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Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Pines of Rome

May 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

From the Vault: Relive Pacific Symphony’s inspirational rendition of Italian composer Respighi’s richly colored symphonic tone poem, “Pines of Rome.” Conjuring up vivid images of ancient Rome, the piece achieved success at a time when opera dominated the music scene. Each of the four movements depicts pine trees around the ancient city in changing settings, including mysterious catacombs, children playing in the Borghese Garden, an ancient Roman temple and a soldier marching home triumphantly on Via Appia. 

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through June 18.

Family Musical Moment - Beethoven's Pastoral #2

Family Musical Moment - Beethoven's Pastoral #2

May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

The second Family Musical Moment continues to explore Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, which the composer titled the "Pastoral Symphony or Recollections of Country Life," reflecting his love of nature. This time, the orchestra plays the third movement in which the music depicts a "Merry gathering of peasants."

As Dr. Jacob Sustaita guides you through the symphony, you’ll enjoy the fun, color commentary cartoon pop-ups in the video that tell you what’s happening in the music.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through June 20.

George Floyd

Alone Together - In Memory of George Floyd

May 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony commissioned the Emmy Award-winning composer John Christopher Wineglass—along with four California orchestras, Fresno Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra—to write "Alone Together," a piece that addresses the social issues we have all been facing during the pandemic, from not being able to perform together to systemic racial disparities. Music Director Carl St.Clair will interview the composer and conduct Pacific Symphony in the world premiere.

This performance is available for FREE streaming through June 23.

Barry Perkins

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Fanfare for the Common Man

May 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Copland’s iconic “Fanfare for the Common Man" was one of 18 fanfares written by various American composers during the dark days of World War II to promote feelings of patriotism and national unity. Copland wanted to honor the common man who performed his deeds of heroism not on the battlefield but on the home front.

"Alone Together" by multiple ®EMMY award-winning composer John Christopher Wineglass addresses the social issues we have all been facing during the pandemic, from not being able to perform together to systemic racial disparities. 

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through June 25.

There Will Be Rest

There Will Be Rest

May 31, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Let us pause on Memorial Day to remember all the lives we have lost, and find solace in Frank Ticheli's moving piece, Rest. Originally a vocal work based on the poem There Will Be Rest by Sara Teasdale, this arrangement by the composer for string orchestra will be accompanied by visual elements. Ticheli dedicated this composition to the memory of Cole Carsan St.Clair, the son of Carl St.Clair and his wife, Susan.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through June 28.

Dennis Kim

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Vivaldi’s Spring

June 3, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Vivaldi’s lyrical masterpiece, “The Four Seasons,” paints tantalizing pictures of the changing seasons in a series of three-movement concertos. Concertmaster Dennis Kim captures the magic of "Spring" at this concert, from the re-awakening of nature to a sudden spring shower. Listen for the "barking" sheep dog played by the viola.

This performance is available for FREE streaming through July 2.

La Traviata

La Traviata

June 5, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Experience "La Traviata," Verdi's passionate story of a doomed love affair, reimagined for the virtual space. Stage Director Robert Neu has created a production that will be fresh and interesting to even the most experienced opera-goer!

Stage Director Notes from Robert Neu

Tickets are just $25 for 28-day household access through July 4. Online sales are now closed. Tickets may still be purchased by phone only through the Symphony box office, (714) 755-5799 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Elissa Johnston

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Songs of the Auvergne

June 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

English composer Frederick Delius imbued his tone poem for small orchestra with the spirit of an English springtime. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring conjures up mists, ferns, streams and the melancholy song of the cuckoo. Elissa Johnston joins the Symphony to sing selections from Joseph Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France arranged for soprano voice and orchestra.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on June 10 through July 9

Richard Kaufman

Pops Fridays - A Virtual Night at the Movies - Part 1

June 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a virtual evening with Pacific Symphony Pops! Led by Richard Kaufman in his 30th anniversary season as principal pops conductor, the program includes themes from popular film music, such as John Barry's Flying Theme from Out of Africa and John Williams' March of the Resistance from Star Wars – The Force Awakens.

This performance ise available for FREE streaming through July 10.

Margaret Brouwer

Café Ludwig: Parallel Isolations

June 13, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Pacific Symphony has commissioned composer Margaret Brouwer to write a piece designed specifically to be streamed during the pandemic with the idea that the musicians would play and record their parts from their homes rather than within the ensemble. Join us for the world premiere of Parallel Isolations.

This performance is available for FREE streaming through July 12. 

Meredith Crawford

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Starburst

June 17 – July 16, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Composer Jessie Montgomery draws from many diverse influences, such as African-American spirituals, civil rights anthems, modern jazz and film scoring. About Starburst she writes: "This brief one-movement work for string orchestra is a play on imagery of rapidly changing musical colors."

