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Pacific Symphony: At-Home-Together Online

Cindy and Tony Ellis

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!


April 2, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 8

As a part of our ongoing "Bach Project" series, Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty performs the Allemande from Bach's Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008. 

April 1, 2020

Cellist Ian McKinnell Plays Frank Bridge's "Meditations"

Pacific Symphony cellist Ian McKinnell, and pianist Debbie Middlebrooks, perform Frank Bridge's "Meditations" in their local church — a wonderful and much-needed breath of fresh air.

April 1, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 7

Today Warren Hagerty plays the first movement, the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008.

March 31, 2020

A Musical Recipe for "Taco Tuesday"

Pacific Symphony dynamic duo Cindy and Tony Ellis return, this time to perform "Gazpacho" by Barbara York, a fun flute-trumpet duet to be paired with a recipe perfect for your Taco Tuesday! (Recipe at :26 seconds if you're feeling creative in the kitchen.)

March 31, 2020

The Kim Family Plays Bach

Concertmaster Dennis Kim and his family perform the slow movement (II Largo ma non tanto) from Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, this time as a flute-violin duet.

Kim Family

March 31, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 6

Warren Hagerty performs the final movement, the Gigue from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 in his ongoing series of Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello.

March 30, 2020

Robert Schumitzky and Erin Breene Play Vivaldi

Symphony first violinist Robert Schumitzky and his wife, cellist Erin Breene, perform Antonio Vivaldi's jovial "Il Pastor Fido," arranged here by Paul Bazelaire, from their home!

March 29, 2020

Violist John Acevedo Plays Bach

Pacific Symphony violist John Acevedo has transcribed, arranged and performed Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy" (originally written for keyboard) in this flamboyant performance from his home! 

March 28, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 5

Warren Hagerty performs Menuet I and II from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 in his ongoing series of Bach's cello suites.

March 27, 2020

Music Director Carl St.Clair's Musical Picks for the Week

From Carl: "Here is the 2nd installment of our little mini-series. The primary reason for sharing these two video clips is to share with everyone the greatness of two of my most important mentors and teachers — Bernstein and Ozawa. These are truly great conductors. Seiji is at his best even at 80 years of age and Mr. B. creates Mahler as no one else can."

PICK 1: Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 - IV. Adagietto for Strings and Harp with the Vienna Philharmonic.

PICK 2: Seiji Ozawa conducting the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 in F Major with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy string section in Switzerland.

March 26, 2020

Meet Concertmaster Dennis Kim's Family

Concertmaster Dennis Kim introduces you to his lovely family, from his living room in Orange County. With social distancing in full effect, his family has had to adapt a lot to a #SaferAtHome way of life - see what they're up to!

March 24, 2020

Dennis Kim and Hye-Young Kim Perform "Prayer" by Amanda Harberg

Originally scored for viola and piano in 2011, Concertmaster Dennis Kim and pianist Hye-Young Kim perform Amanda Harberg's breathtakingly beautiful "Prayer."

March 24, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 4

Enjoy Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty's performance of the Sarabande from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 in his ongoing series of Bach's cello suites.

March 23, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 3

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty performs the Courante from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 in his ongoing series of Bach's cello suites.

March 23, 2020

Music Director Carl St.Clair's Musical Pick of the Week

Carl gets on camera today to give you his musical pick of the week! 

Be sure to check out Carl's pick below, the dramatic final music of Richard Wagner's 1859 opera "Tristan und Isolde," performed here by Jessye Norman and the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by the legendary Herbert von Karajan in 1987.

March 23, 2020

Cellist Laszlo Mezo Plays Newhouse

Today we offer a teaser of Ben Newhouse's Lament for Eight Cellos, performed and recorded by Pacific Symphony cellist Laszlo Mezo (and seven friends). Video: Daniel Mezo.

March 23, 2020

Cindy and Tony Ellis Play Telemann

Symphony musician and husband-and-wife dynamic duo, Tony and Cindy Ellis, play from Telemann's Sonatas for Two Flutes, this time as a flute-trumpet duet.

March 21, 2020

Joshua Ranz Plays Bach

In honor of Bach's 335th birthday, Pacific Symphony's bass clarinetist, Joshua Ranz performs the Allemande from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1, on the bass clarinet!

Joshua Ranz

March 21, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 2

In celebration of the great composer's birthday, Warren Hagerty performs the Allemande from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 in his ongoing series of Bach's cello suites.

March 21 2020

Musician Story: Cindy Ellis and Tony Ellis

We'd like you to get to know Cindy and Tony Ellis, and their family of labradors! A family of musicians, Cindy Ellis plays the piccolo and flute, while Tony Ellis the trumpet for the Symphony.

March 20, 2020

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty Plays Bach - Part 1

Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty starts a video series in which he performs all six of Johann Sebastian Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello, one movement at a time. In the inaugural video, he plays the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007.

March 20, 2020

Concertmaster Dennis Kim Plays Beethoven

Concertmaster Dennis Kim plays Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major, originally scheduled for our March 20 concert. Alongside Hye-Young Kim, piano, Dennis brings us beautiful music right from his living room.

March 19, 2020

Guest Pianist Alexander Romanovsky

Before concert cancellations began all across the arts world, Alexander Romanovsky was set to play all five of Beethoven's piano concertos with Pacific Symphony on March 19-22. Here he presents us the Cadenza of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 online.

March 19, 2020

From CEO John Forsyte

Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte offers a message of reassurance and good health during these trying times.

March 17, 2020

From Music Director Carl St.Clair

A direct message to all of our subscribers, patrons, donors and board members from Music Director Carl St.Clair. We hope our entire Pacific Symphony family is doing well during these stressful times, and we hope that you're staying safe and healthy.