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Maestro's Series 2020-21


Overview

Join Music Director Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony as you savor 12 magical evenings of classical masterworks, the world’s most sought-after guest artists and exciting world premieres. Guarantee the best music at the best price with season tickets starting at just $25 per concert. Experience music at its best and LIVE LIFE VIBRANTLY.

This series consists of 12 performances.


Tchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth

September 24, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Celebrate opening weekend with twin piano phenoms, Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton, as they take Mozart’s rarely performed Concerto for Two Pianos to the stage. Maestro St.Clair concludes the evening with Tchaikovsky’ s moving Fifth Symphony.


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.


Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

November 12, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Bomsori Kim, “internationally recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting violinists of today” (NDR), joins Pacific Symphony with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Violin Concerto. Completing the evening is Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a masterpiece showcasing each section of the orchestra.


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


Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

February 4, 2021 - February 6, 2021

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.” And delight in Mozart’s charming Clarinet Concerto as Principal Clarinetist Joseph Morris puts his skills on full display.


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.


Cathedrals of Sound

Cathedrals of Sound

March 18, 2021 - March 20, 2021

The New York Times calls Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan as “ceaselessly inventive, evocative and penetrating.” He joins Pacific Symphony on a spiritual journey with his major commission Fiat Lux (“Let There Be Light”); a perfect pairing to Strauss’ eternal tone poem Death and Transfiguration.


Rigoletto

Rigoletto

April 15, 2021 - April 20, 2021

Verdi’s immortal story about naïve love, betrayal and a vengeance gone horribly wrong features some of opera’s greatest arias including the instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile” and the beautiful “Caro nome.”

 


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


Haochen Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff

Haochen Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff

May 20, 2021 - May 22, 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 intense Rhapsody. Following is Schubert’s ninth symphony nicknamed “The Great” for its pure grand majesty and awe-inspiring scale.


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.