Benjamin Smolen, flute and host
Bridget Dolkas, violin and host
Jessica Pearlman Fields, oboe
Alice Miller-Wrate, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
Kevin Plunkett, cello
Music Mixology is what happens when a classical music group highjacks your local neighborhood bar trivia night. Winning participants get to pick the music performed from a menu of choices ranging from classical, rock, pop, soundtracks, folk, and more! This special edition takes place in the Huang Sculpture Garden at the Bowers Museum and features additional Chinese-themed fun to celebrate their Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy exhibit!
Tickets: $10 for Pacific Symphony fans, use promo code PACIFIC. Purchase online, in person at the Bowers or by phone at (714) 567-3677. Must be 18 & over.
Music Mixology Group
Music Mixology is back! Pacific Symphony musicians are bringing a little class to the local bar for a fun evening of hand-crafted music, trivia and signature cocktails during the second installment of Music Mixology. How it works: Each round, teams and individuals compete to answer music-inspired trivia questions, and the winner gets to choose what the musicians will play next from a wide variety of genres. Based on their selections, audience members are treated to a few surprises and bonus prizes.
“I think we have an amazing mix of music that will showcase the incredible range and skills of the musicians,” says Ben Smolen. “We’ll be offering selections as varied as Bach, Tchaikovsky, Adele, The Beatles, Coldplay and so many more. I’m hoping that audience members will get a chance to hear our versions of their favorite tunes as well as discover new gems they may not yet be familiar with. We’ve worked hard to create a musical menu that everyone can enjoy; there truly is no bad choice!”
The group has prepared thrilling acoustic interpretations of favorite rock and pop songs, as well as virtuosic classical pieces and movie soundtracks, rehearsing more than 27 songs for the night. Creative categories include “Dead Dudes with Wigs,” “What a Shredder!” “Lights, Camera, Action” and “Rock n, Roll Fantasy.” “It’s completely up to the audience to decide what we play next, and I’m hoping that throughout the evening people will hear some of their favorite songs with a symphonic twist and discover some new, awesome music to love,” says Smolen.