Farmers & Merchants Bank

Sponsor Spotlight

Pacific Symphony gratefully acknowledges Farmers & Merchants Bank for its strong support as the presenting sponsor of the Family Musical Mornings series for nearly two decades, dating back to 2004. Pacific Symphony’s President and CEO John Forsyte commented, “We are proud to be in partnership with Farmers & Merchants Bank, and we are deeply grateful for their past support and continuing commitment. Pacific Symphony can continue music education and family programming only because of wonderful investors like Farmers & Merchants.”

Forsyte continued, “Pacific Symphony is fortunate that Henry Walker and the Walker Family have been so dedicated to improving the quality of life for the region. Henry serves on the Symphony Board of Directors and has been a strong advocate family support and engagement.”

The Family Music Mornings series includes 45-minute, kid-friendly concerts that engage and entertain young audiences, setting them on the path to a lifelong love of music. The series comprises five Saturday morning programs, with two performances each day at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Tailored for children and their families, each program explores a different theme and is designed to be interactive, engaging and participatory. Pacific Symphony, led by Dr. Jacob Sustaita, Assistant Conductor (and Music Director for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra), is joined by singers, actors and dancers to take audiences on a musical journey through the secrets and inner workings of the orchestra with a captivating, multimedia format. 

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Here is the lineup for the 2022-23 Family Musical Mornings series presented by

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE 

Learn about the magical, mystical powers of the orchestra through the eyes of a wizard’s young apprentice. You’ll hear selections from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and even Harry Potter. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! Oct. 22, 2022

NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS! 

Festival Ballet Theatre – Salwa Rizkalla, Artistic Director 
Visions of sugarplums and ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself! Dec. 3, 2022

GREAT MUSIC IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS 

Experience the sweeping sounds of the great outdoors brought to life in the concert hall when Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra joins forces with Pacific Symphony for this side-by-side performance. You’ll hear the sound of swirling waters and majestic scenes from nature as painted by the musical pen of famous composers. Feb. 25, 2023

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS,
A DECADE IN CONCERT
 

Celebrating iconic musical moments from favorite films released over the last decade, this melodic journey explores Disney Animation’s latest stories through unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by a symphony orchestra. This thrilling performance includes music from Moana (2016), Academy Award-winning Frozen (2013), Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 (2014) and Tangled (2010). Come dressed as your favorite Disney character! March 18, 2023

HANSEL & GRETEL—OPERA FOR KIDS! 

This fairytale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration and acting, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers. June 3, 2023