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Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

February 20, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s first-ever Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Monkey! 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 Chinese 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.

Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Association/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival to commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year with music, dance, art activities and food. Celebrate with us as our concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with lanterns created by Irvine Chinese School students, as well as adults from Nguoi Viet who are part of the Bowers Museum Treasures program. Lanterns on display will be curated by Orange County-based artist and curator Trinh Mai. The Festival will end with our very own lantern parade on the Segerstrom Arts Plaza.

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

Pacific Coast Wine Festival

February 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

The Pacific Coast Wine Festival is a sensational wine auction and dinner, featuring extraordinary wine tastings, imaginative silent-auction offerings, a gourmet dinner with exquisite wine pairing and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines.

The 2015 event featured: Aubert Wines, BOND Estates, Château Cos d'Estournel, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Margaux, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Hundred Acre, Marcassin, Peter Michael Winery, Scarecrow and Vega-Sicilia.

For updates on participating wineries and auction lots, please visit www.pacificcoastwinefestival.com.

Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante

April 17, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

The final concert of the MOZART! series will feature Mozart’s Concertante for Violin and Viola. Also being performed will be Symphony No. 41. Enjoy an informal, intimate afternoon with Pacific Symphony under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.

An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

September 13, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

One of the great operatic sopranos of all time and America’s reigning diva for more than a decade, Renée Fleming makes a rare Orange County appearance in an exceptional concert with orchestra, performing Richard Strauss’s hauntingly beautiful Four Last Songs on a program that also holds popular favorites from the world of opera and Broadway stage.

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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.