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July 18, 2013
Costa Mesa city officials and the Pacific Symphony are looking for 40 volunteers to help with a free outdoor concert taking place next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The orchestra's family-friendly July 26 concert is part of its annual "Symphony in the Cities" series, supported by a corporate sponsorship with Target. It is the first time in the series' nine-year history that one has taken place in Costa Mesa, which otherwise hosts the orchestra throughout the concert season in the center's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
September 27, 2007
Orange Coast College?s Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 47th season with six concerts during the 2007-08 academic year. The opening concert, An Evening of Copland, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in the Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus. The orchestra?s second concert will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 20. OCC?s chamber singers will help present music and dance from China, Mexico, Canada, Spain, India, Japan and Africa. Concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or over the phone.
NEWS
March 22, 2001
Jennifer K Mahal COSTA MESA -- Pacific Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season, announced Wednesday, has a little bit of everything -- Beethoven, Dvorak and a $1.3-million grant from the newly formed Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation. The money, spread over five years, will underwrite the Santa Ana-based orchestra's Classics Series, which will be renamed for the Segerstroms. For nine years, the series has been kept afloat by funding from the Leo Freedman Foundation.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
Elia Powers After 27 years of playing to local audiences, Orange County's Pacific Symphony is going global. Symphony representatives announced details of the orchestra's first European concert tour at a press conference Wednesday. The 11-day, nine-city series begins in Munich, Germany, on March 20, 2006, and concludes in Vienna, Austria. Orchestra members and guests will travel by plane, train and bus to the German cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hannover and Wuppertal, and to the Swiss city of Lucerne.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012
Four members of the Pacific Symphony are celebrating their 30th year with the orchestra. Principal violist Bob Becker, French horn player Russell Dicey, bass player Andrew Bumatay and violinist Robin Sandusky were noted for the milestone in this month's SoundWAVE, the orchestra's newsletter. The Pacific Symphony, one of three resident companies in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, began its 34th season last month. The orchestra also announced "a few new faces as well as the return of familiar ones" in SoundWAVE.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | November 26, 2011
Anyone who watched entertainment reels in the 1930s and '40s might know Viola Smith. A musical pioneer, she was one of the first female professional drummers, gaining popularity during World War II. On Friday, her past performances played in black and white on the TV screen at the Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa, where her cousin Marie Kolasinski threw Smith a 99th birthday party. Smith said she'd only met her cousin a handful of times but that Kolasinski, 90, insisted that she make a stop at the store while in Southern California.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | September 27, 2012
It was great to be indoors again. After months in the summer heat - which got dangerously excessive at times for this orchestra to play in - at parks and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the Pacific Symphony returned to its Costa Mesa home base Sept. 20. Within the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Carl St.Clair led the orchestra's opening downbeat to herald in its 34th season. Pianist André Watts was the featured guest, and it was a good turnout for a Thursday on the three-night series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | February 21, 2011
We of the Newport-Mesa are a lucky bunch. Players of the world's great classical music come to us. That said, it's always noteworthy when one of greatest orchestras comes to our doorstep. The Vienna Philharmonic - the famed Austrian orchestra routinely touted as one of the top five worldwide - will be playing Mahler's Symphony No. 6 at 8 p.m. March 3 in our own Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. There will be a 7 p.m. pre-concert talk with Rich Capparela. This one-night-only concert is thanks to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Irvine-based nonprofit that brings the county such high-class art. This orchestra doesn't tour often, given its busy musical demands in Vienna, the Philharmonic Society says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | January 19, 2012
One could call it a concert of the masters. A mastery of the piano, intimate and serene. A performance of the master's symphony, with all its shades of grandeur, subtle and striking. Inspiration from a master of science, whose celestial revelations helped shed light upon mysteries of the night skies. The Pacific Symphony's Jan. 12 concert of trademark Chopin and Tchaikovsky - and a new work by Osvaldo Golijov - wasn't without its faults, though those faults as a whole did not upset what was an otherwise enjoyable evening that's typical and expected for Carl St.Clair and his orchestra.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alan Blank | February 29, 2008
Pianist Teresa De Jong-Pombo and conductor Ricardo Soto will team up to perform two of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s greatest compositions Saturday at OCC. The concert, entitled “An Evening of Tchaikovsky,” will feature Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with De Jong-Pombo as the soloist, as well as the Russian composer’s Fifth Symphony. Both artists agree the music has universal appeal and will be enjoyable and recognizable to neophytes and experts alike.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 21, 2014
On Saturday, the Irvine Barclay Theatre will be the site of classical music - and caffeine. Organic coffee company Urth Caffe is coming to Laguna Beach in the summer. But married co-owners Shallom and Jilla Berkman plan to introduce their product at the performing arts center this weekend. The store has a loyal following at its locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena and elsewhere. Now it's Orange County's turn to get a taste of its custom coffee and tea: Each patron of the Barclay performance will be given a packet to take home.
