Enjoy a Founder’s Fizz at the Leslie Odom, Jr. Show

Leslie_Odom20338_2You might not have noticed that this season, Pacific Symphony has featured signature cocktails at classical and pops programs. Opening weekend, concertgoers toasted the Symphony’s 40th season with the “Ruby Anniversary Sparkler,” a bubbly libation of champagne, St. Germaine and Chambord.  For Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, they enjoyed “Lenny’s Manhattan,” which was technically a “Rob Roy” since it featured Bernstein’s favorite scotch, Ballentine’s. For the recent Kenny G show, the cocktail of choice was “Sax on the Beach,” a delightful cocktail of vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and orange juice.

Leslie Odom–”Hamilton’s” Aaron Burr–makes his Pacific Symphony debut this month (March 15 & 16). As you’ll recall, “Hamilton” is the hit Broadway musical that tells the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton with a musical score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway–musical genres in which Leslie Odom excels as a performer. For his Symphony debut Odom will recap numerous hits from “Hamilton” along with Broadway and classic American pop songs.

The signature cocktail for the must-see Leslie Odom shows will be the famous Founder’s Fizz, the official “Hamilton” cocktail. It’s a twist on a classic gin fizz composed of such simple ingredients as gin, lime juice, sugar and seltzer. You might want to try making it yourself with the recipe below and then compare your results with what Patina’s master mixologists whip up at the Leslie Odom concert! Tickets here.



Hamilton’s Founder’s Fizz
Serves: 1

Combine 1.5 oz. gin, 1 oz. simple syrup, a splash of lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into highball glass filled with ice and fill with seltzer.



Everything you need to know about the Iranian New Year in Orange County

DSC_8533.jpgThe famous poet Rumi wrote, “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” And certainly no season stirs the soul more than spring. March 21 marks the first day of spring, but for millions of people around the world it’s also the start of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian, has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. And last year, Google celebrated this holiday of rebirth and renewal with a special doodle that depicted spring flowers and nature.

_DSC2261.jpgThis year, Pacific Symphony in collaboration with the Farhang Foundation presents an intriguing concert featuring prominent Iranian composers and performers with Music Director Carl St.Clair leading the orchestra and soloists on March 24 at 7 p.m. The program will feature works of Khachaturian, Dvorák as well as traditional Iranian music. Guest artists include the internationally acclaimed Persian conductor and composer Shardad Rohani, popular singer and crossover artist Homayoun Shajarian, along with instrumentalists Sohrab Pournazeri and Tahmoures Pournazeri, key members of the popular Iranian group the Shamss Ensemble.

Oskouian, Anoosheh 2Anoosheh Oskouian, who serves as a trustee of the Farhang Foundation and as a board member of Pacific Symphony, commented, “I am so pleased that the Farhang Foundation will partner with Pacific Symphony to celebrate Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and rebirth of nature.” She continued, “It has been my dream to bring this special Nowruz concert onstage to connect East and West musically.”

Carl St.Clair said, “Pacific Symphony values its position as a cultural resource and leader and we embrace Orange County’s rich and diverse communities through contextual programming. This is a way to connect on a more personal level and also reflects my own wish to enrich lives through the beauty and power of music.”



DVOŘÁK: Carnival Overture
ROHANI: Dance of Spring
   Persian Garden for Violin and Orchestra
   Beauty of Love
   Medley in Isfahan Scale

~ Intermission ~

Traditional Persian music by Homayoun Shajarian, Tahmoures Pournazeri and Sohrab Pournazeri

Article written by Jeanne Quill, reprinted with permission by KUDOS Newport Beach Magazine (March 2019 issue).