Announcing Pacific Symphony’s New Magazine

Pacific Overtures is now a glossy four-color quarterly magazine in addition to being a blog and an e-newsletter. We are pleased to offer this new publication, which will keep you informed of what’s going on with your Symphony, and is inserted in the December program book. You’ll see it again in March and May.

As the largest resident company at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Symphony has much to share about the behind-the-scenes work and people who make up the Pacific Symphony family. This publication is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on our generous donors, to present photo essays of our incredible special events and activities as well as to highlight our award-winning educational programs and community engagement initiatives.

In the first issue, you’ll enjoy a photo essay on our successful Opening Night Celebration that kicked off the 2021-22 season on Sept. 30 with an elegant cocktail reception and sumptuous gourmet dinner al fresco on the Argyros Plaza. There’s a photo essay celebrating the 15th anniversary of our acoustically pristine musical home, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and much more.

Happy Musical New Year!

In addition, there is a preview of some of the Symphony’s exciting musical undertakings coming up in 2022, like Verdi’s celebrated opera Otello; The Langston Hughes Project in partnership with the Irvine Barclay Theatre during Black History Month; Cathedrals of Sound with Pacific Chorale, featuring the world premiere of a transcendent new work Let There Be Light by Sir James MacMillan; The Mozart Project in partnership with South Coast Repertory; and a marathon of Beethoven’s five piano concertos featuring the illustrious pianist Alexander Romanovsky.

Pacific Overtures is a quick read and you’ll enjoy getting to know your Symphony a little better while you see all that the orchestra does to make Orange County a place to live life vibrantly.

Miscellany

Florence Price

A Donizetti opera — and probably a good one — will finally have its premiere, 180 years late. …

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has named a new music director. …

And so has the San Diego Symphony. …

What’s more, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music event also has a new leader, a celebrated pianist. …

Alex Ross in The New Yorker tells the strange tale of composer Florence Price and makes an eloquent case for her inclusion in the repertoire. …

Yes, there are Grammys awarded for classical music, though you wouldn’t know it from the broadcast. …

Joshua Kosman in The San Francisco Chronicle argues for the “monumental influence” of Philip Glass. …

 

Pacific Overtures

Here’s our new monthly newsletter, Pacific Overtures. It is written and curated by yours truly. Much of this month’s content has appeared on this blog, but every month will be a little different in that regard. Click on the link below.

Pacific Overtures. October, 2017.