Discover the talents of one of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century. André Previn enjoys an international career in classical music — and has previously enjoyed success in the movies, musicals, popular music and jazz. No stranger to the Southland, Previn served as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985-89.
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman and special guest André Previn. Or listen online now.
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall infuse an eclectic blend of jazz, world and American pop standards with their unique sound. Performing together since 2006, each half of this husband-and-wife duo brings an impressive musical background to the table: Alpert’s accomplishments include five number one hits, 28 albums on the Billboard charts and nine Grammys; while Hall is a Grammy-winning vocalist who was the original lead singer for Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’66.
Fire & Water
A multi-faceted, multimedia exploration of the elements. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Gregory MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”) debuts a stunning video to accompany a newly commissioned piece by Laura Karpman celebrating the oceans. Then, behold the power of Brünnhilde’s immolation scene through the music of Richard Wagner. Metropolitan Opera superstar Deborah Voigt, one of the leading Brünnhildes of our time, returns to Orange County in this definitive role.
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with radio personality Alan Chapman.
Join us on June 13 for a free outdoor Plazacast and Community Celebration starting at 5 p.m., with the Aquarium of the Pacific's Aquarium on Wheels, community ensembles, food trucks and more.
July 4 Spectacular
Enjoy an energetic and exciting tribute to one of the most beloved bands ever. Enhanced by the musical force of a full orchestra, Journey’s popular hits come alive — including “Faithfully,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Wheel in the Sky” and much, much more. Plus, grand Fourth-of-July traditions: patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!
Beethoven’s “Emperor” & Scheherazade
Music beneath the stars: The quintessential Southern California summer experience! Grab your friends, pack a picnic and enjoy enduring melodies from the masters — including Beethoven’s impressive and majestic concerto from the age of revolution and romance, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s gorgeous melodies and vast palette of orchestral colors that spin tales of the Arabian Nights.
Hot Latin Nights featuring “Bolero”
Sizzling rhythms beneath the starry sky! Featuring the high-octane energy of JT & Friends, it's an evening of music and dance with sultry salsa, Cuban rhythms and the sounds of Spain. Enjoy Bernstein's "Mambo" and Ravel's popular "Bolero," among other hot-tempered favorites!
Star Trek (2009)
A night at the movies perfect for the whole family! On the big screen: J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster featuring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto boldly going where no one has gone before. On stage: Pacific Symphony performing Academy Award-winner Michael Giacchino’s score live! Giacchino's other films include Pixar’s “Up,” "Ratatouille" and “The Incredibles,” and this summer's "Tomorrowland," "Inside Out" and "Jurassic World."
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.
“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!
Beethoven’s Ninth Connections
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!
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
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!
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.
Lin Plays Mozart
Magic of Mozart
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.
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.
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.
Rhapsody in Blue Connections
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.”
Midori & The Planets
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.
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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