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Pacific Symphony celebrates Carl St.Clair’s silver anniversary, “25 Years on a Journey of Illumination,” with Opening Night party and concert featuring violinist Joshua Bell

Orange County, Calif. — September 02, 2014

Pacific Symphony is hosting a very special and elegant evening honoring Carl St.Clair’s 25 years as music director and opening the 2014-15 season with an over-the-top celebration that surrounds the evening’s concert featuring violinist Joshua Bell. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, with a stylish cocktail reception and gourmet dinner at the poolside Terrace Pavilion at the Westin South Coast Plaza, and continue through the concert with an exclusive reception at intermission in the Box Circle lobby. Guests are then invited back to the Westin for a post-concert party featuring desserts, champagne and a special appearance by Bell. This year’s event includes a new raffle with the opportunity to win one of 54 commemorative bottles of Far Niente wine etched with a special anniversary logo, or one of the grand prizes to be announced. All proceeds support the Symphony’s award-winning artistic and education programs.

The presenting sponsor for Opening Night is South Coast Plaza; Platinum Sponsor is Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach; and artist sponsors are Ellie and Mike Gordon. Single tickets for the event are $500, with tables available from $7,500 to $25,000. Concert tickets are sold separately ($25-$99). For more information, please contact special events at (714) 876-2364 or email at events@pacificsymphony.org. The last day to RSVP is Sept. 7. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets for the concert only, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.

The black-tie affair is co-chaired by long-time Symphony supporters Susan Anderson, Suzanne Chonette, Janice Johnson and Janice Smith, who wanted to integrate the season’s theme into the celebration. “Carl St.Clair—25 Years on a Journey of Illumination” reflects the maestro’s achievement in bringing light, understanding and appreciation to music throughout his tenure, as well as his vision for the future. Along with silver, black and white décor, the dining area features an exhibition of historical photos to commemorate St.Clair’s career and the individuals who have made a significant impact on him. Special guests of the maestro have been invited to celebrate the occasion.

“I have enjoyed watching Pacific Symphony develop and grow in quality, awesome performances and community outreach over the last 25 years and know it is Maestro Carl St.Clair’s capable leadership that has guided this orchestra’s successes both locally, nationally and internationally. We are looking forward to launching his 25th season is this fantastic way. To top it all off, we are huge fans of Joshua Bella and can hardly wait!” says co-chair Anderson.

Guests arriving for the evening’s festivities are invited to enjoy cocktails and appetizers that include sugar snap peas filled with curried chicken salad, tangerine glazed seared ahi tuna on wonton chip, and papaya and lump crab salad on English cucumber. At the conclusion of the reception, attendees are ushered to their tables for a three-course dinner featuring a heart of romaine wedge salad with port vinaigrette, roasted tenderloin, chive risotto and roasted season vegetables with black truffle jus. And just to make sure the event is particularly sweet, dessert is a flourless chocolate caramel crunch cake garnished with berries.

At the center of the evening is the Opening Night concert featuring one of classical music’s most-famous violinists, Bell, performing Alexander Glazunov’s intricate and finely crafted Violin Concerto on his singing violin, the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius. The program opens with a joyous fanfare by St.Clair’s longtime friend, renowned film composer John Williams, called “Sound the Bells!” St.Clair leads the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s “Supplica,” and the orchestra is showcased in Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” from the opera “Salome,” followed by Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from the ballet, “Daphnis and Chloé.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“I’m really thankful that Josh Bell, one of the greatest violinists, made the time to come and share the first concert with us,” says the guest of honor, Maestro St.Clair. “I welcome every opportunity to perform with him. He’s incredibly enlightening and musically rewarding for both orchestra and audience.”

