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Joshua Bell Live - Sep 25-27

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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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Joshua Bell Live - Sep 25-27

Season Opener! Joshua Bell playing Glazunov

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.

Bell returns for his fifth performance with the Symphony (he last performed with the Symphony in May 2010) to celebrate the maestro and captivate audiences with the exciting, breakneck theme and stunning romanticism of Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto.

Interview Magazine may have summed up the remarkable violinist’s playing best by saying Bell “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” The violinist’s artistry is exemplified in his new music directorship of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, his release of 40 CDs since the age of 18, multiple television appearances and countless accolades

Music Director Carl St.Clair

Music Director Carl St.Clair

Photo Courtesy Pacific Symphony

Mutual Respect

"I’m really thankful that Josh Bell, one of the greatest violinists, made the time to come and share the first concert with us,” says St.Clair.

“I welcome every opportunity to perform with him. He’s incredibly enlightening and musically rewarding for both orchestra and audience.”

“I’m excited to come back to Orange County,” says Bell. “I am always impressed by this orchestra, and Carl St.Clair is one of my favorite conductors. He is a sensitive accompanist, so it will be nice to play with him and get his take on the Glazunov Violin Concerto, a piece that is still relatively new to me. I am definitely looking forward to it."

Likeable Adventure

“A lot of the places I play, they want to hear the Brahms, the Beethoven, the Tchaikovsky that are so often played.”

Bell continues, “it’s nice that Carl St.Clair is adventurous and trying less conventional things... although there is nothing inaccessible about the Glazunov, it is an incredibly likeable piece.

So getting to do something a little different from the standards is really fun. I’ve only performed it a few times in my life, so it is a little more nerve wracking, but that means more exciting.”

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

Photo Courtesy Pacific Symphony

John Williams

As with the rest of the season, St.Clair has designed an opening program that is close to his heart.

The concert begins with the joyous fanfare “Sound the Bells!” by St.Clair’s longtime friend, renowned film composer John Williams.

While Williams was music director of the Boston Pops, St.Clair was assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, and it was there that Williams introduced the young St.Clair to an emerging orchestra on the West Coast. “I never would have known about Pacific Symphony were it not for John Williams,” says St.Clair.

Better Together

Better Together

Photo Courtesy Pacific Symphony

Supplica to Strauss to Ravel

The West Coast premiere of Grammy and Pulitzer-prize-winning composer and also a longtime friend of the maestro,

Christopher Rouse’s “Supplica,” scored for strings, harp and percussion, is in keeping with St.Clair’s dedication to performing new music. Co-commissioned by Pacific Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, it was described at its premiere as “mysterious” and “affecting” with “haunting strings that filled in to create beauty both visceral and jarring” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

After intermission, St.Clair shines the spotlight on the orchestra for two compelling, erotic tales: Richard Strauss’ decadent “Dance of the Seven Veils” from the opera, “Salome,” followed by Ravel’s masterpiece, the radiant Suite No. 2 from his ballet score “Daphnis and Chloé.”

Join Us!

Taking place Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the concert opens

the 2014-15 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series. Single tickets for this concert are $25-$99. Season-ticket packages for the Classical series (including specials with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman) are available for $770-$1350. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.