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Pacific Symphony Announces Complete Schedule for Summer Festival 2016Pacific Symphony Announces Complete Schedule for Summer Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Orange County, Calif.—March 22, 2016—Pacific Symphony announces a blockbuster Summer Festival 2016 designed to evoke the memories of the last 30 years with exhilarating and iconic music for the final season at Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre before its scheduled closure. Warm pleasant evenings, picnic baskets flowing with delectable goodies, surrounded by family and friends, are only the cherry on the top—for those planning their summer around five exceptional musical experiences under the stars. The Symphony's 2016 Summer Festival kicks off with a “July 4 Spectacular,” featuring a symphonic tribute to Michael Jackson's music, culminating in a magnificent fireworks display! Then, Music Director Carl St.Clair leads an ode to joy with Beethoven's famous Ninth Symphony, followed by a night at the movies with John Williams memorable score from one of the best-loved films, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Next up is Sheena Easton and “The Spy Who Loves Me,” featuring memorable music from James Bond movies and more; and finally, the Symphony's summer goes out with a bang for the annual favorite, “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” bursting with cannons and fireworks for the “1812” Overture! (more...)

WCRB 99.5 to Air Boston Baroque's Opera Production of Handel's AGRIPPINAWCRB 99.5 to Air Boston Baroque's Opera Production of Handel's AGRIPPINA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Tune in to WCRB 99.5 this Sunday, February 7 at 7:00 pm, for a broadcast of Boston Baroque's last season's opera production of Handel's Agrippina led by founder and music director Martin Pearlman. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Kicks Off Season with Opening Concerts TonightPacific Symphony Kicks Off Season with Opening Concerts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Sept. 4, 2015—Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair open the 2015-16 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series with Beethoven's monumental hymn to human freedom and brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” featuring the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy.” This magnificent union between symphony orchestra and voices features Pacific Chorale and four world-class opera vocalists, soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Milena Kiti?, tenor John Bellemer and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, who sing the dramatic and dynamic solo passages in the fourth movement. The program opens the orchestra's 37th season with a rare opportunity to hear “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland's opera, “The Tender Land,” a choral piece with a similar message of thanksgiving and neighborly love. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

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by BWW - Sep 13, 2015

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Richmond Symphony Opens New Season with BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY TonightRichmond Symphony Opens New Season with BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2015

August 24, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony will kick off the 2015-16 Season with two performances of one of the most beloved works of all time: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony tonight, September 12 at 8pm and Sunday, September 13 at 3pm at Richmond CenterStage's Carpenter Theatre. It's a celebration not to be missed when Music Director, Steven Smith leads a collaborative performance featuring the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Symphony Chorus and soloists Kishna Davis-Fowler (soprano), Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano), Marco Panuccio (tenor), and Kevin Deas (bass). (more...)

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Season - Lang Lang, Cheyenne Jackson, Sibelius and More!Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Season - Lang Lang, Cheyenne Jackson, Sibelius and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2015

BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2015-16 season on Sept. 16. The season celebrates the 75th anniversary of Kleinhans Music Hall, with masterworks like Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and Elgar's Enigma Variations, guest artists including Jason Alexander andCeltic Woman, and innovative programming such as a three-day festival exploring Aaron Copland's artistic development and concerts blending rock and symphonic music. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Kick Off Season with Opening Concerts, 10/1Pacific Symphony to Kick Off Season with Opening Concerts, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Sept. 4, 2015—Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair open the 2015-16 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series with Beethoven's monumental hymn to human freedom and brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” featuring the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy.” This magnificent union between symphony orchestra and voices features Pacific Chorale and four world-class opera vocalists, soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Milena Kiti?, tenor John Bellemer and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, who sing the dramatic and dynamic solo passages in the fourth movement. The program opens the orchestra's 37th season with a rare opportunity to hear “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland's opera, “The Tender Land,” a choral piece with a similar message of thanksgiving and neighborly love. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

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by BWW - Aug 30, 2015

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Richmond Symphony to Open New Season with BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY, 9/12Richmond Symphony to Open New Season with BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY, 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

August 24, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony will kick off the 2015-16 Season with two performances of one of the most beloved works of all time: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on Saturday, September 12 at 8pm and Sunday, September 13 at 3pm at Richmond CenterStage's Carpenter Theatre. It's a celebration not to be missed when Music Director, Steven Smith leads a collaborative performance featuring the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Symphony Chorus and soloists Kishna Davis-Fowler (soprano), Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano), Marco Panuccio (tenor), and Kevin Deas (bass). (more...)

New Amsterdam Singers to Perform Martin's Golgotha in 2016New Amsterdam Singers to Perform Martin's Golgotha in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The New Amsterdam Singers (NAS), led by Music Director Clara Longstreth, will present Golgotha, a 90-minute oratorio for chorus, orchestra, organ, and soloists by the Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) in its first New York City performance since 1952, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., as part of the Trinity Wall Street concert series, at Trinity Wall Street Church, 74 Trinity Place. The soloists will be soprano Meredith Lustig, alto Avery Amereau, tenor Dann Coakwell, bass Tyler Duncan (Jesus), and bass Kevin Deas. (more...)

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN'S NINTH This WeekendThe Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN'S NINTH This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

In March, the BPO will celebrate classical music's most beloved and influential composer with a festival, including his groundbreaking Ninth Symphony. (more...)

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN'S NINTH, 3/21-22The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN'S NINTH, 3/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

In March, the BPO will celebrate classical music's most beloved and influential composer with a festival, including his groundbreaking Ninth Symphony. (more...)

Columbus Symphony's American Roots Celebration to Continue with PORGY AND BESS, 2/20-21Columbus Symphony's American Roots Celebration to Continue with PORGY AND BESS, 2/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

In the second installment of the Columbus Symphony's American Roots Festival, guest bass-baritone Kevin Deas returns to perform some of George Gershwin's greatest music including extensive selections from his glorious opera Porgy and Bess, including “Summertime,” “It Ain't Necessarily So,” “Bess,” and “You Is My Woman Now.” Gershwin's brilliant and bluesy Piano Concerto and an orchestral suite by jazz legend Duke Ellington paying tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. completes the bill. Led by guest conductor John DeMain, the program will also feature guest pianist Xiayin Wang, soprano Jonita Lattimore, and the Columbus Symphony Chorus. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Announces Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series Featuring Midori, Andre Watts, Conrad Tao & More!Pacific Symphony Announces Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series Featuring Midori, Andre Watts, Conrad Tao & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Now enjoying near-record subscription numbers and unparalleled community appreciation during Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th-anniversary season, Pacific Symphony today announces the 2015-16 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series—packed with familiar favorites, exciting world premieres and hidden gems. Bookended by popular Beethoven works and featuring superstar guest artists like violinist Midori, and pianists André Watts and Conrad Tao, Maestro St.Clair's season includes repertoire by popular composers including Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Gershwin, Vivaldi and more. The Symphony's opera and vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” continues with Puccini's “Turandot,” while the critically acclaimed American Composers Festival enters its 15th year with a spotlight on the king of instruments: the organ. (more...)

CSO to Open Three-Program American Roots Festival Next MonthCSO to Open Three-Program American Roots Festival Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

A Czech-born composer, Antonin Dvorák's arrival in America in 1892 had an overwhelming influence on the future of American music. The CSO's American Roots Festival will trace the imprint of 'America' on classical music and the evolution of the 'American sound' through Dvorák's works as well as those of Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Ellington, and more. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents Their 2014 SUMMER FESTIVAL, Begins TodayThe Pacific Symphony Presents Their 2014 SUMMER FESTIVAL, Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2014

