Holiday Organ Spectacular
Todd Wilson, organ and host
Barry Perkins, trumpet
Mindy Ball, harp
Dennis Kim, violin
Joe Morris, clarinet
Elliott Moreau, bassoon
Program to be announced
Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with world-class organist Todd Wilson and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the 4,322-pipe, $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Director of Music and Worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he is Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra), and House Organist for the newly-restored Aeolian organ at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio.
Principal trumpet of Pacific Symphony since 2004, Barry Perkins has been hailed as "fearless," "first rate" and"phenomenal" by The Orange County Register and the Generalanzeiger (Cologne, Germany). Throughout his career, he has performed with many world-renowned orchestras, famous classical and jazz artists, as well as esteemed conductors. Perkins has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages including those of Munich, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Lucerne, Hannover, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Vienna, as well as those of the United States. When he was in his early 20s, Perkins held the position of associate principal trumpet of the Mexico City Philharmonic for 5 years. Since then he has also performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Baltimore Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In addition to his live orchestra career, Barry is an active musician in the Hollywood Studios. A few recent motion pictures in which Barry has played in the trumpet section are: Deadpool 2, Star Wars:The Last Jedi, Ready Player One, Jumanji 2, Orville, The Post, Downsizing, Star Trek Discovery, Logan, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Transformers:The Last Night, Spiderman: Homecoming, Cars 3, Rogue One, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Hidden Figures and many more.
In addition to his career as a performer, Barry is a renowned teacher whose powerful and energetic teaching style has influenced many young trumpeters to become great musicians as well as great leaders. He was a member of the music faculty at California State University Fullerton from 2007 to 2015 and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy which has reached hundreds of young musicians throughout Southern California.
Mindy Ball began playing the harp at age 12, studying with Marjorie Call-Salzedo and receiving her degree in harp performance from Chapman University with honors. She also trained with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under distinguished American conductor Leonard Bernstein. Currently celebrating her 39th year as principal harp with Pacific Symphony, she is also principal harp with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has held principal positions with Opera Pacific and Pittsburgh Opera under John Mauceri.
Ball performs regularly for major and international touring ballet companies and has recorded for film and television including PBS specials for Barry Manilow, American Ballet Theater, NBC Movies of the Week, Superman and Batman cartoons, Diablo 3 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other performances have included groups such as Aerosmith, Journey, Eagles, Cheryl Crow, B-52's, Pink Martini, Paul McCartney and Johnny Mathis.
The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register have described her performances as "expressive," "vigorous and assertive" and "virtuosic." Ball has toured to Europe, China and New York with Pacific Symphony and to Japan and Brazil with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. For 12 years she performed for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.
In addition, she has played for political dignitaries such as former presidents George H. W. Bush and Richard Nixon, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In 1993, Ball founded the Pacific Harp Ensemble and serves as director and current conductor. Along with keeping a busy freelance career, she teaches harp at Biola, Chapman, Cal State Fullerton, Vanguard and Concordia universities, as well as limited private instruction. She is founding and past President of the Orange County chapter of the American Harp Society and was awarded Chapter of the Year in 2008.
Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Mr. Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.
As guest concertmaster, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.
After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of the most important orchestras in China and Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.
Joseph Morris is the principal clarinet of Pacific Symphony. Previously, he has held the positions of principal clarinet with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (Wis.), where he was featured as soloist in performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in September 2015. Morris has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Utah Symphony and Opera, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and New World Symphony. Morris received a professional studies certificate from The Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with the renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012.
Elliott Moreau joined Pacific Symphony as second bassoonist in 2005. From 2006-08, he held the position of principal bassoon of Opera Pacific and in 2012, became a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has previously been a faculty member at Azusa Pacific University and currently teaches at Vanguard University and UC Irvine. He is also a Pacific Symphony Class Act Teaching Artist and has his own private studio of bassoonists and jazz saxophonists. A native of San Diego, Moreau took up the saxophone at age 9, and began bassoon studies two years later with Arlen Fast, now of the New York Philharmonic. He studied both jazz saxophone and bassoon performance at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s degree in music from USC under the guidance of Stephen Maxym, former solo bassoonist of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.