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Stanford Professionals in Real Estate Honor Alumni Fred Allen and Peter BedfordStanford Professionals in Real Estate Honor Alumni Fred Allen and Peter Bedford
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

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Pacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops SeasonPacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 28, 2015—A gala season awaits as great stars in entertainment lead the way to celebrate Richard Kaufman's 25-year legacy as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. While last season marked the occasion of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary, 2015-16 puts the spotlight on Kaufman, who has championed the lighter side of the Symphony, bringing countless memorable artists to the stage. What better way to celebrate than with some of the best songs and genres of our time delivered by mega-watt stars and backed by the lush, magnificent sounds of the full symphony orchestra? This special season includes major headliners and the return of Orange County favorites including trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti, Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, comedy legend Martin Short and Golden-Age champion Michael Feinstein. The amazing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie return for A Cirque Christmas, and Classical Mystery Tour delivers dozens of Beatles hits as they were originally recorded with orchestra. Also, Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, joins the Symphony to perform his score to the 1925 silent film, “Ben Hur.” (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Present Their Season Finale Concerts, 5/9-10The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Present Their Season Finale Concerts, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

A festival of awe-inspiring musical performances awaits as the dedicated students of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) present three season finale performances after an enriching season of musical growth. Bursting with youthful energy and stimulating music, the weekend kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS), as it invites the audience to experience “How Suite It Is,” an artistic celebration of the orchestral suite and its adaptations over time. On Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m., Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) dives into works old and new during “Collaborations,” which includes Bach's Fantasia in G Major, Katoh's “Madrid Inspiration” featuring guest saxophonist Kenneth Tse, and the world premiere of “The Rising Tide” by Pacific Symphony Composer-in-Residence Narong Prangcharoen. At 7 p.m. on May 10, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) shines the spotlight on the four winners of this season's concerto competition and concludes with a musical journey through Soviet Russia by performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to Perform 2015 Finale Concerts Next MonthPacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to Perform 2015 Finale Concerts Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

A festival of awe-inspiring musical performances awaits as the dedicated students of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) present three season finale performances after an enriching season of musical growth. (more...)

Mariinsky Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey and Royal Swedish Ballet Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Dance SeriesMariinsky Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey and Royal Swedish Ballet Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Dance Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its 30th International Dance Series, a season marked with important American, West Coast and Center premieres to be discovered and enjoyed by audiences from throughout Southern California. The distinctive personalities of each company in the Center's 2015 - 2016 International Dance Series come to life, from opulent and classical to daring, bold and contemporary. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 'EMPEROR,' 5/7-9The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 'EMPEROR,' 5/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

From simple beauty to dazzling grandeur, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” requires extreme virtuosity from its soloist, making it an ideal centerpiece for Pacific Symphony's upcoming concert, “Beethoven's 'Emperor.'” Pianist Barry Douglas, gold medal winner at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, travels from Ireland to tackle this famous concerto under the direction of Grammy-winning guest conductor John Nelson. Nelson, a Costa Rican native, also leads the orchestra in a performance of Schumann's alternately broody and ebullient Symphony No. 2 in C Major, which was premiered in October 1846 under the direction of another well-known composer, Felix Mendelssohn. The Symphony opens the concert with Carl Maria von Weber's imaginative Overture to “Oberon,” an opera of magic and elves. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Sets 2015-16 SeasonPacific Chorale Sets 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA), has announced its 48th season under the banner “Musical Journeys.” Six concerts are offered in a variety of subscription packages, as well as a free community Choral Festival concert this summer. (more...)

