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André Previn

Mozart & Rachmaninoff

October 19 – 21, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Hailed by The Independent as a “big pianist with a calmly commanding presence,” Garrick Ohlsson joins Pacific Symphony with Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto — a work that legendary pianist Alfred Brendel has referenced as “one of the greatest wonders of the world.” Also featured on the program is the West Coast premiere of André Previn's new work for orchestra along with Rachmaninoff’s formidable Second Symphony. 

Halloween Goes Hollywood

Halloween Goes Hollywood

October 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

The 13th Annual Despicable Villains’ Choice Awards. Celebrate Halloween with a concert featuring such frightfully fun film music as “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Don’t forget to wear your costume — dress as your favorite despicable villain!

Hilbert Museum Concert

Hilbert Museum Concert

October 22, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE chamber music concert by a string quartet from Pacific Symphony along with a Chapman cello ensemble, led by cellist Laszlo Mezo, lecturer at Chapman University and member of Pacific Symphony.  What better way to enjoy great music than in a venue surrounded by fine art by many of California's most noted artists?  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served. Limited standing room in the back. California wine and cheese reception to follow the performance.

Parent and Me: Music and Movement

Parent and Me: Music and Movement

October 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Join us for a series of innovative workshops with Teaching Artist Maria Simeone and Pacific Symphony musicians that will have you and your child dancing, singing, and moving together through brain-based learning activities. Workshops are created to support your child's healthy development through developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, taught by teaching artist Maria Simeone. Each class day is different, with some classes featuring a Pacific Symphony musician and others allowing children to take their first steps in playing simple instruments.

Ella Fitzgerald

Tribute to Ella

November 3 – 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

A centennial celebration of the First Lady of Song! Pacific Symphony honors Ella Fitzgerald’s remarkable legacy with the sultry ballads and sweet jazz that she made her own — including “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

OC Can You Play With Us - Chamber Edition

OC Can You Play With Us - Chamber Edition

November 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Community musicians ages 22 and older from across Orange County will have the unique opportunity to play in the Samueli Theater in one of five chamber ensembles led by Pacific Symphony conductors and musicians. The event will include a chamber string orchestra led by cellist Ian McKinnell, a flute choir led by flutist Cindy Ellis, a clarinet choir led by clarinetist Joshua Ranz, a brass choir led by Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and a percussion ensemble led by Principal Percussionist Rob Slack

Friends and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event for FREE, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Nobertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey

Cathedrals of Sound

November 9 – 11, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Composer Hugo Wolf called Bruckner’s Eighth “the creation of a giant, surpassing in spiritual dimension and magnitude all the other symphonies of the master.” Featuring the spiritual voices of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey to set the stage and stunning visuals from Nick and Clemens Prokop, this monumental work will take you on a journey through symphonic space and time.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PSYWE Fall Concert

November 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Fresh from their prize-winning participation in the 2017 Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) kicks off its 2017-18 season with music of the old world and the new! Revel in a wide-ranging program including works of William Byrd, Percy Grainger, John Phillip Sousa, Richard Wagner and more! The brilliant musicians of PSYWE, backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie Concert Organ, are sure to engage and inspire!

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Joseph Morris

Mozart - The Final Concertos

November 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Principal clarinetist Joseph Morris won first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition and the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition. Benjamin Pasternack entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of thirteen and was the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural World Music Masters Piano Competition held in Paris and Nice in July 1989. 

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Fall Concert

November 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Energized by many recent artistic achievements, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) inaugurates its 2017-18 season with a stirring and innovative program that includes Berlioz’ thrilling Roman Carnival Overture, Journey by the young Los Angeles-based composer Austin Wintory and concludes with one of the most beloved of 20th century classics, the Firebird Suite of Igor Stravinsky.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings

PSSS Fall Concert

November 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

In its energizing season opener, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) presents an afternoon of miniature masterpieces! Experience great works on an intimate scale, including music of J.S. Bach, Brian Balmages, Sergei Prokofiev and more. This performance presented by the high-achieving musicians of Santiago Strings will be sure to amaze and inspire! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Anu Tali, guest conductor

Gershwin's Concerto

November 30 – December 2, 2017,  8:00 p.m.

“Many persons had thought that the Rhapsody in Blue was only a happy accident…Well, I went out, for one thing, to show them that there was plenty more where that had come from,” said George Gershwin himself. Widely considered Gershwin’s most classical piece, his Piano Concerto in F represents the perfect blend between the rhythmic liberties of jazz fused with classical roots.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!

