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Meet the Composer

Narong in OC

Thai Composer, Narong Prangcharoen, is Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence until 2016, and as part of his residency, he has quite a few exciting projects in the works. During OC in Unison, Prangcharoen was inspired by the sights, sounds and people of Orange County as he composed “Beyond Land and Ocean,” a brand new piece to be premiered as the opening of Pacific Symphony’s 2015-16 season.

Pacific Symphony staff and friends began showing Prangcharoen around the county last fall. He started out exploring Santa Ana, the county seat, and enjoyed a delicious plate of Mexican food. Facebook friends then gave their input on where to take him next, and it was from these suggestions, Prangcharoen’s tour of Orange County was created! He ventured off and took in the lovely ocean views and thriving artistic culture of Laguna Beach. Next, he was whisked away to the historic grounds of San Juan Capistrano, including a tour of the Mission and its basilica. A trip to Disneyland was then in order, which consisted of a private backstage tour as well as a ride on California Screamin’! The following day, Prangcharoen took a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier where he observed the volleyball games, the fishing and the surfing, preceded by breakfast at the local Sugar Shack! (Huntington photo) After, he took the car ferry out to Balboa Island and explored the fun zone as well as the Newport Peninsula! The Bowers Museum was next on the agenda, where he learned all about the various cultural groups in Orange County. Prangcharoen finished up his tour of Orange County with a Fullerton excursion, which included the Fender Museum, downtown, Cal State Fullerton and Plummer Auditorium (where Pacific Symphony was founded), and finally ventured out to the Richard Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda. 

Prangcharoen has successfully been exposed to and inspired by the vast and various scenery and attractions of Orange County. Along the way, Prangcharoen learned a lot about the history of the area and how much it has changed since it was only a bunch of orange groves. What he was most inspired by was the people and their stories. was able to have conversation with various community members, and was thrilled to be able to learn so much about and be inspired by the lives of the people here.

He sensed so much pride in community here, and was so inspired by your voice through stories, songs, dances, photographs, artwork, and social media posts. He took what he learned from his tour, as well as community conversations and submissions, and created “Beyond Land and Ocean”, a brand new piece of music about Orange County and its people!

The premiere of this work along with the display of all community submissions will be on Sunday, October 4th at 3pm. Click here for tickets!