The traditional end to Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival, including the thrilling climax of thundering cannons and spectacular fireworks in Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture! Also enjoy some of the most enchanting pieces by favorite Russian composers — including Rachmaninoff’s hugely popular, achingly romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.
Prefer not to cook? Enjoy our new Wine Bar or add on a gourmet Bristol Farms picnic box, ready for convenient pickup just inside the gates to the amphitheatre. (The picnic menu will appear on the screen after you choose your tickets.) Already have tickets? Click here to order food only.
“Ode to Joy” has thrilled listeners around the world for nearly two centuries. When it premiered in 1824, conducted by Beethoven himself, he heard not a note, so profoundly deaf was he. Nor did he hear the five standing ovations for the most epic choral work ever composed!
Rediscover Beethoven’s crowning achievement — a monumental fusion of soloists, chorus and music — all set to the magnificent “Ode to Joy.” Also, Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence debuts his OC-inspired composition.
Fray Plays Schumann
Brahms famously put off writing a symphony for years, so intimidated was he with comparisons to Beethoven. What he eventually wrote was well worth the wait — infinitely rich, astonishingly simple and exquisitely enchanting. Bright Sheng’s piece is set to a tender piano melody created by Brahms. And Schumann’s Piano Concerto never fails to delight.
Phantoms of the Orchestra
A Halloween spectacular uniting the orchestra and visual theater: The maestro and his terrified assistant use the power of the baton to control a ghoulish orchestra! The story of the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is brought vividly to life in this concert, which also features instantly recognizable selections from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue and Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” Don’t forget to wear your costume!
A Literary Afternoon
A delightful afternoon of works inspired by literature: Korngold’s Violin Suite references Shakespeare’s comedy; a 19th century romantic legend of a water sprite animates Reinecke’s lyrical Flute Sonata; and Schubert’s beloved "Trout" Quintet includes the composer’s popular song about a slippery fish trying to evade capture.
As “Ambassador of the American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein devotes his career to the uniquely American sound captured during the Golden Age of American popular music. Inspired by Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Gershwin and others, the multi-platinum singer has selected a sultry and swingin’ music set perfect for a swanky nightclub!
“New World” Symphony
Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos
Enjoy an informal, intimate afternoon with Pacific Symphony under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. The 2015-16 Sundays at Soka season opens with Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Symphony No. 39.
PSSS Fall Concert: Fantasize This!
Join Santiago Strings in ringing in its 25th Anniversary while paying tribute to its hallmark year of musical achievements and its founder Lonie Bosserman. Experience a place of adventure through Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, a place of peace through Balmages’ Dreaming, and a place of intrigue through Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Mike Forbes’ Dance of the Trolls. Santiago Strings proudly shares the stage with Prelude Chamber Strings as the concert concludes with Bishop’s Assemble the Minions.
Admission is free. Tickets will be available at the door:
Conrad Tao & Beethoven's “Eroica”
Hailed by critics as an “exciting prodigy” and “breathtaking,” 20-year-old Conrad Tao has become a Pacific Symphony audience favorite. His performance of Prokofiev’s masterpiece is sure to elicit the same exuberant reaction! Then, Beethoven’s popular symphony — filled with drama, death, resistance, strife and ultimate rebirth!
Nutcracker for Kids
Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky's delightful Christmas ballet — performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along and is sure to sell out!
Handel's Glorious Messiah
An event of joy, reflection and renewal: Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting “Hallelujah!” chorus.
A Cirque Christmas
A delightful Christmas concert for the whole family: Holiday tunes add a special sparkle to this jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a joyous soundtrack perfect for the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday Organ Spectacular
Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with a world-class organist and 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.
Lin Plays Mozart
Magic of Mozart
Mozart's Flute & Harp Concerto
Enjoy an informal, intimate afternoon with Pacific Symphony under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. The second concert of this year's Sundays at Soka series dedicated to the music of Mozart features his Concerto for Flute and Harp with soloists Benjamin Smolen (flute) and Grace Browning (harp) followed by the Symphony No. 40.
Pirates of Penzance, Opera for Kids!
Renowned for songs like “I am a Pirate King!” and “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta features dashing pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric major-general. This production for kids, including costumes and projected visuals, features both professional singers and talented students from Chapman University.
Superstar Organ Virtuosos
A quartet of superstar organ virtuosos perform exciting works that explore the sublime beauty, luminous textures and thrilling possibilities of the instrument, as part of Pacific Symphony’s acclaimed American Composer Festival.
A magical evening of song featuring the incomparable Bernadette Peters. The three-time Tony Award-winning star of stage, film and television joins Pacific Symphony — singing from her extensive repertoire including hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece about a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score is filled with treasures including its signature aria “Nessun Dorma,” which has been used in many Hollywood scores and as the theme for BBC’s World Cup television coverage.
“Dancing with the Stars"
A program of exuberant works by “star” composers that showcase lively dance rhythms, including energetic Gypsy and Hungarian rhythms, a seductive and languorous habanera, and that quintessential dance form—the waltz—as conceived first by Brahms and then reimagined by Schoenberg.
Symphony in Space
Blast off as the symphony travels through our solar system! Real footage from NASA will accompany music from Holst’s “The Planets,” as well as selections from “Star Wars.” Featuring the gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in our annual side-by-side concert.
Ben-Hur, featuring Stewart Copeland
The most expensive silent film ever made, 1925’s “Ben-Hur” includes an enormous cast and crew and a visual scope that is breathtaking to this day. Stewart Copeland, former drummer for "The Police," composed a new score for the Hollywood epic. He performs on drums and percussion as Pacific Symphony performs the score live, while the movie screens above.
Rhapsody in Blue
The jazz connection: Gershwin married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, while Ives’ Second Symphony alludes to popular American folk tunes including “Camptown Races,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “America the Beautiful.” Between them, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz.
It’s an unpredictable and undeniably fun night when multitalented and multifaceted comedy legend Martin Short joins Pacific Symphony for a hilarious evening of song, dance and laughter. The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor is best known for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and his scene-stealing roles in “Father of the Bride” and “Three Amigos.”
Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante
The final concert of the MOZART! series will feature Mozart’s Concertante for Violin and Viola. Also being performed will be Symphony No. 41. Enjoy an informal, intimate afternoon with Pacific Symphony under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.
The Firebird, Ballet for Kids!
Stravinsky’s famous and popular ballet comes to life in a fully costumed and narrated version just for kids. Enjoy Prince Ivan’s adventure in a magical realm, where he falls in love with a beautiful princess and is helped by an enchanted and mysterious Firebird to defeat the evil Kashchei.
The Mark of Zorro
In Old California (San Juan Capistrano to be exact), Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro opposes the corrupt colonial government, defends the weak and downtrodden and gets the girl! The 1920 silent-film classic is projected on the big screen while organist Dennis James provides an unforgettable soundtrack.
A delightful program of concerted works performed as intimate chamber music, opening with the great composers Bach and Vivaldi, followed by works of Mozart and the 20th century composer Gustav Holst, who were admirers of the Baroque masters.
Back by popular demand, trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti returns to Orange County with a brand new show! A gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer and a charismatic performer, the former trumpeter for Sting effortlessly crosses the boundaries between pop and classical, jazz and rock.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Andre Watts Plays Beethoven
Classical Mystery Tour
Return to a time when four lads from Liverpool ruled the world of music! The four musicians of Classical Mystery Tour perform music from The Beatles’ songbook, all backed by the lush sounds of Pacific Symphony. This high-energy concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final live concert in 1966.
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