Virtual Beethoven's "Eroica"
Enjoy another recording from the Pacific Symphony vault: the thrilling first movement of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony—a work so innovative and influential it changed the course of music history. The free performance is available for online viewing through March 13.
Virtual Lunar New Year
Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! This year's concert is a virtual experience, available for free streaming on our Facebook and YouTube channels through March 14.
Ushering in the “Year of the Ox,” Music Director Carl St.Clair and actor Ron Banks host the program featuring the orchestra in archival footage of past concerts of music that intertwines Eastern and Western cultures. Artists include the renowned pipa soloist Min Xiao-Fen, pianist Fei-Fei Dong, vocalist Jane Shim, pianist Hye-Young Kim and Concertmaster Dennis Kim.
Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Strauss & Tchaikovsky
Join us for the inaugural performance of Thursdays @ 7, a weekly series of freshly recorded concerts in which Pacific Symphony returns—physically distanced—to the stage of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall! The series kicks off with Richard Strauss' Serenade for 13 Winds and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
Virtual Lantern Festival
Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Ox! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.
Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Lauridsen & Daugherty
Symphony Thursdays @7pm continues with music for brass ensemble:
- Morten Lauridsen’s "O Magnum Mysterium" has become one of the world’s most performed and recorded compositions since its 1994 premiere. Experience the composer's own brass arrangement of this "quiet song of profound inner joy."
- Michael Daugherty's "Asclepius" refers to the Greek God of medicine. This majestic fanfare for brass and percussion celebrates those who devote their lives to medical research and healing.
This performance is available for FREE streaming from March 4 through April 2.
Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Mozart & Gounod
These two tuneful and light-hearted works, composed a century apart by an Austrian and a Frenchman, would make a light-hearted and sunny soundtrack for a summer evening’s outdoor entertainment.
- Mozart’s “Serenata Notturna,” written by the 20-year-old composer is an enchanting early work. It opens with a dignified march punctuated by timpani to add a distinctive martial air to the otherwise sedate string orchestra. A joyful minuet gracefully leads to the final rondo, a high-spirited country dance.
- Gounod wrote his “Little Symphony for Winds” for his friend Paul Taffanel, the flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and that instrument gets a starring role. Gounod actually modeled the work after Mozart’s serenades. If there were such a thing as champagne for the ears, this lively finale with its delicate and playful melodies, effervescently tossed between flute, oboe and clarinet would most certainly be it!
Live from New York: Broadway & Beyond!
Enjoy an evening on Broadway and Beyond, streamed live from New York City! Broadway stars Jessica Hendy, Kelli Rabke, Blaine Krauss and Scott Coulter perform ever-popular show tunes, including "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked," "Memory" from "Cats" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from "The Sound of Music." Stay online after the concert for a Q&A with the artists!
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Spend a special evening with the original Jersey Boy, backed by the Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again.