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PACIFIC SYMPHONY 2012-13 SEASON CALENDAR

Published: 02/03/2012

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PACIFIC SYMPHONY 2012-13 SEASON CALENDAR

Gala Opening Night
ANDRÉ WATTS PLAYS BRAHMS
Thursday through Saturday, September 20-22, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
André Watts, piano

Franz Liszt called Brahms' Second "a distinguished work of art in which thought and feeling move in noble harmony." That description could apply equally to pianist André Watts, who headlines our season opener. Also: the lightheartedness of one Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" contrasts with the sophistication of another's "Der Rosenkavalier."

Strauss, Jr.: Overture to "Die Fledermaus"
Strauss: Suite from "Der Rosenkavalier"
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Special Event
LANG LANG
Thursday, September 27, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by The New York Times, 29-year-old Lang Lang has played sold-out concerts around the world! He appeared in the 2009 Time 100, Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

CONRAD TAO PLAYS GRIEG
Thursday through Saturday, October 18-20, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
Lelie Resnick, English horn

Hailed by critics as an "exciting prodigy" and "breathtaking," 17-year-old Conrad Tao wowed Pacific Symphony audiences last season. His performance of Grieg's masterpiece is sure to elicit the same exuberant reaction! Also: the bold instrumental colors of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and the delicate mythology of Sibelius's "Swan of Tuonela."

Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

COME TO THE CABARET
Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Ute Lemper, vocalist
Hudson Shad, vocalists

Enigmatic and beguiling, German theater star and singer Ute Lemper is widely acknowledged as the ultimate interpreter of the songs of Kurt Weill and European cabaret. She is also known to American and English audiences for her award-winning performances in the musicals "Cabaret" and "Chicago."

Weill: Seven Deadly Sins
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Gershwin: Two Songs
Piaf: Four Songs

Music Unwound: Three seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts.

Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

ALISA WEILERSTEIN PLAYS DVORÁK
Thursday through Saturday, December 6-8, 8 p.m.

Alexander Shelley, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Performed by the exquisite Alisa Weilerstein, Dvorák's Cello Concerto finds orchestra and soloist passing two main themes back and forth with a freshness still evident more than a century after its debut.

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Debussy: La Mer
Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Orange County's Cherished Holiday Tradition
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH"
Sunday, December 9, 3 p.m.

John Alexander, conductor
Pacific Chorale - John Alexander, artistic director

A timeless masterwork that transcends three centuries of fads and fashions, Handel's "Messiah" is an event of joy, reflection and renewal. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus at Orange County's most popular rendition of this cherished holiday tradition.

BEETHOVEN'S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Thursday through Saturday, January 10-12, 2013, 8 p.m.

Garry Walker, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

One of Beethoven's crowning achievements, his Violin Concerto remains the most performed and most recorded work in the violin repertoire, enjoying universal renown. In the hands of Canadian violinist James Ehnes and celebrated Scottish conductor Garry Walker, this sublime work will be a special treat.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

MOZART'S REQUIEM & MORE
Thursday through Saturday, January 31-February 2, 2013, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale - John Alexander, artistic director

Mozart's deathbed composition - a requiem for a stranger that became his own - now enjoys iconic status as one of the most sublime achievements in sacred music. The concert also explores Mozart's desire to create "some higher form of church music."

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Mozart: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Mozart: Requiem

Music Unwound: Three seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts.

Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

PUCCINI'S "TOSCA"
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Chorale - John Alexander, artistic director
Eric Einhorn, stage director

Inspired by Music Director Carl St.Clair's successful career as an opera conductor in Europe, Pacific Symphony presents concert opera for a second season. With more music from the hand that wrote "La Bohème," "Tosca" has everything great opera should have: gorgeous music, high emotion and grand tragedy.

FROM BACH TO MAHLER
Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23, 2013, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dejan Lazic, piano

Though known during his lifetime more as an organist than a composer, Bach became the single greatest influence on every important composer for centuries. Mahler's immersion in Bach's works first displayed itself in his Fifth Symphony. Also on the program: Bach's "Air on a G String" and Piano Concerto No. 3.

Bach: Air on the G string
Bach: Piano Concerto No. 3, BWV 1054
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH
Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, 2013, 8 p.m.

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
George Gao, erhu

From the most famous four notes in music (the "da-da-da-dum" opening), to the struggle depicted in its first movement, to its final triumphant bars, Beethoven's brilliant Symphony No. 5 remains a popular and irresistible part of the repertoire. Mei-Ann Chen brings her energy and dynamism to this popular work.

Huang: Saibei Dance
Zhanhao/Gang: Butterfly Lovers' Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

SAINT-SAËN'S ORGAN SYMPHONY
Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, 2013, 8 p.m.

Aziz Shokhakivov, conductor
Tianwa Yang, violin
Paul Jacobs, organ

Saint-Saëns' said he had "given everything I was able to give" to his "Organ" Symphony. It includes virtuoso keyboard passages, brilliant orchestral writing and the sound of a cathedral-sized organ - in this case, the magnificent William J. Gillespie Concert Organ. Lalo's "Symphonie espagnole" and Chabrier's "España" add an Iberian touch to the program.

Chabrier: España
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, "Organ"
American Composers Festival 2013

DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA
May 16-18, 2013, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Daniel Schnyder, composer and saxophone
David Taylor, trombone
Kenny Drew, piano

A celebration of American composers is incomplete without mention of Duke Ellington, whose works inspired many composers and musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year, we aren't just mentioning him; we are presenting the ensemble that carries his name and has been playing together in one form or another for eight decades.

RITE OF SPRING TURNS 100
Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, 2013, 8 p.m.

Carl St.Clair, conductor

The New York Times proclaimed Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" as significant "to the 20th century as Beethoven's Ninth is to the 19th." Celebrate the centennial of Stravinsky's foremost orchestral achievement with a program that also includes Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun."

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Music Unwound: Three seasons ago, the Symphony introduced unique formatting, multi-media and other enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding and­ a richer enjoyment of the concerts.

Enhancements thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Also, a collaboration with UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts.


 

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