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OC Can You Play With Us - Chamber Edition

OC Can You Play With Us - Chamber Edition

November 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Community musicians ages 22 and older from across Orange County will have the unique opportunity to play in the Samueli Theater in one of four chamber ensembles led by Pacific Symphony conductors and musicians. The event will include a chamber string orchestra led by cellist Ian McKinnell, a woodwind ensemble led by flutist Cindy Ellis, a brass choir led by Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and a percussion ensemble led by Principal Percussionist Rob Slack.

Learn more about how to participate.

Friends, fans, and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event for FREE, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.

Pianist Fei-Fei Dong

Soka: Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 4

November 20, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong was a finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to charm audiences with her “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration

Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration

November 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum hosts this multimedia event spotlighting the art-evoked inspiration which drives artists in every field to create great new works. Featuring a fantastic Pacific Symphony sextet, the program includes music inspired by poetry, dance galvanized by poetry and music, a fascinating video about Georgia O’Keeffe, a new piece by local composer James Hopkins sparked by a painting in the Museum’s collection and the culmination of a music-focused art competition with the audience choosing the winner.

Free with museum admission: General Admission $7, Students and Seniors (60+) $5, Children under 12 and LAM Members Free. Space is limited; PRE-REGISTER HERE.

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 4, 2016, 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 Love Feast: Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year: A Love Feast

January 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance, featuring Pacific Symphony and members of the Yaya Dance Academy. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lover’s 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 a community chorus.

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.

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).