Frank Ticheli's Rest, a piece of fragile beauty and quiet dignity, is an arrangement for string orchestra of Ticheli's moving vocal work, There Will Be Rest, dedicated to the memory of Cole Carsan St.Clair, the son of Carl St.Clair and his wife, Susan.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on June 17 through July 16.

Orli Shaham

Café Ludwig LIVE!

June 20 – July 19, 2021,  3:00 p.m.

Experience a new concert in our popular chamber music series, Café Ludwig, streamed LIVE into your living room from the Samueli Theater. Pianist and host Orli Shaham will be joined by Concertmaster Dennis Kim and Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty in chamber music by Reena Esmail, Jessie Montgomery, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Amanda Maier and Germaine Tailleferre.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming starting at 3 p.m. (PDT) on June 20 through July 19

Michael Franz

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Schubert’s Symphony No. 5

June 24 – July 22, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Franz Schubert was only 19 when he wrote his fifth symphony, but it is considered among his finest. Full of youthful energy,  it is the only one of his symphonies which does not include clarinets, trumpets or timpani.  The Mozartian character of the piece mirrors Schubert’s veneration for the composer: "O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!"[

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on June 24 through July 22. Check back on June 24 for the links.

James Self

Pops Fridays - A Virtual Night at the Movies - Part 2

June 25 – July 25, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra in film music by John Williams, Ennio Morricone and more. The program includes themes from Summer of ‘42, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Mission, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Star Wars and Superman.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on June 25 through July 25. Check back on June 25 for the links.

Sherlock Holmes

The Curious Case of the Vanishing Violin

June 26 – July 25, 2021,  10:00 a.m.

A Create-Your-Own Concert Adventure!

As members of the audience during this Family Musical Mornings concert, we are tasked with solving the mystery of a magical violin which appears to have been stolen by a mysterious musician. Sherlock Holmes will be our guide, as he helps us to make decisions about the music that will lead us along in our adventure. 

This 45-minute, virtual performance is designed for kids ages 4-11 and will be available for FREE streaming on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on June 26. If you’re unable to watch at that time, you can tune in anytime through July 25.

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Ancient Airs and Dances

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Ancient Airs and Dances

July 1 – 30, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on July 1 through July 30. Check back on July 1 for the links.

Craig A Meyer

July 4 Spectacular: The Elton John Tribute

July 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Remember When Rock Was Young—The Elton John Tribute

“Your Song.” “Rocket Man.” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The hit singles of mega pop star Elton John are endless. Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John,” this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John.

Plus, enjoy patriotic favorites, our traditional salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

Rose Corrigan

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Haydn Symphony No. 88

July 8 – August 6, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on July 8 through August 6. Check back on July 8 for the links.

Mendelssohn

Family Musical Moment: Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

July 10 – August 8, 2021,  10:00 a.m.

Our third Family Musical Moment explores the second movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4,  known as the “Italian" Symphony. When Mendelssohn was 21 years old, he took a 10-month trip to Italy, and that’s when he wrote it. It is one of Mendelssohn’s happiest and most enjoyable pieces.

As Dr. Jacob Sustaita guides you through the symphony, you’ll enjoy the fun, color commentary cartoon pop-ups in the video that tell you what’s happening in the music.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on July 10. If you’re unable to watch at that time, you can tune in anytime through Aug. 8.

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Beethoven’s First Symphony

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Beethoven’s First Symphony

July 15 – August 13, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels starting at 7 p.m. (PDT) on July 15 through August 13. Check back on July 15 for the links.

The Nutcracker

Christmas in July with The Nutcracker

July 24 – August 22, 2021,  10:00 a.m.

Celebrate Christmas in July with Tchaikovsky’s delightful ballet, The Nutcracker, arranged by Yoon Jae Lee. This virtual Family Music Mornings concert features five different ballet companies from across Orange County, each performing a different dance. Pacific Symphony's 45-minute, condensed version of this holiday favorite is designed for kids ages 4-11.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on July 24. If you’re unable to watch at that time, you can tune in anytime through Aug. 22.

Toy Story in Concert

Toy Story in Concert

August 21, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

West Coast Premiere - Live-to-Film Event!

Two rival toys — a lanky, likable cowboy named Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger — vie for a place in the heart of their owner, Andy. The toys plot against each other, but when they’re separated from their human, they find a way to work together as friends to be reunited with Andy again. Considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made, Toy Story received three Academy Award nominations, including one for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman.
 
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Handel's Glorious Messiah

December 5, 2021, 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 5, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Tiger, 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 - Iranian New Year

Nowruz - Iranian New Year

March 26, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, online with the Farhang Foundation and 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.