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Maestro's Series 2019-20


Overview

Join Music Director Carl St.Clair in a historic season as we celebrate his 30th anniversary. Immerse yourself in the power of 84 perfectly synchronized musicians performing in a world-class hall celebrated for its acoustical perfection. Savor 12 masterfully curated evenings of music’s most moving masterpieces.

This series consists of 12 performances.


Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

September 26, 2019 - September 28, 2019

Carl kicks off his 30th with a program of explosive music! First, Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture followed by the precursor to his Ninth Symphony, the “Choral” Fantasy featuring the accomplished Benjamin Pasternack. Then, fly through the flames of fortune with Orff’s breathtaking masterpiece, Carmina Burana.


Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Drama unfolds with Tchaikovsky’s deeply passionate Symphony No. 6 and Ravel’s virtuosic gypsy rhapsody, Tzigane, featuring concertmaster Dennis Kim. Earlier in the evening, you’ll embark on an exploration of the brilliant compositions from legendary film composer John Williams, who is responsible for linking Carl to Pacific Symphony.


Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

November 14, 2019 - November 16, 2019

Journey through the minds of three prolific American composers: George Chadwick, the master from the New England Conservatory; his pupil Florence Price, the first African-American woman recognized as a symphonic composer; and George Gershwin, a composer whose music is synonymous with the sound of America.


Beethoven's Seventh

Beethoven's Seventh

December 5, 2019 - December 7, 2019

More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.


Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

January 16, 2020 - January 18, 2020

This is Beethoven at his best – lyrical, spirited and epic. Dvořák, while greatly inspired by the great German, expresses his own Bohemian lyricism in his Symphony No. 8, filled with indelible melodies and themes that flow like no other symphony.


Symphonie Fantastique

Symphonie Fantastique

February 6, 2020 - February 8, 2020

Obsession, unrequited love and…opium; when mixed properly, these ingredients leave you with Berlioz’s vivid and dream-like Symphonie Fantastique. Also featured is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a series of portraits dedicated to friends lost in World War I along with his jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major with the spectacular Lefèvre.


Hadelich Plays Paganini

Hadelich Plays Paganini

February 27, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Where piano fans look to Rachmaninoff for keyboard virtuosity, violinists turn to Paganini. An outrageously gifted musician, he was also an accomplished composer writing hundreds of pieces including six violin concertos. Sparks will fly as violinist Augustin Hadelich takes the stage. Following is Rachmaninoff’s expressive and quintessentially Russian Symphony No. 3.


Beethoven's Piano Concertos

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

March 19, 2020 - March 21, 2020

An all-Beethoven weekend – in celebration of the iconic composer’s 250th birthday – featuring all five piano concertos with the lavishly talented Alexander Romanovsky.


Otello

Otello

April 23, 2020 - April 28, 2020

Love, betrayal and jealousy – all trademarks of great tragic opera – Otello embraces these themes to the fullest. Written decades after going into retirement, Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale takes you on a journey through a passionate romance destroyed by one of opera’s most loathsome villains.


Schumann's Fourth

Schumann's Fourth

May 7, 2020 - May 9, 2020

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.


Tao Plays Mozart

Tao Plays Mozart

May 28, 2020 - May 30, 2020

Pianist Conrad Tao returns with Mozart’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 20. Following is Brahms’ Fourth and final symphony. Filled with deep emotion, profound complexity and beautiful melancholy, it finishes with a finale that will leave you speechless. The concert opens with a new work by Frank Ticheli in honor of Carl's 30th anniversary.


Symphony of a Thousand

Symphony of a Thousand

June 11, 2020 - June 13, 2020

A tidal wave of sound, Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” is an 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 is an exhilarating experience you cannot miss.