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Pacific Symphony Calendar 2013-14 Classical Concerts

March 11, 2013

2013-14 Opening Night
CONRAD TAO PLAYS RACH 3
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 26-28, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
 
Hailed as an “exciting prodigy” and “breathtaking,” 18-year-old Conrad Tao returns by popular demand to perform one of the repertoire’s  most powerful, most demanding and most popular works — Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featured in the 1996 hit movie “Shine.”  Also, Brahms’ monumental final symphony.
 
Boyer:  Festivities
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms:  Symphony No. 4
 
RODRIGO’S CONCIERTO
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Xuefei Yang, guitar
René Barbera, tenor
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
 
An evening of Spanish-influenced rhythms, highlighted by Rodrigo’s well-known guitar concerto and Bolcom’s musical reaction to poems by Lorca, a piece premiered at the opening of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and described by Variety as a “fascinating, free-spirited song cycle.”
de Falla:  El Amor Brujo
Rodrigo:  Concierto de Aranjuez
Bolcom:  Canciones de Lorca
 
Music Unwound: Five seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts. 
 
Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
 
BEETHOVEN’S TRIPLE CONCERTO
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, 8 p.m.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Eroica Trio
 
Demanding utmost virtuosity, as well as intimate teamwork among the soloists, Beethoven’s rarely heard Triple Concerto is a delight in the hands of the Eroica Trio.  The Los Angeles Times says “These people have it all:  technique, temperament, interpretive savvy, good looks and a winning stage presence.”
 
Beethoven:  Overture to “Prometheus”
Beethoven:  Triple Concerto
Debussy:  Nocturnes
Britten:  Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
 
TCHAIKOVSKY’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 12-14, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
 
Described as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence,” Korean pianist Joyce Yang dazzles from the instantly recognizable introduction of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.  Also, Bartok’s expressive “Concerto for Orchestra” — perhaps his best-known piece.  
 
Tchaikovsky:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Bartók:  Concerto for Orchestra
 
NADJA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN
Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11, 2014, 8 p.m.
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, conductor and violin
 
Described as an artist who “will make you hang breathlessly on every note,” Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg stands out for her passionate and powerful sound, her risk-taking musical persona and her energetic presence.  She’s electrifying!
Zwilich:  Prologue and Variations
Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto
Bizet/Shchedrin:  Carmen Suite
 
TORADZE PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH
Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Alexander Toradze, piano
Solomon Volkov, musicologist
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
 
Recognized as a masterful virtuoso with deep lyricism and intense emotion, Russian pianist Alexander Toradze joins Pacific Symphony to introduce a journey into the music of Shostakovich and cultural policy under Stalin.  Music Director Carl St.Clair dives into Symphony No. 10, perhaps the composer’s best work, at once melancholy and intense.
 
Shostakovich:  Excerpts from “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk”
Shostakovich:  Excerpts from Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich:  Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 10
 
Music Unwound: Five seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts. 
 
Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
 
LA TRAVIATA
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
A. Scott Parry, stage director
Pacific Chorale — John Alexander, artistic director
Vocalists to be announced
 
Verdi’s passionate story of a doomed love affair highlights season three of our “Symphonic Voices” initiative.  Once again, opera returns to Orange County as Music Director Carl St.Clair puts Verdi’s glorious music on the stage and in the spotlight!
 
RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO
Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, 2014, 8 p.m.
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
 
Brilliant, clear and light — with influences ranging from Mozart to jazz — Ravel’s Piano Concerto is performed by Alexandre Tharaud, who possesses “fingertips with the force of nature,” according to The New York Times.  Plus, Berlioz’s Suite from “Romeo and Juliet.”
 
Debussy:  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Ravel:  Piano Concerto
Berlioz:  Suite from “Romeo and Juliet”
 
CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, 2014, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
 
Dominated by a brilliant piano part that the composer wrote to showcase his extraordinary virtuosity, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is a perfect vehicle for the remarkable Yulianna Avdeeva.  Then, “Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)” Strauss’ monumental tone poem depicting confidence, unrest, the battle of life, love and serenity.
 
Mozart:  Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio”
Chopin:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Strauss:  Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)
 
SARAH CHANG PLAYS SIBELIUS
Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, 2014, 8 p.m.
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin
 
The incomparable Sarah Chang, one of classical music’s most captivating and gifted performers, interprets one of the best-known violin pieces in the repertoire.  Then, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, a delightful work with expressive sound — fresh, crisp, even cheery.
 
Adam Schoenberg:  Finding Rothko
Sibelius:  Violin Concerto
Dvorák:  Symphony No. 8
 
American Composers Festival 2014
FROM SCORE TO SCREEN
Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10, 2014, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
 
Sometimes, music makes a film; the right chord or the right song can enhance the drama, the joy or the tension of a great cinematic moment.  Our 2014 American Composers Festival celebrates the music of Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal and Bernard Herrmann.  Each a revolutionary figure in film music, these extraordinary composers can also be celebrated in the concert hall!
CARMINA BURANA
Thursday through Saturday, June 5-7, 2014, 8 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale — John Alexander, artistic director
Southern California Children’s Chorus
 
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 spiritual meaning, including John Williams’ celebratory theme from “Empire of the Sun” and Kathy Bowen’s emotive echoes of the Holocaust and Lukas Foss’ Elegy for Anne Frank.
 
Williams:  Exsultate Justi
Foss:  Elegy for Anne Frank
Ives:  The Unanswered Question
Bowen:  I Believe in God
Orff:  Carmina Burana
 
Music Unwound: Five seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts. 
 
Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
 
SUNDAY CONNECTIONS
Four convenient Sunday matinee performances include thoughtful and fascinating commentary from Music Director Carl St.Clair
 
RACH 3 REVEALED
Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
 
One of the most difficult — and most beautiful — concertos in the repertoire is explored by Music Director Carl St.Clair and 18-year-old piano sensation Conrad Tao.  Find out why it’s now one of the most popular!
 
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 3
 
SHOSTAKOVICH’S SYMPHONY NO. 10
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, 3 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
 
Full of tragedy, terror and — ultimately — triumph, Shostakovich’s electrifying Symphony No. 10 is also full of memorable musical ideas.  Music Director Carl St.Clair and the orchestra showcase the composer’s greatest work.
 
Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 10
 
A HERO’S LIFE
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
 
Music Director Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony dissect the six sections of Strauss’ monumental tone poem, “Ein heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)” exploring how the work was both a nod to the past and a herald of the future.
 
Strauss:  Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life”)
 
CARMINA BURANA DISCOVERED
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3 p.m.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale — John Alexander, artistic director
 
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.
 
Music Unwound: Five seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts. 
 
Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation