Profile: Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years, and is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene as well as in its own burgeoning community of Orange County, California.
The Symphony offers repertoire ranging from the great orchestral masterworks to music from today’s most prominent composers, highlighted by the annual American Composers Festival and the opera-vocal initiative “Symphonic Voices.” Since 2006-07, the Symphony has performed in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with striking architecture by Cesar Pelli and acoustics by Russell Johnson—and in 2008, inaugurated the hall’s critically acclaimed 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Presenting more than 100 concerts and events a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony reaches more than 275,000 residents—from school children to senior citizens.

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Holiday Classics: Nutcracker Sweet

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,” along with selections from Tchaikovsky's original ballet. 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.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
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To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Nutcracker for Kids

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!
Enjoy a fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet and interact with musicians from Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, watch local ensembles perform, create special crafts that connect to each concert’s theme and participate in learning activities that align with state and national educational standards. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
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To learn more about Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.

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Handel's Glorious Messiah

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.
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Learn more about the Pacific Chorale here.

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Holiday Organ Spectacular

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with world-class organist Todd Wilson and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the 4,322-pipe, $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
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Learn more about the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ here.
Todd Wilson, organ and host 
Barry Perkins, trumpet 
Mindy Ball, harp
Dennis Kim, violin 
Joseph Morris, clarinet 
Elliott Moreau, bassoon

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Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

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.
Preview talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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The Wizard's Spellbook

2018–19 FAMILY MUSICAL MORNINGS SERIES
Hocus pocus, alakazam! Join us for a spellbinding Halloween celebration that includes music from Fantasia and Harry Potter, as well as The Conductor’s Spellbook, an exciting and interactive new work by composer Paul Dooley that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed in costume and don’t forget your wand and broomstick!
Enjoy a fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet and interact with musicians from Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, watch local ensembles perform, create special crafts that connect to each concert’s theme and participate in learning activities that align with state and national educational standards. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 & 11:30 AM Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
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Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia!
Carl St.Clair uses Dvořák’s popular symphony to explore three historic links between the United States and the Czech people. First, Dvořák’s remarkable journey to the United States helped to identify a unique American voice. Some 25 years later, America played a central role in the creation of a democratic Czechoslovakia. Today, a new Orange County institution, Pangea World, explores and expands the wealth of knowledge between nations.
Due to the celebratory nature of this event, business attire is preferred.
Doors open at 2 p.m. There is no intermission during this 90-minute concert.
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The French Connection

Immerse yourself in the sound and color of 19th-century French Romantic chamber works. Journey through a trio of sonatas as you experience a range of instrumental textures including violin, flute, harp and bassoon. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the intimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 3:00 PM Segerstrom Center for the Arts Samueli Theater

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Bernstein @ 100

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. The Friday night performance, hosted by Alan Chapman, is part of our new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony.
The Friday, Oct. 26 performance is part of a new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. Hosted by KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman, the 90-minute concert, Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries, will explore how Bernstein's music crosses the boundaries between Classical and Jazz, Sacred and Secular, Opera and Broadway. There will be no intermission and concertgoers are encouraged to gather on the Plaza after the concert for more music and conversation.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
To learn more about tonight's artists, please click here.
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Bernstein @ 100: Artists

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. The Friday night performance, hosted by Alan Chapman, is part of our new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony.
The Friday, Oct. 26 performance is part of a new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. Hosted by KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman, the 90-minute concert, Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries, will explore how Bernstein's music crosses the boundaries between Classical and Jazz, Sacred and Secular, Opera and Broadway. There will be no intermission and concertgoers are encouraged to gather on the Plaza after the concert for more music and conversation.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
Box Office: (714) 755-5799
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Rach 3 & Boléro

Opening Night! 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 Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Ravel's intoxicating "Boléro." The concert opens with "Shooting Stars" by Frank Ticheli, originally commissioned for Pacific Symphony's 25th anniversary and now extended in celebration of the orchestra's 40th anniversary.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!
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The 2018–19 season piano soloists are generously sponsored by The Michelle F. Rohé Distinguished Piano Fund.
Saturday’s concert will be recorded for later broadcast on 91.5 KUSC.

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Rach 3 & Boléro: Artists

Opening Night! 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 Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Ravel's intoxicating "Boléro." The concert opens with "Shooting Stars" by Frank Ticheli, originally commissioned for Pacific Symphony's 25th anniversary and now extended in celebration of the orchestra's 40th anniversary.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!
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The 2018–19 season piano soloists are generously sponsored by The Michelle F. Rohé Distinguished Piano Fund.
Saturday’s concert will be recorded for later broadcast on 91.5 KUSC.

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular

End summer with a bang! No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits including his memorable Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. You won’t want to miss it!
Parking is FREE!
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This concert is generously sponsored by the Stephen G. and Regina Oswald Foundation.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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A Hero’s Life

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s premier violinists and has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a performer of “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” She joins the orchestra to perform Lauridsen's ethereal “O Magnum Mysterium” and Ravel's rhapsodic “Tzigane.” Then, Concertmaster-Designate Dennis Kim will be featured in “A Hero's Life” (Ein Heldenleben), Strauss' autobiographical tone poem depicting confidence, unrest, the battle of life, love and serenity. Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!
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To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!

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Rach 2

Gramophone places pianist Boris Giltburg “among the truly memorable Rachmaninoff interpreters, an elect including Moiseiwitsch, Horowitz, Kappel, Richter and Cliburn. Giltburg’s originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.”
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!
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To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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Stravinsky had the star-making “Firebird” behind him and the epoch-launching “Rite of Spring” in front of him when he composed the ballet “Petrushka.” Its scene is a Russian carnival, the main characters a trio of puppets. The vibrant colors of the instrumentation, the bustling harmonies and rustic dances capture it all unmistakably, in one of the composer’s most engaging fancies.

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Watts Plays Beethoven

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a perennial favorite guest of Pacific Symphony, André Watts returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works – the "Emperor Concerto." A work prized for its serene and tender second movement, Beethoven’s last piano concerto is a testament to the composer’s emotional range. Shostakovich complements the evening with his intense 10th Symphony.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!
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To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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Whether or not we believe Shostakovich’s alleged statement that the Symphony No. 10 is “about Stalin and the Stalin years,” this is clearly a work with bleak, dark and violent things on its mind. The initials of the composer’s name become a theme (as do those of a lover) that seems victorious at the end, but an ambiguity remains. Note the many meandering solos for the woodwinds — as dire a picture of loneliness and isolation as any in music.

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Poulenc & Fauré

Enjoy coffee, tea, pastries and chamber music in the intimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater. Poulenc's Flute Sonata was composed for flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and is now one of the composer's best known works. When Rebecca Clarke submitted her Viola Sonata in a competition, it tied for first place, but some suspected it was written by a man using a pen-name and the prize was awarded to another competitor. Fauré's piano quintets rank among his greatest chamber works.
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Cirque for Kids!

Symphony plus circus equals a spectacular show, created especially for kids! The world's greatest circus artists from Cirque de la Symphonie will dazzle and delight in this first-ever Family series concert appearance. Experience a jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a soundtrack of classical masterpieces and popular film scores.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
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To learn more about PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.

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Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)

Considered the first-ever vampire movie, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror tells the story of a naive real estate agent trapped in a castle in Transylvania after discovering his client, the rich count, is a vampire. Watch this 1922 classic come to life as organist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack.
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Glass & Shankar

Through a highly prized invitation, Pacific Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with this award-winning program during Carnegie’s yearlong celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday. Originally commissioned, premiered and recorded by Pacific Symphony, “The Passion of Ramakrishna” is a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power—scored for vocal soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Joining Pacific Symphony for this historic concert is sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar.
Hear this landmark concert before Pacific Symphony presents it during its Carnegie Hall debut! Come early to enjoy live music and dance of India on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from 6 - 7:45 p.m.
Box Office: (714) 755-5799
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.

