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Jean Oelrich
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Paul Huang Joins Pacific Symphony To Perform Bruch's Violin Concerto, March 21-23

Orange County, CA — March 13, 2019

Also on the program are Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16, and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

Acclaimed violinist Paul Huang joins Pacific Symphony conducted by Music Director Carl St.Clair for three nights of performances ending with Mendelssohn’s lively “Italian” Symphony, in a program that opens with Beethoven’s serene “Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo” from String Quartet No. 16, and continues with Bruch’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 1, Thurs., Mar. 21 through Sat., Mar. 23. The Friday night performance will be the third installment of our more casual “Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony” series, with an abridged program featuring the Bruch Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony.

The concerts begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. for a preview talk hosted by Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. The Friday, Mar. 22 concert is part of the “Classical KUSC @ Pacific Symphony” series and will be hosted by KUSC’s John Van Driel. This concert is 90 minutes long, and will be performed without intermission. Tickets for all concerts start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit the website, Pacific Symphony gratefully acknowledges sponsorship for these concerts as part of the Symphony’s 2018-19 Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series.

Inspired by his travels through Venice, Rome, Bologna and Florence, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” evokes imagery of Mediterranean sunshine, famous architecture and the rustic landscapes that make Italy so iconic. Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 was the composer’s last composition in the genre, finishing it months before he passed in March of 1827. Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, one of the most popular of the repertoire, will be performed by Paul Huang, who will also be teaching a free Masterclass at Orange County Music & Dance for local violin students on Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more details.

Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is quickly gaining attention for his eloquent artistry, distinctive sound and effortless virtuosity. Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award. Born in Taiwan, Huang began violin lessons at the age of 7. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He plays on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

The “Classical KUSC @ Pacific Symphony” series features concerts hosted by KUSC personalities who will guide audiences through each program, deepening their knowledge and appreciation of classical music. KUSC worked closely with Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair on the programming for this series. St.Clair commented, “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, looking back on four decades of serving the communities of Orange County, we also look ahead to a future of engaging more people in the joy of classical music. We think these concerts give audiences a chance to get to know more about the music and a chance to get to know us.”


Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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