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Music Director Carl St.Clair Leads Pacific Symphony's 40th Anniversary Season From September 2018 to June 2019

Orange County, CA — September 05, 2018

Season’s offerings to include:

12-Concert Classical Series featuring the finest in symphonic music, today’s brightest classical stars, a Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration, a world premiere of a Pacific Symphony commission from Michael Daugherty in celebration of the moon landing 50 years ago, and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in a semi-staged production by Eric Einhorn

4-Concert Sunday Matinées Series highlighted by a special program featuring Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia

4-Concert Specials Series presenting Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ a Lunar New Year concert, a Persian New Year celebration, and ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’

7-Concert Pops Series highlighted by holiday programs ‘Christmas with Jackie Evancho’ and ‘Valentine’s Day with Kenny G’

5-Concert Family Musical Mornings Series opening with ‘The Wizard’s Spellbook’ for Halloween, continuing with holiday favorite ‘Nutcracker for Kids,’ and includes for the first time this season, ‘Lunar New Year for Kids’

3-Concert Pedals & Pipes Organ Series includes a festive ‘Holiday Spectacular’

3-Concert Café Ludwig Chamber Music Series hosted by pianist Orli Shaham

 

Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 season, which celebrates the orchestra’s 40th anniversary opens on Thursday, September 27 with a program featuring American composer Frank Ticheli’s “Shooting Stars,” commissioned for Pacific Symphony’s 25th anniversary and newly revised for this season’s celebration; Ravel’s “Boléro” highlighting musicians of Pacific Symphony as soloists on stage and in a specially commissioned anniversary film; guest soloist Olga Kern in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In addition, this opening concert presents the Symphony’s new concertmaster, Dennis Kim, sharing the solo spotlight with the Symphony’s principal violist Meredith Crawford in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Comprising 12 programs, the 2018-19 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series continues Pacific Symphony’s commitment to American music through performances of works by Leonard Bernstein in honor of his centennial and contemporary American works commissioned by the orchestra. The season also reflects the orchestra’s diverse repertoire—from core symphonic works to full-length operas—and a penchant for re-interpreting the classics for the 21st century, through choreography, lighting and other multidisciplinary elements.

“The 40th anniversary is a landmark season for Pacific Symphony,” said Carl St.Clair, who will lead the orchestra in his 29th season as Music Director. “It has been my pleasure to work with these brilliant musicians over the years, and I look forward to conducting the Symphony in repertoire that showcases their virtuosity and humanity. This will be a season of celebrations: from the Bernstein centennial concert in October, which is particularly meaningful to me because of my cherished experience studying with this great artist, to a concert in April marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing that will feature a work we’ve commissioned from Michael Daugherty, one of the most widely performed American composers of his generation. We’ll be offering diverse programming throughout the year, including a holiday program in December on which we’ll present a ‘Nutcracker Suite’ with arrangements by both Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. In February, we’ll return to the Italian operatic repertoire with Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ for our annual semi-staged opera performances. And we conclude this celebratory season in June with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the so-called ‘Symphony of a Thousand,’ which is one of the largest scale works in the classical repertoire. It is sure to be a grand finale to a grand season.”

Additional classical programming highlights include works by Prokofiev and Ravel; performances conducted by Rune Bergmann, David Danzmayr and Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and in their Pacific Symphony debuts, Carlos Izcaray, Murry Sidlin and Christopher Warren-Green; and performances with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, pianists Markus Groh, Olga Kern, Gabriela Martinez and Juho Pohjonen, violinists Augustin Hadelich, Paul Huang and Philippe Quint, and guitarist Pablo Villegas.

“With the 40th anniversary season, we’re building on the momentum generated during the 2017-18 season, which included Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut at the Hall’s invitation, and a five-city tour of China, the orchestra’s first international tour since 2006, as well as a national broadcast on PBS ‘Great Performances’ performing Peter Boyer’s ‘Ellis Island,’ ” said Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte. “All this provides a musical springboard that naturally unfolds into a season of celebrations as the orchestra enjoys growing national recognition while leading a cultural renaissance in the communities of Orange County.”

 

Classical Guest Soloists

Pacific Symphony guest soloists during the 2018-19 season include Olga Kern, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist and First Prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (September 27-30); Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performing the Bernstein Serenade (October 25 & 27); Philippe Quint performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (November 15-17); Markus Groh performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (December 6-8); Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez,  performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (January 10-12, 2019); Paul Huang performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (March 21-23, 2019); and guitarist Pablo Villegas playing Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” (May 2-4, 2019).

Soloists making their Pacific Symphony debuts are Leonard Elschenbroich, whose honors include the Leonard Bernstein Award and Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (January 31, February 1-2, 2019), and Juho Pohjonen, a leading Finnish pianist selected by Sir András Schiff to receive the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (April 11-13, 2019).