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To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
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“Meetings Along the Edge” is a section from “Passages,” a collaborative record album of Philip Glass and the great Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Bringing together themes by both composers, “Meetings” has the racing rhythm, snazzy syncopation and ebullient pace that exemplified early Minimalism and made it so hard to resist.

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The Passion of Ramakrishna: Libretto

Through a highly prized invitation, Pacific Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with this award-winning program during Carnegie’s yearlong celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday. Originally commissioned, premiered and recorded by Pacific Symphony, “The Passion of Ramakrishna” is a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power—scored for vocal soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Joining Pacific Symphony for this historic concert is sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar.
Hear this landmark concert before Pacific Symphony presents it during its Carnegie Hall debut! Come early to enjoy live music and dance of India on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from 6 - 7:45 p.m.
Box Office: (714) 755-5799
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about tonight's Artists, please click here
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
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“Meetings Along the Edge” is a section from “Passages,” a collaborative record album of Philip Glass and the great Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Bringing together themes by both composers, “Meetings” has the racing rhythm, snazzy syncopation and ebullient pace that exemplified early Minimalism and made it so hard to resist.

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Glass & Shankar: Artists

Through a highly prized invitation, Pacific Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with this award-winning program during Carnegie’s yearlong celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday. Originally commissioned, premiered and recorded by Pacific Symphony, “The Passion of Ramakrishna” is a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power—scored for vocal soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Joining Pacific Symphony for this historic concert is sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar.
Hear this landmark concert before Pacific Symphony presents it during its Carnegie Hall debut! Come early to enjoy live music and dance of India on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza from 6 - 7:45 p.m.
Box Office: (714) 755-5799
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
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“Meetings Along the Edge” is a section from “Passages,” a collaborative record album of Philip Glass and the great Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Bringing together themes by both composers, “Meetings” has the racing rhythm, snazzy syncopation and ebullient pace that exemplified early Minimalism and made it so hard to resist.

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Storytelling: PSYWE Spring Concert

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble opens its spring concert with the fanciful Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandby Los Angeles-based composer Steven Mahpar. The program continues with Ralph Vaughan Williams' elegiac The Lark Ascending and closes with Paul Hindemith's stirring Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
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PSYO Spring Concert

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra opens its spring concert with Analog Intelligence (A 21st Century Dance Suite) by Brendan Faegre, followed by Gustav Mahler's gloriously epic First Symphony. The spellbinding slow movement is based on the children's song "Frère Jacques," transposed into a haunting minor key.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
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To learn more about PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.

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Pinchas Zukerman

“Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company,” said the Los Angeles Times about living legend Pinchas Zukerman. The violin master joins Pacific Symphony in Mozart's delightful Violin Concerto No. 3.
Experience first-hand the program Pacific Symphony will perform on its May 2018 Tour of China!
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As both a tribute to a fellow artist (Mussorgsky’s friend Viktor Hartmann, a painter) and an essay in musical imagery, Pictures at an Exhibition has never been surpassed. Ravel’s orchestration discovers layers of meaning and drama implicit in the black and white original, for piano alone, all the while turning it into an unrivaled showpiece for orchestra.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn about Pinchas Zuckerman, please click here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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Pinchas Zuckerman: Guest Artist

“Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company,” said the Los Angeles Times about living legend Pinchas Zukerman. The violin master joins Pacific Symphony in Mozart's delightful Violin Concerto No. 3.
Experience first-hand the program Pacific Symphony will perform on its May 2018 Tour of China!
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As both a tribute to a fellow artist (Mussorgsky’s friend Viktor Hartmann, a painter) and an essay in musical imagery, Pictures at an Exhibition has never been surpassed. Ravel’s orchestration discovers layers of meaning and drama implicit in the black and white original, for piano alone, all the while turning it into an unrivaled showpiece for orchestra.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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The Magic Flute - Program Notes

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!
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Preview Talk included in this NoteStream.

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The Magic Flute - Director's Notes and Synopsis

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!
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The Magic Flute - Meet The Artists

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!
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Happy Birthday, Bernstein Program Notes

Celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein and Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, this all-American program features a variety of chamber works in compelling instrumental combinations. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the intimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.
There is no Preview Talk before this performance. Orli Shaham will introduce the program from the stage. Doors open at 2 p.m.
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PROGRAM:
BERNSTEIN: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
HANSON: Pastorale for Oboe and Piano
REICH: Quartet for 2 Pianos and 2 Vibraphones
SCHOENFIELD: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
EWAZEN: Trio for Trumpet, Cello and Piano

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Chinese New Year - Program Notes

Join us for Pacific Symphony's annual festivities honoring the Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Dog, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.
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Carl St.Clair, conductor
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Chinese New Year: Meet The Artists

Join us for Pacific Symphony's annual festivities honoring the Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Dog, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.
Box Office: (714) 755-5799
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Symphony
To learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.

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Fledermaus: The Bat-Man’s Revenge Opera for Kids!

Pranks and tricks abound at the annual SuperHeroes’ masked costume ball! And who is this mysterious Bat-Man, the biggest prankster of them all? This lighthearted comic operetta — written by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss, Jr. — sparkles with fun and lively music and features talented opera singers from Chapman University.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
PROGRAM:
J. STRAUSS, JR.: Selections from "The Bat" (Die Fledermaus)
Roger Kalia, conductor
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Brahms & Prokofiev

“Romanovsky is the latest pianist to be hailed as the true heir to the great Russian tradition,” said The Guardian. The formidable guest pianist performs Prokofiev’s second piano concerto, which has garnered a reputation for being one of the most technically demanding piano concertos in the repertoire.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Organ Superstar: Paul Jacobs

Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs, a Pacific Symphony favorite, returns to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ to perform a program of virtuosic organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach — including the ever-popular Toccata and Fugue in D Minor — and Franz Liszt.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the organist!
Videos included in this NoteStream so you can listen before the concert. You'll also meet the new musicians of the Pacific Symphony!
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Beethoven’s only violin concerto remains one of the most widely played and popular works for the instrument. Famous for its spirited final movement, the work reveals the amazing melodic and technical range of the violin. Also featured is Edward Elgar’s regal Symphony No. 1, a work that was performed over 100 times within a year of its premiere and was hailed by The Musical Times as an "immediate and phenomenal success."
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Holiday Organ Spectacular

Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with world-class organist Todd Wilson and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
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Phillips: Toccata on "Antioch" from Joy to the World: Three Preludes for Christmas
Traditional, arr. Mahpar: The First Noel
Traditional, arr. Wood: Sussex Carol
Veray, arr. Calzada: Villancico Yaucano
Wood: Pastoral on “Forest Green”
Dupré: Variations on “Adeste Fideles”
Styne, arr. Mahpar: Let It Snow
Handel: Hallalujah Chorus from Messiah
Widor: Toccata from Symphony No. 5
Roberts: Digression & Dialogue
Traditional, arr. Wood: I Saw Three Ships
Adam, arr. Bassi/Mahpar: O Holy Night
Anderson. arr. Mahpar: Sleigh Ride
Holiday Sing Along: Silent Night & Joy to the World

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Messiah

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio—with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus—provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.
John Alexander, guest conductor
Clara Rottsolk, soprano
Jane Hyun-Jung Shim, mezzo-soprano
Jason Francisco, tenor
Timothy Jones, bass-baritone
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director

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Gershwin’s Concerto

“Many persons had thought that the Rhapsody in Blue was only a happy accident…Well, I went out, for one thing, to show them that there was plenty more where that had come from,” said George Gershwin himself. Widely considered Gershwin’s most classical piece, his Concerto in F represents the perfect blend between the rhythmic liberties of jazz fused with classical roots.
“Xiayin Wang is jaw-droppingly impressive” —Gramophone
SMETANA: The Moldau
GERSHWIN: Concerto in F
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 7
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists!
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
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The symphonic poem “The Moldau” is a landscape on water, the listener put right in the boat with a painter’s eye view. We begin at the springs of the mighty river and travel through backwaters, the main current and rapids, through woods, fields and meadows, where peasants dance at a wedding. The melodies are flowing and folksy.

