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

25 years of excellence: Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings celebrates with dance to conclude its anniversary season

Orange County, Calif. — April 14, 2016

WHO: Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, now in its 25th season! Made up of instrumentalists in grades 6-9 and led by Music Director Irene Kroesen under the artistic advisement of Music Director Carl St.Clair.

WHAT: Newly returned from a tour to Florida and energized by a season of artistic achievement, Santiago Strings delivers an electrifying musical culmination of its silver jubilee! From Copland’s toe-tapping “Hoe-Down” to the jazzy rhythms of “Cook it Hot or Get Out of the Kitchen,” there’s something for everyone to dance to in this brilliant display of young talent and robust dance styles. This concert reflects on Santiago Strings’ 25 years of musical excellence and celebrates the future with a world premiere commission by Pacific Symphony Composer-in- Residence Narong Prangcharoen. Also, Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dance” in E Minor, Bartok’s “Dances of Transylvania” and more!

Thanks to sponsors Helen and Peter Bing, admission is FREE, but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

WHY: No one should miss the inspiring talent of the youngest members of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles—especially as they celebrate a landmark anniversary! Santiago Strings represents 30 schools in and beyond Orange County, and provides an experience that nurtures the confidence, poise and musical sensitivity of young musicians through the study and performance of outstanding string orchestra literature.