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By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The Pacific Symphony fundraised $125,000 during its Oct. 30 fall gala, which celebrated the opening of the pops season. The funds will go toward the Costa Mesa-based orchestra's artistic and education programs. More than 200 guests attended the gala dinner and soirée at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. The themed party included a procession, cocktails, music, stilt walkers and jugglers. The evening also celebrated the 20-year tenure of principal pops conductor Richard Kaufman.
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February 26, 2014
Pacific Symphony has received a $2-million gift from a longtime board member and his wife, the group announced in a release Wednesday. The donation from James Emmi, a member of the symphony's board of directors for 23 years, and his wife Catherine, a leader in the support groups Symphony League and Symphony 100, will support orchestral operations and endowment. "Pacific Symphony is honored to receive this gift and admires James and Catherine Emmi for their philanthropy and commitment to symphonic music and the performing arts," symphony President John Forstye said in a statement.
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April 25, 2011
Musicians from the Pacific Symphony and friends will be serenading donors at the second annual Musical Blood & Marrow Drive in Corona del Mar from noon to 6 p.m. April 29. The event at the Newport Center United Methodist Church, 1601 Marguerite Ave., benefits both the Red Cross and Be the Match, a national bone narrow and umbilical cord blood registry helping patients affected with diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. Blood donors for the Red Cross need to sign up in advance with a link available at PacificSymphonyMusicians.com . Walk-ins will be accepted for Be the Match after a series of health questions, cheek swab and signing a consent form.
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January 16, 2014
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell will be among those starring in the Pacific Symphony's upcoming season, the orchestra announced in a release Thursday. The 2014-15 season, which marks the 25th anniversary of Music Director Carl St.Clair's tenure with the group, is set to launch Sept. 25 with a performance by Bell. Later offerings include a tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein and the 14th annual American Composers Festival, which spotlights Andre Previn.
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March 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — Renowned American composer Philip Glass is the subject of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival (ACF), which begins Thursday night in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The festival ends Monday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater, with Glass playing his own works on piano. ACF, a symphony event since 2000, focuses on how Glass was influenced by India's music and philosophy. It is part of the first-ever Southern California Philip Glass Festival, which began Feb. 27 and runs through March 27 and is in partnership with the Long Beach Opera and the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony.
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September 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Pacific Symphony welcomed two new members to its ranks and netted about $200,000 in an event last week. The Costa Mesa-based orchestra, now in its 33rd season, will use the funds toward its artistic and educational programs, symphony officials said in a news release. The "Masters of the Music" event on Sept. 22, which included a pre-concert dinner and post-concert reception, was part of the 2011-12 season opener series that featured violinist Sarah Chang.
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May 3, 2012
The Pacific Symphony will be among the performers lined up for the 2012-13 season at Soka University's Performing Arts Center, according to a news release issued Monday. The Costa Mesa-based orchestra will play at the Aliso Viejo venue in a new afternoon series dubbed "Sundays at Soka," featuring the music of Mozart. "These informal, yet up close and personal, musical soirees will reflect the mastery of Mozart's talents," Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St.Clair said in a release.
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By Bradley Zint | September 13, 2012
The 34th season of the Pacific Symphony promises to be a memorable one: its busy lineup includes traditional favorites, pops concerts, a new Sunday series at Soka University and the second year of the opera-vocal initiative . The 2012-13 season begins next week with three nights featuring pianist André Watts. The repertoire for the 8 p.m. performances Sept. 20 to 22 is Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, Johann Strauss Jr.'s overture from "Die Fledermaus" and Richard Strauss' suite from "Der Rosenkavalier.
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By B.W. Cook | October 5, 2012
The Pacific Symphony Orchestra opened its 2012-13 season in grand style Sept. 20 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The opening-night concert led by music director Carl St.Clair featured acclaimed pianist André Watts performing selections from Brahms and a roof-raising Piano Concerto No. 2 conducted by St.Clair with the entire Pacific Symphony. It was arguably the finest debut evening that the Pacific Symphony has ever offered the Orange County audience.
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By Michael Miller | April 30, 2014
It's the time in a movie when most audience members take their attention off the screen - when they begin talking, checking their phones and shuffling out of the darkness. For Carl St.Clair, it's sometimes the best part of the film. The Pacific Symphony music director often stays through the end credits if the film features music by a composer he admires. During the movie, the score lingers in the backgrounds of scenes or between snippets of dialogue, and it sometimes isn't until the long final scroll that the composer gets a chance to work uninterrupted.
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February 26, 2014
Pacific Symphony has received a $2-million gift from a longtime board member and his wife, the group announced in a release Wednesday. The donation from James Emmi, a member of the symphony's board of directors for 23 years, and his wife Catherine, a leader in the support groups Symphony League and Symphony 100, will support orchestral operations and endowment. "Pacific Symphony is honored to receive this gift and admires James and Catherine Emmi for their philanthropy and commitment to symphonic music and the performing arts," symphony President John Forstye said in a statement.
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By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2014
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will offer a hat-trick of sorts in the 2014-15 season it announced Monday: Audiences can hear programs led by the music directors of three of California's top orchestras. Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair will lead the Pacific Symphony's chamber music sections, and the San Francisco Symphony's music director, Michael Tilson Thomas, will also be accounted for - although on this occasion he'll marshal the London Symphony Orchestra as one of its principal guest conductors in a program featuring piano star Yuja Wang.
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October 25, 2013
Editor's note: The following are the essay winners from the Costa Mesa Library Foundation awards. They have been minimally edited for newspaper style. My favorite place in Costa Mesa is the Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Segerstrom Concert Hall is a place where the Pacific Symphony plays their concerts. It looks like a humongous auditorium with soft red chairs everywhere. In the very front, the whole symphony is playing their music. The hall is very big so the sound of all the instruments can be heard.
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September 18, 2013
Carl St.Clair, longtime music director of the Pacific Symphony, will turn his attention next year to a Pacific symphony of a different kind. St.Clair has accepted a one-year appointment as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Orange County symphony announced in a release. He will continue to hold his regular post while working in Costa Rica. The conductor, who has guest-conducted with the Central American orchestra three times in recent years, is scheduled to conduct six concerts for the symphony's official season and may put on additional shows, according to the release.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 4, 2013
Pacific Symphony, South Coast Reportory, Orange County Great Park, Art-A-Fair Foundation, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival are among the local nonprofits that recently received grants from Bank of America. A total of $465,000 was divvied up among 16 Orange County groups, all of which target community development and neighborhood revitalization. "Pacific Symphony is grateful to the Bank of America Foundation for its investment in the artistic and educational programming of the Pacific Symphony," President John Forsyte said in an email.
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August 16, 2013
Marian Luke Turpin of Newport Beach passed away on August 12, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Marian was born on July 5, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Pat Hadlock Luke and Louise McEwan Luke. She grew up in Westwood and attended University High School and Santa Monica City College. She married Bill Turpin in 1947 and had three daughters. They raised their family in the San Fernando Valley then moved to Newport Beach in 1970. Marian had many passions in life. First and foremost, she was devoted to her family and never missed an opportunity to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
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By Bradley Zint | July 27, 2013
The symphonic sounds of summer resonated Friday night before an estimated 1,600 people who came to hear the Pacific Symphony play a free outdoor concert in Costa Mesa. The community event at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plaza celebrated the city's 60th anniversary and was part of the orchestra's ninth annual "Symphony in the Cities" series. The concert marked the first time the nearly 35-year-old Pacific Symphony had ever played an outdoor concert in Costa Mesa or at the Segerstrom Center, which has been the ensemble's concert-season performance home since 1986.
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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.
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