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Classical Concerts

Music that will move you. Your favorite masterpieces, from stirring symphonies to deeply emotional concertos.

Pablo Villegas

Villegas: Master of Guitar

May 2 – 4, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Be swept away by the romantic charm of the guitar as Pacific Symphony embarks on a special celebration of this popular instrument. A festival curated by the “master of guitar” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas takes you on a journey to Spain with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, inspired by the real-life royal Spanish palace.

Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera

Organ Superstar: Hector Olivera

May 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

One of today’s most sought-after concert organists, Juilliard-trained Hector Olivera is a passionate musician, whose interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. The Times Reporter describes an evening with Hector Olivera as “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.” Experience the might of this organ master as he performs a wide-ranging program of the most virtuosic repertoire, in addition to his masterful improvisations on popular themes.

Ravel 's Magical Opera

Ravel 's Magical Opera

May 16 – 18, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate your inner child with Ravel's masterpiece, the one-act opera  “L'enfant et les sortilèges” (“The Child and the Magic Spells”), in which a young boy encounters magical forces. Opening the program is Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale that illustrates the characterful sounds of the orchestra and features unique visual performers, the Magic Circle Mime Company.

Timothy Landauer

To Tell a Story

May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy this unique theatrical program featuring Alan Ridout’s “Ferdinand the Bull,” a musical narration of Munro Leaf’s enchanting picture book and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” a parable about a soldier who deals with the devil. A lyrical work by Brahms and "A Charm of Lullabies" by Britten complete this delightful program. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the intimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.

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Mahler's "Titan"

June 6 – 8, 2019, 8:00 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.

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Mahler's First

June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony concludes its 40th anniversary season with Mahler's epic Symphony No. 1. Mahler expanded conventional symphonic form in this dramatic work with which the orchestra inaugurated the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2006.

Carl St.Clair

Carmina Burana

September 26 – 28, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Carl kicks off his 30th with a program of explosive music! First, Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture followed by the precursor to his Ninth Symphony, the “Choral” Fantasy featuring the accomplished Benjamin Pasternack. Then, fly through the flames of fortune with Orff’s breathtaking masterpiece, Carmina Burana.

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale

O Fortuna!

September 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Carl kicks off his 30th with a program of symphonic and choral fire: Carl Orff’s breathtaking and widely popular masterpiece, Carmina Burana.

Dennis Kim

Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

October 17 – 19, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Drama unfolds with Tchaikovsky’s deeply passionate Symphony No. 6 and Ravel’s virtuosic gypsy rhapsody, Tzigane, featuring concertmaster Dennis Kim. Earlier in the evening, you’ll embark on an exploration of the brilliant compositions from legendary film composer John Williams, who is responsible for linking Carl to Pacific Symphony.

Aaron Diehl

Rhapsody in Blue

November 14 – 16, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Journey through the minds of three prolific American composers: George Chadwick, the master from the New England Conservatory; his pupil Florence Price, the first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer; and George Gershwin, a composer whose music is synonymous with the sound of America.

Vadym Kholodenko

Beethoven's Seventh

December 5 – 7, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.

Clara-Jumi Kang

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

January 16 – 18, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

This is Beethoven at his best – lyrical, spirited and epic. Dvořák, while greatly inspired by the great German, expresses his own Bohemian lyricism in his Symphony No. 8, filled with indelible melodies and themes that flow like no other symphony.

Alain Lefevre

Lefèvre Plays Ravel

February 6 – 8, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Obsession, unrequited love and…opium; when mixed properly, these ingredients leave you with Berlioz’s vivid and dream-like Symphonie Fantastique. Also featured is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a series of portraits dedicated to friends lost in World War I along with his jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major with the spectacular Lefèvre.

Alain Lefevre

Ravel's Piano Concerto

February 9, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Obsession, unrequited love and…opium; when mixed properly, these ingredients leave you with Berlioz’s vivid and dream-like Symphonie Fantastique. Also featured is the spectacular Alain Lefèvre with Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major.

Augustin Hadelich

Hadelich Plays Paganini

February 27 – 29, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Where piano fans look to Rachmaninoff for keyboard virtuosity, violinists turn to Paganini. An outrageously gifted musician, he was also an accomplished composer writing hundreds of pieces including six violin concertos. Sparks will fly as violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage. Following is Rachmaninoff’s expressive and quintessentially Russian Symphony No. 3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

March 19 – 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

An all-Beethoven weekend – in celebration of the iconic composer’s 250th birthday – featuring all five piano concertos with the lavishly talented Alexander Romanovsky.

Alexander Romanovsky

Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto

March 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

An all-Beethoven program – in celebration of the iconic composer’s 250th birthday – featuring his 4th and 5th piano concertos with the lavishly talented Alexander Romanovsky.

Carl Tanner


April 23 – 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Love, betrayal and jealousy – all trademarks of great tragic opera – Otello embraces these themes to the fullest. Written decades after going into retirement, Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale takes you on a journey through a passionate romance destroyed by one of opera’s most loathsome villains.

Joyce Yang

Yang Plays Rachmaninoff

May 7 – 9, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 is a work that leads you from gorgeous melodies to unforgettable themes, all without pause. Earlier in the evening, piano phenom Joyce Yang dazzles with Rachmaninoff’s tour-de-force of the keyboard, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Conrad Tao

Tao Plays Mozart

May 28 – 30, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Pianist Conrad Tao returns with Mozart’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 20. Following is Brahms’ Fourth and final symphony. Filled with deep emotion, profound complexity and beautiful melancholy, it finishes with a finale that will leave you speechless. The concert opens with a new work by Frank Ticheli in honor of Carl's 30th anniversary.

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Brahms' Symphony No. 4

May 31, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Filled with deep emotion, profound complexity and beautiful melancholy, Brahms’ 4th symphony finishes with a finale that will leave you speechless—the perfect ending to Carl’s 30th anniversary season.

Symphony of a Thousand

Symphony of a Thousand

June 11 – 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

A tidal wave of sound, Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” is an immersive work that pushes the sonic boundaries of the orchestra and choir. Written as an expression of confidence in the eternal human spirit, Mahler’s Eighth is an exhilarating experience you cannot miss.