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Special Concerts

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year Concert

January 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.


Lantern Festival 2017

Lantern Festival 2017

February 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Due to the overwhelming interest in this event, ticket reservations have been closed. A stand-by line will be available, but due to limited capacity, no entrance is guaranteed. We hope to see you next year!


Pianist Sean Chen

Soka: Beethoven Piano Concertos 2 & 3

February 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 27-year-old American pianist Sean Chen was the third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in addition to other awards.

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

March 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

The 10th Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival will be  a sensational wine auction and dinner, featuring extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, imaginative silent-auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with exquisite wine pairing and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and extraordinary travel opportunities. The 2016 event featured: Aubert Wines, BOND Estates, Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Margaux, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Hundred Acre, Marcassin, Peter Michael Winery, Scarecrow and Vega-Sicilia.


Pianist Zhang Zuo

Piano Masterclass with Zhang Zuo

March 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

World-class pianist Zhang Zho hosts a multi-generational masterclass in the intimate Samueli Theater. Participants will include a high school student, a college student and an adult pianist from the community. All will prepare their own performance for Zhang Zuo, who will then work with each to continue to refine and develop their musicianship. Tickets to observe are $10 and there is limited seating, so get yours soon! Learn how to ENTER THE COMPETITION to be one of the 3 masterclass participants!

Pianist Joyce Yang

Soka: Beethoven's "Emperor"

April 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Joyce Yang, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. “Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity” (Washington Post).