COSTA MESA — Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 is a memorable one for Carl St.Clair. He first saw it played on a 1948 black-and-white Westinghouse television.
The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
Some years later, things came musically full circle. Again, the piece was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Carl St.Clair.
St.Clair, who's approaching his 22nd season as music director of the Pacific Symphony, recalled the anecdote at a conference Monday morning before about 175 attendees in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. He and other symphony officials previewed the Costa Mesa-based orchestra's 2011-12 classical season.
But of the many notes to be played, St.Clair said that Tchaikovsky symphony scheduled for Jan. 12-14, 2012, will be among his most personal. It was the piece he — a young musician from a farm in small-town Hochheim, Texas — ended his four-year tenure with as Boston's assistant conductor.