 

Sunday Matinées Series

Carl St.Clair has devoted his tenure at Pacific Symphony to designing festivals and concert series that enable audiences to engage more deeply with both new music and standard orchestral repertoire. The four-concert Sunday Matinee series was launched in 1995. Speaking from the stage, St.Clair offers the audience an intimate and lively exploration of the classics. These informal concerts are just 90 minutes long and provide a perfect introduction to classical music. (September 30, October 28, February 3, 2019 and June 9, 2019).

 

Classical Specials Series

Pacific Symphony presents four special concerts during the 2018-19 season. Conceived and created by American conductor and professor Murry Sidlin, “The Defiant Requiem”—a concert-drama that tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp (in Terezín, Czechoslovakia) during World War II who performed their final performance of Verdi’s Requiem Mass 75 years ago—will have its Orange County premiere. This multimedia performance (April 16, 2019) combines the music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of the original chorus, as well as footage from a propaganda film.

Pacific Symphony also gives a holiday presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” (December 9) featuring the Pacific Chorale, led by Christopher Warren-Green; and two concerts that reflect the Orange County community including Lunar and Persian New Year celebrations led by Carl St.Clair (February 9 and March 24, 2019).

 

Pops Series

The 2018-19 Pops Series presents exciting performance of popular music’s most enduring favorites, backed by the “Hollywood“ sound of Pacific Symphony. Pacific Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman conducts the Pops opener with Vanessa Williams (October 12 and 13). The pops series continues with “Music of Wicked, The Wiz & Oz” (November 9 & 10); “Christmas with Jackie Evancho” (December 14 & 15); “Valentine’s Day with Kenny G“ (February 15 & 16, 2019); and Hamilton-superstar Leslie Odom, Jr. (March 15 & 16, 2019); “Music of Queen” (April 26 & 27, 2019); and “My Fair Lady in Concert” (May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019).

 

Family Musical Mornings

The Family Musical Mornings Series presents fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children, ages 5-11. Families can enjoy quality fun time together while enhancing their child’s (or grandchild’s) love of music. This series includes the opportunity for audiences to join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet and interact with musicians from Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, watch local ensembles perform, create special crafts that connect to each concert’s theme and participate in learning activities that align with state and national educational standards. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers. The series includes “The Wizard’s Spellbook” (October 27); “Nutcracker for Kids“ (December 8); “The Magic Flute—Opera for Kids” (January 12, 2019); “Lunar New Year for Kids” (February 9, 2019); and “Intergalactic Adventures” (April 13, 2019).

 

Pedals & Pipes Organ Series

The Pedals & Pipes series offers a trio of concerts showcasing the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ—a stunning one-of-a-kind instrument built especially for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. More than 42,000 labor hours in the making, the organ features 4,322 pipes built from steel, tin, oak, poplar, maple, lead and carbon fiber. This season’s series includes “Holiday Organ Spectacular” (December 18); “Phantom of the Opera” (March 17, 2019); and “Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera” (May 5, 2019).

 

Café Ludwig Chamber Music Series

Elegant, intimate, varied & inventive! Audiences enjoy perfect Sunday afternoon playlists curated by pianist Orli Shaham. While sipping coffee and indulging in scrumptious desserts (included in the price of the ticket), concert-goers are guided by the gifted pianist on a journey exploring how composers influenced each other and changed the course of chamber music. The series includes “The French Connection” (October 14), “Bachanalia” (February 24, 2019), and “To Tell a Story” (May 19, 2019).

 

Subscription and Ticket Information

Subscription materials for Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 season are still available, offering a savings of up to 50% off regular single ticket prices on a wide variety of concert packages from three to 12 concerts each. Subscribers save 20% on additional tickets purchased throughout the year, and enjoy easy ticket exchange options and other subscriber-only benefits, including preferential discounts at nearby restaurants.

Single tickets for all concerts are available for purchase. Both single tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by any of four methods: online, by phone, by mail or in person at the box office. Pacific Symphony provides an easy payment plan option for subscribers: subscription purchases are eligible for the payment plan and will be automatically charged in installments.

For more information, call Pacific Symphony Patron Services at (714) 755-5799, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit PacificSymphony.org. Groups of 10 or more that are interested in attending events of the 2018-19 season should call Pacific Symphony’s group sales department at (714) 876-2311.

Patrons may also visit PacificSymphony.org to order tickets, learn about other nearby attractions and restaurants and make donations. The Symphony’s website provides background on the performances and the performers, along with Spotify playlists of works to be performed.

The Symphony’s blog, written by award-winning Writer-in-Residence Timothy Mangan, features engaging articles, audio and video to enhance patrons’ experience before and after performances. He also writes the Symphony’s monthly newsletter, Pacific Overtures.

