Introducing the Virtual “Symphony Mixer!”


Symphony Mixer is a new virtual social series that brings Pacific Symphony musicians straight into the comfort of your home via Zoom! Hosted by Symphony Principal Flutist Ben Smolen, each virtual happy hour will feature live performances, interviews with artists, musical anecdotes and stories from behind-the-scenes.

Pacific Symphony donors and subscribers are invited to attend each mixer live each Friday at 5 p.m., and they are allowed to ask questions that will be answered by the artists on the spot. All others can experience the mixer on-demand later on our YouTube channel.

In the first virtual Symphony Mixer, Principal Flutist Ben Smolen hosted Café Ludwig host and curator Orli Shaham in conversation and performance. They discussed performing in the Samueli Theater together for Café Ludwig, Orli’s living in New York during the height of the pandemic, how the arts (and artists themselves) are dealing with the stress of quarantine and more!

Guests for upcoming Symphony Mixers are Concertmaster Dennis Kim (May 29) and Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty (June 5).

Go to the Watch+Listen page on the Symphony website and click on the “Virtual Live Events” category to find links to on-demand video of the mixers. Or click here to view the first mixer with Ben Smolen hosting Orli Shaham.

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