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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony And Pacific Chorale Celebrate The Centennial Of Leonard Bernstein's Birth

Orange County, CA — October 17, 2018

It’s no secret that Leonard Bernstein has a special place in Pacific Symphony’s heart. Music Director Carl St.Clair was mentored by Bernstein and over the years, the orchestra has played numerous concerts featuring this great American master’s works. This season’s celebration lasts for three nights (Oct. 25-27) starting on Thursday, Oct. 25 and continuing every night through Saturday, Oct. 27, with programming that demonstrates Bernstein’s outstanding compositional command of music that often combined the influences of Broadway, jazz, opera, and sacred and secular music.

The Thursday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 27) performances, at 8 p.m., will feature guest violinist Augustin Hadelich, soprano Celena Shafer, boy soprano Angel Garcia, and longtime artistic partner of the Symphony, the Pacific Chorale, led by Artistic Director Robert Istad. The evenings’ program consists of Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” (featuring Principal Clarinetist Joseph Morris as soloist), “Serenade (After Plato’s ‘Symposium’);” “Chichester Psalms;” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide;” “Greeting” and “Little Smary” from “Arias and Barcarolles;” and “A Little Bit in Love” from “Wonderful Town.” Tickets for the Oct. 25 and 27 performance range from $25-$206. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

Violinist Augustin Hadelich was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2018 by online classical music magazine “Musical America.” He also won the 2016 Grammy award “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, “L’arbre des songes” with the Seattle Symphony. This past summer, Hadelich made his debut at the Salzburg Festival performing the Sibelius concerto with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony. His recent international performances have included the BBC Philharmonic/Manchester Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, Hallé Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and the radio orchestras of Cologne, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart.  

Friday night’s performance on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., hosted by radio personality Alan Chapman, is part of a new series, “Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony.” This “Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries” concert will discuss how Bernstein’s music crosses boundaries between classical and jazz, sacred and secular and opera and Broadway. Joseph Morris, Celena Shafer and the Pacific Chorale join Pacific Symphony in this 90-minute performance to play Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs;” Chichester Psalms;” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide;” and “A Little Bit in Love” from “Wonderful Town.” Chapman will also give a Preview Talk before the performance starting at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to stay after the concert’s conclusion to enjoy an after-party on the Argyros Plaza for more music and conversation. Tickets for this performance begin at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit


About Pacific Chorale

The Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming and influential education programs. The Chorale presents a performance season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. The Chorale has infused an Old-World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence, developing innovative new concepts in programming and expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance.

The Chorale comprises 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Boston, National and San Diego symphonies, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among other American ensembles, and has toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia.

The Chorale's numerous recordings include six with Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony featuring music by contemporary American composers. Educational programs include a Choral Academy for elementary school students modeled on the El Sistema movement; a Choral Camp presented with California State University, Fullerton providing high school students with training in music theory and vocal production; and a Choral Festival uniting 400 community members each summer in a free community performance, among other initiatives. The Chorale's many honors include awards from ASCAP and Chorus America.

Robert Istad became artistic director in the 2017-18 season after serving as assistant conductor since 2004.


About Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for more than a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest-budgeted orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scenes. In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall, where it was invited to perform as part of a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass’ 80th birthday. The following month, the Symphony toured five cities in China, and in June the orchestra’s performance of Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island” was broadcast nationally on PBS “Great Performances.” In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages.

Pacific Symphony’s discography comprises 15 recordings, mostly of 20th- and 21st-century music by such American composers as William Bolcom, John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour. In 2012 for Naxos, St.Clair and the orchestra recorded Philip Glass’ “The Passion of Ramakrishna,” a Pacific Symphony commission that was featured on the Carnegie Hall program. The Symphony has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Koch International Classics, Reference Recordings and Sony Classical, among other labels.

The Symphony has been recognized with multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and included among the country’s five most innovative orchestras by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the League, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.


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