Hilbert Museum Concert
Enjoy a FREE chamber music concert of woodwind music from Pacific Symphony. Led by principal clarinetist Joseph Morris, this program explores the unique voices of woodwind instruments in an intimate setting with a journey through the colorful palette of repertoire for flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon. What better way to enjoy great music than in a venue surrounded by fine art by many of California's most noted artists? FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served. Limited standing room in the back. California wine and cheese reception to follow the performance.
Admission to the concert is FREE, but you must R.S.V.P to be put on the guest list IN ADVANCE via the Chapman University online ticketing site. Seating is very limited, and we expect the event to sell out, so please do not delay in making your plans.
Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries
This performance is part of a new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. Hosted by KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman, the 90-minute concert, Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries, will explore how Bernstein's music crosses the boundaries between Classical and Jazz, Sacred and Secular, Opera and Broadway. There will be no intermission and concertgoers are encouraged to gather on the Plaza after the concert for more music and conversation.
Be sure to choose the FRIDAY performance when purchasing tickets.
OC Can You Play With Us - Chamber Edition
Community musicians ages 22 and older play in the Samueli Theater in five chamber ensembles led by Pacific Symphony conductors and musicians: a flute choir led by Principal Flutist Ben Smolen, a clarinet choir led by Principal Clarinetist Joe Morris, a brass choir led by Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia, a percussion ensemble led by Principal Percussionist Rob Slack and a chamber string orchestra led by cellist Ian McKinnell. Friends and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event for FREE, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
Haydn & Mozart
Sundays at Soka: Principal Trumpeter Barry Perkins takes center stage in Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. Then, Pacific Symphony’s new concertmaster, Dennis Kim, and Principal Violist Meredith Crawford are featured soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Considered “one of the most successful concertmasters in the world today,” (Royal Conservatory of Music) Kim was most recently concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Handel's Glorious Messiah
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.
Lunar New Year
Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Pig, 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.
Schubert & Chopin I
Sundays at Soka: Maestro Carl St.Clair explores the beauty and complexity of Schubert and Chopin in the first of two concerts, starting with Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Drew Petersen. While both composers were of a similar era (early-nineteenth century), their styles were in stark contrast to each other.
Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig! 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.
Tickets can be reserved on our website starting January 7, 2019.
Nowruz: Persian New Year
Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian 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. Homayoun Shajarian and brothers Sohrab and Tahmoures Pournazeri join the symphony for a concert that unites cultures through the power of music.
Schubert & Chopin II
Sundays at Soka: A continuation of his exploration of the works of Schubert and Chopin in February, Maestro Carl St.Clair leads Pacific Symphony through another exciting afternoon of music, starting with Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. Then, audience favorite Conrad Tao joins the orchestra in Chopin's First Piano Concerto.
Defiant Requiem tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s stunning Requiem Mass, despite experiencing the depths of human degradation. Combining magnificent music with video testimony from survivors, this powerful and dramatic work will move you.
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