Virtual Live Events
Enjoy Virtual Symphony Mixers and Facebook Watch Parties. Grab a beverage of your choice, tune in and connect with fellow music lovers!
Symphony Mixers are open to Symphony subscribers and donors, and are hosted weekly by Ben Smolen, principal flute of Pacific Symphony. Recordings of each Mixer will be posted here in the week after the event.
Mixer #15 with Ben Smolen - Sept. 2, 2020
The tables have turned, and this time, host and Principal Flute Ben Smolen is in the hot seat! Audience favorite and returning guest, Principal Viola Meredith Crawford interviews Ben for this special episode of Symphony Mixers. Meredith is also a member of Long Beach Block x Block, Long Beach's premiere classical ensemble composed entirely of Pacific Symphony musicians!
Mixer #14 with Rose Corrigan - Aug. 26, 2020
Principal Bassoon Rose Corrigan joins host and Principal Flute Ben Smolen this week. Rose has one of the most impressive and extensive performance histories of any musician out there today, with over 800 film soundtracks under her belt, including "Star Wars" and "March of the Penguins."
Mixer #13 with Paul Huang - Aug. 19, 2020
Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. The Washington Post remarked that Mr. Huang "possesses a big, luscious tone, spot-on intonation and a technique that makes the most punishing string phrases feel as natural as breathing," and further proclaimed him as "an artist with the goods for a significant career" following his recital debut at the Kennedy Center.
Mixer #12 with Kirstin Chavez - Aug. 12, 2020
Mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez is a past guest artist with Pacific Symphony, most recently for last year's Café Ludwig concert, "To Tell A Story," hosted by Orli Shaham. Principal Flute Ben Smolen hosts this special Symphony Mixer as they discuss living as an artist in quarantine, the importance of music education, and her time singing in some of the most famous roles in the opera repertoire. You can learn more about Kirstin and her work here: http://www.kchavez.com/
Mixer #11 with Adedeji Ogunfolu - Aug. 5, 2020
Second French horn player Adedeji Ogunfolu joins Principal Flute Ben Smolen for an excellent Mixer discussing life during the pandemic, Adedeji's participation in the "Lift Every Voice & Sing" mosaic video of Black American musicians, and more!
Mixer #10 with Christopher Theofanidis - July 29, 2020
Renowned American composer Christopher Theofanidis joined the Symphony Mixer this week, hosted as always by Principal Flute Ben Smolen.
Mixer # 9 with Michael Franz - July 22, 2020
In this Symphony Mixer, Principal Bass Michael Franz joins Ben Smolen, host and principal flute, in this weekly discussion-based series! They discuss working together in Long Beach Block x Block, Michael's musical origins in rock'n'roll, and a lot more.
Mixer #8 with Music Director Carl St.Clair - July 15, 2020
Music Director Carl St.Clair joins Principal Flute Ben Smolen on our weekly web series, Symphony Mixer! This is one you won't want to miss.
Mixer #7 with Aiven O'Leary - July 8, 2020
Headjoint-maker at Wm. S. Haynes Flutes Aiven O'Leary joins host and Principal Flute Ben Smolen for this week's informational Symphony Mixer, as the two discuss Ben's flute, the ins-and-outs of making such a unique and complex instrument, and tell some stories about their time working together.
Mixer #6 with LB Block x Block - July 1, 2020
This Symphony Mixer this week features Long Beach Block x Block, a brand-new chamber ensemble made of our Symphony musicians. They discuss the origins of this group, some of the pieces they've orchestrated and performed and the future of chamber music during a pandemic. Ben Smolen, Meredith Crawford, Joshua Ranz and his wife Lelie Resnick, Christine Frank and Michael Franz comprise this incredibly talented group.
Mixer #5 with Meredith Crawford - June 24, 2020
Principal Flutist Ben Smolen, host of our Symphony Mixer series, is joined by Principal Violist Meredith Crawford for a fascinating conversation spanning her work recording for Hollywood films, her work composing a piece for the chamber group Salastina, and her participation in LB Block x Block, a stellar ensemble formed with Pacific Symphony musicians who live in Long Beach!
Mixer #4 with Conductor Mei-Ann Chen - June 17, 2020
Principal Flute Ben Smolen hosted Mei-Ann Chen, the esteemed music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, a classical music organization focused on highlighting the works of more diverse and lesser-known composers. It's a fascinating and light-hearted conversation about her time with the Sinfonietta, her thoughts on programming with diverse composers and her experiences conducting our own Symphony!
Mixer #3 with Warren Hagerty - June 5, 2020
Host of our Symphony Mixer series, Principal Flute Ben Smolen, is joined by Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty for the third installment of our weekly Symphony Mixer series! They discuss Warren's "Bach Project," his music education in Southern California, current world and cultural events, and answers your questions about everything cello!
Mixer #2 with Dennis Kim - May 29, 2020
Principal Flutist Ben Smolen hosts Pacific Symphony's concertmaster, Dennis Kim, who explores the history behind his Stradivarius violin and talks about his passion for sports and his previous concertmaster appointments.
Mixer #1 with Orli Shaham - May 22, 2020
In this first-ever virtual Symphony Mixer, Principal Flutist Ben Smolen hosts Café Ludwig host and curator Orli Shaham in conversation and performance. They discuss performing in the Samueli Theater together for Café Ludwig, Orli's living in New York during the height of the pandemic, how the arts (and artists themselves) are dealing with the stress of quarantine, and more!
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May 7, 2020 Watch Party
Dvořák's Cello Concerto
Featuring the famous 1968 recording of Jacqueline du Pre performing with Daniel Barenboim.
Piano Mania - Watch Party Intro
During the Watch Party "Piano Mania: An Evening of Beloved Piano Concertos,” Roger Kalia commented on performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.
Prokofiev: "Peter and the Wolf" - Watch Party Intro
Roger Kalia introduces Britten's "The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra" and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" at the April 19 Watch Party.
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Watch Party Intro
Bernstein: "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story - Watch Party Intro
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Watch Patry Intro
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter" - Watch Party Intro
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 - Watch Party Intro
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - Watch Party Intro
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