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Sundays at Soka: Simone Porter

Sundays at Soka: Simone Porter

April 27, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Final in the series of three afternoons under the direction of conductor, Carl St.Clair, dedicated to the musical mastery of Beethoven and featuring Simone Porter, Violin performing Beethoven's two Romances for violin. Carl will also conduct one of Beethoven's favorite works, his 7th Symphony. Wagner called it the "apotheosis of the dance"

PSSS Season Finale

PSSS Season Finale

April 27, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings delivers a concert that celebrates human imagination and creativity. With a display of community artwork in the lobby and on screen, the program features a string arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Students all over Orange County are being called upon to submit various artworks inspired by this piece for a partnership program between the Symphony and Sage Hill High School called Imagine That! The program also includes Mascagni’s Intermezzo, Charterhouse Suite by Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saens’ Danse Bacchanale.

For more information on Imagine That! please click here.

Admission Free! 

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie

May 1 – 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

A jaw-dropping fusion of two art forms: You'll be delighted as aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen perform their cirque acts to classical masterpieces and memorable contemporary music — all performed live! This amazing troupe will leave you in awe as they share beauty, thrills and majesty!

From Screen to Score

From Screen to Score

May 8 – 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Major film composers present exciting new concert works for Pacific Symphony’s 14th American Composers Festival, spotlighting four of Hollywood’s biggest and best: John Williams (“Star Wars,” “Lincoln”), Howard Shore (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit”), James Horner (“Titanic,” “Star Trek”) and Elliot Goldenthal (“Alien 3,” “Batman Forever”). Without a storyline, plot or sound effects, they have the freedom to explore larger and longer musical forms, which are not bound to the timing or script of a film.

For more details about the festival

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

May 10, 2014, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Without upsetting the maestro, three musicians and a conductor's assistant must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians are the characters of the story as Prokofiev's exhilarating musical tale springs to life.

Pacific Symphony's Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-11. Enjoy family fun time together while enhancing your child’s (or grandchild's) love of music.

PSYWE Season Finale

PSYWE Season Finale

May 11, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble finishes their season with this highly anticipated concert on Mother’s Day! The program includes Bach’s Fugue in G Minor, Whitacre’s “Sleep” and Ticheli’s Symphony No. 2. Bring mom out for a fantastic afternoon of music! 

Brahms, Bartok and Beyond

Brahms, Bartok and Beyond

May 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Eastern European folk music serves as the inspiration for works by Bartok and Ligeti - each one showcasing the dynamic rhythms of the composer's homeland.  Then, one of Brahms' finest chamber works, Piano Quartet No. 1.

Ticket price includes coffee/tea and pastries.

PSYO Season Finale

PSYO Season Finale

May 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

This season finale culminates a fantastic year for Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez. Five students are being showcased as part of this year’s Concerto Competition, performing works by Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Lalo and Borne. Plus, the youth orchestra gives a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

OC Can You Play With Us

OC Can You Play With Us

May 12 – 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Amateur musicians ages 22 and older from across (and even beyond!) Orange County will be performing with Pacific Symphony on the stage of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, under the baton of Music Director Carl St.Clair. This year’s repertoire is the 4th  and 5th movements of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique! This is a unique educational opportunity to see the maestro and a wide variety of musicians at work! 

Friends, fans, and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event for FREE. Seating is general admission.

This event is made possible with the support of the James Irvine Foundation and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

June 5 – 7, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

As one of the most dramatic and powerful pieces of music ever written, it's no wonder that Carmina Burana pops up so often in movie soundtracks, TV commercials and video games.  Orff's massive choral work caps a musical search for life's meanings, including John Williams' celebratory theme from "Empire of the Sun" and Kathy Bowen's emotive echoes of the Holocaust.

Concert Preview at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman.

Music Unwound enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Carmina Burana Discovered

Carmina Burana Discovered

June 8, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

You've heard it in the concert hall and on the big screen, but did you know that Orff's Carmina Burana examines love and sex, gambling and drinking, fate and fortune? Investigate this masterpiece with Music Director Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony and the angelic voices of Pacific Chorale.

America

America

June 12 – 14, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

One of the greatest folk rock-and-roll bands of all time sings some of the most beautifully crafted songs of their era: "A Horse with No Name," "You Can Do Magic," "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair" and more. America had three platinum and three gold albums along with eight Top 40 hits in the early 1970s.

July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

July 4, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

“America’s favorite big band” joins Pacific Symphony to resurrect the high-energy swing rhythms of the 1940s and ’50s. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and screaming for more as they perform songs from their multi-platinum records including “Go Daddy-O” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” Also, Fourth-of-July traditions: patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

Gershwin Greats

Gershwin Greats

July 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

George Gershwin composed it all — taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and defining an era! Relax with this program of classic Americana, featuring some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works ever written: from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the timeless sounds of “An American in Paris” to the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess.”

Disney "Fantasia" Live in Concert

Disney "Fantasia" Live in Concert

August 9, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Bewitched broomsticks, playful pansies and one magical mouse! Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and “Fantasia 2000,” including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” Suite, is performed live while Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library ©Disney

Kenny G

Kenny G

August 23, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
The silky smooth sounds of the saxophone superstar are perfect for a summer evening beneath the night sky!
Over the decades, Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to his smooth jazz foundation — solidifying his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz.
Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

August 30, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
The traditional end to Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival, including the thrilling climax of thundering cannons and spectacular fireworks in Tchaikovsky’s
“1812” Overture! Also: the wit, charm and vigor of Rachmaninoff’s great piano work and Mussorgsky’s
grand memorial to an artist friend, today one of his most popular compositions.
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.

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

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. Winn or the 2012 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang was also the youngest contestant.

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 Rachminanoff’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.”

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.

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.
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 – 21, 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.

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.
"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.

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.”
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.

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.

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.