Yo-Yo Ma to Perform DVORAK with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 5/5Yo-Yo Ma to Perform DVORAK with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 14, 2015—Widely considered the greatest cellist alive today, Yo-Yo Ma makes a special Orange County appearance to honor Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony. One of classical music's true superstars and an ambassador for the art form, Ma performs the passionate and ground-breaking Cello Concerto by Antonin Dvo?ák. Filled with dramatic flair and romantic singing lines, the concerto captures the human quality of the solo instrument like none before it. Led by St.Clair, the Symphony shines with another virtuosic masterpiece as Modest Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” opens the concert. Arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel, the original 15-part piano work was written both to create a musical evocation of a series of paintings and to memorialize the artist who painted them, Viktor Hartmann. This special concert takes place on Tuesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A limited number of tickets are available starting at $200. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Yo-Yo Ma to Perform Dvorak with the Pacific Symphony, 5/5Yo-Yo Ma to Perform Dvorak with the Pacific Symphony, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Widely considered the greatest cellist alive today, Yo-Yo Ma makes a special Orange County appearance to honor Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony. (more...)

ROOM ON THE BROOM, EGG, CINDERELLA and More Set for Segerstrom's 2015-16 Family SeriesROOM ON THE BROOM, EGG, CINDERELLA and More Set for Segerstrom's 2015-16 Family Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces its 2015 - 2016 Family Series with eight shows guaranteed to inspire and delight, performed by talented international artists. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Sets Season Finale ConcertPacific Chorale Sets Season Finale Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Pacific Chorale, the internationally acclaimed resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be presenting a powerful finale concert on May 17 at 5:30 p.m., featuring works by Verdi, Howells and Poulenc. Uniquely, the concert will feature two conductors: the current Artistic Director, John Alexander, in the second half of the concert – and Pacific Chorale's future Artistic Director, Robert Istad, making his debut on the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage, in the first half. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Perform Score from Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO LIVE, 4/30Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Perform Score from Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO LIVE, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 2, 2015—Out of more than 58 films that Alfred Hitchcock directed in his lifetime, “Vertigo” stands out as one of the best for its suspense, innovative camera use and haunting memorable score, making it an ideal choice for Pacific Symphony Pops to reinvigorate by performing the soundtrack live! During a symphonic night at the movies, the colorfully enhanced 1958 film plays on the big screen as Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score is recreated by the orchestra, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. Set in the hustle and bustle of San Francisco in the late 1950s, the romantic thriller stars James Stewart and Kim Novak, who were both praised for their performances. (Stewart won multiple awards for his role.) Driven by the motif of obsession, the film follows the life of retired detective John “Scottie” Ferguson, who suffers from a fear of heights and vertigo. After being reengaged to follow his friend's wife, Ferguson begins to fall dangerously in love with her. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents AN AMERICAN MUSICAL JOURNEY, a Free Concert in Fullerton, 4/26The Pacific Symphony Presents AN AMERICAN MUSICAL JOURNEY, a Free Concert in Fullerton, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

A brass quintet from Pacific Symphony is heading to Fullerton to perform a free concert titled “An American Musical Journey” in celebration of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary season. Presented in partnership with the North Orange County Community Concerts, the afternoon of music takes place on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. at Fullerton First United Methodist Church (114 N. Pomona Ave. at Commonwealth). “An American Musical Journey” includes favorites by Gershwin, Bernstein and other American music icons. The brass quintet is led by Principal Trombonist Michael Hoffman and includes Symphony musicians Russell Dicey on horn, Tony Ellis and David Wailes on trumpet, and Fred Greene on tuba. For this concert, admission is free with no reserved seating. The church is providing free child care during the concert, and the audience is invited to stay for a reception and chance to meet the performers. For more information and directions visit www.northocconcerts.org. (more...)

Violinist Zoltan Maga to Bring Budapest's Fiery Music and Dance to Segerstrom Center, 10/16Violinist Zoltan Maga to Bring Budapest's Fiery Music and Dance to Segerstrom Center, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Zoltan Maga, Hungary's foremost violin virtuoso and PBS television star, brings his fiery Gypsy music to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8 p.m., for one night only. Joining Maga, direct from Budapest, will be beautifully-costumed folk dancers, a cast of hand-picked singers, ballroom dancers and his orchestra. (more...)

