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Maestro's Series 2018-19


Overview

Immerse yourself in the power of 88 perfectly synchronized musicians performing in a world-class hall celebrated for its acoustical perfection. Savor 12 unforgettable Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings of music’s most moving masterpieces.

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This series consists of 12 performances.


Rach 3 & Boléro

Rach 3 & Boléro

September 27, 2018 - September 29, 2018

An opening night celebration that immerses you in the virtuosity of the solo musician, both on the piano and in the orchestra. The brilliant Olga Kern returns to Orange County with the “Mount Everest” of piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. And be amazed by the artistry of solo Pacific Symphony musicians as they sweep you away with music from Mozart and Ravel. 


Bernstein @ 100

Bernstein @ 100

October 25, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Feel the joy and emotion of one of the greatest 20th-century composers — an American treasure and mentor of Music Director Carl St.Clair —through works like Chichester Psalms, combining Broadway-inspired melodies with sacred texts for chorus and orchestra and Serenade, a symbolic, lyrical work scored for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion.


Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

November 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Danish composer Carl Nielsen described his Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” as a metaphor for “the fundamental life-force of music.” Dive into this dynamic tour de force that features an explosive introduction and a dueling timpani finale. Violinist Philippe Quint returns with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Violin Concerto and the overture to one of the most famous operas, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, opens this immersive program.


Nutcracker Fantasy

Nutcracker Fantasy

December 6, 2018 - December 8, 2018

A dazzling reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your holiday! Enjoy reinvented favorites like “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “Dance of the Floreadors.” German pianist Markus Groh returns with Brahms’ dramatic Second Piano Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ sacred Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis introduce this festive program.


Chopin's Piano Concerto

Chopin's Piano Concerto

January 10, 2019 - January 12, 2019

Technically his second piano concerto (he wrote two in one year during his late teens), Chopin’s Concerto in E minor is a work that takes what the melodic composer did best – compose deeply expressive melodies – and puts it in the hands of a virtuoso soloist and orchestra. Prokofiev’s last symphony and Mussorgsky’s macabre Night on Bald Mountain accompany this unforgettable program. 

 


Scheherazade

Scheherazade

January 31, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Inspired by the legendary folk stories of “A Thousand and One Nights, “Scheherazade” tells the story of a beautiful young bride who must use her charm as a storyteller to save herself from the wrath of a jealous sultan. Also featured are Bernstein’s “Slava!” and Shostakovich’s high voltage Cello Concerto No. 1 — both written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.


Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

February 21, 2019 - February 26, 2019

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young naïve Japanese geisha who believes that her love for a handsome American naval officer is eternal. With its lush score and heartbreaking arias, it is a timeless tale that will stir your emotions. 


Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Inspired by his travels to Venice, Rome, Bologna and Florence, Mendelssohn’s symphony evokes imagery of Mediterranean sunshine, famous architecture and the rustic landscapes that make Italy so iconic. And be inspired by an arrangement of the Adagio from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 and Bruch’s profoundly virtuosic Violin Concerto.


A Space Odyssey

A Space Odyssey

April 11, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Famous as part of the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra elicits wonder about our vast universe. Former Composer-in- Residence Michael Daugherty offers a suitable prelude — a new work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Mozart’s cheerful Piano Concerto No. 23, with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, is the sublime centerpiece.


Villegas: Master of Guitar

Villegas: Master of Guitar

May 2, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Be swept away by the romantic charm of the guitar as Pacific Symphony embarks on a special celebration of this popular instrument. A festival curated by the “master of guitar” Pablo Villegas takes you on a journey to Spain with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuaz, inspired by the real-life royal Spanish palace.


Ravel's "The Child & the Magic Spells"

Ravel's "The Child & the Magic Spells"

May 16, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Considered one of Maurice Ravel’s masterpieces, L’enfant et les sortilèges takes the perspective of a young boy who encounters magical forces. Opening the program is Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale for children that illustrates the characterful sounds of the orchestra and features unique visual performers, the Magic Circle Mime Company.


Symphony of a Thousand

Symphony of a Thousand

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019

A tidal wave of sound, Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” is a deeply immersive work that pushes the sonic boundaries of the orchestra and choir. Written as an expression of confidence in the eternal human spirit, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is an exhilarating experience you cannot miss.