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Music in Bloom - Opening Night Celebration

Music in Bloom

September 26, 7:30 p.m.Virtual Concert Online

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PLEASE RSVP BY SEPT. 24, 2020

Virtual concert includes appearances by pianists:
Olga Kern
Alain Lefevre
Louis Lortie
Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton
André Watts

A Virtual Opening Night Celebration Honoring the 2020-21 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series

This year we have the unique opportunity to celebrate our Season Opening together and apart—fun! On Saturday, September 26th we kick off our season with a series of at home celebrations. Rather than purchasing a table, you are purchasing an experience for up to ten of your closest (and socially distanced) friends and family. Each specially curated experience will culminate in a simultaneously broadcasted Pacific Symphony program that can be viewed online.

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Online Auction

Win Big at Our Online Auction!

As part of our Opening Night festivities, we are hosting an online auction which includes unique experiences and items. Join in on the fun all while supporting your Pacific Symphony. The auction is open to all.

View Auction Items and Place Your Bid.

Live Auction

But it doesn’t stop there.  Don’t forget to tune into our broadcast because we will be auctioning off two very exciting items!

Flying Private
You and 2 couples can safely travel in style to either Napa or Utah in a private jet!  Fly out of John Wayne airport and enjoy two nights in your desired location before returning home.

Donated by Regency Air
Value: $19,000

Music on the Course
You and 3 friends will have the opportunity to tee-up with none other than Dennis Kim, Pacific Symphony’s Concertmaster and Golfer Extraordinaire!  Enjoy the lush rolling hills of Los Coyotes Country Club, a 27-hole course designed by William Bell Jr.  After a day on the course, enjoy a $150 dining credit towards food and drink at the Club House.

Donated by Pat & Rick McAuley, Dennis Kim
Value: Priceless


If you would like to make a sealed bid before Opening Night, please call us at (714) 876-2364 or email events@pacificsymphony.org.

Thank you for your support while we find ways to keep the music blooming!

André Watts

Guest Artist

André Watts

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic on one of the orchestra’s Young People's Concerts, a concert which was broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV.  Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion.  More than half a century later, André Watts remains one of America’s most distinguished and celebrated performing artists.

A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the US, Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and on tour, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Nashville symphonies among others. Recent international engagements include concerto and recital appearances in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and Spain. 

Louis Lortie

Guest Artist

Louis Lortie

For over three decades, the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has appeared worldwide, his performances and award-winning recordings attesting to his remarkable musical range. A student of Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot) in Montreal, the Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber in Vienna, and the Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher, he won First Prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in 1984 and the same year was a prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition. From then on, he embarked on an international career which keeps him in demand on five continents.

He has established long-term partnerships with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, and Dresdner Philharmonie in Europe, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and St Louis Symphony Orchestra in the US, and the Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary Symphony Orchestras in Canada. 

He enjoys regular partnerships with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap van Zweden, Simone Young, Antoni Wit and Thierry Fischer.

Olga Kern

Guest Artist

Olga Kern

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists.  With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike.  Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.

Steinway Artist and First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and since September 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Ms. Kern was chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season.

Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton

Guest Artist

Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton

“Indeed, I’m ready to put them on a level with some of the greatest piano duos of our time...They have to be heard to be believed” said The Washington Post of Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton. They have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical communication, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, in Christina’s own words, “There are times I forget we are two people playing together”. The Naughtons work as a duo was recently recognized in 2019 as they became the first piano duo to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant presented by Lincoln Center.

Christina and Michelle Naughton’s career was launched in 2009 with a recital debut at Kennedy Center; and an orchestral debut at the Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which led the Philadelphia Inquirer to characterize their playing as “paired to perfection”. Subsequently, they began their careers in Europe and Asia; at Munich’s Herkulesaal and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic respectively. These appearances were met with much critical acclaim, with the Suddeutsche Zeitung proclaiming the Naughtons an “outstanding piano duo” and the Sing Tao Daily responding by the description “Joining two hearts and four hands at two grand pianos, the Naughton sisters created an electrifying and moving musical performance”.

Alain Lefèvre

Guest Artist

Alain Lefèvre

Hailed as a smashing and arresting virtuoso, a pianist who breaks the mold and who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene, Alain Lefèvre pursues a sparkling career, having performed in over forty countries to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Théatre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Palais Princier de Monaco, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Megaron, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and participated to numerous international festivals including SPAC, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Athens, Epidaurus, Istanbul , Cervantino, Mozart Plus, Orford Musique, Domaine Forget, Lanaudière and Expo 2010 Shanghaï, to name but a few.

Saluted for his phenomenal technique, his sparkling playing resulting in fascinating interpretations and his sovereign mastery, his dazzling performances were many times described as unequaled and unparalleled. Yet, his humbleness remains disarming, considering himself to be only a “mason of the piano,” “solely at the service of the great composers and their music.”