Nutcracker for Kids!

Nutcracker for Kids!

December 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio—with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus—provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

Trumpeter Barry Perkins

Holiday Organ Spectacular

December 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist 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 $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ. 

Seth MacFarlane

Celebrate the Holidays with Seth MacFarlane

December 22 – 23, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-nominated writer, singer, actor, producer and director Seth MacFarlane makes his Orange County debut performing your favorite timeless holiday classics. His gorgeous, lush baritone also delivers sophisticated interpretations from the Great American Songbook, performed in the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. 

Violinist Ray Chen

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

January 11 – 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Beethoven’s only violin concerto remains one of the most widely played and popular works for the instrument. Famous for its spirited final movement, the work reveals the amazing melodic and technical range of the violin. Also featured is Edward Elgar’s regal Symphony No. 1, a work that was performed over 100 times within a year of its premiere and was hailed by The Musical Times as an "immediate and phenomenal success."

Philippe Quint

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

January 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Grammy-nominated Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint is lauded for his “searingly poetic lyricism” (Daily Telegraph, UK). His impassioned musical desire for reimagining traditional works and commissioning new works, his dedication to exploring different styles and genres, and his award-winning discography has solidified him as one of the foremost violinists of today.

Organist Paul Jacobs

Organ Superstar: Paul Jacobs

January 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs, a Pacific Symphony favorite, returns to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ to perform a program of virtuosic organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach — including the ever-popular Toccata and Fugue in D Minor — and Franz Liszt.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the organist!

Pianist Alexander Romanovsky

Brahms & Prokofiev

February 1 – 3, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

“Romanovsky is the latest pianist to be hailed as the true heir to the great Russian tradition,” said The Guardian. The formidable guest pianist performs Prokofiev’s second piano concerto, which has garnered a reputation for being one of the most technically demanding piano concertos in the repertoire.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!

Fledermaus: The Bat-Man's Revenge - Opera for Kids!

Fledermaus: The Bat-Man's Revenge - Opera for Kids!

February 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Pranks and tricks abound at the annual SuperHeroes’ masked costume ball! And who is this mysterious Bat-Man, the biggest prankster of them all? This lighthearted comic operetta — written by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss, Jr. — sparkles with fun and lively music and features talented opera singers from Chapman University.

Alexander Romanovsky

Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2

February 4, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

After Prokofiev performed his Second Piano Concerto, the score disappeared. Maestro St.Clair will reveal the mystery behind the long-lost concerto, which will be performed by one of today’s top Russian virtuosos.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 10, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Join us for Pacific Symphony's annual festivities honoring the Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Dog, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance. 

Barry Perkins

Happy Birthday, Bernstein

February 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, Steve Reich’s 80th birthday and Frank Ticheli’s 60th, this all-American program features a variety of chamber works in compelling instrumental combinations. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the imtimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross

February 16 – 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the '70s and '80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered five Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” won him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.”

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

February 22 – 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PSYWE Spring Concert

March 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble opens its spring concert with an instrumental arrangement of Morten Lauridsen's breathtakingly beautiful choral piece, "O Magnum Mysterium," followed by Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis"  on themes of Carl Maria von Weber. The program continues with Britain's favorite piece of classical music, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and closes with the fanciful "Alice in Wonderland" by Los Angeles-based composer Steven Mahpar. 

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Spring Concert

March 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra opens their spring concert with "Analog Intelligence (A 21st Century Dance Suite)" by Brendan Faegre, followed by Gustav Mahler's spellbinding epic First Symphony. The spellbinding slow movement in based on the children's song ""Frère Jacques," transposed into a haunting minor key.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman

March 15 – 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

“Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company,” said the Los Angeles Times about living legend Pinchas Zukerman. The violin master makes a return to Pacific Symphony with the profoundly virtuosic Bruch Violin Concerto. 

Video Game Odyssey

Video Game Odyssey

March 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Two kids — just like you! — find themselves transported inside their favorite video game. Escape with them to a magical world with music from your favorite video games and with our special guests, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, playing side-by-side with the incredible musicians of Pacific Symphony!

Pinchas Zukerman

Zukerman Plays Bruch

March 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Living legend Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch’s masterful Violin Concerto. Then, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition takes listeners on a musical stroll through an art gallery that holds colorful paintings, each with its own fascinating story.