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Nutcracker for Kids

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
Roger Kalia, conductor
Festival Ballet Theatre — Salwa Rizkalla, artistic director
Pacific Symphony

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Petite Classics: PSSS Fall Concert

In its energizing season opener, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) presents an afternoon of miniature masterpieces! Experience great works on an intimate scale, including music of J.S. Bach, Brian Balmages, Sergei Prokofiev and more. This performance presented by the high-achieving musicians of Santiago Strings will be sure to amaze and inspire! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.
PETITE CLASSICS WITH
PACIFIC SYMPHONY SANTIAGO STRINGS
IRENE KROESEN • CONDUCTOR
FEATURING
PRELUDE CHAMBER STRINGS
HELEN WEED • CONDUCTOR
PRELUDE CHAMBER STRINGS
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704)
(Arr. Robert D. McCashin)
Gigue Francoise
Thom Sharp 
Cloud Dance
Matt Turner 
Chicken Foot Transplant
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) 
(Arr. Robert Longfield)
Danza Final
SANTIAGO STRINGS
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) 
(Arr. Francis Grant)
Fugue in G Minor (The “Little”)
Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782) 
(Arr. Sandra Dackow) 
Sinfonia in D Major, Op. 18, No. 1
I. Allegro assai
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) 
(Arr. Paul Lavender)
Troika from Lieutenant Kijé
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
(Arr. Sandra Dackow) 
Capriccio Espagnol
Alborada 
Variazioni
Scena e Canto Gitano 
Fandango Asturiano
Brian Balmages (b. 1975) 
Rhythm Dances
This afternoon’s performance is generously sponsored by Roger and Marji Davisson, Walter Dietiker, Mr. & Mrs. William Klein, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Knobbe and Mr. & Mrs. James Selna

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Empires & Everything Else: PSYWE Fall Concert

Fresh from their prize-winning participation in the 2017 Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) kicks off its 2017-18 season with music of the old world and the new! Revel in a wide-ranging program including works of William Byrd, Percy Grainger, John Phillip Sousa, Richard Wagner and more! The brilliant musicians of PSYWE, backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie Concert Organ, are sure to engage and inspire!
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
Learn more about PSYWE Music Director Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore here.
FERRAN: Consuelo Ciscar
WAGNER: Huldigungsmarsch
JACOB: William Byrd Suite
ALVAREZ: Suspiros de España
(Briseyda Zárate, soloist)
SOUSA: President Garfield's Inauguration March
GRAINGER: The Power of Rome in the Christian Heart
(Kristen Lawrence, organ)
WAGNER: Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral

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Stories & Myths: PSYO Fall Concert

Energized by many recent artistic achievements, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) inaugurates its 2017-18 season with a stirring and innovative program that includes Berlioz’ thrilling Roman Carnival Overture, Journey by the young Los Angeles-based composer Austin Wintory and concludes with one of the most beloved of 20th century classics, the Firebird Suite of Igor Stravinsky.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
To learn more about PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.
Roger Kalia, Conductor
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
WINTORY: Journey Suite
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (1919)

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Cathedrals of Sound

Composer Hugo Wolf called Bruckner’s Eighth “the creation of a giant, surpassing in spiritual dimension and magnitude all the other symphonies of the master.” Featuring the spiritual voices of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey to set the stage and stunning visuals from Nick and Clemens Prokop, this monumental work will take you on a journey through symphonic space and time.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included!
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
CARL ST.CLAIR • CONDUCTOR
NORBERTINE FATHERS OF ST. MICHAEL’S ABBEY
CHRISTOPH BULL • ORGAN 
NICK AND CLEMENS PROKOP • VIDEO ARTISTS
An Introduction to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8
Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey with a Gregorian chant
Christoph Bull, organ
Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) 
Symphony No. 8 in C Minor
Allegro moderato
Scherzo: Allegro moderato
Adagio: Solemn and slow, but not dragging 
Finale: Solemn, not fast

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Mozart & Rachmaninoff

Hailed by The Independent as a “big pianist with a calmly commanding presence,” Garrick Ohlsson joins Pacific Symphony with Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto — a work that legendary pianist Alfred Brendel has referenced as “one of the greatest wonders of the world.” Also featured on the program is the West Coast premiere of André Previn's new work for orchestra along with Rachmaninoff’s formidable Second Symphony.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, please click here.
RUNE BERGMANN • CONDUCTOR
GARRICK OHLSSON • PIANO
André Previn (b. 1929) 
Almost an Overture
West Coast Premiere
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) 
Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 271
Allegro 
Andantino
Rondo: Presto
Garrick Ohlsson
I N T E R M I S S I O N
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) 
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
Largo - Allegro moderato 
Allegro molto
Adagio 
Allegro vivace
The 2017-18 Season Piano Soloists are generously sponsored by The Michelle F. Rohé Distinguished Pianists Fund
Garrick Ohlsson’s appearance is generously sponsored by the Nicholas Family Foundation
The Friday night concert is generously sponsored by Michelle F. Rohé

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Beethoven & Schubert

Was Schubert Beethoven’s biggest fan? Franz Schubert became a passionate devotee of the older composer’s music. In fact, on his deathbed Schubert asked to be buried in a grave alongside Beethoven. Revel in the genius of these two great composers as you enjoy coffee, tea and pastries in the intimate coffee-house atmosphere of the Samueli Theater.
ORLI SHAHAM • PIANO AND HOST
PAUL MANASTER • VIOLIN 
TIMOTHY LANDAUER • CELLO
Beethoven & Schubert
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) 
Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Allegro moderato 
Adagio 
Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) 
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Vivace, adagio espressivo 
Prestissimo
Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
I N T E R M I S S I O N
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) 
Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
Allegro moderato 
Andante, un poco mosso 
Scherzo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro vivace
This concert is generously sponsored by Dot and Rick Nelson.
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An Evening with Joshua Bell

Like no other violinist of recent times, Joshua Bell has captured the imaginations of both critics and audiences. Bell is a true classical music superstar, enjoying a successful concert career; famous chamber music collaborations; occasional partnerships with artists outside the classical arena, including Josh Groban, James Taylor and Sting; and performances as featured soloist in movie soundtracks, including, famously, “The Red Violin.”
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Beethoven's Fifth

What better way to kick off Pacific Symphony’s 39th season than by performing the most famous four notes in music history? Here’s what The Orange County Register had to say the last time this titanic symphony was programmed: “The Pacific Symphony dug in as requested, catching her fire. The strings played like linebackers and angels. The woodwinds shone brightly and warmly. Enthusiasm never lagged.”
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Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
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Tchaikovsky Spectacular!

End the summer with a bang!
You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto performed by the freshly minted Gold Medalist of this year’s Van Cliburn Competition, Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. And to cap off the evening, thrill to the electrifying “1812 Overture” — complete with thundering cannons and brilliant fireworks.
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Pacific Symphony

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Jurassic Park

A soundtrack 65 million years in the making! Experience the classic film while Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ thrilling score live. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton, “Jurassic Park” transports you to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs. in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which have never been seen before.
Renowned paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are part of an exclusive group invited to the island for a sneak preview of the park’s wonders. When things go terribly wrong, they must fight for their lives against unimaginable dangers in a desperate attempt to escape from a world gone mad…a world in which dinosaurs once again rule the earth.
Experience this ground-breaking blockbuster as never before: projected in HD onto the big screen above the orchestra while Pacific Symphony performs Williams’ magnificent score live to film. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!
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John Williams

A Note from John Williams:
I must say I greatly enjoyed the challenge of trying to tell the Jurassic Park story musically. And while we can luxuriate this evening in the magnificent sound produced by the Pacific Symphony as they perform the entire score live to the picture, it's nevertheless tempting to imagine what the trumpeting of these great beasts of the distant past might have been like...
I hope that tonight's audience will have some measure of the joy we experienced while making the film more than twenty years ago.
John Williams

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Symphony in the Cities: Program Notes

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair or blanket and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! Now a long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities (SITC) brings thousands of people together for great music and entertainment in local parks each year. With a potpourri of popular classics, pop tunes and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emce, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.
Starting at 7 p.m., this year’s free SITC concerts take place Sunday, July 16 at the Civic Center in Newport Beach, Saturday, July 22, in the Village Green at Mission Viejo’s Oso Viejo Community Park and Sunday, July 23,, at Irvine’s Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge. Arrive early to enjoy Mission Viejo’s annual “Prelude in the Park,” which begins at 4 p.m., and the Symphony’s Musical Playground, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in all three cities.
The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. And—back by popular demand—kids have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro St.Clair and later help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert.

