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The Ten Tenors: "Home for the Holidays"

The Ten Tenors: "Home for the Holidays"

December 16 – 17, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

“Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more, it's the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. As an added bonus, Nancy Cartwright, voice actor for “The Simpsons,” makes a special appearance to narrate “The Night Before Christmas.”

Holiday Organ Spectacular

Holiday Organ Spectacular

December 20, 2016, 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. Come early and enjoy listening to the Laguna Flutes perform in the lobby before the concert.

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto

January 12 – 14, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

One of Tchaikovsky’s best known works and among the most famous in all of classical music, the First Piano Concerto is a deeply expressive and romantic tour de force. Gold Medal winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang performs this great masterwork. Prokofiev’s Fifth is one of the great orchestral works of the 20th century. Written during the dark days of World War II, Prokofiev intended his Fifth to be "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit."

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at pianist Haochen Zhang, Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!

Hansel & Gretel, Opera for Kids!

Hansel & Gretel, Opera for Kids!

January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

This fairytale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers, including students from Chapman University, who are joined by The All-American Boys Chorus.

Russian Passion

Russian Passion

January 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Prokofiev described his Fifth as “the culminating point of my creative life. I imagine the Symphony as the expression of the grandeur of the human spirit.” Experience one of the great orchestral works of the 20th century. Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year Concert

January 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lover’s Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the America Feel Young Chorus.

讓太平洋交響樂團與您一快兒慶祝農曆新年,迎接雞年的來臨!在大年初一的晚上我們邀請您觀賞這場別出心裁的晚會,從李煥之的《春節序曲》,傳統又耳熟能詳的《茉莉花》,到由二胡演奏家高韶青所詮釋的《粱祝》等等,及終場在膾炙人口的貝多芬《第九交響曲第四樂章》《快樂頌》的大和唱歌聲中畫下句點。這是場西方與東方音樂、舞蹈、歌曲、和樂器的結合。

Scottish Fantasy

Scottish Fantasy

February 2 – 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Danzmayr makes his Pacific Symphony debut conducting a program that presents three different musical perspectives evoking the wild Romantic landscapes of Scotland. Well known are Max Bruch’s fantasy on Scottish folk melodies for violin and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace. Less known is romantic Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” as George Bernard Shaw once described it.

Lantern Festival 2017

Lantern Festival 2017

February 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s second annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rooster! 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.

Pianist Sean Chen

Soka: Beethoven Piano Concertos 2 & 3

February 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 27-year-old American pianist Sean Chen was the third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in addition to other awards.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

February 10 – 11, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Get ready for a romantic and unforgettable evening with this multi- Grammy Award-winning singer/ songwriter, who has sold more than 55 million albums and singles worldwide. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, Michael Bolton will perform a concert featuring blockbuster hits, soulful classics and such favorite pop songs as “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “How Can We Be Lovers, ” “That’s What Love is All About,” “Time, Love and Tenderness,” “Stand By Me” and many more.

Aida

Aida

February 23 – 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Our semi-staged concert opera productions have been extremely popular and always sell out. Continuing in that tradition, we present Verdi’s most popular opera. “Aida” tells the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Aida reflects Verdi’s great musical genius at its most voluptuous. Thrill to some of opera’s greatest arias, most powerful choruses and the stirring Triumphal March.

Viva Villa-Lobos!

Viva Villa-Lobos!

February 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Brazil’s greatest composer, Villa-Lobos mined the rich exotic sound world of his native country’s folk music. Argentina’s Ginastera followed suit and also inspired a young Piazzolla, who played the tango accordion (bandoneón) to follow his muse as the father of “new tango.” Come early for tango dancing in the lobby!

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

March 3 – 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

March 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

The 10th Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival will be  a sensational wine auction and dinner, featuring extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, imaginative silent-auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with exquisite wine pairing and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and extraordinary travel opportunities. The 2016 event featured: Aubert Wines, BOND Estates, Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Margaux, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Hundred Acre, Marcassin, Peter Michael Winery, Scarecrow and Vega-Sicilia.

 

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

March 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece influenced such films as “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Experience this cinematic tour de force projected on the big screen while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.

Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto

Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto

March 23 – 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at pianist Zhang Zuo, guest conductor Darrell Ang and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!

King Arthur and the Legend of the Dragon's Lair

King Arthur and the Legend of the Dragon's Lair

March 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! Featuring the gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in our annual side-by-side concert and including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PSYWE Spring Concert: Music of Darkness & Light

March 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Join Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble as it seeks to explore music's connection to those most basic of human experiences: good and evil. Optimistic and yearning in both color and character, “House Plants in Terracotta Pots” by Roy Magnuson opens the performance in a minimalistic beckoning of curiosity, followed by Brian Balmages' introspective “Kindred Spirits.” Bask in Aaron Perrine's “Only Light” and experience the power of David Maslanka's tone poem “Liberation,” featuring a full chorus performing alongside one of the nation’s greatest youth wind ensembles.

