On April 2, 1978 in Fullerton’s 1300-seat Plummer Auditorium, an intrepid fledgling Pacific Symphony essayed its inaugural concert. Just 45 short years later, the orchestra has navigated a heroic odyssey including international tours to Europe and China…composer commissions…world premieres…a PBS
We’re opening Pacific Symphony’s 45th anniversary season with one of the greatest tone poems of all times: Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, “A Hero’s Life.” When I think about it, the life of Pacific Symphony is truly heroic….
During the 2023-24 season I’m conducting four subscription concerts: opening weekend’s “A Hero’s Life” by Richard Strauss and closing weekend’s Beethoven’s Ninth; Brahms Symphony No. 1 in February, as well as our opera of the year, Puccini’s La Bohème in April. I want to talk a little bit about why I put those on my 34th season and the orchestra’s 45th.
Earlier this year, the Arts & Culture section of Voice of OC teased the imminent launch of a new independent digital platform exclusively focused on arts and culture in Orange County. Publisher Paul Hodgins has officially announced that the much-anticipated
—John E. Forsyte, President & CEO Today, we bid farewell to a remarkable musician, the incomparable pianist André Watts. His untimely passing leaves a void in the world of classical music that will be deeply felt for years to come.
“Part of it has to do with the fact that we are ourselves like musical instruments,” says Damasio. “We are being played upon by our ideas, by our minds.”
We presented our first and second performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto, and reactions from the audience are flying in! Here’s what they’re saying: “Voices, music, and acting all 10 out of 10!” “The principals were outstanding, the staging was very creative, the
Baritone Stephen Powell will sing the role of Rigoletto for Pacific Symphony’s upcoming production of Verdi’s famous opera (April 20, 22, and 25). Read about his operatic career. Two-time GRAMMY nominee Stephen Powell enters his fourth decade as a leading
PROGRAM NOTES FOR TAO PLAYS MOZART (March 16-18, 2023) Wojciech Kilar: Orawa Orchestras and concertgoers in California share a special affinity for composers who bridge the classical and movie worlds. But Wojciech Kilar, though he won high honors in both
Classical music has been a staple of human culture for centuries, and for good reason. From its ability to evoke emotions to its power to stimulate the brain, there are countless benefits to incorporating classical music into your life. Whether