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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.

Bruch Violin Concerto

Bruch Violin Concerto

January 18, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Violinist Chee-Yun lends her 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.

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 Scenes from the Dansyere for brass ensemble and Percy Grainger's wind transcription of Cabazon's Prelude in a Dorian Mode. Experience “New School” with Gershwin's Second Prelude and John Mackey's 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.
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.

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!

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.

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 takes you on a journey to visit Soviet Russia’s great storytellers through Khachaturian’s Gayane Suite No. 3 and Shostakovich’s majestic Fifth Symphony. The winner of this season’s concerto competition will be featured on this program.

 

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.