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Pacific Symphony announced today a broadcast partnership with KCET and PBS SoCal for the upcoming airing of four programs as part of its new weekly arts and culture series “Southland Sessions,” showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of creators across Southern California. 

“As Pacific Symphony has focused on alternate, reimagined programming for the 20-21 season, we are pleased to partner with KCET and PBS SoCal on the innovative Southland Sessions series,” comments Pacific Symphony President and CEO John Forsyte.

“For the four programs, the orchestra is opening its vaults of recorded concerts. Each concert will feature the Symphony in replays of masterworks from the archives and newly recorded original performances, as well as artist and conductor interviews. And our Music Director, Carl St.Clair, will be the host for all four episodes.”

The Heroic Beethoven

The Heroic Beethoven

October 28 – November 7, 2020,  8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony #2

Music Director Carl St.Clair examines Beethoven's "heroic" decade (1803-13), telling the story of the man and his struggles through the power of his music. Features archival recordings from Symphonies 3, 5 and 7.

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A Salute to the Heroes

November 11 – 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony #3

Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony offer a touching tribute honoring veterans, healthcare workers, armed service members and first responders in “A Salute to the Heroes.” Program highlights include Beethoven, Barber, Copland and additional works to be announced.


Beethoven @ 250

December 16 – 26, 2020, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions with Pacific Symphony #4

Despite a global pandemic, classical music’s birthday boy will not be denied. Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. The culmination of this program will be the composer’s great work to humanity, Symphony No. 9, in an archival recording of the orchestra’s 2012 Plazacast at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.