Pacific Symphony: At-Home-Together Online
Pacific Symphony isn't able to perform live for our audience during the COVID-19 quarantine, but our musicians would still like to stay connected and bring the joy of music intro your lives (and homes) through a series of Quarantine Clips.
The clips are listed in reverse chronological order, so be sure to scroll down and watch them all!
March 29, 2011
Cindy Ellis and Jung-A Lee Play "Hide & Seek"
Symphony Piccolo & Flutist Cindy Ellis gives us another Quarantine Clip - this time, the 2nd movement from Katherine Hoover's 3 Sketches, entitled "Hide & Seek." A bit more modern, this piece has an interesting palindromic structure - enjoy Hoover's playful middle movement! Cindy is joined here again by pianist and longtime Symphony friend Jung-A Lee.
March 16, 2021
Cindy Ellis Plays "Danny Boy"
Piccolo & flute player for the Symphony Cindy Ellis returns to our Quarantine Clip series for this meditation on the classic folk tune "Danny Boy," joined by longtime collaborator and pianist Jung-A Lee!
March 8, 2021
Cindy Ellis Plays Amirov's "Song of the Ashug"
From Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov's 6 Pieces for Flute & Piano, Pacific Symphony Piccolo/ Flute player Cindy Ellis, joined by longtime Symphony friend and pianist Jung-A Lee, performs the first movement entitled "Song of the Ashug." Strongly influenced by Azeri folk melodies, Amirov created a new genre called symphonic mugam. These symphonic mugams were based on the classical folk pieces, and were performed by many renowned symphony orchestras throughout the world.
Feb. 14, 2021
A String Quartet for Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day! Celebrate with us the best way we know how, with beautiful music. Socially-distanced, four of the Symphony's finest string players (violinists Paul Manaster and Alice Miller-Wrate, violist Cheryl Gates and cellist Warren Hagerty) recorded this third movement to Borodin's deeply romantic 2nd String Quartet. This 1881 piece was dedicated to the composer's wife, Ekaterina Protopova, and some scholars suggest that the quartet was a 20th anniversary gift for the couple, with a program evoking the couple's first meeting in the German town of Heidelberg.
Feb. 13, 2021
Manuel de Falla's "Canción del amor dolido" from "El Amor Brujo"
Block x Block is back with another Quarantine Clip: our very own Principal Flute Ben Smolen's arrangement of Manuel de Falla's "Canción del amor dolido" from his 1915 opera "El Amor Brujo."
Feb. 13, 2021
Dvořák's "Silent Woods (Klid)
Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty performs Antonín Dvořák's "Silent Woods," the fifth part of the cycle for piano four-hands, "Ze Šumavy (From the Bohemian Forest)" composed in 1883. Like the other pieces in "Ze Šumavy," "Silent Woods" is a lyrical character piece, with Warren's signature expressiveness on full display in this isolated performance.
Feb. 12, 2021
Vivaldi's "Vedró con mio diletto" from "Giustino" (arr. Ben Smolen)
In this latest clip, Block x Block, a stellar ensemble of Symphony musicians and neighbors in Long Beach, present our Principal Flute Ben Smolen's arrangement of Vivaldi's "Vedró con mio diletto" from his 1724 opera "Giustino."
Jan. 26, 2021
Warren Hagerty Plays "Sicilienne" by Paradis
Maria Theresa Paradis, a blind Austrian composer and musician, had a robust musical education in Vienna, and traveled far and wide to perform for a variety of audiences, including to Salzburg to meet the Mozarts. By all accounts, Paradis had an excellent memory and exceptionally accurate hearing, as she was widely reported to have learned over 60 concertos by heart, as well as a large repertoire of solo and religious works. "Sicilienne," although dubiously ascribed to Paradis, is a beautifully lyrical piece, performed expertly here by Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty.
Jan. 21, 2021
Warren Haggerty Plays Massenet's "Méditation"
Warren Hagerty, our principal cellist who recorded the entirety of Bach's Cello Suites last year during lockdown, returns to our Quarantine Clips series once again to perform Jules Massenet's symphonic intermezzo "Méditation" from his opera "Thaïs"
December 2, 2020
Christian Kollgaard Plays his own "Élégie Melancholia"
Composed by our very own bass player, Christian Kollgaard, "Élégie Melancholia for Piano and Double Bass" is a deeply beautiful and emotional piece which describes a lot of the emotions many of us have felt this year. He is accompanied by pianist David Heinick.
October 26, 2020
Paul Manaster Plays Bolcom's "Graceful Ghost" Rag
Ghostly violin lines weave within somber piano chords for this Halloween special Quarantine Clip, performed here by Associate Concertmaster Paul Manaster, and pianist Patricia Lamb. Here's the "Grateful Ghost" Rag by longtime friend of the Symphony, William Bolcom!
Sept. 12, 2020
Stories with Richard Kaufman - Part 3
In the third and final installment of "Stories with Richard Kaufman," our principal Pops conductor details his early years working in Hollywood, and the incredible experiences he's had with top-billing actors such as Tom Hanks.
Sept. 14, 2020
Stories with Richard Kaufman - Part 2
In this 2nd part of "Stories with Richard Kaufman," our principal Pops conductor discusses how he got his start with Pacific Symphony from his earlier days working at MGM and other Hollywood recording studios, and reminisces about his early days as Pops conductor with Pacific Symphony.
Sept. 9, 2020
Stories with Richard Kaufman - Part 1
Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman sat down for a conversation with Eileen Jeanette, our senior vice-president of artistic planning, for a 3-part conversation focusing on Richard's origins in Hollywood and his time with Pacific Symphony.
Aug. 25, 2020
Barry Perkins and Micah Wilkinson Play "Inception Reflection"
Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins joins Micah Wilkinson, principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for their original take on the music of "Inception," inspired by Hans Zimmer's soundtrack, and the music of Georg Philipp Telemann.
August 24, 2020
Warren Hagerty Plays Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 1"
Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty makes a return to our Quarantine Clip series, with his 5-cello tribute to Erik Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 1." It's slowly moving melodic lines and melancholy atmosphere make it a truly beautiful piece.
August 8, 2020
Getting to Know Doug's Bass, "Matilda"
Assistant Principal bass Doug Basye introduces our audience to "Matilda," his beloved stand-up bass. You'll never guess the age of the wood used on the instrument's back!
For a special feature created by Doug, "The Birth of the Bass," check out this video!
August 3, 2020
Cindy and Tony Ellis Play Boismortier
Dynamic duo Cindy and Tony Ellis return to Quarantine Clips to perform Boismortier's Sonata No. 3, arranged here for flute and trumpet! Boismortier, the prolific French baroque composer made the majority of his wealth licensing his music.
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