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Virtual Concert - John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

Virtual Concert - John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

May 30, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

Available online through July 14!

Lights, camera, action! Celebrate the treasured film music of John Williams in an exhilarating performance featuring your favorite themes from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” and more! This free, 45-minute online concert replaces the live Family Musical Morning series performance originally scheduled on May 30. Audiences of all ages will enjoy performances of selections from John Williams’ film scores. 

PBS: Great Performances - Ellis Island

PBS: Great Performances - Ellis Island

July 3, 2020, 9:00 p.m.

PBS' "Great Performances" and Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, pay tribute to America’s history with a performance of composer Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated contemporary classical work “Ellis Island: The Dream of America." This stirring work celebrates the historic American immigrant experience with actors and projected images. ​

Flag and Fireworks

Virtual July 4 Spectacular

July 4, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Join Pacific Symphony for a free Independence Day concert featuring patriotic favorites such as John Williams' "Midway March," "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man," "God Bless the USA" with Lee Greenwood, "Stars and Stripes Forever" and the finale from Peter Boyer's "Ellis Island: The Dream of America." 

Plus, the debut of a mosaic performance of "America the Beautiful" featuring Pacific Chorale and the American Feel Young Chorus, a musical salute to the armed forces and a virtual fireworks finale

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale

KUSC Broadcast: Carmina Burana

July 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

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

Dennis Kim

KUSC Broadcast: Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique"

August 2, 2020, 7:00 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

KUSC Broadcast: Rhapsody in Blue

August 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Journey through the minds of three prolific American composers:

  • George Gershwin, a composer whose music is synonymous with the sound of America
  • George Chadwick, the master from the New England Conservatory
  • His pupil Florence Price, the first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer.
Vadym Kholodenko

KUSC Broadcast Beethoven's Seventh

August 16, 2020, 7:00 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

KUSC Broadcast: Beethoven's Violin Concerto

August 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

What’s interesting about this concert:

  • There’s a reason why Beethoven’s only violin concerto is so cherished. It’s lyrical, spirited, epic—truly Beethoven at his best, with one of the most famous endings in the violin repertoire.
  • If you ever wanted to tour the Bohemian countryside, we’ve got you covered (no 13.5-hour flight required). Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, rich with the sounds of his Czech homeland, instantly transports you to a bucolic landscape filled with lush forests and beautiful rivers.
Alain Lefevre

KUSC Broadcast: Berlioz’s Fantastical Symphony

August 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

What’s interesting about this concert:

  • No single work transformed the sound of a symphony orchestra more than Berlioz’s revolutionary “Symphonie Fantastique” of 1830, with its massive orchestra, large percussion battery and powerful brass. Combining gracious ballroom dances with psychedelic depictions of a witches’ sabbath, the piece represents the composer’s obsessive love of a great Shakespearean actress. 
  • Berlioz’s influence undoubtedly affected another genius, Maurice Ravel, whose masterful orchestrations and jazz influences led to the creation of the brilliant G Major piano concerto.
Augustin Hadelich

KUSC Broadcast: Hadelich Plays Paganini

September 6, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

What’s interesting about this concert:

  • Where piano fans look to Rachmaninoff for keyboard virtuosity, violinists turn to Paganini.
  • An outrageously gifted musician and one of the first “rock stars” of classical music, Paganini was also an accomplished composer writing hundreds of pieces including six violin concertos.
  • Sparks will fly as violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage in the first concerto of this legendary composer, thought to have been in league with the devil.
  • Rachmaninoff’s expressive and quintessentially Russian Symphony No. 3 caps the evening.
Lang Lang

Lang Lang Plays Beethoven

October 4, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

“The ebullient Lang Lang is maturing as an artist… his playing is refined, almost severe. He has an intelligent way of shaping phrases, controlling dynamics, varying articulations... a captivating performance, the kind that you remember as much for its quiet stretches as for its wow factor.” — The New Yorker

Tickets to “Lang Lang Plays Beethoven” are available exclusively to 2020-21 subscribers. Click here to explore season ticket options or call (714) 755-5799 and let us help you with your order.

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 6, 2020, 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.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

February 13, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Ox, 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.

Nowruz dancers

Nowruz: Iranian New Year

March 27, 2021, 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.

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

July 15, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

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.