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This series consists of 11 performances.


Pacific symphony Sibelius' Violin Concerto

Sibelius' Violin Concerto

October 19 - 21, 2023

Sibelius himself once said “When I play the violin, it is as though the insides of the music opened up to me.” So it is no surprise that his only violin concerto is a masterpiece featuring lush melodies and sweeping movements, perfectly blending drama and technical virtuosity.

Lili Boulanger: D'un soir triste
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
- Intermission -
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Christian Kluxen, guest conductor
Esther Yoo, violin


Pacific symphony California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

November 16 - 18, 2023

Part of the inaugural California Festival, a treasure trove of music celebrating the Golden State’s legacy of experimentation and free-spirited artistry, this concert features a new composition by Gabriella Smith, whose work is described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative,” along with other pieces inspired by the diversity and richness of our state.

Adam Schoenberg: Canto
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4
- Intermission - 
Gabriella Smith: Bioluminescence Chaconne
Debussy: La Mer

Ludovic Morlot, guest conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

This concert is part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music across the state Nov. 3-19, 2023


Pacific symphony New World Symphony

New World Symphony

November 30 - 02, 2023

Drawing on Native American and African American musical themes and Bohemian folk tunes, Dvorák’s masterpiece weaves a unique musical tapestry that remains one of the most popular works of classical music. Chopin's romantic Piano Concerto No. 2 features French pianist David Fray.

Sofia Gubaidulina
: Fairytale Poem
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
  David Fray, piano
- Intermission -
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

Alexander Shelley, guest conductor
David Fray, piano


Pacific symphony Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

January 11 - 13, 2024

A masterpiece of emotion and virtuosity, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto features lyrical melodies, expressive solos and a brilliant finale!

Sibelius: En Saga
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
- Intermission -
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6

Matthew Halls, conductor
Paul Huang, violin


Pacific symphony Kern Plays Rach 3

Kern Plays Rach 3

February 01 - 03, 2024

Superstar Olga Kern performs the “Mount Everest” of piano concertos—one of the repertoire’s most powerful, most demanding and most popular works. Then, Brahms’ infinitely rich, astonishingly simple and exquisitely enchanting First Symphony.

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 
- Intermission -
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Olga Kern, piano


Pacific symphony Beethoven & Shostakovich

Beethoven & Shostakovich

February 22 - 24, 2024

Featuring a dramatic opening movement, a lyrical second movement, and a dance-like final movement, the Piano Concerto No. 3 is considered one of Beethoven’s best. Then, the triumph and tragedy of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

Charles Griffes: The White Peacock
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
- Intermission -
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Andrew Litton, guest conductor
Alessio Bax, piano


Pacific symphony Mahler's Fifth

Mahler's Fifth

March 14 - 16, 2024

From its powerful opening trumpet solo to its triumphant finale, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is huge, sweeping and emotional—reflecting the composer’s journey from mourning to triumph. Upbeat and joyful, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is a cornerstone of the repertoire.

Ortiz: Kauyumari 
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
- Intermission -
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Carlos Miguel Prieto, guest conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello


Pacific symphony La Bohème

La Bohème

April 04 - 09, 2024

Puccini: La Bohème
Semi-staged opera in Italian with English subtitles.

Everything great opera should have: gorgeous music, high emotion and grand tragedy! Carefree Bohemians and star-struck lovers—penniless, hungry and ill—fill the concert hall with their astonishing voices as Puccini’s heart-rending tale unfolds.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Omer Ben Seadia, stage Director
Cast to be announced


Pacific symphony Tchaikovsky's Sixth

Tchaikovsky's Sixth

April 25 - 27, 2024

One of classical music’s enduring favorites, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” is a musical representation of the composer’s private struggles, including his failing health and his difficult personal life: “Without exaggeration,” he wrote, “I have put my whole soul into this work.”

Donghoon Shin: The Hunter’s Funeral
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
- Intermission -
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Shiyeon Sung, guest conductor
Yeol Eum Son, piano


Pacific symphony Beethoven & Sibelius

Beethoven & Sibelius

May 16 - 18, 2024

Absorb the hauntingly beautiful poetic qualities of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4—which Leonard Bernstein called “one of the most sublime moments in the history of music.” Contrast that with Sibelius’ energetic and triumphant symphony—and its memorable brass fanfares.

Elfrida Andrée: Andante quasi recitativo for Strings
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
- Intermission -
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Tianyi Lu, guest conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano


Pacific symphony Beethoven's Ninth

Beethoven's Ninth

June 06 - 08, 2024

Beethoven’s crowning achievement—a monumental fusion of soloists, chorus and music all set to Schiller’s magnificent “Ode to Joy.” When it premiered in 1824, conducted by Beethoven himself, he heard not a note, so profoundly deaf was he by then.

Lauridsen: Lux aeterna
- Intermission -
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale - Robert Istad, artistic director


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