Pacific Symphony performs in the heart of Southern California at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at 615 Town Center Drive on the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts campus in Costa Mesa.

 

2018-19 HAL AND JEANETTE SEGERSTROM FAMILY FOUNDATION CLASSICAL SERIES

All concerts at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts.

Programs, artists, and dates subject to change.

 

OPENING WEEKEND:
RACH 3 & BOLÉRO

September 27-29, 2018 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Olga Kern, piano

Dennis Kim, violin

Meredith Crawford, viola

Pacific Symphony

 

Ticheli: Shooting Stars

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola

Ravel: Boléro

 

 

BERNSTEIN @ 100

October 25-27, 2018 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Celena Shafer, soprano

Joseph Morris, clarinet

Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Pacific Symphony

 

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra

Bernstein: Selections from Candide and more

 

 

TCHAIKOVSKY’s VIOLIN CONCERTO

November 15-17, 2018 | 8 p.m.

 

Rune Bergmann, conductor

Philippe Quint, violin

Pacific Symphony

 

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”

 

 

NUTCRACKER FANTASY

December 6-8, 2018 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Markus Groh, piano

Pacific Symphony

 

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Tchaikovsky/Ellington: Suite from The Nutcracker

 

 

CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO

January 10-12, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

David Danzmayr, conductor

Gabriela Martinez, piano

Pacific Symphony

 

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

 

 

SCHEHERAZADE

January 31, February 1-2, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Pacific Symphony

 

Bernstein: Slava! A Political Overture

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

 

 

MADAME BUTTERFLY

February 21, 23 & 26, 2019

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Eric Einhorn, stage director

Cameron Anderson, scenic designer

Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Cast to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Puccini: Madame Butterfly

 

 

MENDELSSOHN’S “ITALIAN” SYMPHONY

March 21-23, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Paul Huang, violin

Pacific Symphony

 

Beethoven: Adagio from String Quartet No. 16

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

 

 

A SPACE ODYSSEY

April 11-13, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Juho Pohjonen, piano

Pacific Symphony

 

Daugherty: World Premiere

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

 

 

VILLEGAS: MASTER OF THE GUITAR

May 2-4, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carlos Izcaray, conductor

Pablo Villegas, guitar and curator

Pacific Symphony

 

Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole

Rodrigo:  Concierto de Aranjuez

Piazzolla: Libertango

Anonymous: Romance (jeux interdits)

Piazzolla: Sinfonía Buenos Aires

 

 

RAVEL & PROKOFIEV

May 16-18, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Magic Circle Mime Company

Vocal Soloists and Stage Director to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges

     The Child and The Magic Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts | Libretto by Colette

 

 

SEASON FINALE: "SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND”

June 6-8, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Vocal Soloists to be announced

Pacific Chorale

Robert Istad, artistic director

Southern California Children‘s Chorus

Lori Loftus, founding director

Additional Choruses to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

 

 

2018-19 SUNDAY MATINÉES SERIES

RACH 3

September 30 | 3 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Olga Kern, piano

Pacific Symphony

 

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

Ravel: Boléro

 

 

DVORAK’S “NEW WORLD” SYMPHONY

October 28 | 3 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Pacific Symphony

 

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia)

This concert is sponsored by Pangea World’s president, Dr. Hana Ayala.

 

 

1,001 NIGHTS

February 3, 2019 | 3 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Pacific Symphony

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

 

 

MAHLER’S EIGHTH

June 9, 2019 | 3 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Vocal Soloists to be announced

Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Southern California Children‘s Chorus

Lori Loftus, founding director

Additional Choruses to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of a Thousand“

 

 

SPECIAL CONCERTS

HANDEL’S GLORIOUS MESSIAH

December 9 | 3 p.m.

 

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Klara Ek, soprano

David Trudgen, countertenor

Nicky Spence, tenor

Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone

Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Pacific Symphony

 

Handel: Messiah

 

 

LUNAR NEW YEAR

February 9, 2019 | 8 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Guest soloists to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Program to include:

Works celebrating the “Year of the Pig”

 

 

NOWRUZ: PERSIAN NEW YEAR

March 24, 2019 | 7 p.m.

 

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Homayoun Shajarian, vocalist

Tahmoures Pournazeri, tanbour

Sohrab Pournazeri, komancheh and tanbour

Sharbad Rohani, conductor and piano

Violin to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Dvorák: Carnival Overture

Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance”

Rohani: Dance of Spring

             “Freedom”

             “Persian Garden”

             “Beauty of Love”

             “Medley in Isfahan Scale”

Music by Homayoun Shajarian, Tahmoures Pournazeri and Sohrab Pournazeri

 

 

DEFIANT REQUIEM: VERDI AT TEREZÍN

April 16, 2019 | 7 p.m.

