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Arabian Nights (KUSC)

Arabian Nights (KUSC)

February 1, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Inspired by the legendary folk stories of “A Thousand and One Nights, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Also featured are Bernstein’s “Slava!” and Shostakovich’s high voltage Cello Concerto No. 1 — both written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

February 9, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Don't miss 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.

Join us before the concert on the Argyros Plaza from 5:30 until 7:45 p.m. to enjoy cultural performances ranging from traditional Chinese folk dance to contemporary K-pop, presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Pacific Symphony.

Schubert

Schubert & Chopin I

February 10, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

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.

 

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

March 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

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.

Italian countryside

Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony (KUSC)

March 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Inspired by his travels to Venice, Rome, Bologna and Florence, Mendelssohn’s symphony evokes imagery of Mediterranean sunshine, famous architecture and the rustic landscapes that make Italy so iconic. And be inspired by Bruch’s profoundly virtuosic Violin Concerto.

Shardad Rohani

Nowruz: Persian New Year

March 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

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.

Conrad Tao

Schubert & Chopin II

March 31, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

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. 

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale

Defiant Requiem

April 16, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

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.