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

March 23 – 24, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

After standing ovations and shouts of “Bravo!” during their last visit in Orange County, we are thrilled for the return of this popular group and their dynamic, high-energy show. Pink Martini is part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe and all fun! The 12-member group delivers magical ballads, syncopated tangos, spitfire ditties and dreamy love songs, which sounds especially grand enhanced with the lush backing of the orchestra.

Selling fast! Good seats still available as part of a Choose-Your-Own Pops 4-Concert Package.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie

April 6 – 7, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Beauty, thrills and majesty! This popular troupe returns by popular demand with an all-new show featuring a jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a soundtrack of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque for Kids!

April 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Symphony plus circus equals a spectacular show, created especially for kids! The world's greatest circus artists from Cirque de la Symphonie will dazzle and delight in this first-ever Family series concert appearance. Experience a jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a soundtrack of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites.

Anoushka Shankar, sitar

Glass & Shankar

April 12 – 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Through a highly prized invitation, Pacific Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with this award-winning program during Carnegie’s yearlong celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday. Originally commissioned, premiered and recorded by Pacific Symphony, “The Passion of Ramakrishna” is a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power—scored for vocal soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Joining Pacific Symphony for this historic concert is sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Hear this landmark concert before Pacific Symphony presents it during its Carnegie Hall debut!

USC Thornton Choral Artists

Beethoven's Ninth

April 15, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers and teaches choral conducting and choral methods. He is currently the vice president of International Affairs at the American Choral Director’s Association.

Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

April 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Considered the first-ever vampire movie, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror tells the story of a naive real estate agent trapped in a castle in Transylvania after discovering his client, the rich count, is a vampire. Watch this 1922 classic come to life as organist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack.

Orli Shaham

Bach & Fauré

April 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Bach’s serene aria with 30 variations has been described as both a beautiful keyboard work and a “Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture.” There are over 300 recordings of the work, many in unusual arrangements. Conductor David Robertson’s striking arrangement for String Quartet and Piano receives it world premiere at this performance!  Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the imtimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.

Pianist André Watts

Watts Plays Beethoven

May 3 – 5, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a perennial favorite guest of Pacific Symphony, André Watts returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works – the "Emperor Concerto." A work prized for its serene and tender second movement, Beethoven’s last piano concerto is a testament to the composer’s emotional range. Shostakovich complements the evening with his intense 10th Symphony. 

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings

PSSS Season Finale

May 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, under the direction of Irene Koesen, ends the season with music of the British Isles, including Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, the Welsh Hymn Tune "Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Scottish Folk Song "Sweet Afton."

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PSYWE Season Finale

May 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

After opening the season with John Philip Sousa's march for the inauguration of President Garfield, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble closes the season with another piece by the American march king, composed for the same president's funeral. The program also includes "Variations on America" by Charles Ives and a "Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Russell Bennett.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Season Finale

May 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra's season finale features the winner(s) or the annual PSYO Concert Competition. The program opens with the tone poem "Don Juan " by Richard Strauss and closes with the ever-popular "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pianist Boris Giltburg

Rach 2

May 31 – June 2, 2018,  8:00 p.m.

Gramophone places pianist Boris Giltburg “among the truly memorable Rachmaninoff interpreters, an elect including Moiseiwitsch, Horowitz, Kappel, Richter and Cliburn. Giltberg’s originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.” 

Saturday Night Fever - Music of the Bee Gees

Saturday Night Fever - Music of the Bee Gees

June 8 – 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

In the hands of Stayin' Alive, the worlds’ #1 tribute to the Bee Gees, the quintessential pop culture icons of the 1970s live again! With expert harmonies and undeniable groove, powerful vocals recreate the sound that defined a generation — from blockbusters like “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “Night Fever” to early hits like “To Love Somebody” and “Massachusetts.”


Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

Sounds of Hollywood

June 14 – 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s premier violinists and has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a performer of “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” Joining her on the stage is Hollywood giant James Newton Howard, considered one of the most versatile and respected composers currently working in film. With an esteemed career spanning over 30 years, Howard is best known for his soundtracks for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Dark Knight and Blood Diamond.

Anne Akiko Meyers

Cinematic Violin

June 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers plays a suite of film music by Hollywood composer James Newton Howard, who is known for writing such soundtracks as The Village, Defiance and more. The vibrant colors of the orchestra come to life in Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.