Reimagined 2020-21 Season Highlights
A Virtual Piano Extravaganza: Opening Night Celebration Fundraiser on Sept. 26
Following in the tradition of past season openers, this year’s Opening Night Celebration fundraiser promises to be a keenly anticipated social event. As reconceptualized for the uncommon era in which we find ourselves, the evening will be offered in an innovative way, featuring five piano soloists from around the world. The program combines live, virtual and broadcast elements. Patrons will be invited to backyard gatherings and offered a silent auction to support a musician relief fund and online educational programming. The chairpersons of the event are Judy and Wes Whitmore.
Six-Concert Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Classical Series
For the six programs on the Classical Series, Pacific Symphony is opening it vaults of recorded concerts. Each concert will feature the Symphony in replays of masterworks from the archives, newly recorded live performances as well as artist and conductor interviews. The series begins with “Season Opening: A Virtual Piano Extravaganza” featuring five internationally renowned piano soloists in their home studios around the world (Sept. 27); “Virtual Violin Virtuosos” presents a trio of world-class violinists in their home studios (Oct. 17); “A Salute to the Heroes” honors veterans, service members, first responders and healthcare workers (Nov. 7); “Beethoven @ 250 will prove that the birthday boy will not be denied – pandemic or no (Dec. 12). An additional two programs to be announced will take place in the new year on Jan. 23 and Feb. 20, 2021.
Four programs on the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Classical Series will be broadcast as part of PBS SoCal and KCET Television’s “Southland Sessions.” This new offering showcases the vibrancy and resilience of creators across Southern California, from drive-thru art exhibitions to Chicano comedies and underground DJ sets. Pacific Symphony concerts to be featured include “Season Opening: A Virtual Piano Extravaganza” (Sept. 30); “Fiddlers Three” (Oct. 21); “A Salute to the Heroes” (Nov. 11); and “Beethoven @ 250” (Dec. 16).
Tom and Sharon Malloy POPS Series to Open Nov. 14
Pacific Symphony’s POPS series, generously underwritten by Tom and Sharon Malloy, will feature a minimum of two programs for the season. The initial program will feature “An Evening With” format presenting a major pop artist and Pacific Symphony favorite to be announced (Nov. 14). The second program will be a special Holiday Pops program sure to brighten up the season (Dec. 19). Both programs will stream newly recorded original material. Additional Pops programs to be announced.
Farmers & Merchants Bank Family Musical Mornings Series
Two programs have been announced so far for the Farmers & Merchants Bank Family Series: “Halloween Spooktacular” (Oct. 31) and “Nutcracker for Kids!” (Dec. 5). Both concerts draw on replays in the archives from previous seasons.
Holiday Organ Spectacular
The holidays just wouldn’t be festive without the sonorous sound of the magnificent 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ and songs of the season. The Holiday Organ Spectacular will feature newly recorded original material (Dec. 23)
Café Ludwig Series
Pianist Orli Shaham, a beloved Pacific Symphony favorite for more than a decade, will again host Café Ludwig. The series holds three delightful chamber music programs, and begins in the fall (date to be announced). All programs will stream newly recorded original material.
Sundays at Soka Series Marks 10th Season with Four Programs
Pacific Symphony has been appearing at the Soka Performing Arts Center on the Sundays at Soka series since 2011, making this the 10th season the orchestra has performed at this acoustically pristine venue. These 70-minute, informal concerts are perfect for newcomers to the classical music scene. This series has become a wonderful tradition, showcasing Orange County's own professional symphony in chamber orchestra repertoire. Details to be announced.
Ongoing Virtual Programming
Pacific Symphony will continue the exciting virtual offerings that can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of home, such as the “Summer Replay” series of masterworks from the video archives; the weekly “Symphony Mixer,” hosted by Principal Flute, Ben Smolen; and all of the wonderfully creative things that Pacific Symphony musicians have created. They can all be accessed at PacificSymphony.org, under “Watch + Listen.”
Reimagined 2020-21 Season at a Glance
2020-21 HAL AND JEANETTE SEGERSTROM FAMILY FOUNDATION
VIRTUAL CLASSICS SERIES
Programs, artists, and dates subject to change.
A Virtual Piano Extravaganza!
Five Piano Soloists to be announced
Sept. 26, 2020 | 8 p.m. (fundraiser)
Sept. 27, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Southland Sessions Broadcast on PBS: Sept. 30, 2020 | 8 p.m.
VIRTUAL VIOLIN VIRTUOSOS
Three Violin Soloists to be announced
October 17, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Southland Sessions Broadcast on PBS: Oct. 21, 2020 | 8 p.m.
A SALUTE TO THE HEROES
Nov. 7, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Southland Sessions Broadcast on PBS: Nov. 11, 2020 | 8 p.m.
BEETHOVEN @ 250
Dec. 12, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Southland Sessions Broadcast on PBS: Dec. 16, 2020 | 8 p.m.
CLASSICAL CONCERT TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jan. 23, 2021 | 8 p.m.
CLASSICAL CONCERT TO BE ANNOUNCED
Feb. 20, 2021 | 8 p.m.
TOM AND SHARON MALLOY POPS SERIES
AN EVENING WITH A PACIFIC SYMPHONY FAVORITE
(To be announced)
Nov. 14, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Dec. 19, 2020 | 8 p.m.
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK FAMILY MUSICAL MORNINGS SERIES
Oct. 31 | 10 a.m.
Nutcracker for Kids!
Dec. 5 | 10 a.m.