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Music of Springsteen - Program Notes

Celebrate the Fourth with this high-energy tribute to “The Boss,” America’s most iconic singer-songwriter. Pacific Symphony welcomes Matt Ryan & The American Dream to center stage, seasoned musicians famous for recreating Bruce Springsteen’s marathon, party-like shows. You’ll be on your feet cheering for such hits as “Born in the USA,” “My Hometown” and “Hungry Heart.” And no July 4th evening is complete without the Symphony's traditional salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale.
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Resurrection! Program Notes

In Mahler’s Second Symphony, the composer ponders the question of life, death and transcendence and in so doing pens some of his most sublime music. Meditating on these questions required Mahler to compose the largest symphony ever known at that time—with massive instrumental and vocal forces, daring harmonic structure, and expansive length—all to astonishing effect. As the composer once said, "The term 'symphony' means creating a world with all the technical means available." This great masterpiece will be performed in celebration of John Alexander’s remarkable 45-year tenure as artistic director of Pacific Chorale.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
Continue on with A Tribute To John Alexander.
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A Tribute to John Alexander

During his long and distinguished career, Alexander has conducted hundreds of performances of choirs and orchestras in 27 countries, receiving an abundance of praise.
Under his tutelage, Pacific Chorale—with its anchor of 24 professional vocalists (the John Alexander Singers) and power core of 150 singers—has become one of America’s great choirs.
BY JAYCE KEANE

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Mozart & Don Quixote

The 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. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello—Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer—starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.
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Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
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Mozart & Don Quixote: Artists

The 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. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello—Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer—starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at the soloists, Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!
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The Haydn Effect - Meet The Artists

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to “Papa Haydn,” who has been called the father of the string quartet because he was instrumental in the development of chamber music. For most of his career Haydn was not only considered the most celebrated composer in Europe, but he also guided and mentored two star pupils: Mozart and Beethoven!

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The Haydn Effect

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to “Papa Haydn,” who has been called the father of the string quartet because he was instrumental in the development of chamber music. For most of his career Haydn was not only considered the most celebrated composer in Europe, but he also guided and mentored two star pupils: Mozart and Beethoven!
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Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell

Organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you! Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program. This matinee recital includes the best of organ music—from Wagner to Bach, Widor to Bizet, Vierne to Yon and far beyond as Maxwell showcases the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ’s stunning palette of sounds, often adding his own twist to classic arrangements.

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Magic of Chopin: Program Notes

Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate—and surprising.”
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
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Pacific Symphony Musicians: In Full Bloom

Meet the bass players for the Pacific Symphony- Doug Basye and Andy Bumatay as they explore the Historic Kellogg House in Santa Ana.

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Magic of Chopin: Guest Artists

Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate—and surprising.”
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A Tribute to Charles and Ling Zhang

Pacific Symphony is thrilled and honored to pay tribute to Charles and Ling Zhang, Production Sponsors of the 2017 American Composers Festival, featuring Ellis Island: The Dream of America.
As a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Charlie was at Ellis Island to receive his award in 2014. It was this special honor that first brought him to the attention of Pacific Symphony’s Board of Directors, which invited him to join in 2015.
His appreciation for his new home in America prompted him to help underwrite these concert presentations. But he has also sponsored and helped fund numerous concerts and events during his short tenure on the board.

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Ellis Island: Program Notes

Peter Boyer's Grammy-nominated “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a stirring work that celebrates the historic American immigrant experience with actors and projected images. The New Yorker’s critic Alex Ross described John Adams’ music as “present-tense American romanticism.” In celebration of the composer's 70th birthday, Pacific Symphony performs “The Dharma at Big Sur,” with Tracy Silverman, “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” (BBC Radio).
Be part of history! Join the audience on April 7-8 for the recording of the first-ever PBS “Great Performances” broadcast from Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
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Ellis Island: Guest Artists

Peter Boyer's Grammy-nominated “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a stirring work that celebrates the historic American immigrant experience with actors and projected images. The New Yorker’s critic Alex Ross described John Adams’ music as “present-tense American romanticism.” In celebration of the composer's 70th birthday, Pacific Symphony performs “The Dharma at Big Sur,” with Tracy Silverman, “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” (BBC Radio).
Be part of history! Join the audience on April 7-8 for the recording of the first-ever PBS “Great Performances” broadcast from Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
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PBS Great Performances

The 2017-18 season of Great Performances will be extra special for arts lovers from Southern California. Our own Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair, will be one of only two orchestras featured on the Great Performances season.
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Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto: Program Notes

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
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Zhang Zho hosts a multi-generational piano masterclass on March 22 in the intimate Samueli Theater. Tickets are just $10. Information and Tickets.

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Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto: Guest Artists

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman included.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at the musicians!!
Zhang Zho hosts a multi-generational piano masterclass on March 22 in the intimate Samueli Theater. Tickets are just $10. Information and Tickets.

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Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) Program Notes

Contemporary films, from Total Recall to Blade Runner, and Stars Wars to I, Robot all show the powerful influence of Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis.
Experience this cinematic tour de force on the big screen in the concert hall while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.
The Complete Metropolis - Official Trailer [HD] is included!
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The Beach Boys: Program Notes

In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.
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Viva Villa-Lobos!

Brazil’s greatest composer, Villa-Lobos mined the rich exotic sound world of his native country’s folk music. Argentina’s Ginastera followed suit and also inspired a young Piazzolla, who played the tango accordion (bandoneón) to follow his muse as the father of “new tango.” Come early for tango dancing in the lobby!
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Viva Villa-Lobos! Artists for February 26

Brazil’s greatest composer, Villa-Lobos mined the rich exotic sound world of his native country’s folk music. Argentina’s Ginastera followed suit and also inspired a young Piazzolla, who played the tango accordion (bandoneón) to follow his muse as the father of “new tango.” Come early for tango dancing in the lobby!

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Aida: Program Notes

Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed in Cairo on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Even today, the work holds a cherished place in the operatic canon, and is performed every year around the globe.
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Aida: Guest Artists

Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed in Cairo on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Even today, the work holds a cherished place in the operatic canon, and is performed every year around the globe.
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Scottish Fantasy Program Notes: Feb 2 - 4

Max Bruch’s fantasy on Scottish folk melodies for violin and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony were actually inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace.
Enjoy Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” - as once described by George Bernard Shaw.
David Danzmayr, former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, makes his Pacific Symphony debut conducting a program that presents these three different musical perspectives evoking the wild romantic landscapes of Scotland.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included!
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Scottish Fantasy - Guest Performers

Max Bruch’s fantasy on Scottish folk melodies for violin and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony were actually inspired by a walking tour of the ruins of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace.
Enjoy Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn’s “charming Scotch overture that carries you over the hills and far away,” - as once described by George Bernard Shaw.
David Danzmayr, former assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, makes his Pacific Symphony debut conducting a program that presents these three different musical perspectives evoking the wild romantic landscapes of Scotland.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included!
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Chinese New Year Concert: January 28, 2017

