Pacific Chorale Presents A SEA SYMPHONY At Its Season Finale

Pacific Chorale Presents A SEA SYMPHONY At Its Season Finale

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be presenting its season finale - and Artistic Director John Alexander's final performance with the organization - on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

"I am thrilled to be conducting one of my favorite works at my final concert as Artistic Director for Pacific Chorale," said John Alexander. "In this piece, the adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the Soul's own journey into the infinite. Ralph Vaughan Williams' composition brings glorious musical life to Walt Whitman's transcendent poetry."

The concert will feature the 140-member choir and soloists Layla Claire, soprano and Brian Mulligan, baritone, and will be accompanied by Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

The full program is:

How Can I Keep From Singing

Robert Lowry, arr. Ron Staheli

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 112

Ludwig van Beethoven

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42, No. 2

Samuel Barber

Psalm 148, H.117, No. 2

Gustav Holst


Traditional, arr. Mack Wilberg

A Sea Symphony

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Tickets may be purchased by calling: 714-662-2345 or online at and range in price from $25 to $135.


Pacific Chorale (PC) has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1968. Under the artistic leadership of John Alexander, the organization produces a series of concerts each year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where it serves as the sole resident choir. The mission of Pacific Chorale is to enrich and educate the community by demonstrating outstanding leadership in the performance, creation and preservation of choral music.

Pacific Chorale is recognized for exceptional artistic expression, preserving and performing classical choral music as well as stimulating American-focused programming. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own and is sought regularly to perform with the nation's leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's hallmark innovation and cultural independence, developing innovative new concepts in programming, and expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance. The organization boasts over 30 world premieres and has released 14 self-produced recordings.

In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with such renowned American ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Musica Angelica.

Pacific Chorale has toured extensively to over 19 countries - in Europe, South America and Asia - and has collaborated with the London Symphony, the Munich Symphony, L'Orchestre Lamoureux and L'Orchestre de St-Louis-en-l'Île of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.

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