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Symphony in the Cities Costa Mesa

Symphony in the Cities Costa Mesa

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Strauss Shi, violin
TBD, vocalists
Pacific Symphony
Alan Chapman, host

SOUSA: “El Capitan”
DE ABREU: “Tico-Tico no Fubá”
BIZET: “Les Toréadors” from Carmen Suite No. 1
BIZET/WAXMAN: “Carmen” Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
SOUSA: “Hands Across the Sea”
WILLSON: Selections from ”The Music Man”
“Ya Got Trouble” 
“Till There Was You” 
“Goodnight My Someone” 
“Seventy-Six Trombones” 
VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
WARD: “America the Beautiful” 
BERLIN: “God Bless America”

This performance is supported in large part by the City of Costa Mesa.

It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Join us for FREE music and family fun!

Family activities and community ensemble performances begin at 5 p.m. outdoors on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.
Pacific Symphony concert starts inside the Concert Hall at 7 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Strauss Shi

Guest Artist

Strauss Shi

Chinese-American violinist Strauss Shi made his major debut with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Kulenovic at the age of seventeen and since then, he has concertized in the United States, China and Europe. Strauss is a top prizewinner at numerous competitions including First Prize at the USC Thornton Concerto Competition (2018), Grand Prize at the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (2017), First Prize at the United States International Music Competition (2016), and Second Prize at the inaugural Siqing Lu Futian International Violin Competition (2016), among others.

Highlights of the 2018-19 season will include solo debuts with the USC Thornton Symphony under Andrés Cárdenes, the Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Clair, the Downey Symphony Orchestra with Sharon Lavery, and his sold-out San Francisco debut recitals at the Noontime Concerts Series and San Francisco Conservatory of Music with pianist Yi-Fang Wu. Additional chamber collaborations include concerts with concert guitarist Tengyue (TY) Zhang, full performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with conductor Emmanuel Rojas and Friends at USC, and his USC Graduation Recital with pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan. Highlights from his 2017-18 season include his solo debut with the Sri Lanka Chamber Music Society of Colombo, Midori Violin Studio Recital Series, Los Angeles Recital debut at the Pasadena City College Westerbeck Hall, Recitals at the 2017 Juilliard Starling-DeLay Symposium, and his Juilliard Graduation Recital featuring the Melody of China Ensemble and the premiere of composer Mary Bianco’s "For Strauss Shi" (2016).

Strauss has performed with renowned artists including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Midori Goto, Lü Siqing, Carol Wincenc, Li Lin, Brian Lewis, Vera Tsu Wei-ling, and Qian Zhou. His festival appearances include Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute, and has appeared in Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kaufman Merkin Concert Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Munich Gasteig, and Berlin Philharmonie.

Born in China and raised in San Francisco, Strauss began his violin studies at the age of eight with Pan Zuohan, Elizabeth Liang, and later with Chen Zhao. Strauss received his Bachelor of Music degree studying with Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree as a Starling Fellow at the USC Thornton School of Music under Midori Goto and Pamela Frank.