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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Mixology Meets Music To Celebrate Pacific Symphony's 40th Anniversary Season

Orange County, CA — October 01, 2018

Pacific Symphony recently approached Patina Restaurant Group, which handles concessions for Segerstrom Center for the Arts, to discuss ideas to add a sense of occasion to the orchestra’s 40th anniversary season. The celebrated Patina Restaurant Group is a master in the creation of special events across the nation. As caterers to the famed Emmy® Awards Governor’s Ball, Patina is no stranger to concocting creative craft cocktail menus that have been blockbuster hits. Patina tasked their talented mixologists with designing a carefully curated collection of artisanal libations and creative contemporary signature cocktails inspired by the season’s concert offerings as a way of infusing festive cheer into the Symphony’s anniversary year. And these unique beverage creations promise to surprise and delight symphony-goers all season long.

Crafty cocktail lovers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of expertly crafted libations that will be offered at all the Patina bars in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for Pacific Symphony’s Classics and Pops concerts and selected Special concerts throughout the 2018-19 season for only $14 a glass. In celebration of the 40th anniversary season opening (Sept. 27 – 29), Symphony-goers can enjoy the “Ruby Anniversary Sparkler,” a riff on a classic kir royal (champagne and crème de cassis) that is scented with elderflower liqueur and a kiss of Chambord.

Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary season of specially crafted spirits is one that could capture Ernest Hemingway’s own heart. Symphony enthusiasts–as well as Hemingway enthusiasts–can enjoy variations on Papa’s two favorite Cuban drinks in the form of the “Viva La Diva Daiquiri,” with its citrusy sweet marriage of rum and lime, for the opening of the Pops series featuring Vanessa Williams (October 12 and 13) and also the exotic “Persian Mojito” with a hint of pomegranate liqueur in celebration of the “Nowruz: Persian New Year” program (March 24, 2019).

Adding festivity to year’s end will be the “Hallelujah! Hot Toddy,” a winter warmer to celebrate the holiday season, for Handel’s Glorious Messiah (Dec. 9). And since the young 18-year-old vocal prodigy Jackie Evancho (Dec. 14-15), can’t yet legally drink in California, you may want a “Shirley Temple,” but then again, it’s the holidays so you may prefer a “Dirty Shirley” fortified with vodka. In 2019, you’ll be able to ring in the Lunar New Year (Feb. 9, 2019) with a “Beijing Bellini,” a prosecco cocktail with lychee liqueur replacing the traditional peach puree.

For Valentine’s Day with Kenny G (Feb. 15-16, 2019), you’ll want to indulge yourself and your significant other with “Sax on the Beach,” a contemporary re-interpretation of the classic 80s spring break cocktail. It will also be available in a non-alcoholic version as “Safe Sax on the Beach.” Pacific Symphony’s opera in concert this season will be the ever-popular Madame Butterfly (Feb. 22, 23 and 26, 2019), which inspired the smash-hit Broadway musical, Miss Saigon. Considering the opera’s heartbreaking arias, you may want to console yourself at intermission with “Cio-Cio San’s Kiss,” a Japanese whiskey sour. The vocal sensation from the phenomenal musical “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom, Jr. (March 15-16, 2019) will provide the opportunity to savor “Founder’s Fizz,” the official “Hamilton” drink, which is a twist on a classic gin fizz.

These thirst-quenching delights are just a few of the symphony-inspired cocktail highlights to be enjoyed throughout Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary season. The orchestra invites you to enjoy this season’s cocktail intersection where art influences life – for at least a drink (or two). Cheers!


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