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

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Spring Concert

March 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

We invite you to experience the virtuosity of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in an evening of symphonic masterpieces. Lose yourself in the lush fanfares of Wagner’s Overture to "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," experience the home-grown Americana of Copland’s "Billy the Kid" Suite and find tranquility in Respighi’s “Church Windows.” Don’t miss this memorable showcase of young talent and awe-inspiring artistry!

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

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

April 6 – 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

The New Yorker’s critic Alex Ross described John Adams’ music as “present-tense American romanticism.” In celebration of this new-music luminary’s 70th birthday, Pacific Symphony performs “The Dharma at Big Sur,” with Tracy Silverman, “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” (BBC Radio). The Grammy-nominated “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a stirring work that celebrates the hopes and fears of immigrants who arrive at Ellis Island in search of a utopian dream. 

This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival 2017.

 

Ellis Island: An American Dream

Ellis Island: An American Dream

April 9, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Peter Boyer’s compelling work celebrates the hopes and fears of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island in search of a utopian dream.

This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival 2017.

 

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

April 21 – 22, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Long before becoming world renowned as the quirky and neurotic George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway song-and-dance man. His evening with Pacific Symphony brings a hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage, which features a program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction. It’s a much heralded night of music, laughter and fun.

Magic of Chopin

Magic of Chopin

April 27 – 29, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate—and surprising.”

Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals

April 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more.

Pianist Joyce Yang

Soka: Beethoven's "Emperor"

April 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Joyce Yang, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. “Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity” (Washington Post).

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell

April 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you! Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

The Haydn Effect

The Haydn Effect

May 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to “Papa Haydn,” who has been called the father of the string quartet because he was instrumental in the development of chamber music. For most of his career Haydn was not only considered the most celebrated composer in Europe, but he also guided and mentored two star pupils: Mozart and Beethoven!

Mozart & Don Quixote

Mozart & Don Quixote

May 18 – 20, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

The internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham, a “first-rate Mozartean” according to the Chicago Tribune, takes center stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello—Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer—starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at the soloists, Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings

PSSS Season Finale: Home Grown!

May 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

In its energizing season finale performance, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings presents you with an afternoon of masterpieces from our own backyard! Experience a bit of Americana through the folk tunes and masterworks that built the American classical canon – from “Simple Gifts” to Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” This performance presented by the high-achieving musicians of Santiago Strings will be sure to amaze and inspire!

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

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PSYWE 10th Anniversary Season Finale: Traditions

May 21, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble gears up to embark on its first international tour of Austria in July 2017 and concludes its 10th anniversary concert season by paying homage to the band tradition as well as the ensemble’s history in the Pacific Symphony family. Basler’s thrilling "Carnival" excitedly kicks off this performance followed by Giroux’ brand new work, "One Life Beautiful." Two cornerstone works for wind ensemble, Vaughn Williams’ "English Folksong Suite" and Holst's First Suite in Eb, celebrate the wind band culture’s deep rooted tradition.

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

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

PSYO Season Finale

May 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Energized from a season of artistic achievement, the accomplished Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra will wow the crowd with its vibrant display of young musical talent. Join this high-caliber orchestra as it delves into the mind of Gustav Mahler through the sounds of his great Symphony No. 2. The winner(s) of this season’s concerto competition will also be featured during this performance.

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

Salute to John Williams

Salute to John Williams

June 2 – 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Academy and Grammy Award-winner John Williams has made cinematic history as the composer of some of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable film scores including “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Maestro Kaufman pays tribute to the genius of John Williams on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

Resurrection!

Resurrection!

June 8 – 10, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

In Mahler’s Second Symphony, the composer ponders the question of life, death and transcendence and in so doing pens some of his most sublime music. Meditating on these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever known at that time—with massive instrumental and vocal forces, daring harmonic structure, and expansive length—all to astonishing effect. As the composer once said, "The term 'symphony' means creating a world with all the technical means available." This great masterpiece will be performed in celebration of John Alexander’s remarkable 45-year tenure as Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale.

Renewal & Redemption

Renewal & Redemption

June 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Mahler’s Second is a monumental symphony on a grand scale and—reminiscent of Beethoven’s Ninth—it culminates in an exhilarating chorus that sings of man’s highest hopes and heavenly visions. The work takes you on incredible journey, from death and dissolution to renewal and redemption.