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By Bradley Zint | March 8, 2012
In the coming days, there is something for everyone in Costa Mesa's classical scene: a youth ensemble, an organist, a visiting orchestra and a classic film score. At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, an educational group under the auspices of the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony, will be having a concert titled "Music for Prague. " The afternoon event inside the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall features "Music for Prague 1968," by Czech-American composer Karel Husa.
By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2012
The Pacific Symphony continues with its "Year of the Violin" programming next week with a series highlighted by virtuoso Vadim Gluzman. The Israeli violinist will be playing Tchaikovsky's venerable Violin Concerto in D major for the concerts on Feb. 23 to 25 in Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. All the performances under Carl St.Clair's baton begin at 8 p.m. There will also be a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture with Alan Chapman each evening. An added layer of complexity to this concert is that Gluzman will be playing on a Stradivarius violin made in 1690 that belonged to Leopold Auer, the influential Hungarian violinist whom Tchaikovsky dedicated his Violin Concerto to. A video interview with St.Clair posted on the Pacific Symphony website notes this.
By Bradley Zint | February 9, 2012
Next week's classical lineup features music in a much-lauded concert hall and music played by America's (arguably) greatest orchestra. A chamber group comprised of musicians from the Pacific Symphony will be performing at Soka University's wonderful Performing Arts Center on Feb. 16. The 7:30 p.m. concert promises to be a real bargain as well, with tickets in the Aliso Viejo venue of about 1,000 seats starting at only $21. The Costa Mesa-based...
February 3, 2012
SATURDAY Yael Bartana at UCI Israeli filmmaker Yael Bartana, whose "... And Europe will be stunned" short film trilogy is on exhibit as part of her art installation at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, will appear as part of a panel for a one-day conference focusing on her work. The free conference is scheduled to start at noon in the Colloquium Room (Room 3201) at the school's Contemporary Arts Center building. Intro to Zen The Zen Center of Orange County presents a workshop, "Introduction to Zen Meditation," from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the center, 120 E. 18th St., Costa Mesa.
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.
By Bradley Zint | January 5, 2012
A trip through any of Tchaikovsky's later symphonies is a trip indeed. The Russian composer goes from the tragic to the triumphant, from the reverent to the dejected and doleful. Listening to them is an exercise of the mind into the glories of a past artistic age. The Pacific Symphony will be taking listeners back to that age in its performances Jan. 12 to 14 of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and other works. Led by music director Carl St.Clair, the 8 p.m. performances will be in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - It was a whodunit murder mystery and everyone was a suspect. From the concertmaster dressed as a cook, to the bikers playing the bass instruments, to the violins and violas, no one was above suspicion. The murderer was the conductor, but that didn't turn out to be a bad thing. "If you're going to hear the world's greatest composers, you're going to have to allow for a little murder," said narrator David Stoneman, who spoke all the parts in the performance. The Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony - dressed in costumes - performed two "Halloween Whodunit" concerts Saturday morning for children and their families at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
By Bradley Zint | October 13, 2011
I first tried watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" when I was around 10 because I heard it somehow related to "Star Wars. " My adolescent reasoning was simple: "Star Wars" is great, so any related films must be great, too. Right? So in the pre-Netflix and pre-car era of my life, my friend and I rode our bikes two miles to go rent the VHS tape (remember those?) from Blockbuster. But within mere minutes of pushing play, we found the opening "dawn of man" ape sequence silly and tried fast-forwarding to the action.
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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