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NEWS
July 18, 2013
Costa Mesa city officials and the Pacific Symphony are looking for 40 volunteers to help with a free outdoor concert taking place next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The orchestra's family-friendly July 26 concert is part of its annual "Symphony in the Cities" series, supported by a corporate sponsorship with Target. It is the first time in the series' nine-year history that one has taken place in Costa Mesa, which otherwise hosts the orchestra throughout the concert season in the center's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | April 4, 2013
If Chip Michael's orchestra ever plays a massive concert hall, the members may need an hour before curtain time to get acquainted with each other. For that matter, they may need to say hello to their conductor, too. Michael, the web coordinator for the Pacific Symphony, launched a project last March that brings musicians together through social media. The campaign, known as TwtrSymphony, initially sought a makeshift orchestra to play a composition of Michael's — and it succeeded, as more than 300 musicians answered the call.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2012
Viola Smith pulled up to her 100th birthday party in a pedi-cab and entered, appropriately, to a drumroll. As one of the first mainstream female drummers, Smith was a pioneer for women in music who earned her fame during World War II, a breakthrough period for female performers. Inside the Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa Thursday, a couple of dozen friends and relatives cheered as the Piecemakers band belted out a birthday song. Smith has put down her drumsticks, and last year she moved from New York to Costa Mesa, where she stays with the Piecemakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | November 8, 2012
Thanks to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the British will be coming to Costa Mesa — and they're bringing their violins with them. The Philharmonia Orchestra opens the 2012-13 visiting orchestra season Nov. 14 with a performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique. " The London-based ensemble is under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he still serves as conductor laureate. Then another London-based orchestra and chorus, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir, will perform more Beethoven works the following week.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2012
Baton in hand, Ryan Youd, 8, led his orchestra of invisible violins, drums, French horns, flutes and clarinets with increasingly frenetic arm movements through an energetic piece of classical music. With all the formality and prestige of Gustavo Dudamel after conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Stravisnky's "Rite of Spring," Ryan took his bow. "When I was conducting, it was so fun," he said. "I was listening to the music, and I was raising the baton; it went faster and faster.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012
Four members of the Pacific Symphony are celebrating their 30th year with the orchestra. Principal violist Bob Becker, French horn player Russell Dicey, bass player Andrew Bumatay and violinist Robin Sandusky were noted for the milestone in this month's SoundWAVE, the orchestra's newsletter. The Pacific Symphony, one of three resident companies in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, began its 34th season last month. The orchestra also announced "a few new faces as well as the return of familiar ones" in SoundWAVE.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | September 27, 2012
Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra's feted "Swan Lake" will open the 2012 - 13 International Dance Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The company will make its seventh appearance at the Center from Tuesday to Oct. 7, during an exclusive Southern California engagement. "The audience in Costa Mesa is very warm and very understanding of the art," Interim Ballet Director Yuri Fateev said in a phone interview. Mariinsky's 2012 U.S. tour will also make one-week stops in Berkeley and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. through Oct. 21, Fateev said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | September 27, 2012
It was great to be indoors again. After months in the summer heat - which got dangerously excessive at times for this orchestra to play in - at parks and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the Pacific Symphony returned to its Costa Mesa home base Sept. 20. Within the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Carl St.Clair led the orchestra's opening downbeat to herald in its 34th season. Pianist André Watts was the featured guest, and it was a good turnout for a Thursday on the three-night series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | August 16, 2012
Eileen Jeanette's workday began at 7 in the morning and by 6 p.m., it wasn't over yet. On Sunday, the goal for her was clear: to make the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre suitable for a Pacific Symphony performance. Getting the venue on Irvine Center Drive ready for its classical summertime resident is no easy task for the team of about 30 who accomplishes it. Jeanette would know. She's done it 33 times. "Everything you see here, this is a rock 'n' roll venue," said Jeanette, the symphony's vice president of artistic and orchestra operations.
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