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The Wizard's Spellbook


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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The Wizard's Spellbook

Pacific Symphony

Roger Kalia, conductor

Paul Dooley, composer

David Stoneman, narrator









Education and Community Engagement programs are supported in part by The Pacific Symphony League.

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to welcome you to an exciting new season of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings! I’m your conductor, Roger Kalia, and I’m looking forward to taking you on a fantastic musical journey with Pacific Symphony with each of our concerts this season.

Today’s concert is a spellbinding Halloween celebration that includes some of your favorite music from Fantasia and Harry Potter. We will also perform an amazing new work called The Conductor’s Spellbook by the composer Paul Dooley, who is with us today!

The spotlight for today’s concert is the composer. A composer is someone who writes music. Like an author writes books, a composer writes music. We are so lucky to have composer Paul Dooley at today’s concert to share his music with all of us.

You will meet Tony Stradivarius who discovers a book full of magical spells. Ever wonder how a cello produces sound? Throughout the concert, you will learn all about the different instrument of the orchestra by repeating magical spells cast by Tony. There will even be a chance for you to conduct and help Tony take control of the orchestra!

Now sit back and enjoy the amazing power and sound of Pacific Symphony!


If you have seen an orchestra concert, you have probably heard someone talk about the composer, or the person who wrote the music. There are many different types of composers. Some write music performed in concert halls, while others write music for movies or video games, and still more write pop music that you might hear on the radio!

Orchestral composers, or people who write music for orchestras to perform, need special musical training to understand how all the different instruments work. While many of the most famous orchestral composers like Beethoven or Tchaikovsky lived a long time ago, there are plenty of living composers who still write for orchestras today.

In fact, Paul Dooley, the composer of The Wizards Spellbook featured in today’s concert, knows our conductor. Stop by the Musical Carnival in the lobby and you can meet him too!

Roger Kalia

Roger Kalia

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors.

A three‑time recipient (2018, 2017, 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia was recently named music director of Orchestra Santa Monica. He is also entering his fourth season as assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony and music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Kalia also serves as co‑founder and music director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which was recently featured in the League of American Orchestras’ Symphony magazine as oneof the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.

Upcoming engagements for the 2018‑19 season include debuts with the Spokane Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, and a re‑engagement with the Wheeling Symphony. During the 2017-18 season, he made his European subscription debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland to rave reviews, led the Camarada Chamber Orchestra of San Diego, returned to conduct the Bakersfield Symphony on their annual gala concert, and collaborated with the Orange County Music and Dance School in a benefit concert titled “From Classical to Rock” featuring rock stars Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) and Nancy Wilson (Heart).

Kalia has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia started his career as music director of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn.

Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with The Colburn School and California State University, Fullerton, and he recently conducted the Missouri All‑State Symphony Orchestra. Kalia has also created family and educational concerts for orchestras across the country in a variety of concert formats including the use of multimedia, semi- staged operas, and collaborations with Cirque de la Symphonie and TV personality Randy Jackson.

A native of New York, Kalia holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

David Stoneman

David Stoneman

David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass and in roles from Figaro to Scarpia. After studying locally, (OCC, Chapman and USC) he spent two decades living in Boston and New York and singing opera and oratorio around the country. Locally, Stoneman has appeared nearly two dozen times in concerts with Pacific Symphony. His oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Under the baton of Eliza Rubinstein, he has sung the solos in Vaughan‑Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn’s Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, on the lighter side, Stoneman has enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation, 42nd Street and Sweeney Todd. Recently released recordings featuring Stoneman include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Last spring he was the soloist in the Brahms Requiem in March with the Long Beach Chorale; and Haydn’s Creation in April with the Orange County Women’s Chorus and Men in Blaque, who were joining forces to celebrate each groups’ 20th anniversary season. Stoneman is also a registered piano technician.

Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley’s music has been described as “impressive and beautiful” by American composer Steve Reich. Dooley’s path has embraced not only his Western Classical heritage, but also a cross‑cultural range of contemporary music, dance, art, technology and the interactions between the human and natural worlds.

Dooley is on faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. While at the University of Michigan, Dooley has taught courses in electronic music, co-directed the 2009 Midwest Composers Symposium and in 2010 was coordinator of the ONCE. MORE. Festival, a 50-year anniversary of the ONCE Festival of Contemporary Music. He studied composition primarily with composers Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Frank Ticheli, Stephen Hartke, Charles Sepos and Doc Collins.

Dooley’s recent orchestral work includes: The Conductor’s Spellbook, an educational, interactive and entertaining work for young audiences, with upcoming performances by the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Naples Philharmonic Santa Rosa Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Beethoven Academy Orchestra, among others; Northern Nights, a percussion concerto for acoustic and electronic drums premiered by the Lansing Symphony and Lake George Music Festival Orchestra; Concerto Grosso, premiered by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music OC in Carnegie Hall in April 2017; Mavericks, inspired by the legendary surf break off the shore of Half Moon Bay in Northern California, premiered in Disney Hall by the American Youth Symphony; Run for the Sun, premiered by the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall; and Point Blank, premiered by Santa Cruz’s Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and New York City-based new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. In 2010, Dooley was commissioned by San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Muriel Maffre and Damian Smith to create Making Visible, for Marina Abramovic Institute West.

Dooley has received a wide range of prizes for his work, including both the 2016 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Award and the 2015 William D. Revelli Prize for Masks and Machines, the 2013 Jacob Druckman Award for orchestral composition from the Aspen Music Festival for Point Blank, a 2010 BMI composer award for Gradus for solo cello, and a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award for Dani’s Dance for piano trio.