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Join Pacific Symphony as you savor 12 magical evenings of classical masterworks, the world’s most sought-after guest artists and exciting new music in celebration of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 35th Anniversary Season. Guarantee the best music at the best price with season tickets starting at just $27 per concert.These magnificent evenings of music will free your soul and let your spirit soar!

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This series consists of 12 performances.

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Pacific symphony Rachmaninoff & Beethoven

Rachmaninoff & Beethoven

September 26 - 28, 2024

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Claire Huangci, piano

TICHELI: Shooting Stars
RAVEL: Alborada del gracioso
RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Opening Night! Ticheli’s musical fireworks give way to Ravel’s musical portrait of Spain’s sunny spirit in Alborado del gracioso. The work dances with vivacious high spirits from beginning to end. Rachmaninoff’s 24 spectacular variations on a violin caprice by Paganini provide the perfect showcase for the dazzling technique of Claire Huangci, winner of the 2018 Geza Anda Competition. Best known is the lushly romantic 18th variation that was featured in the movie Somewhere in Time. Beethoven spoke of his Seventh Symphony fondly as “one of my best works.”
 

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Pacific symphony Classical Spooktacular

Classical Spooktacular

October 17 - 19, 2024

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Meredith Crawford, viola

WILLIAMS: “Devil’s Dance” from Witches of Eastwick
BUNCH: The Devil’s Box
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

Experience the shadowy allure of Halloween and surrender to the cinematic frights and delights of “Devil’s Dance,” written by the greatest film composer of our lifetimes. Revel in the mystical thrills of Bunch’s The Devil’s Box with virtuoso Meredith Crawford on amplified viola, and let Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique cast a spell over you with its haunting narrative and chilling melodies. A concert that promises a spine-tingling blend of musical sorcery and symphonic spectacle—it’s a bewitching evening.
 

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Pacific symphony Gluzman Plays Brahms

Gluzman Plays Brahms

November 14 - 16, 2024

Valentina Peleggi, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

BARBER: Symphony No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto

Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman breathes new life and passion into the Romantic era of the 19th century violin repertoire. Musical America raved: “He demonstrated his mastery from the start, dominating the platform with his golden tone and command of the long lyrical line. His rich, warm, and generous sound soared above the orchestra.”

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Pacific symphony Art of the Spanish Guitar

Art of the Spanish Guitar

December 05 - 07, 2024

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Mak Grgić, guitar

FUNG: Prayer
RODRIGO: Fantasy for a Gentleman
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

Described by The New York Times as “a gifted guitarist,” two-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist Mak Grgić [GER-gich] is a star on the worldwide stage. For his Pacific Symphony debut, he performs Rodrigo’s masterful Fantasy for a Gentleman, filled with lively, dancing melodies, and musical sunshine.

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Pacific symphony Four Seasons & Strauss

Four Seasons & Strauss

January 09 - 11, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dennis Kim, violin and leader
Tobias Melle, visuals

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony (with jaw-dropping visuals!)

Vivaldi transports you to Italy for spring’s fragrant blossoming, the tourist-roasting heat of summer, autumn’s abundant harvest, and the teeth-chattering chill of winter, all with virtuosic flair. Strauss’s final tone poem unfolds as a masterpiece that takes you on an auditory hike through high Alpine peaks, from sunrise to mountain-rattling thunderstorm, and finally nightfall’s calm. Visuals projected on a large screen above the orchestra transform the concert into an immersive cinematic event, offering an enveloping narrative that will captivate both eyes and ears.

 

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Pacific symphony Pines of Rome

Pines of Rome

February 06 - 08, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Jeffery Biegel, piano

BERNSTEIN: Slava!
HAILSTORK: Piano Concerto (world premiere)
CUONG: World Premiere
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

Celebrate the power of nature and new horizons in music: The dazzling razzmatazz of Bernstein’s high-spirited musical prelude sets the stage for two contemporary works that follow: a new piano concerto by esteemed African American composer Adolphus Hailstork and a new and colorful orchestral work by Pacific Symphony’s Vietnamese American Composer-in-Residence, Viet Cuong. Respighi’s tone poem paints in music the grandeur and history of the Eternal City, including a recording of an actual Italian nightingale singing a serene nocturne!

 

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Pacific symphony Carmina Burana & Bach

Carmina Burana & Bach

February 27 - 01, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific ChoraleRobert Istad, artistic director
Southern California Children’s ChoirLori Loftus, founding director
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Alisa Jordheim, soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Hugh Russell, baritone

MORTEN LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
ORFF: Carmina Burana

Immerse yourself in the raw visceral power of the human voice. The opening evocative work for solo voices contrasts the intricate weavings of Bach’s masterful blending of complexity and beauty. The GRAMMY® Award-winning Pacific Chorale takes centerstage for Carmina Burana, the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century. This popular work (celebrating “Springtime,” “In the Tavern,” and “The Court of Love”) has been featured regularly in pop culture: from video games and reality television to flash mobs and Disney!
 

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Pacific symphony Koh Plays Mendelssohn

Koh Plays Mendelssohn

March 20 - 22, 2025

Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

MENDELSSOHN: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10

Do not miss this opportunity to witness the synergy of GRAMMY® Award-winning Jennifer Koh’s artistry paired with the young Chilean-Italian conductor Paolo Bortolameolli’s animated direction, a combination that promises to bring a fresh and vibrant spirit to the concert hall. Prepare for a night where classical music not only entertains but also inspires and challenges the status quo.

 

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Pacific symphony Curse of the Ring

Curse of the Ring

April 10 - 15, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Brian Staufenbiel, stage director
Cast to be announced

WAGNER: Das Rheingold

Gods, Rhine mermaids, and dwarves…oh my! Step into the mythical work of Wagner’s first opera in the iconic Ring Cycle whose story influenced Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and whose music inspired John Williams’ iconic soundtrack to Star Wars. Under the masterful baton of Carl St.Clair—a tried-and-true Wagnerian who conducted the entire 15-hour Ring Cycle from memory in Weimar!—Pacific Symphony invites you to experience the raw power and gripping narrative of this mythic prologue, where the stakes are as high as the heavens and as deep as the Rhine itself.

 

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Pacific symphony Beethoven's Emperor

Beethoven's Emperor

May 01 - 03, 2025

Eduardo Strausser, conductor
George Li, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1

Brazilian conductor Eduardo Strausser has gained a reputation for his intelligent programming and powerful style on the podium. Daily Revolution described him as, “a real force of nature. His conducting is imbued with charisma, stage presence, and good chemistry with the orchestra.” He conducts with, “smooth sovereignty…with brilliant accuracy” (Neue Musikzeitung), which will illuminate the brilliant Romantic concerto of Beethoven performed by Li.

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Pacific symphony Cathedrals of Sound

Cathedrals of Sound

May 15 - 17, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey

TRADITIONAL: Gregorian Chant
BACH: Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045
GUILMONT: Symphony No. 1
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7

Experience a spiritual odyssey beginning with the timeless serenity of Gregorian chant, transporting you to the vaulted arches of ancient abbeys. The journey continues with Bach’s Sinfonia, where melodic lines weave a complex yet harmonious tapestry, reminiscent of stained-glass patterns cast in sunlight. The sonic architecture ascends with Paul Jacobs on the organ, presenting a piece that showcases the grandeur and dynamic capabilities of the king of instruments. The evening culminates with a work that combines Bruckner’s devout faith with his rich symphonic voice, creating towering soundscapes that promise to resonate within the soul.

 

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Pacific symphony Verdi's Requiem

Verdi's Requiem

June 05 - 07, 2025

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale Robert Istad, artistic director
Vocal soloists to be announced

VERDI: Messa da Requiem

Verdi’s monumental work has been described as an “opera in ecclesiastical dress” due to its theatrical power and dramatic force that is as compelling and intense as any of his operas. The Requiem is rich with emotional contrasts and unforgettable arias, like the “Libera me” for soprano, that showcases Verdi’s lyrical genius. With its soaring choral lines, striking orchestral forces, and the visceral impact of the “Dies irae” and the ethereal beauty of the “Sanctus,” this Verdi masterpiece transcends the traditional liturgical settings. It is a celebration of human emotions in the face of mortality.
 

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