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

“Music Mixology”: Pacific Symphony invites music and food lovers alike to hand craft their own musical experience at Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market for free concert

Orange County, Calif. — March 24, 2015

Pacific Symphony musicians are taking over the local pub trivia night with “Music Mixology,” a series of interactive concerts that reinvent the classical experience in a fun and engaging new way. By competing in a music trivia game (no prior-music knowledge necessary), audience members win the chance to select the music performed from a menu of genres ranging from classical, rock, pop, movie music, folk and more. Symphony musicians are equipped to perform these selections live, on the spot, and also have a few surprises in store. Guests are welcome to come and go as they please at this free event, which takes place on Thursday, April 2 from 7-10:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio and beer garden of the newly opened 4th Street Market (201 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701). This progressive culinary hub features local artisanal food and beverages from creative chefs. Guests can enjoy themed cocktails by Recess Libations with their music, as well as sweet and savory treats from the many vendors. This event is made possible by The James Irvine Foundation. For more information on the Symphony, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“People should expect a fun, casual, hands-on experience with engaging musicians, custom drinks and gorgeous music,” says Symphony Principal Flutist Ben Smolen. “We plan to offer as wide a range of musical choices as possible so that one moment you’ll hear a Bach Cello Suite and the next you might hear the latest hit from Coldplay. Musical categories include ‘Dead Guys in Wigs,’ ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ and ‘Pop Quiz.’ It’s completely up to the audience to decide what we play next, and I’m hoping that throughout the evening people will hear some of their favorite songs with a symphonic twist and discover some new, awesome music to love.”

Smolen and fellow Symphony musicians Jessica Pearlman Fields, oboe; Bridget Dolkas, violin; Alice Miller-Wrate, violin; Meredith Crawford, viola and Robert Vos, cello form a chamber ensemble ready to deliver a kaleidoscope of music.

“Our goal is to present music in venues not typically associated with classical music and in a way that will allow audiences to become active participants in the concert experience,” continues Smolen. “We’re hoping to attract a wide range of audience members, both classical music lovers and those less familiar with it, who all share a curiosity for the art form and who are open to trying a brand new type of concert experience.”

“Music Mixology” continues an effort by Pacific Symphony to tie classical music into the cultural scene of Orange County. Back in February, the orchestra partnered with wild Up and Santa Ana Sites to play modern music in a former warehouse turned arts space called Logan Creative, which resulted in a sold-out event. By experimenting with innovative new offerings, the Symphony is looking for discoveries that might broaden the impact and artistic excellence of the organization, as well as break down the barriers between the audience and the musicians. Look for “Music Mixology” to return for two more shows in cultural locales across the county within the next few months.

Music Director Carl St.Clair says, “Bolstering our presence throughout Orange County is an important initiative as we strive to be our county’s orchestra, one committed to creating an atmosphere, thriving and alive with music’s beauty.”

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years, and is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene as well as in its own community of Orange County. Pacific Symphony offers moving musical experiences with repertoire ranging from the great orchestral masterworks to music from today’s most prominent composers. The Symphony’s innovative approaches to new works received the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2005 and 2010. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine as well as a rich array of programs throughout the community, the Symphony reaches more than 275,000 residents each year.