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.
讓太平洋交響樂團與您一快兒慶祝農曆新年,迎接雞年的來臨!在大年初一的晚上我們邀請您觀賞這場別出心裁的晚會,從李煥之的《春節序曲》,傳統又耳熟能詳的《茉莉花》,到由二胡演奏家高韶青所詮釋的《粱祝》等等,及終場在膾炙人口的貝多芬《第九交響曲第四樂章》《快樂頌》的大和唱歌聲中畫下句點。這是場西方與東方音樂、舞蹈、歌曲、和樂器的結合。
Program includes:
LI HUANZHI: Spring Festival Overture
BACH: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
VARIOUS: New Year's Medley
HUA WU: Deep Into the Night
HE ZHANHAO & CHEN GANG: Butterfly Lovers Concerto
HANS ZIMMER & JOHN POWELL: Music from Kung Fu Panda 2
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
TRADITIONAL: Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower)
BEETHOVEN: Finale from Symphony No. 9, "Choral"
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Chinese New Year Concert: Guest Artists

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.
讓太平洋交響樂團與您一快兒慶祝農曆新年,迎接雞年的來臨!在大年初一的晚上我們邀請您觀賞這場別出心裁的晚會,從李煥之的《春節序曲》,傳統又耳熟能詳的《茉莉花》,到由二胡演奏家高韶青所詮釋的《粱祝》等等,及終場在膾炙人口的貝多芬《第九交響曲第四樂章》《快樂頌》的大和唱歌聲中畫下句點。這是場西方與東方音樂、舞蹈、歌曲、和樂器的結合。
Program includes:
LI HUANZHI: Spring Festival Overture
BACH: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
VARIOUS: New Year's Medley
HUA WU: Deep Into the Night
HE ZHANHAO & CHEN GANG: Butterfly Lovers Concerto
HANS ZIMMER & JOHN POWELL: Music from Kung Fu Panda 2
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
TRADITIONAL: Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower)
BEETHOVEN: Finale from Symphony No. 9, "Choral"
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Hansel and Gretel: Opera for Kids!

This fairytale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers, including students from Chapman University, who are joined by The All-American Boys Chorus.
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning's concert. Activities begins at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
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Hansel and Gretel: Meet The Performers!

This fairytale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers, including students from Chapman University, who are joined by The All-American Boys Chorus.
To learn more about Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.

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Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto: Jan 12-14 Program Notes

One of Tchaikovsky’s best known works and among the most famous in all of classical music, the First Piano Concerto is a deeply expressive and romantic tour de force. Gold Medal winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang performs this great masterwork.
Prokofiev’s Fifth is one of the great orchestral works of the 20th century. Written during the dark days of World War II, Prokofiev intended his Fifth to be "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit."
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at pianist Haochen Zhang, Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!
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Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto: Guest Pianist

One of Tchaikovsky’s best known works and among the most famous in all of classical music, the First Piano Concerto is a deeply expressive and romantic tour de force. Gold Medal winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang performs this great masterwork.
Prokofiev’s Fifth is one of the great orchestral works of the 20th century. Written during the dark days of World War II, Prokofiev intended his Fifth to be "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit."
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens throughout the concert for a closer look at pianist Haochen Zhang, Music Director Carl St.Clair and the musicians of Pacific Symphony!
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Handel's Glorious Messiah

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio—with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus—provides a moment to experience reflection, renewal and joy during the busy season.
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Handel's Glorious Messiah - Guest Artists

A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio—with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus—provides a moment to experience reflection, renewal and joy during the busy season.
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Strauss' Vienna: Program Notes Dec. 1 - 3

Prepare to be swept away in this stunning tribute to the Viennese waltz! Vienna was the glittering cultural jewel in the crown of Europe in the 1800s - Brahms spent his entire life there. Performing his First Piano Concerto will be the stellar Jeremy Denk, winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious MacArthur ‘Genius” Fellowship. Tonights concert also showcases music by Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss.
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Grieg's Piano Concerto - Program Notes

Zubin Mehta said of Spain’s pre-eminent pianist, “I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein,” while Sir Simon Rattle commented: “There is something special with Joaquín Achúcarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano.” This not-to-be-missed debut is part of a program that includes Grieg’s ever popular Peer Gynt, musical fairy-tale ballet music by Stravinsky and a magical, mystical concerto from Finland that includes taped bird songs interacting with the orchestra.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included!
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Grieg's Piano Concerto: Meet The Artists

Zubin Mehta said of Spain’s pre-eminent pianist, “I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein,” while Sir Simon Rattle commented: “There is something special with Joaquín Achúcarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano.” This not-to-be-missed debut is part of a program that includes Grieg’s ever popular Peer Gynt, musical fairy-tale ballet music by Stravinsky and a magical, mystical concerto from Finland that includes taped bird songs interacting with the orchestra.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included!
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PSSS Fall Concert: Forever Young!

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings rings in its 26th season with works celebrating the artistic achievement and virtuosic energy of youth! In this concert, these talented young musicians perform prolific works by talented young composers who changed the world of music in their short lives. Enjoy an evening of youthful music masterfully performed by the youth of Santiago Strings! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.
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Forever Young! Meet the Music Directors

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings rings in its 26th season with works celebrating the artistic achievement and virtuosic energy of youth! In this concert, these talented young musicians perform prolific works by talented young composers who changed the world of music in their short lives. Enjoy an evening of youthful music masterfully performed by the youth of Santiago Strings! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.
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Music of Now and Before: Program Notes

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble kicks off its milestone 10th anniversary season with works of old and new! Celebrate with PSYWE during Ron Nelson's “Lauds” and bask in the sound of David Maslanka's “Requiem,” both works rooted in antiquity. Look to the future in Mason Bates “Chicago, 2012” from "Alternative Energy," a collaborative work for onstage electroacoustics. The brilliant musicians of PSYWE backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie concert organ are sure to engage and inspire. This performance features a special guest conductor, Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair!
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Music of Now and Before: Meet The Artists

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble kicks off its milestone 10th anniversary season with works of old and new! Celebrate with PSYWE during Ron Nelson's “Lauds” and bask in the sound of David Maslanka's “Requiem,” both works rooted in antiquity. Look to the future in Mason Bates “Chicago, 2012” from "Alternative Energy," a collaborative work for onstage electroacoustics. The brilliant musicians of PSYWE backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie concert organ are sure to engage and inspire. This performance features a special guest conductor, Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair!
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PSYE Music Director: Gregory X. Whitmore

Gregory Xavier Whitmore is music director of Pacific Symphony Your Wind Ensemble. Learn more about this incredibly talented and inspirational musician!
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PSYO Fall Concert: Program Notes

Recently returned from its summer performance tour of China, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra inaugurates its 2016-17 season with charismatic works performed by Southern California’s finest young orchestral musicians. Glinka’s thrilling Overture to “Ruslan and Ludmilla” ushers in an exciting evening that includes George Gershwin’s soulful “Porgy and Bess.” Feel the might of this brilliant orchestra electrified by the sound of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ during Saint-Saëns’ powerful “Organ Symphony.”
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Roger Kalia - Music Director PSYO

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “vigor” and “commitment” by the Charlotte Observer and for bringing a “fresh view to classical music” by The Republic, Roger Kalia is currently the assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony as well as music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
But there's a lot more to him than that...just try and keep up with him!