 “I’m expecting the Opening Night of Carl’s 25th Anniversary classical season dinner to reflect on some of his musical successes, personal and professional friends, and stories of his experiences as music director of Pacific Symphony,” says co-chair Smith. “When Carl St.Clair first came to the Pacific Symphony it changed from a regional orchestra to Orange County’s major ensemble. I’m looking forward to every concert this season because I know it will be a moving, exciting and educational experience.”Pacific Symphony is hosting a very special and elegant evening honoring Carl St.Clair’s 25 years as music director and opening the 2014-15 season with an over-the-top celebration that surrounds the evening’s concert featuring violinist Joshua Bell. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a stylish cocktail reception and gourmet dinner at the poolside Terrace Pavilion at the Westin South Coast Plaza, and continue through the concert with an exclusive reception at intermission in the Box Circle lobby. Guests are then invited back to the Westin for a post-concert party featuring desserts, champagne and a special appearance by Bell. This year’s event includes a new raffle with the opportunity to win one of 54 commemorative bottles of Far Niente wine etched with a special anniversary logo, or one of the grand prizes to be announced. All proceeds support the Symphony’s award-winning artistic and education programs.

The presenting sponsor for Opening Night is South Coast Plaza; Platinum Sponsor is Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach; and artist sponsors are Ellie and Mike Gordon. Single tickets for the event are $500, with tables available from $7,500 to $25,000. Concert tickets are sold separately ($25-$99). For more information, please contact special events at (714) 876-2364 or email at events@pacificsymphony.org. The last day to RSVP is Sept. 7. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets for the concert only, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.

The black-tie affair is co-chaired by long-time Symphony supporters Susan Anderson,

Suzanne Chonette, Janice Johnson and Janice Smith, who wanted to integrate the season’s theme into the celebration. “Carl St.Clair—25 Years on a Journey of Illumination” reflects the maestro’s achievement in bringing light, understanding and appreciation to music throughout his tenure, as well as his vision for the future. Along with silver, black and white décor, the dining area features an exhibition of historical photos to commemorate St.Clair’s career and the individuals who have made a significant impact on him. Special guests of the maestro have been invited to celebrate the occasion.

“I have enjoyed watching Pacific Symphony develop and grow in quality, awesome performances and community outreach over the last 25 years and know it is Maestro Carl St.Clair’s capable leadership that has guided this orchestra’s successes both locally, nationally and internationally. We are looking forward to launching his 25th season is this fantastic way. To top it all off, we are huge fans of Joshua Bella and can hardly wait!” says co-chair Anderson.

Guests arriving for the evening’s festivities are invited to enjoy cocktails and appetizers that include sugar snap peas filled with curried chicken salad, tangerine glazed seared ahi tuna on wonton chip, and papaya and lump crab salad on English cucumber. At the conclusion of the reception, attendees are ushered to their tables for a three-course dinner featuring a heart of romaine wedge salad with port vinaigrette, roasted tenderloin, chive risotto and roasted season vegetables with black truffle jus. And just to make sure the event is particularly sweet, dessert is a flourless chocolate caramel crunch cake garnished with berries.

At the center of the evening is the Opening Night concert featuring one of classical music’s most-famous violinists, Bell, performing Alexander Glazunov’s intricate and finely crafted Violin Concerto on his singing violin, the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius. The program opens with a joyous fanfare by St.Clair’s longtime friend, renowned film composer John Williams, called “Sound the Bells!” St.Clair leads the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s “Supplica,” and the orchestra is showcased in Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” from the opera “Salome,” followed by Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from the ballet, “Daphnis and Chloé.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“I’m really thankful that Josh Bell, one of the greatest violinists, made the time to come and share the first concert with us,” says the guest of honor, Maestro St.Clair. “I welcome every opportunity to perform with him. He’s incredibly enlightening and musically rewarding for both orchestra and audience.”

 “I’m expecting the Opening Night of Carl’s 25th Anniversary classical season dinner to reflect on some of his musical successes, personal and professional friends, and stories of his experiences as music director of Pacific Symphony,” says co-chair Smith. “When Carl St.Clair first came to the Pacific Symphony it changed from a regional orchestra to Orange County’s major ensemble. I’m looking forward to every concert this season because I know it will be a moving, exciting and educational experience.”