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This series consists of 23 performances.
Holiday Pops with The Manhattan Transfer
Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2022
Warmth, joy and magic are only some of the words that can be used to describe the holiday season. Those are also the same words that can be used to describe jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer’s The Christmas Album and An Acapella Christmas albums. Enjoy standards such as “Happy Holiday,” “Let It Snow,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Jingle Bells” and more. Celebrate the season with family and friends in the holiday-decked Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Sparkling classics and favorites for the season—even a visit from Santa!
Holiday Organ Spectacular
December 20, 2022Todd Wilson is "a fabulous virtuoso with fleet feet, a prodigious memory and technique to burn.”—The Plain Dealer
Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with world-class organist Todd Wilson and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2023It's Mahler's last completed symphony. To many—his greatest. Carl St.Clair conducts the sublime Ninth Symphony of Gustav Mahler. Poignant and profound, the Ninth is Mahler’s moving testament of the artist and his own mortality. A powerfully affecting musical journey that one can't experience on their own.
Bronfman Plays Schumann
Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2023“A virtuoso with chops that defy comparison,” raves The New York Times. “Brings to mind stories of the young Rubinstein,” says The Washington Post. The legendary Yefim Bronfman plays Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto in his long-awaited return to Pacific Symphony. And Carl St.Clair conducts two orchestral showpieces: selections from Prokofiev’s passionate Romeo and Juliet, and Johann Strauss’ beloved On the Beautiful Blue Danube.
Romeo & Juliet
February 05, 2023
Theirs was a love forbidden, and a love immortal. Experience Prokofiev’s intoxicating, impassioned “Romeo and Juliet,” as Carl St.Clair leads you through the greatest moments from Prokofiev’s sensuous ballet. (Here’s some inside trivia — Prokofiev originally intended a happy ending!)
Valentine's Day with The Righteous Brothers
Feb 10 - Feb 11, 2023
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers topped the charts for four decades. Now, Bill Medley joins forces with one of the most versatile vocalists in America, Bucky Heard, to bring The Righteous Brothers back to the stage. The Righteous Brothers concert experience features a string of their biggest top-ten hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’" (the most played song in radio history), “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life” and much more.
Tchaikovsky & Strauss
Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2023Tchaikovsky poured his soul into symphonies that would express his anguish and passions as no music had ever dared to. Carl St.Clair conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The evening is complemented with the music of Richard Strauss and his graceful Serenade for Winds. Concertmaster Dennis Kim presents the world premiere of the new Violin Concerto of dynamic American composer, John Wineglass. With multiple Emmy nominations for his music for television, Wineglass is a vital presence in the symphonic world. Be there for the first performance of his captivating new work.
The Great Outdoors
February 25, 2023
Experience the sweeping sounds of the great outdoors brought to life in the concert hall when Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra joins forces with Pacific Symphony for this side-by-side performance. You’ll hear the sound of swirling waters and majestic scenes from nature as painted by the musical pen of famous composers.
February 26, 2023
His life in constant turmoil, Tchaikovsky poured his soul into each of his symphonies. Symphonies that would express his inner anguish and romantic passions as no music had ever dared to. Carl St.Clair shares the story behind the notes of one of music’s most beloved composers, and how his greatest confidant was the champion he would never meet.
Mar 10 - Mar 11, 2023
Tony winner. Emmy winner. Star of the original production of Wicked. Kristin Chenoweth joins Pacific Symphony for this spectacular concert of classic songs of love and empowerment. Entertainment Weekly raves: “her set-list spans so many different genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
Tao Plays Mozart
Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2023Experience pianist Conrad Tao’s phenomenal artistry in Mozart’s eloquent Piano Concerto No. 24. Not yet 30, the Detroit Free Press proclaims Tao “owns a place among the world’s virtuosos.” Guest conductor Michal Nesterowicz leads music of his countryman, the late Polish film and concert composer, Wojciech Kilar. The evening ends with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”, inspired by a trip to Edinburgh and the chapel ruins of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert
March 18, 2023
Celebrating iconic musical moments from favorite films released over the last decade, this melodic journey explores Disney Animation’s latest stories through unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by a symphony orchestra. This thrilling performance includes music from Moana (2016), Academy Award-winning Frozen (2013), Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 (2014) and Tangled (2010).
Organ Superstar Anna Lapwood
April 01, 2023"The organ could not have a more dedicated or capable ambassador than Lapwood"—ArtMuse London
Known as the “TikTok Organist” due to her large following on that social media platform, Anna Lapwood brings humor and youthful joie de vivre as an advocate for her instrument. She is Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her wide-ranging musical career has already seen performances across Europe and countless appearances on television and radio. Having been encouraged early in her career to “play like a man,” Lapwood is an inspiration to many young women and proud that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.
Gloria Gaynor - Queen of Disco
Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2023
Once and forever, Gloria Gaynor remains the reigning queen of disco! 45 years beyond her anthem “I Will Survive,” and she has, and is stronger than ever. Hear Gloria sing her hottest hits in a full symphonic treatment from Pacific Symphony. This concert has so much energy, the legs on your seats will be dancing!
Apr 20 - Apr 25, 2023A lecherous Duke, who lives to take his pleasure. His twisted court jester, who lives to take his revenge. Carl St.Clair conducts this season’s semi-staged opera production: Verdi’s Rigoletto, the composer’s masterpiece of duplicity and deception. A full theatrical experience in the splendor of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Gershwin's Roaring '20s
May 11 - May 13, 2023
A three-part celebration starting with the music that defined the Roaring Twenties. First, listen to music of the era in the concert hall, such as George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.Then, foxtrot on the Plaza to the JT & Friends band, and finally, enjoy the landmark 1927 silent film It starring Clara Bow, accompanied on the organ by Dennis James.
Image magnification (IMAG): During the performance, close-ups of the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest artists will be projected onto the big screen above the orchestra.
Grieg's Piano Concerto
Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2023This is one of the most beloved, most passionate Piano Concertos in the entire repertoire. The brilliant Louis Lortie, noted by The New York Times for his “splendid technique and thoughtful soul,” plays Greig’s immortal concerto. Teddy Abrams, at the forefront of America’s new generation of conductors leads Stravinsky’s colorful Petrushka, and an overture of his own.
Hansel & Gretel - Opera for Kids!
June 03, 2023
This fairy tale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration and acting, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers.
Organ Virtuoso Christopher Houlihan
June 04, 2023"Houlihan is the next big organ talent." —Los Angeles Times
Organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an "intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his "glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances" (Los Angeles Times). In 2015, he was selected for The Diapason's "20 Under 30," a distinguished list of leaders in the organ world.
Renée Elise Goldsberry
Jun 9 - Jun 10, 2023
ANGELICA SCHUYLER IN THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF HAMILTON
Renée Elise Goldsberry graced The Good Wife and One Life to Live on television. Broadway cheered her in Rent, The Color Purple and Hamilton, and gave her a Tony and a Grammy. Hear her golden voice fill Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in a collection of showstoppers as only she can sing them.
Cathedrals of Sound
Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2023A program spanning five centuries and celebrating the spirit. The mystical Miserere by the Renaissance composer Gregorio Allegri was so popular the Vatican forbade it to be published (though a teenage Mozart secretly transcribed it, having heard it just twice). Pacific Chorale director Robert Istad conducts the Miserere, then Carl St.Clair leads Richard Strauss’ transcendent tone poem followed by the world premiere of Fiat Lux by Scotland’s Sir James MacMillan, whose moving music draws on his faith and heritage