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Tchaikovsky’s Fourth: Program Notes 10/20 - 22

Tchaikovsky himself described his Fourth as "a reflection of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony." This definitive romantic Russian music, from thundering brass to dramatic finish, will carry you away and evoke powerful emotions.
This powerful work completes a program featuring an innovative world premiere by Pacific Symphony's Composer in Residence, Narong Prangcharoen, and Mozart’s most beloved violin concerto, as performed by award-winning French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, whose violin playing has been described as “reminiscent of Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler.”
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Tchaikovsky's Fourth: Tonight's Artists 10/20 - 22

Tchaikovsky himself described his Fourth as "a reflection of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony." This definitive romantic Russian music, from thundering brass to dramatic finish, will carry you away and evoke powerful emotions.
This powerful work completes a program featuring an innovative world premiere by Pacific Symphony's Composer in Residence, Narong Prangcharoen, and Mozart’s most beloved violin concerto, as performed by award-winning French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, whose violin playing has been described as “reminiscent of Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler.”
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Brahms & the Romantics: Program Notes Oct. 2nd

The towering genius of Brahms influenced many of his contemporaries, including his devoted friend Dvorák, who he also mentored.
The program opens with a Brahms-inspired work commissioned and recorded by Orli Shaham, by the young Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman.
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Brahms & the Romantics: Guest Artists

The towering genius of Brahms influenced many of his contemporaries, including his devoted friend Dvorák, who he also mentored.
The program opens with a Brahms-inspired work commissioned and recorded by Orli Shaham, by the young Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman.
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Kern Plays Rachmaninoff: Program Notes 9/22 - 9/24

Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff’s demonically delicious variations based on a virtuosic violin piece by Paganini. She is an electrifying Van Cliburn competition-winning pianist with a special gift that captures and captivates audiences the world over. Per The Washington Post: “Call it star quality—music loves Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.”
Tonight's program also includes the Carnival Overture, by Antonin Dvořák, a world premiere of Conrad Tao's I Got A Wiggle That I Just Can't Shake, and the hauntingly beautiful Pines of Rome - Respighi’s vivid love-letter to “The Eternal City.”
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Olga Kern and Conrad Tao: Program Notes: 9/22-24

Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff’s demonically delicious variations based on a virtuosic violin piece by Paganini. She is an electrifying Van Cliburn competition-winning pianist with a special gift that captures and captivates audiences the world over. Per The Washington Post: “Call it star quality—music loves Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.”
Tonight's program also includes the Carnival Overture, by Antonin Dvořák, a world premiere of Conrad Tao's I Got A Wiggle That I Just Can't Shake, and the hauntingly beautiful Pines of Rome - Respighi’s vivid love-letter to “The Eternal City.”
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Renée Fleming - Program Notes

Tonight's performance features one of the greatest operatic sopranos of all time, the legendary Renée Fleming. She makes an exclusive Orange County appearance in this exceptional concert with the Pacific Symphony. Tonight's program offers selections from Richard Strauss’s hauntingly beautiful Four Last Songs, as well as beloved popular favorites from the Broadway stage and the wonderful world of opera.
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Renée Fleming - Guest Artist Program Notes

Tonight's performance features one of the greatest operatic sopranos of all time, the legendary Renée Fleming. She makes an exclusive Orange County appearance in this exceptional concert with the Pacific Symphony. Tonight's program offers selections from Richard Strauss’s hauntingly beautiful Four Last Songs, as well as beloved popular favorites from the Broadway stage and the wonderful world of opera.
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Tchaikovsky Spectacular Program Notes

This is our final concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Carl St.Clair will take us on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on nearly three decades of concerts “in the meadows.” The program feature Tchaikovsky's hit parade with excerpts from the perennially popular ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” and two beloved concertos. The curtain will fall on this chapter of Pacific Symphony history to the traditional sounds of the electrifying “1812 Overture”!
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The Spy Who Loved Me: The Music of James Bond

We want escapist entertainment with outlandish plots, big explosions and beautiful women. We want a man of action who could seduce the women, kill the bad guys and vanquish our fears. We want James Bond.
And since the films are hyperbolically intense from beginning to end, the songs, too, must be bold. A great Bond song must confront us with strong emotion, yet also tempt us with an ironic twist—like the twist of lemon in Bond’s martini.
It also helps to have a great vocalist with a signature voice to serve it up.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Program Notes

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents
A LUCASFILM LTD Production A STEVEN SPIELBERG Film
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Starring HARRISON FORD
KAREN ALLEN • PAUL FREEMAN • RONALD LACEY JOHN RHYS-DAVIES • DENHOLM ELLIOTT
From John Williams:
In creating the character Indiana Jones, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg introduced an enduring and much-loved figure into the pantheon of fictional movie heroes. Raiders of the Lost Ark was illuminated by the superb comedy-action performance of Harrison Ford and enlivened by the spirited direction of Steven Spielberg. Speaking for myself, I must say that the experience of composing the music for this film, and for the subsequent installments in the series, was a very happy one, and offered me a wild and truly joyous ride. I’m especially delighted that the magnificent Pacific Symphony has agreed to perform the music this evening in a live presentation of the movie. I know I speak for everyone connected with the making of Raiders in saying that we are greatly honored by this event… and I hope that tonight’s audience will experience some measure of the joy and fun we did when making the film nearly 35 years ago.
CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS • CONDUCTOR
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Beethoven's Ninth Program Notes

Tonight's program - with a full orchestra, thrilling chorus and stirring vocal quartet — is the crown jewel of our final Summer Festival season in the meadows. Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” shares the composer’s dreams for a better world and shines a hope of united brotherhood. Seeing is believing, and this masterpiece must be heard live to be fully experienced.
Pacific Symphony turns turquoise to raise awareness for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Walk and the fight against lung cancer and for lung health. Join us before the concert for an interactive festival including education areas, fun games, musical instruments, prizes and more!
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Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings
John Williams (b. 1932) Liberty Fanfare
Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
Pacific Chorale
I N T E R M I S S I O N
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral
Allegro ma non troppo; un poco maestoso Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile
Presto - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace
Tonight's performance is dedicated to the memory of James Emmi (June 1916 – May 2016).
CARL ST.CLAIR • CONDUCTOR
MARY WILSON • SOPRANO | MILENA KITIĆ • MEZZO SOPRANO
JOHN BELLEMER • TENOR | KEVIN DEAS • BASS
PACIFIC CHORALE — JOHN ALEXANDER • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Beethoven's Ninth: About The Artists

Tonight's program - with a full orchestra, thrilling chorus and stirring vocal quartet — is the crown jewel of our final Summer Festival season in the meadows. Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” shares the composer’s dreams for a better world and shines a hope of united brotherhood. Seeing is believing, and this masterpiece must be heard live to be fully experienced.
Pacific Symphony turns turquoise to raise awareness for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Walk and the fight against lung cancer and for lung health. Join us before the concert for an interactive festival including education areas, fun games, musical instruments, prizes and more!
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Adagio for Strings
John Williams (b. 1932) Liberty Fanfare
Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
Pacific Chorale
I N T E R M I S S I O N
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral
Allegro ma non troppo; un poco maestoso Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile
Presto - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace
Tonight's performance is dedicated to the memory of James Emmi (June 1916 – May 2016).
CARL ST.CLAIR • CONDUCTOR
MARY WILSON • SOPRANO | MILENA KITIĆ • MEZZO SOPRANO
JOHN BELLEMER • TENOR | KEVIN DEAS • BASS
PACIFIC CHORALE — JOHN ALEXANDER • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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July 4th Spectacular - The Music of Michael Jackson

Tonight's concert dazzles with the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. We'll travel from his early beginning with The Jackson 5 all the way through to his final film, “This Is It!” Enjoy music from “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and many more. Celebrate the legacy and genius of Michael Jackson as the seven-piece rock group Windborne, along with lead singer James Delisco, join the Pacific Symphony. We'll open with some patriotic favorites and closes with a brilliant fireworks finale!
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RICHARD KAUFMAN • CONDUCTOR JAMES DELISCO • VOCALIST
March from The Great Waldo Pepper
Henry Mancini
National Emblem March
Edwin Bagley
The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key
American Salute
Morton Gould
A George M. Cohan Overture
George M. Cohan / Arr. R. Wendel
Ohio Riverboat
Henry Mancini
Century of Flight
Brian Shyer
Victory at Sea
Richard Rodgers
Rock Around the Clock
Max Freedman / Arr. R. Wendel
I N T E R M I S S I O N
The Music of Michael Jackson
Armed Forces Salute
Various
America the Beautiful
Samuel Ward / Arr. G. Prechel
Washington Post March Semper Fidelis
Stars and Stripes Forever
John Philip Sousa

