Join Music Director Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony as you savor 12 magical evenings of classical masterworks, the world’s most sought-after guest artists and exciting world premieres. Guarantee the best music at the best price with season tickets starting at just $25 per concert. Experience music at its best and LIVE LIFE VIBRANTLY.
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Beethoven & Bolero
September 22 - 24, 2022It begins softly. A single snare drum. Then, a flute. Gradually, each instrument of Pacific Symphony joins in, one after the other, until Ravel’s Boléro reaches one of the greatest climaxes in all of music. Also, Orli Shaham, Dennis Kim and Warren Hagerty perform Beethoven’s too-rarely encountered tour-de-force, the Triple Concerto. Carl St.Clair begins the season with Wagner’s stormy overture to The Flying Dutchman, and Re(new)al, a new work by the brilliant young composer, Viet Cuong.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto
October 20 - 22, 2022"Worthless," declared the composer's friends. "Impossible to play." But Tchaikovsky refused to change a note of what became history's most popular piano concerto. Claire Huangci plays Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto. “If looking for characteristics of her playing, one finds them in her superior focus, imaginative abilities and the resulting poetics of her interpretation,” declares the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Also, Carl St.Clair conducts the great and noble Fourth Symphony of Johannes Brahms and music by Latin Grammy-nominated Gabriela Ortiz who is leading the new generation of Mexico’s composers.
November 17 - 19, 2022Majestic in its scope. Dazzling in its sound. There is nothing to match the experience of hearing The Planets live in concert. Experience the ultimate trip through the galaxy as Pacific Symphony performs Gustav Holst’s sonic celestial showpiece. Acclaimed violinist Stefan Jackiw performs the spirited Scottish Fantasy of Max Bruch. “His astonishing gifts, and musicality and technical finesse place him at the top of his peers,” raves The Seattle Times. These concerts begin with the lyrical PIVOT from one of today’s leading English composers, Anna Clyne.
Milos Plays Rodrigo
December 01 - 03, 2022The intoxicating, seductive sound of the classical guitar. In the greatest of all guitar concertos: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. With the greatest classical guitarist of our time: Miloš. “Charisma and presence,” declares Classical Guitar Review. “He managed to coax out some of the most beautiful high notes that I have ever heard.” Plus, the music of Brazilian-American composer and vocalist Clarice Assad, and Mei-Ann Chen leads the late, luxuriant Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff.
January 12 - 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
February 02 - 04, 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.
Tchaikovsky & Strauss
February 23 - 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.
Tao Plays Mozart
March 16 - 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 Michael 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.
April 20 - 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.
The Roaring '20s
May 11 - 13, 2023A 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.
Grieg Piano Concerto
June 01 - 03, 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.
Cathedrals of Sound
June 15 - 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