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.
Virtual Mixer #5 - 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!
Symphony 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!
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!
Symphony 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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