UCI Long U.S.-China Institute Hosts ‘Beethoven in Beijing’ Filmmaker Webinar Ahead of Lunar New Year   

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In 1973, the Philadelphia Orchestra made a historic visit to China. The visit was so impactful it helped rekindle in Chinese audiences a love for Western music after years of silence during the Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976). 

Next week, join UCI Long U.S.-China Institute as they host a webinar featuring some of the filmmakers from Beethoven in Beijing. Panelists include director Jennifer Lin, conductor Jindong Cai and historian Sheila Melvin. The Q&A will start at 2 p.m. PST on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. 

Narrated by American and Chinese musicians and historians, the film explores the impact of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic tour on China both then and now. It is produced by History Making Productions. Here’s a brief clip.  

To watch the documentary ahead of the conversation, please click here. It will available from available from Jan. 17 – 26, 2022. To register for the webinar, please click here.  

Concert Updates for Cinderella–Opera for Kids, Lunar New Year and Cathedrals of Sound

Pacific Symphony announced today that Pacific Chorale and the American Feel Young Chorus will not be appearing on the Lunar New Year concert (Feb. 5). The orchestra also announced the postponement of “Cinderella—Opera for Kids” on Farmers & Merchants Family Musical Morning series and “Cathedrals of Sound” (Feb. 17-19). The common denominator among these three programs is the participation of vocalists, who are unable to rehearse or perform wearing masks, necessitating changes be made.

For the Lunar New Year concert, the two choruses involved—Pacific Chorale and the American Feel Young Chorus—will not be appearing on the program, although they will be seen on a pre-recorded mosaic video to the traditional Chinese song, “Swan Goose.” “Cinderella—Opera for Kids” has been rescheduled to June 4, and “Cathedrals of Sound” will be scheduled for the 2022-23 season. In its place, Carl St.Clair will conduct a program entitled “Beethoven and Rachmaninoff” (Feb. 17-19), which features Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Italian pianist Alessio Bax as soloist.

Anyone holding either a 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. ticket for “Cinderella—Opera for Kids” will be able to attend the same program on June 4. Tickets for “Cathedrals of Sound” will be honored at the “Beethoven and Rachmaninoff” concerts.

With vocalists unable to rehearse or perform while wearing masks, officials felt these program changes and postponements were the best way to ensure the safety of audiences, musicians, volunteers and staff. Late January concerts remain scheduled as planned with robust safety protocols in place.

Pacific Symphony President and CEO John Forsyte said “We were fortunate to be able to postpone the Family Musical Morning ‘Cinderella’ program to early June and to make some modifications to the artist lineup for the Lunar New Year program. While we were gratified to be able to bring together an appealing program featuring works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff with an engaging young piano soloist in place of ‘Cathedrals of Sound,’ our disappointment is palpable at needing to postpone to next season the world premiere of ‘Fiat Lux’ by the celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan. We know our audiences share that disappointment.”

We continue to take the ongoing commitment to the well-being of our audiences, musicians, staff and volunteers very seriously and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For further ticketing assistance, please contact our Box Office by phone at (714) 755-5799 or email at boxoffice@pacificsymphony.org. To learn more, please visit PacificSymphony.org.