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Beethoven's Fifth

Music Director Carl St.Clair conducts Beethoven's Fifth

September 14 — September 16, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Greer Grimsley, bass-baritone (Wotan)
Pacific Symphony

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5
WAGNER: "Wotan's Farewell" & "Magic Fire Music" from Die Walküre

What better way to kick off Pacific Symphony’s 39th season than by performing the most famous four notes in music history? Here’s what The Orange County Register had to say the last time this titanic symphony was programmed: “The Pacific Symphony dug in as requested, catching her fire. The strings played like linebackers and angels. The woodwinds shone brightly and warmly. Enthusiasm never lagged.”

Prefer a matinee performance? Try "Beethoven's Fifth Revealed" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Greer Grimsley

Guest Artist

Greer Grimsley

Internationally recognized as an outstanding singing actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley continues his reign as a leading interpreter of the god Wotan. He sang the eminent role for the Metropolitan Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Robert Lepage’s landmark production, directly followed by Stephen Wadsworth’s production for Seattle Opera, his third complete Cycle for the company in the last decade. His interpretation of Wotan has also brought him to multiple esteemed international opera houses; some highlights of this include his portrayal of the role in the entirety of Der Ring des Nibelungen with Deutsche Oper Berlin; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the Nikikai Opera Foundation in Tokyo.

His treatments of some of Wagner’s other greatest characters earned him critical acclaim both domestically and internationally. Including the title role of The Flying Dutchman with Seattle Opera and Ravinia Festival, under the baton of Maestro James Conlon in his final performance with the company; Telramund in Lohengrin with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Seattle Opera; Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Prague National Theatre, Royal Danish Opera, the Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Seattle Opera; and Amfortas in Parsifal with the Metropolitan Opera.

This season, Grimsley will reprise the role of Wotan in Das Rheingold with Minnesota Opera and in Die Walküre with New National Theatre Tokyo, where he will later return for Siegfried; Don Pizarro in Fidelio and Jokanaan in Salome with the Metropolitan Opera; and the title role of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with New Orleans Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.  Future engagements through 2018 include returns to Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

An active concert artist, some favorite concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony and San Antonio Symphony; the High Priest in Samson et Dalila with Washington Concert Opera and Atlanta Symphony; Scarpia in Tosca with Deborah Voigt and the Minnesota Orchestra; and Don Pizarro in Fidelio with the Saint Louis Symphony and in his New York Philharmonic début with conductor Kurt Masur at the inaugural season of the Lincoln Center Festival.