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Jean Oelrich
Director of Marketing & Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony's Class Act program wraps up season of "Endless Imagination" with six youth concerts June 5-7

June 04, 2013

After a year inspiring “Endless Imagination” through music, Pacific Symphony’s Class Act program concludes its 19th season with six 45-minute Youth Concerts on June 5-7. Performing for the schools of the Frieda Belinfante Class Act program, which serves more than 16,000 elementary students in 2012-13, the Symphony welcomes thousands of children from across Orange County, who are bused to the concert hall to hear music by their composer of the year, Camille Saint-Saëns, and his contemporaries, as well as to see their Class Act musician perform professionally with the full orchestra. The Symphony hosts 3,000 students and teachers in the concert hall each performance day. For many students, this is the first time they have been in a concert hall or heard a full orchestra perform live. The students’ experience is facilitated each day by a team of 80 volunteers.

The musical pieces on the program are tied together by the story of LillieAnna, a young sorcerer’s apprentice, who appears unable to use her imagination. Through a magical meeting with composer Saint-Saëns, LillieAnna’s imagination begins to grow, inspired by the power of music. Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the concerts feature pianists Megan Chang (age 12) and Valerie Narumi (age 14) from Yamaha studios; organist Kristen Lawrence; a community women’s chorus; and actors David Stoneman, Charlotte Rubino (age 10), Maria Simeone and Eillen Cordrero (wife of Gutiérrez). For more information, contact Carrie Villanueva, manager of education, at (714) 876-2347 or

“We have a spectacular Youth Concert planned for our students, with gorgeous and evocative musical selections that tie in beautifully with our theme of ‘Endless Imagination,’” says Susan Kotses, director of education and community engagement, who oversees the Class Act program. “Students will have the opportunity to hear the pieces that they have been studying all year played by a full orchestra and featuring a chamber choir, an organ soloist and two young pianists.

“Even the bus trip to the hall is an exciting adventure for the younger students,” says Kotses, “and it is a joy for volunteers and staff alike to witness the expression on our students’ faces as they experience the magic of Pacific Symphony and orchestral music for themselves. We are also delighted to introduce Maestro Alejandro to our Class Act students for his first Youth Concerts. He has been an inspirational leader throughout the creation of these concerts.”

Class Act is a year-long elementary school partnership program where the Symphony, schools and parents work together to bring quality music education experiences to Orange County’s elementary students. Class Act strives to enhance existing school music programs through multiple interactions with Pacific Symphony and select Symphony musicians and works to increase awareness of, and involvement with, classical musical.

“The greatest strength in Class Act is the people involved in the program,” continues Kotses. “From the brilliant Pacific Symphony musicians, providing inspiring instruction to the students, to the dedicated parents, educators and administrators at each Class Act school site, to the tireless volunteers working hard behind the scenes, our phenomenal Class Act staff feels privileged to be part of such an incredible partnership with such exceptional individuals.”