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Intergalactic Adventures


3…2…1…liftoff! Launch into the wonders of outer space as you tour the Moon, the planets and beyond with music from Star Wars, Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Featuring NASA space footage, Pacific Symphony is joined by special guests, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, on this exciting intergalactic adventure!
Enjoy this 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. The Spotlight Instrument for this concert is the Brass family. 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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Roger Kalia, Conductor

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Intergalactic Adventures

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra – Roger Kalia, Music Director

James Mchale, Stage Director, Script Writer And Voice Of Dad

Jason Brewer, Andrew

Rebeka Hoblik, Ella

Jonathan Fisher, Astronaut

Aaron Mcgee, Astronaut


Excerpt From



Excerpt From “Mars” From THE PLANETS


Selections From



Excerpt From “Adagio” From Symphony No.2 In E Minor


Excerpt From “Jupiter” From THE PLANETS


Excerpt From “Uranus” From THE PLANETS


Excerpt From “Allegro Molto” From

Symphony No. 2 In E Minor


“Main Title Theme” From STAR WARS

Dear Friends,

Have you ever wanted to travel through outer space? For today’s concert, we are going to take a journey through the solar system! We are going to explore different planets and see video from a real life astronaut! During our trip, you will hear the combined forces of the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Some of the greatest classical music is inspired by outer space such as holst’s “Mars” and “Jupiter” from The Planets. Pacific Symphony will also perform some of Michael Giacchino’s exciting score to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which is one of my favorite movie soundtracks! We will also hear the strings’ beautiful sound in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. You can’t have a space-themed concert without John Williams’ music and we will close out our concert with the Main Theme from “Star Wars.”

Our spotlight section for this concert is the brass. The brass section includes the trumpets, french horns, trombones and tuba. They are featured in every piece on today’s program, adding majesty and brilliance to the orchestra. Keep an ear open for the famous Main Theme from “Star Wars,” which is played by the trumpets!

Thank you for being such an amazing audience this season. I cannot wait to see all of you for our 2019-20 season, starting with our Dia De Los Muertos celebration on October 19, and I look forward to making more memorable musical experiences with all of you.

Spotlight on Brass

If you have ever seen a trumpet, French horn, trombone or tuba and thought they look related, you would be right—they’re in the same instrument family! The brass family includes instruments that make sound when a musician buzzes their lips into a mouthpiece.

When a musician plays a brass instrument, the air goes through a long, narrow tube with a bell-shaped end to make the sound you hear. Brass players can change the notes they play by pushing valves, or buttons, to make notes higher or lower. They can also change notes by adjusting their embouchure, or how they shape their lips.

Brass instruments are popular in many different types of ensembles aside from the orchestra—including Mexican bandas, jazz ensembles and marching bands. These groups might use brass instruments like the euphonium, the flugelhorn or the sousaphone that you wouldn’t normally see in an orchestra!


What we know of as outer space begins where the Earth’s atmosphere, or shell of air around our planet, disappears. Since space is so far away, for a long time people only knew about space by looking at it through telescopes, which are tools that help us see distant objects. And since there is no air in space, it was once thought impossible for people to go there!

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. In the foreground is the Apollo 11 35mm stereo close-up camera. Image PD-USGOV-NASA

That all changed 50 years ago, in July 1969. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched a spacecraft called Apollo 11 with a goal of landing on the moon. Two astronauts named Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were on board and they got to be the first two people to ever set foot on the moon! Since then, we have learned a lot about planets, comets and other space objects from machines called space probes and by sending other astronauts to explore space!

Dr. Steven Swanson joined NASA as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). The STA is a complex airborne shuttle simulator, which models the flight characteristics of the space shuttle from 35,000 ft. to main gear touchdown. During his time with the STA, Swanson worked to improve the STA’s navigation and control systems and incorporate a real-time wind determination algorithm. He also completed over 6,000 simulated Shuttle approaches. Swanson has been an astronaut since 1998. His space flight experience includes an Atlantis shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June 2007, when he performed two spacewalks. That mission traveled 5.8 million miles in 14 days, according to NASA. He also was a part of a Discovery shuttle mission to the International Space Station in March 2009. Swanson again was part of two spacewalks, and his mission covered 5.3 million miles in 13 days.

