Pacific Symphony Presents TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR Tonight
This year, it's an all-"Tchaikovsky Spectacular," featuring not only the heart-pounding cannons and fireworks in the traditional "1812" Overture, but also the poetic lyricism and grandeur of some of the Romantic composer's other masterworks, bringing Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2013, presented by Hoag, to a dramatic close. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, the orchestra welcomes to the stage recent gold medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko. A talented pianist who has brought audiences to their feet "[cheering] him like a rock star" (Cincinnati Inquirer), Kholodenko performs the demanding and iconic Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are three dances from "The Nutcracker," an emotional but triumphant Symphony No. 4 and, of course, the explosive "1812" Overture, featuring the Huntington Beach Concert Band, which also provides pre-concert entertainment.
The Symphony's "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" takes place tonight, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m., at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Please see the attached press release for details!
JUST ANNOUNCED! PINK MARTINI JOINS PACIFIC SYMPHONY LINE-UP IN JANUARY 2014
Early last spring when Pacific Symphony announced its exciting 2013-14 Pops series-celebrating the orchestra's 35thanniversary season-one concert remained a curious mystery (due to contract restrictions). But now the Symphony is able to reveal that special guest artists Pink Martini are joining the orchestra for an exciting evening on Jan. 23-25, 2014, at 8 p.m., in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. After standing ovations and shouts of "Bravo!" during their last visit in Orange County, the return of this popular group and their dynamic, high-energy show is much anticipated. Pink Martini is part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe and all fun! The 12-member group delivers magical ballads, syncopated tangos, spitfire ditties or dreamy love songs, which sounds especially grand enhanced with the lush backing of the orchestra. Save the date!
As the Washington Post once put it: "Pour in a variety of genres, shake well, serve. Crowd loves it."