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July 4th Spectacular— The Music of Michael Jackson
Tonight's concert dazzles with the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. We'll travel from his early beginning with The Jackson 5 all the way through to his final film, “This Is It!” Enjoy music from “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and many more. Celebrate the legacy and genius of Michael Jackson as the seven-piece rock group Windborne, along with lead singer James Delisco, join the Pacific Symphony. We'll open with some patriotic favorites and closes with a brilliant fireworks finale!
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Principal Pops Conductor: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2015-16 concert season marked Kaufman’s 25th season as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony.
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André Watts Plays Beethoven, June 2 - 4 Program Notes

Tonight's program features superstar André Watts, who remains one of the most celebrated and adored pianists, over 50 years after Leonard Bernstein introduced him to the world.
In his talented hands, Beethoven’s revolutionary piano concerto No. 4 becomes a fitting farewell to the season. After intermission, Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie Fantastique, inspired by his infatuation with a British ingénue, will conclude tonights program.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Rondo: Vivace
Pianist André Watts
Intermission
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14
Rêveries, Passions
Un bal (A Ball)
Scène aux champs (Scene in the Country)
Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold)
Songe d’une nuit du sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)

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Guest Pianist André Watts Plays Beethoven

Tonight's program features superstar André Watts, who remains one of the most celebrated and adored pianists, over 50 years after Leonard Bernstein introduced him to the world.
In his talented hands, Beethoven’s revolutionary piano concerto No. 4 becomes a fitting farewell to the season. After intermission, Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie Fantastique, inspired by his infatuation with a British ingénue, will conclude tonights program.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for June 2 - 4. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Rondo: Vivace
Pianist André Watts
Intermission
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14
Rêveries, Passions
Un bal (A Ball)
Scène aux champs (Scene in the Country)
Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold)
Songe d’une nuit du sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)

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Plazacast: Inside & Out Community Festival

This is a guide to all the activities scheduled for the June 4th Plazacast Community Festival!
To read the complete Program Notes for tonight's concert, please click here.

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Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Program Notes May 19-21

First on the program, The Four Seasons! Vivaldi’s beloved masterpiece paints tantalizing pictures of the changing seasons.
Next, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bavarian Alps, brought to vivid life through Richard Strauss’ splendid musical descriptions. Each section is introduced by breathtaking images from filmmaker Gregory MacGillivray’s “National Parks Adventure”, also marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. You'll also see image magnification (IMAG) of the musicians on the big screen.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for May 19 - 21. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
Meet the Guest Artist Phillippe Quint here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To Learn more about our Cover and why The Pacific Symphony Musicians are On Top of The World, click here
The Four Seasons, Op. 8
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
La primavera (Spring), RV 269
L’estate (Summer), RV 315
L’autunno (Autumn), RV 293
L’inverno (Winter), RV 297
Philippe Quint
I N T E R M I S S I O N
An Alpine Symphony, TrV 233, Op. 64
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Nacht (Night)
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the Forest)
Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering near the Stream)
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) Erscheinung (Apparition)
Auf blumige Wiesen (On Blooming Meadows)
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)
Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Going Astray in Thicket and Underbrush)
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)
Auf dem Gipfel (At the Summit)
Vision (View)
Nebel steigen auf (Fog Arises)
Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The Sun Gradually Darkens)
Elegie (Elegy)
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm Before the Storm) Gewitter und Sturm (Thunder and Storm) Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
Ausklang (Vanishing Sound) Nacht (Night)
Special thanks to Gregory MacGillivray for allowing use of his photos of the National Parks on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Image magnification and video editing provided by Jeffery Sells, Center Stage Multimedia.

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Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Guest Violinist Philippe Quint

First on the program, The Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s beloved masterpiece paints tantalizing pictures of the changing seasons.
Next, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bavarian Alps, brought to vivid life through Richard Strauss’ splendid musical descriptions. Each section is introduced by breathtaking images from filmmaker Gregory MacGillivray’s “National Parks Adventure”, also marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. You'll also see image magnification (IMAG) of the musicians on the big screen.
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for May 19 - 21. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To Learn more about our Cover and why the Musicians of the Pacific Symphony are On Top of the Word, click here
The Four Seasons, Op. 8
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
La primavera (Spring), RV 269
L’estate (Summer), RV 315
L’autunno (Autumn), RV 293
L’inverno (Winter), RV 297
Philippe Quint
I N T E R M I S S I O N
An Alpine Symphony, TrV 233, Op. 64
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Nacht (Night)
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)
Der Anstieg (The Ascent)
Eintritt in den Wald (Entering the Forest)
Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering near the Stream)
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) Erscheinung (Apparition)
Auf blumige Wiesen (On Blooming Meadows)
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)
Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Going Astray in Thicket and Underbrush)
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)
Auf dem Gipfel (At the Summit)
Vision (View)
Nebel steigen auf (Fog Arises)
Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The Sun Gradually Darkens)
Elegie (Elegy)
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm Before the Storm) Gewitter und Sturm (Thunder and Storm) Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)
Ausklang (Vanishing Sound) Nacht (Night)
Special thanks to Gregory MacGillivray for allowing use of his photos of the National Parks on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Image magnification and video editing provided by Jeffery Sells, Center Stage Multimedia.

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On Top Of The World: Pacific Symphony Musicians

One lovely spring day, three ethereal creatures made heavenly music high above Orange County.
Surrounded by staggering views, the glittering trio of Pacific Symphony musicians—Cindy Ellis, Mindy Ball and Alice Wrate—gathered at Orange Hill restaurant to pose for this program book’s cover.

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Midori & The Planets: Program Notes April 28-30

Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Clair de Lune
Arr. Leopold Stokowski
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Concerto in D Major for Violin and
Orchestra, Op. 35
Moderato nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Midori
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Women of Pacific Chorale
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for April 28 - 30. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To Learn more about our Guest Conductor Bramwell Tovey, click here
Meet the Guest Artist Midori here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Midori & The Planets Guest Conductor: Bramwell Tovey

Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Clair de Lune
Arr. Leopold Stokowski
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Concerto in D Major for Violin and
Orchestra, Op. 35
Moderato nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Midori
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Women of Pacific Chorale
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for April 28 - 30. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
Meet the Guest Artist Midori here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Midori & The Planets: Meet Midori - April 28-30

Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Clair de Lune
Arr. Leopold Stokowski
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Concerto in D Major for Violin and
Orchestra, Op. 35
Moderato nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Midori
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Women of Pacific Chorale
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 3 of the Program Notes for April 28 - 30.
To Learn more about our Guest Conductor, click here
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Heartstrings

Pacific Symphony joins The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders to celebrate this month-long effort to highlight the growing need for awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
As part of the Symphony’s Heartstrings Music and Wellness initiative, which aims to make classical music accessible to those who may not be able to attend traditional venues, the two organizations are working together to provide positive musical experiences for families affected by autism.

