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!
June 29, 2020
LB Block x Block Plays Giora Feidman's “On Sabbath Day”
LB Block x Block is back with another Quarantine Clip, performing Israeli clarinetist Giora Feidman's "On Sabbath Day." Feidman specializes in klezmer music. Bass clarinetist Joshua Ranz writes: "From age 10 until 24 playing klezmer music was almost as important to me as playing classical. Then I shelved it for over 2 decades (making a living got in the way.) Thanks to my amazing LB block x block family (notably these two absolutely amazing musicians: Meredith Crawford and Michael Franz) I’ve been able to pick up a true love again and I’m happy to share it with you all in my debut Klezmer post."
June 26, 2020
LB Block X Block Plays "IPA-Grubben"
LB Block x Block, the latest Symphony musicians ensemble to grow out of our quarantine, has returned with a performance of "IPA-Grubben," a Swedish folk song performed by the group Väsen, re-written here for our Symphony musicians.
June 22, 2020
LB Block x Block Plays "Game of Thrones"
Symphony musician ensemble, LB Block x Block, performs the unforgettable theme song from "Game of Thrones," composed by Ramin Djawadi.
June 22, 2020
Agnes Gottschewski Plays Rossini's "William Tell" Overture
For Agnes Gottschewski's latest Porch Concert (week 13), she notes, "I played a two-violin version of Rossini’s "William Tell" Overture. I had recorded the second violin part and played along with it. This was a musical birthday gift for my neighbor Pete, who had sort of requested the “Lone Ranger.”
June 20, 2020
LB Block x Block Plays Copland's "Appalachian Spring"
LB Block x Block is back to perform Aaron Copland's suite "Appalachian Spring" in this latest Quarantine Clip! Originally composed as a 13-member chamber orchestra, our Symphony musicians get the job done with just 5 members: Principal Violist Meredith Crawford, Principal Flute Ben Smolen, Principal Bass Michael Franz, bass clarinetist Joshua Ranz and violinist Christine Frank.
June 17, 2020
Agnes Gottschewski Plays Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise"
In her latest porch concert, Symphony vioinist Agnes Gottschewski' plays the "Vocalise" by Rachmaninoff. Agnes noted: "For this performance I used the “MyPianist” app. It actually follows me! A little tricky outdoors with all the ambient noise, barking dogs, airplanes etc., but it still worked!"
June 17, 2020
LB Block x Block Plays "Trøstesang"
The hottest newest musical squad to come out of quarantine, LB Block x Block, happens to be entirely composed of Symphony musicians - it's only fit that you should hear their neighborhood concerts! Here's their beautiful interpretation of Trøstesang, originally written by the Gjermund Larsen Trio, arranged by Principal Flute Ben Smolen. Members of LB Block x Block include Principal Violist Meredith Crawford, Principal Flute Ben Smolen, Principal Bass Michael Franz, bass clarinetist Joshua Ranz and violinist Christine Frank.
June 15, 2020
Concertmasters Coast-to-Coast Play Bach
Now, more than ever, we turn to music to unite us - Concertmaster Dennis Kim joins others from around the country to perform Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins. From coast-to-coast, concertmasters from these organizations have helped us put together a very special performance for our audience at home: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, LA Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony.
June 13. 2020
A Mozart Duo in the Garden
Symphony players Alice Miller-Wrate and Cheryl Gates performed Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola during Alice's recent Instagram Takoeover. Alice noted: "Fellow Pacific Symphony musician Cheryl Gates and I are playing the Allegro from Mozart’s Duo K. 424 for violin and viola in her yard. Her lemon tree was so heavy with lemons that I went home with a big bag of lemons!"
June 12, 2020
Rob Slack Plays "Swingin' for the Fences"
Principal Percussionist Robert Slack tackles Gordon Goodwin's "Swingin' for the Fences" — a raucous big band piece teeming with energy.
