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Classical Escapes 2021-22


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 14, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Experience Beethoven’s thrilling “Eroica” symphony—a work so innovative and influential it changed the course of music history. And revel in the beauty and technical mastery of Tchaikovsky’s unofficial cello concerto, Variations on a Rococo Theme.


Zhang Plays Rach 2

Zhang Plays Rach 2

December 2, 2021 - December 4, 2021

An evening of greatness begins with world-class pianist Haochen Zhang who has been described by The Washington Post as having an “imagination that keeps you on the edge of your seat and breathless to hear what comes next”—a worthy challenger to Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

Following are two pieces drawn from fantasy: first, Debussy sets the scene for fauns and nymphs in Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; next, Stravinsky transports you to a world where an evil sorcerer collides with a magical firebird.


Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

January 27, 2022 - January 29, 2022

Bomsori Kim, “internationally recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting violinists of today” (NDR), joins Pacific Symphony with Tchaikovsky’s delightful and ever-popular violin concerto. Following is Brahms’ Second Symphony, a work touched by dark despair but countered by the beautiful light of serenity


Saint-Saëns‘ Organ Symphony

Saint-Saëns‘ Organ Symphony

March 10, 2022 - March 12, 2022

Hailed by The London Times as a “violinist in a class of his own,” James Ehnes joins legendary conductor Edo de Waart with Prokofiev’s Spanish-inspired second violin concerto; a work that perfectly blends drama with technical virtuosity. On the second half, revel in the majestic power of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in Saint-Saëns‘ most popular symphony featuring a melody that was later adapted for film and the 1977 hit song “If I Had Words.”


Yang Plays Rachmaninoff

Yang Plays Rachmaninoff

April 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 is a work that leads you from gorgeous melodies to unforgettable themes, all without pause. Earlier in the evening, piano phenom Joyce Yang dazzles with Rachmaninoff’s tour-de-force of the keyboard, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

June 9, 2022 - June 11, 2022
An all-Beethoven weekend – in celebration of the iconic composer’s 251th birthday – featuring all five piano concertos with the lavishly talented Alexander Romanovsky.