Summer is just around the corner and families are already thinking about packing picnics and heading out to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine for five music-infused evenings under the stars with Pacific Symphony. Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the Symphony's 2014 Summer Festival explodes with the annual July 4th extravaganza, featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a brilliant fireworks finale. Then it's on to classic Americana for “Gershwin Greats,” featuring guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, soprano Angela Brown and bass Kevin Deas. Next, it's the the magnificent repertoire of Disney “Fantasia”: Live in Concert from the original 1940 version and “Fantasia 2000,” performed live as Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. The fourth concert delivers the silky smooth sounds of saxophone superstar Kenny G, before the Symphony concludes the season with an OC tradition: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” which this year features guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and, of course, breathtaking cannons and fireworks during the “1812 Overture.” (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents JULY 4 WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDYThe Pacific Symphony Presents JULY 4 WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2014

Get ready to shake, rattle and roll and celebrate "July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy," as Pacific Symphony kicks off its Summer Festival 2014, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, the Symphony's annual July 4 extravaganza honors American heroes and includes a moving fireworks finale orchestrated to patriotic classics. At the center of this year's holiday concert are the cool cats of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD), seven original and two new members of the ensemble that initiated the swing revival of the 1990s with their recreations of Cab Calloway and the Big Band style. The group rocketed to its first phase of stardom when the hits "You Me & the Bottle Make Three (Tonight)" and "Go Daddy-O" were featured in the 1996 film, "Swingers," starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Taking the stage with the full symphony orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, BBVD promises to have the audience swinging in the aisles and grooving to the beats with high-energy songs like "Mr. Pinstripe Suite," "I Wanna Be Like You" and music from their newest album, "Rattle Them Bones." (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Present GERSHWIN GREATS Concert, 7/20Pacific Symphony to Present GERSHWIN GREATS Concert, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—June 26, 2014—Pacific Symphony tackles the music of one of America's most celebrated composers—George Gershwin—for a memorable night of timeless music, as Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014 continues with “Gershwin Greats.” Gershwin was a composer who conducted it all—taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and, as a result, defining an era. This program of classic Americana, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair (conducting the first concert of his 25th anniversary season), features guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the extraordinary voices of Angela Brown (soprano), Kevin Deas (bass), and the Carver Cossey Singers. Along with the orchestra, they perform some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works—from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the enduring sounds of “An American in Paris” and the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess,” to the rousing overture to “Strike up the Band.” “Gershwin Greats” takes place on Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., under the stars at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Present GERSWHIN GREATS, 7/20Pacific Symphony to Present GERSWHIN GREATS, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Pacific Symphony tackles the music of one of America's most celebrated composers -- George Gershwin -- for a memorable night of timeless music, as Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014 continues with “Gershwin Greats.” Gershwin was a composer who conducted it all -- taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and, as a result, defining an era. This program of classic Americana, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair (conducting the first concert of his 25th anniversary season), features guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the extraordinary voices of Angela Brown (soprano), Kevin Deas (bass), and the Carver Cossey Singers. Along with the orchestra, they perform some of the most popular and best-known Gershwin works -- from the jazz-filled melodies of “Rhapsody in Blue” to the enduring sounds of “An American in Paris” and the groundbreaking “Porgy and Bess,” to the rousing overture to “Strike up the Band.” “Gershwin Greats” takes place on Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., under the stars at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents JULY 4 WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDYThe Pacific Symphony Presents JULY 4 WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Get ready to shake, rattle and roll and celebrate “July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,” as Pacific Symphony kicks off its Summer Festival 2014, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, the Symphony's annual July 4 extravaganza honors American heroes and includes a moving fireworks finale orchestrated to patriotic classics. At the center of this year's holiday concert are the cool cats of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD), seven original and two new members of the ensemble that initiated the swing revival of the 1990s with their recreations of Cab Calloway and the Big Band style. The group rocketed to its first phase of stardom when the hits “You Me & the Bottle Make Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the 1996 film, “Swingers,” starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Taking the stage with the full symphony orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, BBVD promises to have the audience swinging in the aisles and grooving to the beats with high-energy songs like “Mr. Pinstripe Suite,” “I Wanna Be Like You” and music from their newest album, “Rattle Them Bones.” (more...)

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