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The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Presents Its Season Finale, 5/11The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Presents Its Season Finale, 5/11
April 15, 2014

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble's season finale celebrates musical learning with programming that makes connections between classical and contemporary composers. The concert begins with two wind ... (more...)


The Pacific Symphony Announces Their 2014-15 Pops Series, Which Includes FLY ME TO THE MOON, VERTIGO and MoreThe Pacific Symphony Announces Their 2014-15 Pops Series, Which Includes FLY ME TO THE MOON, VERTIGO and More
March 31, 2014

Mega-watt stars light up the stage for Pacific Symphony's highly anticipated 2014-15 Pops series featuring seven not-to-be-missed concerts that include a bit of nostalgia, romance, celebration and a p... (more...)


Naxos to Release Recording of Richard Danielpour's TOWARD A SEASON OF PEACE Performed by the Pacific Symphony, 3/25Naxos to Release Recording of Richard Danielpour's TOWARD A SEASON OF PEACE Performed by the Pacific Symphony, 3/25
March 10, 2014

Pacific Symphony's newest recording of a three-part oratorio crafted by one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, Richard Danielpour, is set to be released by Naxos on March 25. Writte... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs Spring Concert TodayPacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs Spring Concert Today
March 01, 2014

Two captivating displays of youthful musicality take place this month as Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) and Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) perform an impressive range of music f... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift from  James Emmi and His Wife in Support for Orchestral Operations and EndowmentPacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift from James Emmi and His Wife in Support for Orchestral Operations and Endowment
February 26, 2014

Pacific Symphony recently received a generous gift of $2 million from long-time board member James Emmi and his wife, Catherine, providing continued support for orchestral operations and endowment. Th... (more...)


The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Ensemble to Perform in Individual Spring Concerts, 3/1 and 3/9The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Ensemble to Perform in Individual Spring Concerts, 3/1 and 3/9
February 13, 2014

Two captivating displays of youthful musicality take place next month as Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) and Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) perform an impressive range of music f... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents VALENTINES DAY WITH MATTHEW MORRISON, Now thru 2/15Pacific Symphony Presents VALENTINES DAY WITH MATTHEW MORRISON, Now thru 2/15
February 13, 2014

Television celebrity and Broadway sensation Matthew Morrison joins Pacific Symphony Pops for a Valentine's Day spectacular of romantic show tunes and jazz standards. Best known for his popular role as... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents the COMMUNITY ENSEMBLES FESTIVAL TodayPacific Symphony Presents the COMMUNITY ENSEMBLES FESTIVAL Today
February 08, 2014

The third prong of “OC Front and Center,” the “Community Ensembles Festival,” is an all-day event taking place today, Feb. 8, featuring eight community ensembles from throughout Orange County performi... (more...)


15-Year-Old Organist Michael Jon Bennett Featured on NPR's FROM THE TOP15-Year-Old Organist Michael Jon Bennett Featured on NPR's FROM THE TOP
February 01, 2014

15-year-old organist Michael Jon Bennett from New York City will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted ... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents the COMMUNITY ENSEMBLES FESTIVAL, 2/8Pacific Symphony Presents the COMMUNITY ENSEMBLES FESTIVAL, 2/8
January 28, 2014

The third prong of “OC Front and Center,” the “Community Ensembles Festival,” is an all-day event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, featuring eight community ensembles from throughout Orange County pe... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents VALENTINES DAY WITH MATTHEW MORRISON, 2/13-15Pacific Symphony Presents VALENTINES DAY WITH MATTHEW MORRISON, 2/13-15
January 24, 2014

Television celebrity and Broadway sensation Matthew Morrison joins Pacific Symphony Pops for a Valentine's Day spectacular of romantic show tunes and jazz standards. Best known for his popular role as... (more...)


Pink Martini Joins the Pacific Symphony for the First Pops Concert of 2014, Now thru 1/25Pink Martini Joins the Pacific Symphony for the First Pops Concert of 2014, Now thru 1/25
January 23, 2014

It's indeed a happy new year when the awesome genre-crossing Big Band sound of Pink Martini performs with Pacific Symphony for the first Pops concert of 2014! With eclectic flavors from around the wor... (more...)


The Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION TodayThe Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION Today
January 11, 2014

Donizetti's classically humorous opera, “The Elixir of Love,” is brought to life in Pacific Symphony's special adaptation for kids, “The Magic Potion,” designed to give children and their families a p... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents NADJA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN, Now thru 1/11Pacific Symphony Presents NADJA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN, Now thru 1/11
January 09, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—Dec. 10, 2013—Singing lines of sweet emotion transform into a joyful and abundantly virtuosic showpiece—Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto—which soars in the hands of electrifying vio... (more...)


Pink Martini Joins the Pacific Symphony for the First Pops Concert of 2014, 1/23-25Pink Martini Joins the Pacific Symphony for the First Pops Concert of 2014, 1/23-25
January 03, 2014

It's indeed a happy new year when the awesome genre-crossing Big Band sound of Pink Martini performs with Pacific Symphony for the first Pops concert of 2014! With eclectic flavors from around the wor... (more...)


Pacific Symphony League to Host A VALENTINE PRELUDE Before Pops Concert with Matthew Morrison, 2/13Pacific Symphony League to Host A VALENTINE PRELUDE Before Pops Concert with Matthew Morrison, 2/13
December 18, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Dec. 18, 2013—Share the love! It's a heart-filled evening of music, dining and entertainment—when Pacific Symphony's esteemed support group, the Pacific Symphony League, hosts “A... (more...)


The Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION, 1/11The Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION, 1/11
December 18, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Dec. 17, 2013—Donizetti's classically humorous opera, “The Elixir of Love,” is brought to life in Pacific Symphony's special adaptation for kids, “The Magic Potion,” designed to ... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR TonightPacific Symphony Presents HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR Tonight
December 17, 2013

Cascading notes swirl in a reverberating mural of majestic sounds as the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ fills the concert hall with the nostalgia of holiday classics during Pacific Symphony's annu... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents NADJA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN, 1/9-1/11Pacific Symphony Presents NADJA PLAYS MENDELSSOHN, 1/9-1/11
December 10, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Dec. 10, 2013—Singing lines of sweet emotion transform into a joyful and abundantly virtuosic showpiece—Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto—which soars in the hands of electrifying vio... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents Three Events OC FRONT AND CENTERPacific Symphony Presents Three Events OC FRONT AND CENTER
December 09, 2013

Pacific Symphony shares its stage and presents some of the best community talent, while providing an opportunity to be inspired and learn from professionals during three events collectively titled, “O... (more...)


Pacific Symphony and Chapman University's Global Arts Program Present DECODING SHOSTAKOVICHPacific Symphony and Chapman University's Global Arts Program Present DECODING SHOSTAKOVICH
December 03, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Dec. 3, 2013—One of Russia's most fascinating and complex composers—Dmitri Shostakovich—goes under the magnifying glass when Pacific Symphony partners with Chapman University's G... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR, 12/17Pacific Symphony Presents HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR, 12/17
November 25, 2013

Cascading notes swirl in a reverberating mural of majestic sounds as the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ fills the concert hall with the nostalgia of holiday classics during Pacific Symphony's annu... (more...)


The Pacific Symphony Opens Its Holiday Season With JUDAS MACCABAEUS, 12/1The Pacific Symphony Opens Its Holiday Season With JUDAS MACCABAEUS, 12/1
November 21, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Nov. 21, 2013—Emotional arias and powerful choruses have the audience rejoicing in the victory of “Judas Maccabaeus,” as Pacific Symphony opens the holiday season with the rare o... (more...)


Paul Jacobs to Lead Oregon Bach Festival's New Organ Institute, June 30-July 5, 2014Paul Jacobs to Lead Oregon Bach Festival's New Organ Institute, June 30-July 5, 2014
November 14, 2013

For its 2014 season, the Oregon Bach Festival has just announced the appointment of organist Paul Jacobs to lead a newly-created Organ Institute. It is arguably the first major festival to add a compo... (more...)


Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S TRIPLE CONCERTO Performed by the Eroica Trio, 11/14Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S TRIPLE CONCERTO Performed by the Eroica Trio, 11/14
October 24, 2013

Orange County, Calif.—Oct. 24, 2013—Commanding center stage for Pacific Symphony's upcoming concert is one of the most daring innovations in concerto form--“Beethoven's Triple Concerto”—performed by o... (more...)





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