 

Murry Sidlin, creator and conductor

Aga Mikolaj, soprano

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo soprano

Edgaras Montvides, tenor

Nathan Stark, bass

Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Pacific Symphony

 

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

 

 

POPS SERIES

Vanessa Williams

Oct. 12 & 13 | 8:00 p.m.

 

Music of Wicked, The Wiz & Oz

Nov. 9 & 10 | 8:00 p.m.

 

Christmas with Jackie Evancho

Dec. 14 & 15 | 8:00 p.m.

 

Valentine’s Day with Kenny G

Feb. 15 & 16, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.

 

Leslie Odom, Jr.

March 15 & 16, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.

 

Music of Queen

April 26 & 27, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.

 

My Fair Lady in Concert

May 31 & June 1, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.

 

 

FAMILY MUSICAL MORNINGS SERIES

The Wizard’s Spellbook

October 27 | 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Pacific Symphony

 

Nutcracker for Kids

December 8 | 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Festival Ballet Theatre—Salwa Rizkalla, artistic director

Pacific Symphony

 

The Magic Flute—Opera for Kids

January 12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Singers to be announced

Pacific Symphony

 

Lunar New Year for Kids

February 9, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Pacific Symphony

 

Intergalactic Adventures

April 13, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Pacific Symphony

 

 

PEDALS & PIPES ORGAN SERIES

Holiday Organ Spectacular

December 18 | 7:30 p.m.

Todd Wilson, organ

Member of Pacific Symphony including:

Barry Perkins, trumpet

Mindy Ball, harp

Program to be announced.

 

Phantom of the Opera

March 17, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.

Dennis James, organ

Phantom of the Opera (1925 film)

 

Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera

May 5, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.

Hector Olivera, organ

Program to be announced.

 

 

CAFÉ LUDWIG CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

The French Connection

October 14 | 3:00 p.m. | Samueli Theater

Orli Shaham, piano and host
Dennis Kim, violin
Benjamin Smolen, flute
Rose Corrigan, bassoon
Meredith Crawford, viola
Mindy Ball, harp

Music of Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Franck

 

Bachanalia

February 24, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. | Samueli Theater

Orli Shaham, piano and host
Dennis Kim, violin
Bridget Dolkas, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
Timothy Landauer, cello

Music of Perle and works of Bach arranged by Mozart, Liszt and Robertson

 

To Tell a Story

May 19, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. | Samueli Theater

Orli Shaham, piano and narrator
Alto to be announced
Dennis Kim, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
Timothy Landauer, cello
Joseph Morris, clarinet

Music of Ridout, Brahms, Janácek and Stravinsky

 

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’s “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.

 

About Music Director Carl St.Clair
Over the course of his nearly three decades as music director, Carl St.Clair, has transformed Pacific Symphony into a major American orchestra renowned for its musical excellence, innovative programming and outreach throughout Orange County. As one of America’s longest tenured conductors, he has led the Symphony with a steady vision and unwavering commitment that have been key to the orchestra’s rapid artistic development.

Highlights of his tenure include launching the American Composers Festival, which explores a different aspect of American music each year, and the annual Symphonic Voices performance of an opera in concert. He has also emphasized the regular commissioning and recording of new works, particularly by American composers, and has been a strong advocate for music education, spearheading such programs as Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles and Class Act partnerships with Orange County elementary schools.

Mentored by Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, St.Clair became a close colleague of the conductor/composer in his later years, and led the premiere of “Arias and Barcarolles” on Bernstein’s last concert. In addition to leading Pacific Symphony, he has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra (where he served as assistant conductor under Seiji Ozawa), Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Montreal, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies, among others.

He conducts internationally for several months each year and has served as general music director for the Komische Oper in Berlin, general music director and chief conductor of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle in Weimar, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica and principal guest conductor of the Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart.
 

About Richard Kaufman, Principal Pops Conductor
Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classic music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2018-19 concert season marks Kaufman’s 28th season as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. He also holds the permanent title of pops conductor laureate with the Dallas Symphony. In 1993, Kaufman won a Grammy Award for Best Pops Instrumental Performance. In 1994, he received his first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for the Animated series, "The Pink Panther." In May 2015, Kaufman made his conducting debut with the Boston Pops, substituting for John Williams at the Annual Pops Film night, and last summer, Mr. Williams graciously invited him to share the podium at the annual Tanglewood Film Night.

 

About Roger Kalia, Assistant Conductor
Hailed as a conductor who leads with "passionate intensity" and recognized as "one to watch," Roger Kalia is one of America‘s most exciting young conductors. A three-time recipient (2018, 2017, 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia enters his fourth season as Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which was recently featured in the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine as one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country. Kalia was recently named Music Director of Orchestra Santa Monica. A native of New York, Kalia holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam‘s Crane School of Music.