Carl St.Clair, conductor
Ben Smolen, flute
Jessica Pearlman, oboe
Rose Corrigan, bassoon
Keith Popejoy, horn
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Principal Symphony musicians display their artistry in Mozart's charming Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds. Then, the 40th anniversary season concludes with Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1.
Benjamin Smolen was appointed principal flutist of Pacific Symphony in September 2011. Since beginning his studies at the age of 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he has won top prizes at the Haynes International Flute Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition. He has also given solo performances with the Princeton University Orchestra, Charlotte Civic and Youth Orchestras, Gardner Webb Symphony Orchestra, and on National Public Radio’s From the Top with pianist Christopher O’Riley. His performances have been featured on NPR, WGBH-Boston, French National Radio, and the Naxos and Mode record labels.
Smolen completed his undergraduate studies in the Music and Slavic departments at Princeton University, during which time he also completed a Performance Diploma at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He subsequently earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at the New England Conservatory and a Performance Certificate from the University of Michigan.
Jessica Pearlman Fields
Jessica Pearlman Fields currently holds the position of principal oboe for Pacific Symphony. Fields moved to Southern California after completing her master of music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz, all of the Metropolitan Opera. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city's most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. She was a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra from 2007-2009, participating in two international tours led by Charles Dutoit and Ludovic Morlot and working in the summer under such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. As a soloist Fields was featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, a performance MetroActive described as "extraordinary… [she] dazzled through the overlapping melodies and 32nd-note runs of a bravura show-off piece by Antonino Pasculli…[a] barrage of acclamation followed her tour de force…" An avid chamber musician, Ms. Fields has performed with Orli Shaham on the Pacific Symphony’s prestigious Café Ludwig Chamber Music Series and tours regularly with her innovative New York-based chamber group “Shuffle Concert.”
Rose Corrigan started playing bassoon to escape from the flute section of her high school band. It was an act of rebellion, and perhaps a way to sit closer to boys. After her first lesson she brought the bassoon home, hoping to shock her parents with her act of bravery and independence, only to discover that her mother had played it herself in high school. This undermined her act of rebellion; however, she was already passionate about the instrument, loving it’s variety of tone color, richness and lyricism. Its tessitura was closer to that of her voice, and she discovered that she was drawn to the supporting role it often plays in the repertoire.
Currently Corrigan is principal bassoonist of Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, and a former member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Corrigan is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied with Michael O’Donovan, a teacher whose pedagogy included exposure to great cinema, literature and restaurants. She returned to the university as an adjunct professor, teaching bassoon from 1993 until 2011.
Corrigan has played bassoon and contrabassoon on the soundtracks of over 500 motion pictures, working with composers such as Michael Giacchino, Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner, Michel Legrand, Michael Kamen and William Ross. A few of the films that include her playing are Ice Age, Life of Pi, Bolt, Despicable Me, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, Aladdin, The Lion King, Cars, Enchanted, WALL-E and Pirates of the Caribbean. Her bassoon solos are prominent in March of the Penguins, one of the only movies to list a bassoonist in its closing credits. She has also performed on hundreds of records for stars like Paul McCartney, Tony Williams, Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole.
Principal horn player Keith Popejoy has been with Pacific Symphony since 2004. Popejoy is also a long-time resident of San Diego, having attended San Diego State University from 1983 to 1985. After graduating, Popejoy served as first call substitute horn for the San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony from 1985 to 1994. In 1997, he playedprincipal horn with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, followed by 2 years as principal horn with the San Antonio Symphony. Concurrent with this, Popejoy became third horn with the San Diego Opera and assistant principal horn with San Diego Symphony from 1994 to 2008. During the summers, Popejoy can be found back down in San Diego, performing in La Jolla, CA's Summerfest.