Swanson lived and worked on board the International Space Station (ISS) for six months and served as its commander from May-September 2014. He is currently on faculty at Boise State University as a Distinguished Educator in Residence.

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. On top of his work as music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, he has recently been promoted to Pacific Symphony’s associate conductor after four years as assistant conductor. 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 one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.

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.

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

James McHale

stage director, script writer and voice of “Dad”

James McHale is delighted to return to Pacific Symphony where he recently wrote and directed the youth concert Beethoven: Trials to Triumph. McHale is a Resident Artist at Chance Theater where he recently directed A Charlie Brown Christmas, and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Other directing credits include the premiere of Comedy of ERRORS at American Coast Theater Company, and Two Rooms at California State University Long Beach. He has also taught and directed for local schools and for Chance Theater’s Speak Up youth program. As an actor, McHale most recently performed in the musical Once at Lamb’s Players’ Theater in San Diego, MuchAdo About Nothing at The Old Globe, and In A Word and Middletown (2017 Stage Scene LA Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role) at Chance Theater. He would like to thank the entire team at Pacific Symphony and the cast for their wonderful collaboration!

Jason Brewer


Jason Brewer is 13 years old and in 8th grade. He most recently appeared as The Artful Dodger in Oliver (Musical Theatre West), as Young Will in Big Fish (Chance Theater) and as Colin Craven in The Secret Garden (Chance Theater).

Other favorite roles include Asher (The Giver), Dill Harris (To Kill a Mockingbird), Gavroche (Les Miserables), Thor Waldgrave (The Nerd) and Bugs (Bud, Not Buddy). Jason loves to sing, tap dance and is teaching himself to play guitar. He also enjoys reading, riding his bike and playing with his dog. He currently studies acting at the Orange County School of the Arts.

Rebeka Hoblik


Rebeka Hoblik is a sophomore at the Orange County School of the Arts in the musical theater conservatory. She is thrilled to be performing with Pacific Symphony yet again after appearing last spring in Beethoven: Trials and Triumphs as Sister. Past roles include Flounder in The Little Mermaid with Chance Theater at “Broadway in the Park” last summer as well as Young Violet in Violet with Chance Theater, which was a role she received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Jonathan Fisher


Jonathan Fisher is an actor and current resident of Southern California by way of South Florida, Chicago and Rhode Island, and holds a bachelor’s degree in theater and English Literature from Northwestern University.

Some favorite recent theatre credits include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; The Winter’s Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare by the Sea); Elevada, Tribes and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues; Macbeth (Sacramento Theatre Company); Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare Orange County and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Torrance Theatre Co.).

Aaron Mcgee


Aaron McGee is very excited to be sharing his talents for the first time with Pacific Symphony’s Intergalactic Adventures. He is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Cal State University, Fresno and now has over four years of acting experience in the surrounding area. His most recent credits include playing Eoghan Hogan in Unbound Production’s Wicked Lit ‘18 and Topper and Puppeteer in SCR’s A Christmas Carol. Some past favorite roles of his include playing Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and the Fox in The Little Prince. Aaron would like to thank all of those in his life who have supported him and reminded him to never stop reaching for the stars!

Thank You!

Pacific Symphony thanks the following for their generous contributions of time to family Musical Mornings, Musical Carnival, and Heartstrings: Kyler Tagupa, Heartstrings Coordinator Chance Theater

Villa Fundamental Intermediate School Band

Volunteers from:

Pacific Symphony League

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Parents from our Class Act Partner Schools

arts-X-press Alumni

Volunteers in Education

If you would like to volunteer for Pacific Symphony education programs, please contact Eileen Regullano at (714) 876-2317 or eregullano@ for more information.