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Symphony Thursdays @7pm

PacificSymphony+ - A Digital Concert Hall for Streaming Content

PacificSymphony+ is a new way to experience your Symphony online and on-demand. Enjoy the magic of music whenever and wherever you can. Every Thursday, newly recorded footage from the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will be premiered.

This series is made possible by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation. These programs are being produced with audio, video and lighting equipment purchased through a generous grant from the Janet Curci Family Foundation.

Symphony Thursdays @7pm are streamed on Pacific Symphony’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and on our website. Each recording can be viewed for 30 days. Get Livestream FAQs to enhance your virtual concert experience.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and rules subject to change.

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Pulcinella

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Pulcinella

March 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” could be described as “back to the future” music, with a score written in 1700, but re-imagined in 1920.

  • Challenged by Serge Diaghilev to revisit Pergolesi’s works and turn them into a ballet, Stravinsky added intricate, modern harmonies and altered rhythms to the music while retaining the 18th-century melodic charm of the original work.
  • The result is a gloriously lyrical and appealing work, both classic and modern at the same time, that delights the ear from start to finish.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through April 16.

2020-21 Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Mother Goose & Firebird

2020-21 Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Mother Goose & Firebird

March 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Tonight’s program unfurls a magical mystery tour that sweeps us away to the mysterious innocence of childhood and French fairy tales and continues on to the magic and majesty of Russian folklore. Carl St.Clair has selected the final movements of Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and Stravinsky’s “Firebird.” Both works are colorfully orchestrated special arrangements for chamber ensembles, rather than large orchestra. And—spoiler alert—both have deliriously happy endings.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through April 23.

Olga Kern

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Kern Plays Rachmaninoff

April 1, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

From the Vault: Prepare to be bedazzled when Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff’s diabolically delightful variations based on a virtuosic violin caprice by Paganini. This electrifying Van Cliburn competition-winning pianist has a special gift that captivates audiences the world over. As The Washington Post says: “Call it star quality—music loves Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.” 

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through April 30

Orli Shaham

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Shaham Plays Mozart

April 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

From the Vault: Internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham, a “first-rate Mozartean” according to the Chicago Tribune, takes center stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through May 7

Claire Huangci

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Bach's Keyboard Concerto

April 15 – May 16, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Pianist Claire Huangci joins Pacific Symphony to perform Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1. The young American pianist, winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, continuously captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten).

This performance will be available for FREE streaming from April 15 through May 14.

Ted Sugata

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Bach's Concerto for Violin & Oboe

April 22 – May 21, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Concertmaster Dennis Kim and Pacific Symphony Oboist Ted Sugata take center stage in Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels from April 22 through May 21. Check back in on April 29 for the links.

Hector Olivera

Organ Recital: Hector Olivera

April 25, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

One of today’s most sought-after concert organists, Juilliard-trained Hector Olivera is a passionate musician, whose interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. "The Times Reporter" describes an evening with Hector Olivera as “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.”

This 75-minute performance will be streamed LIVE at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 on our YouTube channel and will be available afterwards for viewing through May 23. Check back in on April 23 for the direct link.

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Brandenburg Concerto

Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Brandenburg Concerto

April 29 – May 28, 2021,  7:00 p.m.

Today, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. And yet they were never performed during the composer's lifetime. After Bach gifted the manuscript of the five concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, it languished on library shelves until it was rediscovered in 1849. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, performed here, contains one of the most difficult parts in the trumpet repertoire.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming on our YouTube and Facebook channels from April 29 through May 28. Check back in on April 29 for the links.