four winners of this season’s concerto competition. The orchestra concludes the concert with a journey to visit Soviet Russia’s great storytellers through Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

 

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.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.

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.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.

Beethoven's Ninth

Beethoven's Ninth

October 1 – 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

“Ode to Joy” has thrilled listeners around the world for nearly two centuries.  When it premiered in 1824, conducted by Beethoven himself, he heard not a note, so profoundly deaf was he.  Nor did he hear the five standing ovations for the most epic choral work ever composed!  

Beethoven’s Ninth Connections

Beethoven’s Ninth Connections

October 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Rediscover Beethoven’s crowning achievement — a monumental fusion of soloists, chorus and music — all set to the magnificent “Ode to Joy.” Also, Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence debuts his OC-inspired composition.

Fray Plays Schumann

Fray Plays Schumann

October 22 – 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Brahms famously put off writing a symphony for years, so intimidated was he with comparisons to Beethoven.  What he eventually wrote was well worth the wait — infinitely rich, astonishingly simple and exquisitely enchanting.  Bright Sheng’s piece is set to a tender piano melody created by Brahms.  And Schumann’s Piano Concerto never fails to delight.

“New World” Symphony

“New World” Symphony

November 12 – 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Composed during Dvorák’s visit to the United States, the “New World” Symphony was influenced by both Native American music and African-American plantation songs. Surrounding this audience favorite are Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto and Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture.
Conrad Tao & Beethoven's “Eroica”

Conrad Tao & Beethoven's “Eroica”

December 3 – 5, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Hailed by critics as an “exciting prodigy” and “breathtaking,” 20-year-old Conrad Tao has become a Pacific Symphony audience favorite.  His performance of Prokofiev’s masterpiece is sure to elicit the same exuberant reaction!  Then, Beethoven’s popular symphony — filled with drama, death, resistance, strife and ultimate rebirth!

Lin Plays Mozart

Lin Plays Mozart

January 7 – 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Critics say “his technique is magnificent, his intonation immaculate, with a glittering top, breadth and radiance below.” Violinist Cho-Liang Lin serves as conductor and featured soloist for this delightful program, which includes both Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and his grand and festive “Haffner” Symphony.
Magic of Mozart

Magic of Mozart

January 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Guest conductor and violinist Cho-Liang Lin leads this exploration of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and his grand and festive “Haffner” Symphony. Also, a close look a “Siegfried Idyll,” an intimate and beautiful piece unlike Wagner’s other grandiose works.
Organ Splendor

Organ Splendor

February 4 – 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Two of the world’s finest organists deliver music filled with sublime beauty, luminous textures and sacred spirit. From the glory of “Pilgrim’s Hymn” — performed at funerals for Presidents Ford and Reagan — to the poetry of “Lux Aeterna,” enjoy the splendor of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Puccini’s “Turandot”

Puccini’s “Turandot”

February 18 – 23, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece about a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love.  The lyrical and sweeping score is filled with treasures including its signature aria “Nessun Dorma,” which has been used in many Hollywood scores and as the theme for BBC’s World Cup television coverage.

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

March 10 – 12, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Featuring sumptuous tone and melodic mastery, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony culminates in a triumphant final movement. It is led by Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s internationally renowned “El Sistema” music program. Before that, the irresistible rhythms of Spain!
Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

April 7 – 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

The jazz connection: Gershwin married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, while Ives’ Second Symphony alludes to popular American folk tunes including “Camptown Races,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “America the Beautiful.” Between them, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz. 

Rhapsody in Blue Connections

Rhapsody in Blue Connections

April 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Tin Pan Alley meets Carnegie Hall in Gershwin’s groundbreaking composition, now among the most popular in the repertoire. But first, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz.
Midori & The Planets

Midori & The Planets

April 28 – 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

May 19 – 21, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Two all-time favorites provide a feast for the ears! One of the most beloved works of the Baroque repertoire, Vivaldi’s lyrical masterpiece paints tantalizing pictures of the changing seasons. Then, a fullday excursion up and down the Bavarian Alps,  rought to life by Richard Strauss’ lush, splendid musical descriptions.
Andre Watts Plays Beethoven

Andre Watts Plays Beethoven

June 2 – 4, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
More than 50 years after Leonard Bernstein introduced him to the world, André Watts remains one of the most celebrated and beloved piano superstars. In his hands, Beethoven’s revolutionary piano concerto is a fitting farewell to the season. Then,  Berlioz’s musically enchanting work, inspired by his infatuation with a British ingénue.
Symphonie Fantastique

Symphonie Fantastique

June 5, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Uncover the semi-autobiographical story of an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. Berlioz’s symphony describes obsession and dreams, tantrums and tenderness, suicide and murder, ecstasy and despair.