Profile: Pacific Symphony Blog

Pacific Symphony, currently in its 39th season, celebrates a decade of creative music-making as the resident orchestra of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair for the past 27 years, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. 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 community of Orange County. Presenting more than 100 concerts and events a year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, the Symphony reaches more than 300,000 residents—from school children to senior citizens.

Timothy Mangan, the main contributor to and host of Pacific Symphony Blog, is an award-winning music critic and now writer-in-residence with the orchestra. You may contact him at tmangan@pacificsymphony.org.

The orchestra’s main website is here.

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Books on Classical Music: Some Essentials (Part 2)

Having a few books of music criticism — the right ones, at least — is an essential part of any serious classical music lover’s library. Good music criticism teaches us how to listen to and think about music.
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Interview: John Williams

Here’s an interview with composer John Williams that I wrote for England’s Gramophonemagazine back in 2005. Richard Kaufman conducted Pacific Symphony in Williams’s Oscar-winning score to “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” for a screening of the film.
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Meet Michael Clive, Pacific Symphony’s Program Annotator

“Sometimes as a joke I refer to myself as ‘your intrepid annotator,’” said Michael Clive, longtime program note writer for Pacific Symphony, in an interview last week.
“Every time I have written something and thought it was risky, they put it in,” he said. “I said you can take it out if you want, but they have left it.”
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Concert Etiquette

The problem of attending a classical music concert for a newcomer is a real one but is based essentially on a misunderstanding. The popular conception of classical concerts, perpetuated by Hollywood and others, as hoity-toity social affairs, bears little resemblance to reality, especially these days. Furs and monocles are optional.
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Books on Classical Music: Some Essentials (Part 1)

A little knowledge will help you enjoy classical music more than none. A lot of knowledge will help even more. Here are a few books that I think every classical music lover should have on their shelves for easy reference. If you prefer digital formats to print, that’s your business (though not all of the books I will list are available in digital formats). But I think print is more friendly to browsing, and all of these books reward it.
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