Pacific Symphony to Make its Carnegie Hall Debut
Through a highly prized invitation by Carnegie hall, Pacific Symphony, with Carl St.Clair conducting, will make its Carnegie Hall debut on Saturday, April 21, 2018 as the finale to Carnegie’s year-long celebration of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday.
The major work on the program will be the New York premiere of Glass’ “The Passion of Ramakrishna,” commissioned and premiered by Pacific Symphony for the opening of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2006 and later recorded. Joining Pacific Symphony on this historic program will be sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar and Pacific Chorale.
“Appearing on the stage of Carnegie Hall is every orchestra’s dream,” says Music Director Carl St.Clair. “Our orchestra has achieved dramatic artistic growth since our move into the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. We have earned this opportunity to join the rare environment of world-renowned ensembles who have become part of Carnegie Hall’s storied history. I am especially pleased that we will be in New York by invitation, and that our program will feature a work that is such an important part of our own Orange County history. I am also delighted that Pacific Chorale, with whom we have had so many wonderful collaborations, will be part of this pinnacle of accomplishment for Pacific Symphony and Orange County. It’s the cultural ‘Super Bowl,’ and I know we are going make Orange County very proud while we celebrate one of America’s most celebrated composers.”
Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall appearance was announced today in New York as part of Carnegie Hall’s 2017-18 season. Local Pacific Symphony enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear the orchestra perform this concert locally on April 12-14, 2018. In addition, a patron trip to cheer on the “home team” in New York will be announced later this spring. Carl St.Clair commented, “sharing this news with the musicians who have worked so hard and inspired our enthusiastic audiences over the decades is a great joy for me. It’s going to be a really wonderful experience for us all and we hope Orange County comes with us to the Big Apple!”