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Canto de Anaheim

Canto de Anaheim

October 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Join members of Pacific Symphony under the stars in a concert celebrating the Mexican-American heroes of Anaheim’s past and present. This performance, hosted by native son Gustavo Arellano, embodies the people and history of Anaheim through powerful storytelling paired with musical selections written by Mexican composers.

Admission is FREE for this concert. Seating is first-come, first-served.



October 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy a night of traditional Bavarian food, entertainment and music featuring Pacific Symphony musicians. Guests will be transported to a lush Biergarten at the Hotel Irvine for tastings of premier wineries and breweries. Live and silent auctions items—including rare and exceptional wines—are part of this exciting evening, capped by a gourmet German dinner with both wine and beer.   
Reserve your table or tickets today at (714) 876-2375 or

The Every Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

The Every Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

October 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

In a presentation packed with colorful visuals and musical examples, Alan Chapman explores the instruments of the orchestra, their ancestors, and their international relatives.

This is the first of a two-part series, Orchestra 101 with Alan Chapman.

Simone Porter

Sundays at Soka: Mozart and Brahms

November 17, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Acclaimed violinist, devoted chamber musician and Soka favorite, Simone Porter joins Carl St.Clair to kick of the Sunday at Soka series with a festive work by Mozart and Brahms only violin concerto.


Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 8, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

Ben Smolen

Sundays at Soka: Mozart

January 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

This concert is truly a Pacific Symphony family affair. Joining Maestro St.Clair in this all-Mozart program is Pacific Symphony’s Concert Master Dennis Kim and Benjamin Smolen who holds the symphony’s Valerie and Hans Imhof Principal Flute Chair.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

January 25, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Rat, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.

Alan Chapman

The Art of Orchestration

March 1, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Composers paint with the colors of the orchestra. Alan Chapman shows you how it’s done, with special attention to an elite group of masters of orchestral color. The presentation is illustrated with many vibrant visuals and musical examples.

This is the second part of the series Orchestra 101 with Alan Chapman.

Nowruz - Iranian New Year

Nowruz - Iranian New Year

March 27, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, with Pacific Symphony! A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the “rebirth of nature” and wash away the past. Join us for a concert that unites cultures through the power of music.

Elissa Lee Koljonen

Sundays at Soka: Ticheli and Beethoven

April 5, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics throughout the world. The program includes Ticheli’s piece of fragile beauty and quiet dignity, and Beethoven’s only concerto for one of the most popular instruments of his day: the violin.