Symphony in the Cities Costa Mesa
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Strauss Shi, violin
Alexandria Burdick and Jose V Zamarripa, vocalists
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”
VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
WARD: “America the Beautiful”
BERLIN: “God Bless America”
Presented by Pacific Symphony and Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Join us for FREE music, family fun and a community celebration of Music Director Carl St.Clair’s 30th Anniversary!
Family activities and community ensemble performances by the Irvine Music Festival, The Fresh Rhythm and Golden West Pops 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
Concert tickets will be available at the Concert Hall Box Office starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are printed with assigned-seats and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The family activities/Musical Playground will include:
- Drum Circle
- Meet the Musician
- Instrument Petting Zoo
- Ask the Orchestra
- Fun Craft Activity
- Photo Booth
- Music Director Carl St.Clair will also lead a "conducting clinic" for children and families.
Learn more about the music in the program notes.
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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.
Alexandria Burdick is an aspiring young performer from Bakersfield, California. No stranger to the stage, Alexandria grew up performing in local musicals and choirs throughout her entire childhood, and she has carried that tradition into her college career. Some of her early notable roles include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Inspired by music’s ability to transform and connect an audience and it’s performers, Alexandria’s love for music propelled her to pursue a Vocal Performance degree at California State University, Fullerton. A soprano, she is currently studying voice under Susan Montgomery-Kinsey and is a member of Cal State’s University Singers and Opera program. She most recently traveled with the University Singers on a tour of Spain. The choir performed in five different historic cathedrals and sang a program that served as a peaceful protest against the current crises at the children’s detention camps at our borders. Although her operatic ventures have only just begun, she has performed as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in scenes as Rodelinda from Handel’s Rodelinda and Zerbinetta from Richard Strauss’s Ariadne Auf Naxos, and is currently preparing the role of La Fée in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon.