Orange County Arts Awards to Honor Carl St.Clair


Arts Orange County, the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County, has announced Carl St.Clair as an honoree at the Orange County Arts Awards, taking place on October 16. Maestro St.Clair will receive a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award in special recognition for his 30th anniversary as music director of Pacific Symphony. He was previously honored by Arts OC as an artistic visionary in 2009.

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“Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles” Launches SummerFest


Pacific Symphony has once again put together an entertaining July 4th program for 2019 at Pacific Amphitheatre (located in the heart of Orange County). Pop open a bottle of wine, kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect celebration for summer evenings under the stars. The SummerFest kicks off at the OC Fair & Event Center with the classic sounds of highly-acclaimed, Eagles tribute band “Hotel California” headlining the extravaganza with mega-hits like “Love Will Keep Us Alive” and “Take It Easy”—plus enjoy patriotic favorites, a traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and a dazzling fireworks finale!

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Roger Kalia Snags Music Director Position

rkCongratulations to Roger Kalia who was named the new Music Director of Symphony New Hampshire, beginning with the 2019-20 season. He will continue in his position as Pacific Symphony’s Associate Conductor for one more season. Carl St.Clair has had a tremendous track record selecting young conductors who meet with success. “Roger has made important musical contributions to Pacific Symphony,” says St.Clair. “In just a little over three short years, he has gained the respect of the musicians and also the staff with whom he works very closely.”

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A three-time recipient (2018, 2017 and 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia was also recently named Music Director of Orchestra Santa Monica. 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 Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine as one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.

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Musician Transitions

Edelman-Steve-new.jpgSteven Edelman, Pacific Symphony’s Principal Bass, is retiring at the conclusion of this season after an illustrious three-decade career with the orchestra. It is fitting that he ends his tenure performing the famous “Frère Jacques” funeral march solo for double bass in the third movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (June 6, 7 and 8). Read more about Steve Edelman here.


De Almeida, WaldemarWaldemar de Almeida, “Wally,” a 35-year member of the cello section, has retired. Originally from Brazil, “Wally” was a member of the venerable Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva in 1964-65 and played under the baton of legendary conductor Ernest Ansermet there. After a distinguished career, we wish him a wonderful new chapter in his life. Read more about Waldemar de Almeida here.