Pacific Symphony League Receives California Senate Resolution of Recognition  

State Senator Dave Min (SD-37) presented the California Senate Resolution of Recognition to the Pacific Symphony League at a luncheon on Monday, Sept. 27. Photo by Stan Sholik.  

The Pacific Symphony League has been the orchestra’s premier support group since 1990. Volunteers serve as ambassadors and provide operational and financial support for our education, community and engagement programs. As of October 2021, they have a total of 84 members. 

2020 was a milestone year for the League. At a luncheon last month, State Senator Dave Min presented the California Senate Resolution of Recognition in honor of their 30th anniversary. In addition to the Resolution of Recognition, they also received other recognition documents from United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Katie Porter. Pacific Symphony staff members President and CEO John Forstye and Assistant Conductor Dr. Jacob Sustaita were onsite as well.  

One of the best things about being a part of this unique group is being around like-minded music lovers who enjoy the Symphony just as much as you do. If you’ve ever been to one of our concerts or events before, you’ve most likely interacted with one of their members. They’re an incredibly important part of our community.  

From helping behind the scenes to enjoying member-only events, there’s a way for everyone to get involved. If you’re interested in joining, upcoming events include a Happy Hour at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel before the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto concert on Nov. 11 and a luncheon at Center Club Orange County on Dec. 13. Volunteer perks include concert vouchers and a member pin among others.  

To learn more about the League and/or join, please click here. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Thank you for everything you all do to help keep the arts going. 

Voice of OC Features Symphony on the Go!

Symphony on the Go! concert at Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center in July 2021. Photo by Eric Simonson.  

Since June 2021, we’ve had the honor of bringing light chamber music to cities across Orange County. From the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center in June to San Juan Capistrano this month, it has been an incredibly fun road trip.  

Recently, Symphony on the Go! was featured in the Voice of OC. To see the full article written by Richard Chang, please click here. Thank you for the mention!  

What is a Symphony on the Go! concert? A Symphony on the Go! concert is a free outdoor event that typically features a string quartet or a woodwind or brass quintet on a pop-up mobile stage. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Our mobile stage is a special gift from philanthropists and Pacific Symphony-lovers Jerry and Terri Kohl. All concerts are weather permitting.  

If this is something you’d still like experience, there are a few more concerts left before the season comes to an end. You can learn more about upcoming events here. Craving more concerts? You can learn more about our 2021-22 season here.  

Thank you for joining us this season, everyone!  

Composer Frank Ticheli’s “All the World’s a Stage” Receives World Premiere Oct. 14 – 16  

Composer Frank Ticheli at the piano.

Specially commissioned for Carl St.Clair’s 30th anniversary career milestone as Pacific Symphony’s Music Director, Frank Ticheli’s All the World’s a Stage will receive its world premiere next week.  

A gift for orchestra and audience, this unique piece will encourage everyone in the concert hall to participate. From making air sounds to playing whirlies and even singing, the tasks will add an interactive element to the evening. Something like this hasn’t been done at the concert hall before.  

For those of you who may be wary, don’t worry, Carl St.Clair will teach you everything you need to know beforehand. You’ll only be joining the Symphony at the beginning and end of the piece. No prior music training required. Carl St.Clair will cue you when it’s time for you to join the orchestra.  

Formerly Pacific Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence from 1991–1998, Ticheli has a decades-long friendship with our community and also teaches composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Named after one of Shakespeare’s famous lines from the play As You Like It, Ticheli’s 10-minute piece is sure to be a memorable experience for all of us.  

We don’t want to give too much away, but if you would like to get a sneak peek and hear from the composer, don’t forget to catch this conversation with our Assistant Conductor Jacob Sustaita and Frank Ticheli below. We can’t wait to see everyone in action soon.  

A virtual conversation with Assistant Conductor Jacob Sustaita and Composer Frank Ticheli.

To learn more about our Beethoven’s “Eroica” concerts, please click here.