A Message from W. Henry Walker, President of Farmers & Merchants Bank: Welcome Back to Family Musical Mornings!


Farmers & Merchants Bank president W. Henry Walker presenting a gift to Pacific Symphony in 2019.

I am very blessed to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the start of the 2022-23 season of Family Musical Mornings! This 5-concert series includes a wide variety of music for young people: opening with a special Halloween concert and followed by everyone’s holiday favorite,

“The Nutcracker.” The series continues with music from the great outdoors, special moments from Disney films, and finishing up with a mini-opera especially for kids.

As fourth-generation President at Farmers & Merchants Bank, I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Pacific Symphony and I believe music education at a young age helps to establish the cultural tone for future generations. In addition, F&M Bank is pleased to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings series for the 18th season.

Founded in 1907 by C.J. Walker, F&M Bank provides white-glove banking service to clients at 25 branches throughout Southern California, including 13 in Orange County, and is poised for even more growth in the months ahead. Branches, handshakes, and values are just some of the traditions you will find at F&M Bank coupled with our cutting-edge technology.

Giving back to the communities we are honored to serve has been part of the F&M Bank business model since the beginning. Founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, the home, the Church, and service above self, the Bank upholds C.J.’s philanthropic spirit, regularly supporting organizations in the areas of human services, faith, education, healthcare and the arts. F&M’s philanthropic contributions have come in many forms, including in-kind donations for charity events, employee volunteer efforts, recognition and grant programs for organizations and individuals, and critical banking services that allow nonprofits to serve their missions. In addition, the Farmers & Merchants Bank Foundation was created in 2012 as a separate 501(c)3 organization to further enhance the legacy of philanthropic community support established by C.J. Walker.

Regardless of economic climate, F&M has remained unwavering in its commitment to the arts. Speaking for everyone at the F&M Family, we warmly welcome you all back to the Pacific Symphony!

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

Pacific Symphony Announces 2022-23 Family Musical Mornings Series Presented By Farmers & Merchants Bank

Pacific Symphony today announced the 2022-23 Family Musical Mornings series presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank. The 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 Family Musical Mornings series comprises ten Saturday morning concerts, consisting of five programs with two performances each day at 10:00 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.

The Symphony gratefully acknowledges Farmers & Merchants Bank for its strong support as the presenting sponsor of the Family Musical Mornings series. 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.”

Tickets go on sale beginning May 2 and are priced starting at just $60 for five magical musical experiences. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at (714) 755-5799, going online at PacificSymphony.org or by mailing Pacific Symphony at 17620 Fitch, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614.

2022-23 FAMILY MUSICAL MORNINGS SERIES

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
Oct. 22 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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!

NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS!
Dec. 3 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Festival Ballet Theatre – Salwa Rizkalla, Artistic Director

Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself!

GREAT MUSIC IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Feb. 22, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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.

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS, A DECADE IN CONCERT
Mar. 18, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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!

HANSEL & GRETEL—OPERA FOR KIDS!
Jun. 3, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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.

All programs and artists subject to change.