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Rhapsody in Blue: Program Notes, April 7 - 9

The jazz connection: Gershwin married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, while Ives’ Second Symphony alludes to popular American folk tunes including “Camptown Races,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “America the Beautiful.” Between them, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz.
Charles Ives (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2
Andante moderato
Allegro
Adagio cantabile
Lento maestoso
Allegro molto vivace
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Allegramente
Adagio assai
Presto
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for April 7 - 9. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
Meet the Guest Artists here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
To Learn more about our Cover and The Musicians, click here

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Rhapsody in Blue: Meet The Guest Artists, April 7 - 9

The jazz connection: Gershwin married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, while Ives’ Second Symphony alludes to popular American folk tunes including “Camptown Races,” “Turkey in the Straw” and “America the Beautiful.” Between them, Ravel’s beautiful piano concerto, also heavily influenced by jazz.
Charles Ives (1874-1954) Symphony No. 2
Andante moderato
Allegro
Adagio cantabile
Lento maestoso
Allegro molto vivace
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Allegramente
Adagio assai
Presto
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for April 7 - 9. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.
About The Musicians, click here

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Pacific Symphony Musicians: Integral To The Cultural Landscape

Pacific Symphony musicians recognize the value of being out in and a part of the Orange County community. Whether they are performing or hanging out, they enjoy the beauty and diversity of Orange County.
Here you'll meet Paul Zibits, horn player, Jeanne Skrocki, the Symphony’s assistant concertmaster, and Paul Zibits, who plays double-bass.
This is Part 3 of the Program Notes for April 7 - 9.
Meet the Artists here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Tchaikovsky’s Fifth: Program Notes Mar 10 - 12

Featuring sumptuous tone and melodic mastery, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony culminates in a triumphant final movement. It is led by Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s nternationally renowned “El Sistema” music program. Before that, the irresistible rhythms of Spain!
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for March 10 - 12. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
Meet the Artists here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Tchaikovsky’s Fifth: About The Artists, Mar 10 - 12

Featuring sumptuous tone and melodic mastery, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony culminates in a triumphant final movement. It is led by Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s internationally renowned “El Sistema” music program. Before that, the irresistible rhythms of Spain!
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for March 10-12.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Turandot - Program Notes - Feb. 18, 20, 23, 2016

Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece about a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score is filled with treasures including its signature aria “Nessun Dorma,” which has been used in many Hollywood scores and as the theme for BBC’s World Cup television coverage.
This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's "Opera Initiative", now in its fifth season.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for February 18 - 23. You’ll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
Meet the Artists here To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here. Learn about the 2016 Lantern Festival here.
Alan Chapman introduces the music of Puccini's epic fairy tale, the opera "Turandot," in this Podcast.
Program Note Annotator
Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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Turandot - Meet the Artists! Feb. 18, 20, 23, 2016

Puccini’s spectacular masterpiece about a bloodthirsty princess whose icy, vengeful heart softens as she comes to know true love. The lyrical and sweeping score is filled with treasures including its signature aria “Nessun Dorma,” which has been used in many Hollywood scores and as the theme for BBC’s World Cup television coverage.
This concert is part of Pacific Symphony's "Opera Initiative", now in its fifth season.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for February 18 - 23. You’ll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
Learn about the 2016 Lantern Festival here.
Alan Chapman introduces the music of Puccini's epic fairy tale, the opera "Turandot," in this Podcast.
Program Note Annotator
Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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2016 Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the night of the first full moon in the Chinese calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.
Alan Chapman introduces the music of Puccini's epic fairy tale, the opera "Turandot," in this Podcast.

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Organ Splendor Program Notes, Feb. 4-6

Two of the world’s finest organists deliver music filled with sublime beauty, luminous textures and sacred spirit. From the glory of “Pilgrim’s Hymn” — performed at funerals for Presidents Ford and Reagan — to the poetry of “Lux Aeterna,” enjoy the splendor of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Join us for a Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. on the Orchestra level.
This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s American Composer Festival 2016, highlighting works for the organ. Learn more about the Gillespie Concert Organ here, and Meet the Artists here. To Learn more about the Pacific Chorale, please click here.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for February 4 - 6. You’ll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
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Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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William J. Gillespie Concert Organ

Rising dramatically behind the performance platform, the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ is a visual focal point of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The organ was made possible by a generous gift of William J. Gillespie.

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Pacific Chorale

Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.

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Organ Splendor: About The Artists, Feb 4-6

Learn more about the composer Wayne Oquin, Organists Paul Jacobs and Christoph Bull, and the Artistic Director of the Pacific Chorale, John Alexander. For complete Program Notes for this concert, please click here.

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Spring Festival Overture By Li Huanzhi

The Spring Festival Overture is a work of celebration, new beginnings and the propitiation of good luck. In fact, “spring festival” is the English translation for the Chinese term signifying the blowout more familiar to us as “Chinese New Year,” with its colorful parades and spectacular dragons snaking through the streets of Asian-American communities.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for November 12-14. You’ll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
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Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor by Max Bruch

Max Bruch’s gift for the ardently voiced melody and his feeling for the violin have made him perhaps the least familiar name among composers of the most cherished standard-rep concertos. But among audiences and players alike, his Violin Concerto No. 1 is one of the most successful works in the violin repertory. Why then did Bruch, who wrote more than 200 well- crafted pieces in the German Romantic style, snarl irritably at the success of this one?
You'll also meet the Guest Artist, Dan Zhu
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for November 12-14. To begin with Part 1, click here
To Learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
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Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World” by Antonin Dvořák
Contemporary newspaper accounts of the premiere, which took place before Christmas of 1893 at Carnegie Hall, evoke a scene of clamorous tribute that was repeated again and again. “There was no getting out of it,” Dvořák said in describing the ovation to his publisher, “and I had to show myself willy-nilly.” Yet despite its inescapable nickname, this was not an “American” symphony, but rather a symphony “from the New World.”
This is Part 3 of the Program Notes for November 12-14. For Part 1, click here
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
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Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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Meet The Guest Conductor: En Shao

Maestro Shao is currently chief conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and music director and principal conductor of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra.
This is Part 4 of the Program Notes for November 12-14. For Part 1, click here
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here
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Michael Clive is a cultural reporter living in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. He is program annotator for Pacific Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic, and editor-in-chief for The Santa Fe Opera.

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Meet The Music Director: Carl St.Clair

The 2017-18 season marks Music Director Carl St.Clair's 28th year leading the Pacific Symphony. He is one of the longest tenured conductors of the major American orchestras. St.Clair’s lengthy history solidifies the strong relationship he has forged with the musicians and the community. His continuing role also lends stability to the organization and continuity to his vision for the Symphony’s future.

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Joshua Bell Live - Sep 25-27

Pacific Symphony launches Music Director Carl St.Clair’s landmark 25th-anniversary “season of giants” with classical music superstar, violinist Joshua Bell, plus two orchestral showpieces, a West Coast premiere and festivities fit for the grand occasion. Get an inside look at what to expect!

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Chopin Concerto No. 1: Context and Composition

The Paris of Frédéric Chopin outshone Paris between the wars as a crucible of creative enterprise. Creating, enjoying and judging art were what Paris was about. This was the city of Franz Liszt, who invented modern musical superstardom, and of Hector Berlioz and Gioacchino Rossini, who retired as a celebrity composer to become a celebrity gourmand.
In Chopin’s case we have both the glitter and the unique aesthetic qualities of the composer who wrote for the piano as no one else ever would. No other great classical composer is identified so closely with a single instrument; every work that Chopin composed features the piano, and the concertos are his largest-scale works that engage the orchestra to accompany it.

Included are listening notes and sound clips.

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Cathedrals of Sound

The Symphony once again builds “Cathedrals of Sound” Oct. 23-25. Along with the return of the Norbertine Fathers and Jacobs, the concert features Ottorino Respighi’s Church Windows (1926), all as contextual setting for a performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. Joining Pacific Symphony for the Requiem will be the Pacific Chorale, under the direction of John Alexander.
“This program is close to All Souls Day,” says St.Clair, “and I’m thinking about that. The Requiem is a piece I really love, and the Chorale loves it as well. They recently performed it in the church where Duruflé was organist, so it’s a work close to them and to me, and it’s a wonderful way of celebrating our 25 years together.”
The Requiem is written with a significant part for organ, to be handled by Symphony favorite Paul Jacobs, navigating his way through the score on the massive and imposing William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
“It’s important that we feature the organ this season,” says St.Clair. “William Gillespie, whose name is on the organ, has meant so much to us and this is a way of honoring him and featuring Paul who inaugurated the organ a few years back.
“The Duruflé is a little overshadowed by other large-scale sacred works—Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and C Major Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, all the various requiems we hear—but what I enjoy about Duruflé is that instead of having this fast and overwhelmingly powerful “Dies Irae,” the center of the Requiem is the “Pie Jesu,” the most intimate moment instead of the loudest and most powerful. It has power but a different kind of power. It ends where I like to think is paradise, so it’s going to be a very special moment for me. And my wife’s birthday is on the Thursday of that week, which is nice. She’ll know where I am.”

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