June 10, 2020
Laszlo Mezo and Jordan Koga Play Shostakovich
Symphony cellist Laszlo Mezo performs Shostakovich's Praeludium For Two Cellos with former PSYO cellist Jordan Koga. Laszlo writes: "We hope that you and your families are safe and well. We believe in the power of music. Music is a vehicle of communication that transcends all physical and social barriers. It is the sharing of love, respect, and emotions that can be conveyed without a single word. During these times of isolation, social tension, and economic uncertainty, music is needed more than ever. We hope that our performance of Shostakovich's Prelude (originally composed for two violins) finds you well."
June 9, 2020
Ben Smolen Plays “The Captive Shepherdess”
during his recent Instagram Takeover, Principal Flute Ben Smolen's played “Trois pièces pour flûte” by Pierre Octave Ferroud. Ben says, "I’ve always loved this virtuosic and evocative piece for solo flute. Ferroud wrote the work in 1922 based on his interest in traditional Chinese music. I hope you enjoy the first movement, “The Captive Shepherdess.”
June 8, 2020
Adedeji Ogunfolu Plays "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Adedeji Ogunfolu, one of our incredible French horn players, performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing" with a number of black musicians — a powerful and beautiful musical statement. Enjoy this rendition, and read their statement below:
"A month ago we decided to record 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' to inspire young black musicians who don't often see representation of themselves in orchestral music. Instead, here we are again mourning senseless loss of lives and fighting for justice. This recording is for every protester, every freedom fighter, everyone who needs to be lifted up, and to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the numerous others whose lives have been stolen by police violence."
June 8, 2020
Alice Miller-Wrate and Family Play Coldplay
In case you missed Symphony violinist Alice Miller-Wrate's Instagram Takeover on June 3, check out her family band performing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" for their neighborhood, and Pops subscriber neighbor Sandy!
June 6, 2020
Yu-Tong Sharp Plays "The Swan"
Pacific Symphony violinist Yu-Tong Sharp performs "The Swan" from Saint-Saëns's "The Carnival of the Animals" from her home.
June 5, 2020
Chris and Debbie Kollgaard Play Boismortier
Pacific Symphony Bassist Chris Kollgaard and his wife, Debbie, perform a bass-cello duet of the movements Lentement and Gigue from Boismortier's Sonata in D Minor from their home.
June 3, 2020
Alice Miller-Wrate and MarlaJoy Weisshaar Play Telemann
As part of an Instagram takeover, Symphony violinist Alice Miller-Wrate is joined by another Symphony violinist, MarlaJoy Weisshaar, to perform a socially-distanced, outdoor rendition of Telemann's Canonic Duet No. 1.
June 3, 2020
Making Granola Against the Clock with Paganini
In another part of Symphony violinist Alice Miller-Wrate's Instagram Takeover, Alice and her daughter race against the clock to make some delicious (and healthy homemade granola), while listening to Paganini's Moto Perpetuo, performed by our returning guest artist, Augustin Hadelich!
June 1, 2020
World Premiere of "Hang On!" by Jim Self
While most of life has taken a dramatic pause, there just isn't stopping musicians, composers and performers alike. This is the world premiere of a piece called "Hang On!" written by Principal Tuba Jim Self.
Here's a note from this piece's composer: "These are my talented USC students that I coached this year premiering "Hang On!" It combines The Weapons of Brass Destruction Quintet and The USC Bass Tuba Quartet. They did it from their homes all over the country. I’m very proud of them! The piece was supposed to have been premiered at my annual chamber music concert at my home in April but, alas, we had to cancel that. It is dedicated to the Heroic Coronavirus Workers. "Hang On!" has a particular meaning theses days."
June 1, 2020
Scheherazade of the Sea
Mermaids, electric guitars and a special role for Principal Second Violinist Bridget Dolkas! Here's "Scheherazade of the Sea," an adventurous new take on the classic character from the Middle Eastern collection of tales, "One Thousand and One Nights"!
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