Bernstein @ 100
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Celena Shafer, soprano
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Feel the joy and emotion of one of the greatest 20th-century composers — an American treasure and mentor of Music Director Carl St.Clair — through works like Chichester Psalms, combining Broadway-inspired melodies with sacred texts for chorus and orchestra and Serenade, a symbolic, lyrical work scored for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion.
Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. Featured on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Strings Magazine, he is also becoming a familiar figure in Europe and Asia, continuing to astonish audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and gorgeous tone. His consistency throughout the repertoire, from Paganini, to Brahms, to Bartók, to Adès, is seldom encountered in a single artist.
Composed for Hadelich, his recent premiere of David Lang’s 35-minute solo violin work, Mystery Sonatas, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in April 2014 was a resounding success. One week earlier, The Washington Post wrote a rave review for Tango Song and Dance, an originally conceived, multi-media recital premiered at Kennedy Center, featuring Hadelich, guitarist Pablo Villegas and pianist Joyce Yang.
Highlights of Hadelich’s 2014-15 season include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Danish National Symphony and the London Philharmonic, as well as re-invitations to perform with the New York Philharmonic and the symphonies of Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Liverpool, Saint Louis and Seattle. His other projects include artist-in-residence with the Netherlands Philharmonic, a tour with the Toronto Symphony (to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) and his debut recital at Wigmore Hall in London.
Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Istad, Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale is composed of 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.