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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! This semi-staged production includes acting, staging, colorful costumes and larger-than-life puppets that enhance the storytelling. Prepare to be enchanted!

Lantern Festival 2018

Lantern Festival 2018

March 4, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

FREE FAMILY EVENT! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s third annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Dog! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

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 the fanciful Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Los Angeles-based composer Steven Mahpar. The program continues with Ralph Vaughan Williams' elegiac The Lark Ascending and closes with Paul Hindemith's stirring Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

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

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Spring Concert

March 12, 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 gloriously epic First Symphony. The spellbinding slow movement is 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 Mozart's delightful Violin Concerto No. 3.

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 such as "Super Mario Brothers" and "The Legend of Zelda," as well as selections from well-known works by Mahler, Stravinsky and Wagner. Our special guests, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, play side-by-side with the incredible musicians of Pacific Symphony!

Pinchas Zukerman

Zukerman Plays Mozart

March 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Living legend Pinchas Zukerman performs Mozart's delightful Violin Concerto No. 3. 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.

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman

Violin Masterclass: Pinchas Zukerman

March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Three students in the Orange County community will be selected to perform in this masterclass with world-renowned violinist, Pinchas Zukerman. He will listen to them play a selection of their choice and then offer feedback and coaching on technique, musicianship and other performance factors. Participating students and audience members alike have the opportunity to learn from this extraordinary musican. 

Tickets are just $10! Seating is general admission.

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 sound especially grand enhanced with the lush backing of the orchestra.

Sure to sell out!

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 more than 300 recordings of the work, many in unusual arrangements. Conductor David Robertson’s striking arrangement for String Quartet and Piano receives its world premiere at this performance!  Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the intimate 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.

Color My World: Music of Chicago

Color My World: Music of Chicago

July 4, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

TIMELESS CLASSICS THAT DEFINE GENERATIONS

Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling fireworks show.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

August 18, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

FILM WITH ORCHESTRA

Experience “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” as never before when Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score live while the classic film is projected on a giant high definition screen. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a little lost alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott.
 

Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Pacific Amphitheatre

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

END THE SUMMER WITH A BANG!

No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with his memorable Piano Concerto No. 1. You won’t want to miss it!

Olga Kern

Rach 3 & Boléro

September 27 – 29, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

An opening night celebration that immerses you in the virtuosity of the solo musician, both on the piano and in the orchestra. The brilliant Olga Kern returns to Orange County with the “Mount Everest” of piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. And be amazed by the artistry of solo Pacific Symphony musicians as they sweep you away with music from Mozart and Ravel. 

Olga Kern

Rach 3

September 30, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

The brilliant Olga Kern returns to Orange County with the “Mount Everest” of piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. And be amazed by  Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro. 

Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein @ 100

October 25 – 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Feel the joy and emotion of one of the greatest 20th-century composers — an American treasure and mentor of Music Diector Carl St.Clair —through works like Chichester Psalms, combining Broadway-inspired melodies with sacred texts for chorus and orchestra and Serenade, a symbolic, lyrical work scored for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion.

Dvorak

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

October 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Dvořák’s final symphony is one of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire. Written during a two-and-a-half year stay in the United States, the Czech composer’s Ninth Symphony was heavily influenced by African-American spirituals and Native-American melodies.

Philippe Quint

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

November 15 – 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Danish composer Carl Nielsen described his Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” as a metaphor for “the fundamental life-force of music.” Dive into this dynamic tour de force that features an explosive introduction and a dueling timpani finale. Violinist Philippe Quint returns with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Violin Concerto and the overture to one of the most famous operas, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, opens this immersive program.

Markus Groh

Nutcracker Fantasy

December 6 – 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday! Enjoy reinvented favorites like “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “Dance of the Floreadors.” German pianist Markus Groh returns with Brahms’ dramatic Second Piano Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ sacred Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis introduce this festive program.

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 9, 2018, 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.

Gabriela Martinez

Chopin's Piano Concerto

January 10 – 12, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Technically his second piano concerto (he wrote two in one year during his late teens), Chopin’s Concerto in E minor is a work that takes what the melodic composer did best – compose deeply expressive melodies – and puts it in the hands of a virtuoso soloist and orchestra. Prokofiev’s last symphony and Mussorgsky’s macabre Night on Bald Mountain accompany this unforgettable program. 

 

Leonard Elschenbroich

Scheherazade

January 31 – February 2, 2019,  8:00 p.m.

Inspired by the legendary folk stories of “A Thousand and One Nights, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Also featured are Bernstein’s “Slava!” and Shostakovich’s high voltage Cello Concerto No. 1 — both written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony

1,001 Nights

February 3, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Part violin concerto, part symphonic poem, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Come and be immersed in the mythical sounds of this sweeping masterpiece.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 9, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Pig, 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.

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

February 21 – 26, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young naïve Japanese geisha who believes that her love for a handsome American naval officer is eternal. With its lush score and heartbreaking arias, it is a timeless tale that will stir your emotions. 

Paul Huang

Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

March 21 – 23, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Inspired by his travels to Venice, Rome, Bologna and Florence, Mendelssohn’s symphony evokes imagery of Mediterranean sunshine, famous architecture and the rustic landscapes that make Italy so iconic. And be inspired by an arrangement of the Adagio from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 and Bruch’s profoundly virtuosic Violin Concerto.

Juho Pohjonen

A Space Odyssey

April 11 – 13, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Famous as part of the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra elicits wonder about our vast universe. Former Composer-in- Residence Michael Daugherty offers a suitable prelude — a new work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Mozart’s cheerful Piano Concerto No. 23, with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, is the sublime centerpiece.

Pablo Villegas

Villegas: Master of Guitar

May 2 – 4, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Be swept away by the romantic charm of the guitar as Pacific Symphony embarks on a special celebration of this popular instrument. A festival curated by the “master of guitar” Pablo Villegas takes you on a journey to Spain with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuaz, inspired by the real-life royal Spanish palace.

Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony

Ravel's "The Child & the Magic Spells"

May 16 – 18, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Considered one of Maurice Ravel’s masterpieces, L’enfant et les sortilèges takes the perspective of a young boy who encounters magical forces. Opening the program is Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf,. a symphonic fairy tale for children that illustrates the characterful sounds of the orchestra and features unique visual performers, the Magic Circle Mime Company.

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale

Symphony of a Thousand

June 6 – 8, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

A tidal wave of sound, Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” is a deeply immersive work that pushes the sonic boundaries of the orchestra and choir. Written as an expression of confidence in the eternal human spirit, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is an exhilarating experience you cannot miss. 

Pacific Symphony

Mahler's Eighth

June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

“On the threshold of my old workshop, the Spiritus Creator took hold of me and shook me and drove me on for the next eight weeks until my greatest work was done," said Gustav Mahler about his “Symphony of a Thousand.”