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Cathedrals of Sound
10/23/2014 - 10/25/2014
An evening of awe and inspiration: Bathe in waves of sound — including the mighty William J. Gillespie Concert Organ — as Respighi’s orchestration of stained-glass windows comes to life! Then, the rich, sonorous voices of the Norbertine Fathers, performing the chants that inspired Duruflé.




Beethoven, Debussy & Mendelssohn
11/2/2014 - 11/2/2014
Three gems plucked from the early works of each composer: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata, its finale a vehicle for virtuosity that must have tested the limits of even the best players of the time; Debussy’s Piano Trio, sweet and sentimental; and Mendelssohn’s String Octet, lauded by critics who say “its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of 19th-century music.”




Michael Andrew Sings Sinatra
11/6/2014 - 11/8/2014
The Great American Songbook comes alive! An award-winning singer in the style and tradition of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Andrew has been a featured guest artist with orchestras across America. The Wichita Eagle says “Andrew has Sinatra’s style down pat, from his husky, off-hand delivery to heady shout choruses always anchored by tough-but-tender can’t-touch-this cool.”




Mozart & Brahms
11/13/2014 - 11/15/2014
Let Mozart’s piano concerto take you on a journey from turbulent, agitated and ominous, to lyrical, passionate and tender. Then, Brahms steps out of Beethoven’s shadow with his rich, ingenious Symphony No. 2. Winn or the 2012 Van Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang was also the youngest contestant.




Beethoven & Rachmaninoff
12/11/2014 - 12/13/2014
Savor two giant works of the repertoire: Beethoven’s masterful rhythmic symphony — the composer himself called it “one of my best works” — and Rachminanoff’s enduringly popular piano concerto. Before that, Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence offers his celebration of Carl’s commitment to new music.




Nutcracker for Kids
12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014




Handel's Glorious Messiah
12/14/2014 - 12/14/2014
An event of joy, reflection and renewal: Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah!" chorus.




Holiday Organ Spectacular
12/16/2014 - 12/16/2014




Christmas with Sandi Patty
12/18/2014 - 12/20/2014
A wholesome, uplifting holiday concert for the entire family. Sandi Patty’s angelic voice has earned her five Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold. Known simply as “The Voice,” Patty joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the season with inspirational and joyful songs.




Tchaikovsky's Violin Concert
1/8/2015 - 1/10/2015
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s sunny violin concerto — always an audience favorite —performed by Augustin Hadelich, hailed as “one of the most distinctive violinists of his generation” by The New York Times, which says he has “dazzling technique, a gorgeous tone and penetrating, spontaneous musicality.”




Itzhak Perlman
1/11/2015 - 1/11/2015




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




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




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.




Superheroes!
3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015




Pathetique
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 Upstairs
4/18/2015 - 4/18/2015




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




Vertigo
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




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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