Dennis James to Perform Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH for Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/26Dennis James to Perform Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH for Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—March 31, 2015—Touring the world presenting silent films as they were meant to be seen (and heard!), virtuoso organist Dennis James returns to Pacific Symphony's Pedals and Pipes series to recreate the soundtrack to one of the greatest silent films of all time: Charlie Chaplin's “The Gold Rush.” In his skilled hands, the remarkable William J. Gillespie Concert Organ brings to life all of the drama, romance and hilarity of Chaplin's famous 1925 film, which plays on the big screen. Chaplin is seen in his iconic role as The Little Tramp, this time called The Lone Prospector, as he sets off to Alaska to hit it big in the Gold Rush. Whether boiling his own shoe to keep from starving or running from his delirious cabin mate who thinks he's a chicken, Chaplin's exemplary talent for physical comedy and comedic timing shines with the support of actors Georgia Hale, Mack Swain and Tom Murray. This concert takes place on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $10-$50; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Pacific Symphony's Family Musical Mornings to Conclude with BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS, 4/18Pacific Symphony's Family Musical Mornings to Conclude with BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—March 31, 2015—Pacific Symphony invites its Family Musical Mornings audience to imagine what it would be like to live next door to one of the most-famous composers of all time during “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” the award-winning production by Classical Kids Live. Weaving masterful music and true stories from Beethoven's life into a dramatic tale, the concert tells the story of a young boy from Vienna named Christoph (Will J. Green), whose new neighbor is the one-and-only Beethoven. Through a lively exchange of letters with his uncle (Thad Avery), where their subject is the “madman” who lives upstairs, Christoph comes to understand Beethoven's gift, the beauty of his music and the torment of his deafness. With more than 20 excerpts packed into a 50-minute concert, the performance sweeps kids away with Beethoven's beautiful music. Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the Symphony performs favorites including “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise” and the world-famous Symphony No. 5 with the “da-da-da-dun” theme. Directed by Paul Pement, the adaptation of Barbara Nichol's acclaimed novel leaves the audience appreciating the genius of Beethoven and the diversity of his music from the big dramatic sounds to the sweet romantic melodies. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Welcome Eifman Ballet in UP AND DOWN West Coast Premiere, 6/5-7Segerstrom Center to Welcome Eifman Ballet in UP AND DOWN West Coast Premiere, 6/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the West Coast Premiere of Up and Down, the newest work by the renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Performances are June 5 - 7, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

Paul Anka to Perform Concert with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/9Paul Anka to Perform Concert with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—March 18, 2015—Bursting onto the music scene at age 15 with his hit song “Diana,” Paul Anka took his teenage stardom and turned it into a seven-decade career, penning over 500 songs for the great singers of the day and remaining a consummate entertainer for years to come. Backed by the lush sounds of a full orchestra, Anka brings his talents to Pacific Symphony Pops for a high-energy concert filled with songs that have transcended generations. These include such hits as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Puppy Love,” “Lonely Boy” and the illustrious “My Way,” which became Frank Sinatra's signature song, and is the title of Anka's autobiography. The ultimate showman, Anka has achieved unprecedented success on the stage, screen and television. His songs have been performed more than 90 million times, and he's released more than 120 albums. His talent for songwriting has been delivered through the voices of Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Holly, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, and even Michael Jackson through the posthumous release of “This Is It” in 2009. (more...)

Paul Anka Performs with the Pacific Symphony Pops, 4/9-11Paul Anka Performs with the Pacific Symphony Pops, 4/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Backed by the lush sounds of a full orchestra, Anka brings his talents to Pacific Symphony Pops for a high-energy concert filled with songs that have transcended generations. These include such hits as "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "You Are My Destiny," "Puppy Love," "Lonely Boy" and the illustrious "My Way," which became Frank Sinatra's signature song, and is the title of Anka's autobiography. (more...)

The New York Times 'Look West' Series Comes to Segerstrom Center, 4/1The New York Times 'Look West' Series Comes to Segerstrom Center, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Look West is a new event series that brings game-changing innovators in the arts, media and technology on stage for engaging discussions with The New York Times journalists before live, local audiences in states throughout the Western U.S. The New York Times' Look West series is presented by Bank of the West. (more...)

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