COSTA MESA — The conductor sits comfortably in a backstage room within a concert hall, which, he says, glorifies the qualities of the human voice.
John Alexander is retrospective. His decades leading the Pacific Chorale have added up, and yet the 67-year-old Laguna Beach resident remains as excited and as enthusiastic as ever.
He remarks that at this very moment, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a perfect place to talk. It's the hall that heralded in the newest chapter of his accomplished artistic life. It's the grande dame of a venue Orange County finally got, and one made for choral music.
But things weren't always so grand. In 1972, when the 27-year-old choral conductor from New Orleans took the Pacific Chorale's leadership helm, Orange County was the backwoods. Its artistic merit was little to speak of. There was no major orchestra. There was not even a suitable place for one to play in.