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Classical Escapes 2020-21


Overview

Make your getaway... Unplug, kick back and revel in the sumptuous sound of live symphonic music. Be transported by six exceptional evenings guaranteed to make you feel more fully alive!

This series consists of 6 performances.


Beethoven's "Eroica"

Beethoven's "Eroica"

October 15, 2020 - October 17, 2020

Experience Beethoven’s thrilling “Eroica” symphony—a work so innovative and influential it changed the course of music history. Longtime collaborators Jaimie Laredo and Sharon Robinson also join the evening with a West Coast premiere of Chris Brubeck’s jazz-infused double concerto.


Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2

December 3, 2020 - December 5, 2020

Moscow-born concert pianist Andrey Gugnin visits Orange County with Rachmaninoff’s luxuriant Piano Concerto No. 2. Meanwhile, guest conductor Markus Stenz guides listeners through a gallery of musical styles: from the French-Baroque color of Rebel, a journey into the romantic dream-like world of Debussy and Scriabin’s cosmically charged “Poem of Ecstasy.”


Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart

Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart

January 14, 2021 - January 16, 2021

"His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays. Within minutes, we are totally captured by his intensity and pianistic achievement." —Los Angeles Times


James Ehnes Plays Sibelius

James Ehnes Plays Sibelius

February 25, 2021 - February 27, 2021

Hailed by The Times as a “violinist in a class of his own,” James Ehnes returns to Pacific Symphony with Sibelius’ only violin concerto; a work that perfectly blends drama with technical virtuosity. Brahms’ pastoral second symphony transports you away from the darkness and into the Austrian countryside.


Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

May 6, 2021 - May 8, 2021

“Prodigious talent with obvious personality and a clear-eyed vision, her technical skills can make the jaw drop. [Rachel Barton Pine] has a full, singing sweet tone and plays with a confidence and elan that make an audience’s heart soar.” — Chicago Sun-Times


The Mozart Project

The Mozart Project

June 10, 2021 - June 12, 2021

Wolfgang comes to life in this all-Mozart evening!  Maestro St.Clair conducts the legendary composer’s charming overture to Don Giovanni and the gloriously dark and transcendent Requiem, interspersed with a portrayal of his greatest rival, Antonio Salieri, performed by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers.