The Pacific Symphony will welcome a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer as guest conductor and offer four world premieres during its "Composer Series" of concerts scheduled to begin March 1 in Santa Ana High School Auditorium.
Composer Karel Husa, who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969, will conduct his "Music of Prague" at 8 p.m March 1 in a program that will also include Mozart's Symphony No. 38, "Prague," and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World." (Pacific Symphony music director Keith Clark will conduct the Mozart and Dvorak works.)
Husa was born in Prague in 1921 and immigrated to the United States in 1954 to join the music department of Cornell University, where he still teaches composition. Husa's prize-winning work was his String Quartet No. 3.
Southern California-based composer William Schmidt's "Concerto for Trumpet" and East Coast composer Richard Nanes' "Symphony for Strings" will receive world premieres on the "American Music and Apple Pie" concert scheduled for April 5 in Santa Ana High School Auditorium.