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For the Love of Bernstein
1/29/2015 - 1/31/2015
The first American-born conductor to become a superstar, Leonard Bernstein changed the face of music. Together with other artists who were privileged to work with the fabled conductor, Music Director Carl St.Clair offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life.

Cinderella, Opera for Kids
1/31/2015 - 1/31/2015
Rossini's retelling of the timeless rags-to-riches tale is a delightfully romantic comedy filled with toe-tapping tunes, colorful characters and splendid orchestration. You'll enjoy hearing professional singers and talented students from Chapman University. Designed for kids ages 5-11.

The Bernstein Legacy
2/1/2015 - 2/1/2015
Music Director Carl St.Clair offers a heartfelt tribute to the man he calls the greatest influence on his musical life — the legendary Leonard Bernstein, who once remarked, “I can’t live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it or thinking about it.”

Valentine's Day with The Tenors
2/12/2015 - 2/14/2015
Setting the mood for Valentine’s Day with their marvelous musicianship and magnificent voices, The Tenors perform songs from their 2012 Platinum album “Lead With Your Heart” and other favorites. Over the past few years, they have shared the stage with legendary artists like Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan, Paul Anka, Natalie Cole, Sting and Paul McCartney. They were featured performers on the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast.

Bizet's Carmen
2/19/2015 - 2/24/2015
Be seduced by Bizet’s irresistible rhythms as his riveting tale of love and lust comes alive. Carmen’s unforgettable score contains intoxicating melodies and the sultry sounds of Spain — highlighted by some of opera’s finest arias and best-loved moments. Don’t miss Milena Kitic, Orange County’s own diva and one of the leading Carmens internationally.

Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok
3/1/2015 - 3/1/2015
A delightful afternoon featuring sonatas by three of the most popular composers: Bach’s flowing Trio Sonata; Beethoven’s rich melodies, with lyricism balanced against surging energy; and Bartók’s unusual sonata, complete with highly detailed instructions for percussionists written in the score.

Organ Recital: Hector Olivera
3/8/2015 - 3/8/2015
One of today’s most sought-after concert organists, Juilliard-trained Hector Olivera is a passionate musician, whose interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. Critics have called his recitals “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso can unleash in a concert hall.”

Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique"
3/12/2015 - 3/14/2015
Of his Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky claimed “without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” It is beautiful, deep and moving. Also, be there when “go-to” Hollywood composer James Newton Howard’s (“The Village,” “Defiance,” “The Hunger Games”) Violin Concerto receives its historic world premiere.

3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015
Join the adventures of Captain Symphony as we explore music that sets the mood for fighting crime and using our super powers. Dress as your favorite superhero to hear music from "Superman"; and "Star Wars"; by John Williams as well as music by Dvorak and Rimsky-Korsakov. Features Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with Pacific Symphony.

3/15/2015 - 3/15/2015
Of his Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky claimed “Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” This beautiful, deep and moving work remains firmly entrenched in the repertoire more than 120 years after its premiere. Find out why.

The Chieftains
3/19/2015 - 3/21/2015
Extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the Chieftains! Over the course of 53 years and 58 albums, they have popularized their country’s rich musical heritage, bringing attention and affection to traditional Irish music. Equally at home playing spontaneous sessions as they are headlining at Carnegie Hall, they make the music their own with a style that is exhilarating and exciting.

Paul Anka
4/9/2015 - 4/11/2015
A sensation since the age of 16, when he rocketed to stardom with “Diana,” Paul Anka today boasts a catalog of more than 900 songs, including “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Puppy Love,” “Time of Your Life” and “I Love You Baby.” The legendary singer/songwriter — who has penned songs for Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson and many others — performs his dynamic, high-energy show, backed by Pacific Symphony.

Romeo & Juliet Reimagined
4/16/2015 - 4/18/2015
Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful music. Here actors and dancers reinstate Prokofiev’s original happy ending which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale. But first, the principal violinists of Pacific Symphony ignite Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer breathes passion into Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

Beethoven Lives Next Door
4/18/2015 - 4/18/2015
The award-winning "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"; inspires young audiences with more than 25 musical excerpts — including "Moonlight Sonata,"; "Für Elise"; and the great Fifth and Ninth symphonies. True events from Beethoven's life are woven into the gripping story of a boy who discovers that his strange new neighbor is none other than the legendary composer.

Romeo & Juliet
4/19/2015 - 4/19/2015
Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music! Here, actors and dancers reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.

Chaplins The Gold Rush
4/26/2015 - 4/26/2015
Called “the outstanding gem of all Chaplin’s pictures” by The New York Times, 1925’s “The Gold Rush” is the highest-grossing silent comedy of all time. See Chaplin in his iconic role as The Little Tramp while organist Dennis James provides an unforgettable soundtrack.

4/30/2015 - 5/2/2015
Drenched in Bernard Herrmann’s haunting and hypnotic score, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller is widely recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. In this symphonic night at the movies, a newly restored print fills the big screen while the musicians of Pacific Symphony recreate the soundtrack — live!

Yo Yo Ma
5/5/2015 - 5/5/2015
One of the true superstars of classical music, Yo-Yo Ma is a stunning soloist who has garnered broad popular appeal. Whether performing familiar works from the cello repertoire or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western Classical tradition, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Beethoven's "Emperor"
5/7/2015 - 5/9/2015
An amazing and massive piece written in Beethoven’s unique style, the “Emperor” concerto is music from the age of revolution and romance — the story of a heroic struggle ending in victory. Enjoy the performance by Barry Douglas, who catapulted to stardom with his gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert
5/10/2015 - 5/10/2015
The later works of three great composers are highlighted: Beethoven’s Sonata, the most technically demanding work for cello before the 20th century; Brahms’ piano works, complex, dense and reflective; Schubert’s Nocturne, rhythmic and exuberant; and Brahms’ Trio, praised by a friend of the composer who said “It is as though the instruments were in love with each other!”

André Previn
5/28/2015 - 5/30/2015
Discover the talents of one of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century. André Previn enjoys an international career in classical music — and has previously enjoyed success in the movies, musicals, popular music and jazz. No stranger to the Southland, Previn served as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985-89.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
6/4/2015 - 6/6/2015
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall infuse an eclectic blend of jazz, world and American pop standards with their unique sound. Performing together since 2006, each half of this husband-and-wife duo brings an impressive musical background to the table: Alpert’s accomplishments include five number one hits, 28 albums on the Billboard charts and eight Grammys; while Hall is a Grammy-winning vocalist who was the original lead singer for Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’66.

Fire & Water
6/11/2015 - 6/13/2015
A multi-faceted, multimedia exploration of the elements. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Gregory MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”) debuts a stunning video to accompany a newly commissioned piece celebrating the oceans. Then, behold the power of Brünnhilde’s immolation scene through the music of Richard Wagner. Metropolitan Opera superstar Deborah Voigt, one of the leading Brünnhildes of our time, returns to Orange County in this definitive role.

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