Upcoming Sundays at Soka Events and a Danny Elfman Premiere

There are three more Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony events of the 2021-22 season left. From Beethoven & Mozart later this month to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in May, you won’t want to miss these very special moments. Located on the beautiful hilltop campus of Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Soka Performing Arts Center is the proud home of the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

Sundays at Soka: Beethoven & Mozart • March 20, 2022 at 3 p.m.

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. Krieger joins the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Carl St.Clair in a program that includes Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 34 and Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491.

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Sundays at Soka: Percussion Concerto by Danny Elfman • April 24, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Danny Elfman brings to Aliso Viejo the United States premiere of a brand new percussion concerto, co-commissioned by Soka Performing Arts Center at Soka University and the London Philharmonic, performed by Colin Currie – as one critic put it, “surely the world’s finest and most daring percussionist.” The concerto will be performed with Pacific Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Carl St.Clair.

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Sundays at Soka: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto • May 1, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as a deeply expressive and musically adventurous violinist with impeccable technique and a wide-ranging repertoire. The program includes Frank Ticheli’s moving Rest for String Orchestra and and Beethoven’s only concerto for one of the most popular instruments of his day: the violin.

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Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony 

Image Description: Inside the Concert Hall at Soka Performing Arts Center.

Nestled on a beautiful hilltop at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, the Soka Performing Arts Center is Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s musical home. Originally designed by master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, Soka has hosted more than 500 performances since its dedication on May 27, 2011.  

Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra will make its return to Soka’s 1,032-seat Concert Hall on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Program pieces are George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Serbia’s Artist of the Century, violinist Stefan Milenkovich as the soloist.  

The video below features Milenkovich performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with RTS Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Did you know that he plays a 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin? 

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2018-2019 Soka concerts on sale, programming set

Single tickets for next season’s Pacific Symphony concerts at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo go on sale today. The popular three-concert series was previously available by subscription only.

Programming for the three Sunday afternoon concerts has also been set.

The series opener, on November 18, will be led by the soloists. Principal trumpet Barry Perkins leads Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and concertmaster Dennis Kim leads Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, with principal violist Meredith Crawford sharing the spotlight in that work.

Concert 2, on Feb. 10, is conducted by music director Carl St.Clair and features Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with the young American pianist and recent Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Drew Petersen as soloist.

St.Clair is on the podium as well for the series finale, March 31, and Schubert and Chopin appear again on the agenda, this time with the “Unfinished” Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 1. Conrad Tao, a local favorite, is the soloist in the latter.

Both pianists are scheduled to add a couple of Chopin Preludes to their programs.

All concerts in the series are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. and are performed without intermission. Single tickets are $56, or $46 for students, seniors and acting military. To purchase tickets call (949) 480-4278 or visit the tickets page at the Soka Performing Arts Center website.