Bernstein @ 100: Artists cover

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.
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Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe and Asia.

He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity and gorgeous tone. Abroad, Hadelich will play with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Lahti Symphony in Finland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Spain.

An active recitalist, Hadelich’s numerous engagements include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Frick Collection in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, the Louvre, and the Wigmore Hall in London. He will appear this summer in Portugal and in Aspen with colleagues Martin Helmchen, piano, and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello, as the “H³ Trio.”

Hadelich’s career took off when he was named gold medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Since then, he has garnered an impressive list of honors, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK; Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award; the inaugural Warner Music Prize; a Grammy Award; and in December 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK.

Hadelich holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He plays the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


Angelito Garcia was born Feb. 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. His parents are from Mexico. Since the age of 3, he demonstrated extraordinary qualities in the arts, particularly with his talent in singing, characterized by his emotions and interpretations in multiple music genres in English and Spanish.

In 2015, Garcia and his father won, among 1,500 participants, the opportunity to represent the U.S. in Mexico on the internationally televised show Me Pongo de Pie, captivating his team captains. His participation and vocal potential also led to several national and international magazines and newspapers such as TV y Novelas.

As a member of Southern California Children’s Chorus, Garcia was highlighted in the ‘Tis The Season! program at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall last December. In June of 2018, he had the opportunity to travel to Iceland and sing with the chorus in the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik. This year, Garcia was invited to participate on the show America’s Got Talent and sang in Spanish to represent the Latino community.


After two summers as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, Shafer’s career was launched to critical raves as Ismene in Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto. Since that breakthrough debut, Shafer has garnered acclaim for her silvery voice, fearlessly committed acting and phenomenal technique.

She spends much of her time on the concert stage and has appeared with the orchestras in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles with leading conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Labadie, Robert Spano, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson and Sir Andrew Davis.

Shafer’s 2018‑19 season includes performances of all‑Bernstein programs with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Pacific Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony all led by Carl St.Clair; the Britten War Requiem with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

This season she makes two exciting operatic appearances: her first performances as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Utah Symphony/ Utah Opera, and a return to the Cincinnati Opera for her first staged performances of Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

Elsewhere Shafer’s operatic highlights have included Johanna in Sweeney Todd for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Nanetta in Falstaff with the Los Angeles Opera, both with Bryn Terfel; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Concertgebouw; and Gilda in Rigoletto with the Welsh National Opera.

She completed her undergraduate at the University of Utah and received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri‑Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.


Robert Istad is Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He regularly conducts and collaborates with Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Sony Classical Records, Yarlung Records, Berkshire Choral International and Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He is also Dean of Chorus America’s national Academy for Conductors.

Istad has prepared choruses for a number of America’s finest conductors and orchestras, including: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony, as well as conductors Esa–Pekka Salonen, Keith Lockhart, Nicholas McGegan, Vasilly Sinaisky, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, John Williams, Eugene Kohn, Eric Whitacre, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton and Robert Moody.

Istad is also professor of music and director of choral studies at California State University, Fullerton. Recently, he and the University Singers performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle, recorded albums with Yarlung Records and with composer John Williams and Sony Classical.

Istad is president of the California Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor, speaker and clinician throughout the nation.



Founded in 1968, the Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for

its exceptional artistic expression; stimulating, American-focused programming; and influential education programs. The chorale presents a season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and performs regularly with the nation’s leading symphonies. It has infused an Old World art form with California’s innovation and cultural independence, developing innovative new concepts in programming, and expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance.

The Pacific Chorale comprises 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale

has performed with such renowned American ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San

Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra.

Other collaborations within the Southern California community include performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Long Beach, Pasadena, and Riverside symphonies. The chorale has toured extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia, and has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Lamoureux, Orchestre de Saint-Louis-en- l’Île, National Orchestra of Belgium, China National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Argentine National

Symphony Orchestra.

The Pacific Chorale can be heard on numerous recordings, including American Voices, a collection of American choral works; Songs of Eternity by James Hopkins and Voices by Stephen Paulus, featuring Pacific Symphony; Christmas Time Is

Here; a live recording of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers; the world premiere recording of Frank Ticheli’s The Shore for chorus and orchestra; and the world premiere recording of Jake Heggie’s choral opera

The Radio Hour. The chorale also appears on six recordings released by the Pacific Symphony: Elliot Goldenthal’s Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, Richard Danielpour’s An American Requiem and Toward a Season of Peace, Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna, Michael Daugherty’s Mount Rushmore, and William Bolcom’s Prometheus with pianist Jeffrey Biegel—all conducted by Carl St.Clair.

ROBERT ISTAD, Artistic Director & Conductor

JOHN ALEXANDER, Artistic Director Emeritus | NATE WIDELITZ, Assistant Conductor & Chorusmaster