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Halls Alive With Sounds of Music

A Sampling of the Best Opera, Symphony and Dance Offerings


Season Information

(All concerts led by John Alexander except the performance featuring Bobby McFerrin)

Bach and Handel--Oct. 22

Orange County Performing Arts Center

The John Alexander Singers and Musica Angelica perform Bach's "Missa Brevis in G Minor," Handel's "Laudate Pueri" and Bach's "Magnificat."

"Tis the Season"--Dec. 17

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Pacific Chorale, Pacific Chorale Children's Chorus and Pacific Symphony Orchestra unite for this annual holiday tradition.

Barber and Bruckner--March 25

Orange County Performing Arts Center

A performance featuring Barber's "Adagio for Strings," "Prayers of Kierkegaard" and Bruckner's Mass in F Minor, with Pacific Symphony.

An Evening with Bobby McFerrin and Pacific Chorale--May 19

An innovative vocalist, composer and conductor, Bobby McFerrin will lead Pacific Chorale in works by Brahms and Schubert, as well as showcase his vocal talents.


1231 E. Dyer Road

Suite 200

Santa Ana

(714) 755-5799

Founded in 1978, the Pacific Symphony presents a variety of musical programs and outreach activities. The third-largest orchestra in California, the symphony's series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center offers classical masterworks with international soloists, pops concerts headlined by favorite performers, Saturday morning concerts for children and parents, and annual holiday concerts of Handel's "Messiah." Dedicated to the performance of music by living American composers, the orchestra has commissioned a number of works, including pieces by William Kraft and the PSO's former composer-in-residence Frank Ticheli. Its recordings include performances by guest soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Season Information

Special Events

Handel's Messiah--Dec. 16

George Manahan, conductor; Pacific Chorale with vocal soloists

Philip Glass' Symphony of Peace--Oct. 13

Pacific Chorale, Pacific Chorale Children's Chorus and vocal soloists (presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County as part of the Eclectic Orange Festival)

Classics Series

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2--Oct. 4-5

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano.

Beethoven's Majesty--Oct. 25-26

James Paul, conductor; Angela Cheng, piano.

Copland in Hollywood--Nov. 15-16

Burnette Dillon, trumpet; Leslie Resnik, English horn; William Warfield, narrator.

Symphonic Jazz--Dec. 6-7

Cecile Ousset, piano.

Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1--Jan. 24-25

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin.

Carl in Vienna--Feb. 7-8

Raymond Kobler, violin

Mostly Mozart--March 7-8

Patrick Summers, conductor; Andreas Haefliger, piano.

Spanish Guitars--April 11-12

Timothy Landauer, cello; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

"Voices of Remembrance"--May 23-24

Joshua Bell, violin.

Pops Series

Lou Rawls--Oct. 6-7

Peter Nero--Nov. 17-18

A Broadway Holiday--Dec. 15-16

Broadway stars Mark McVey, Ron Raines and Jodi Benson.

A Sandy Duncan Valentine--Feb. 9-10

Dionne Warwick--April 13-14

Vic Damone--May 4-5

Peter, Paul & Mary--May 25-26

Classical Connections

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2--Oct. 7

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano.

Copland in Hollywood--Nov. 18

The Magic of Mozart--Feb. 10

"Don Quixote"--April 14


2082 Business Center Drive

Suite 100


(949) 553-2422

For more than four decades, the Philharmonic Society has expressed its commitment to the community by hosting the world's most acclaimed orchestras, ensembles and soloists. In recent years, the society has broadened its programming to include world and contemporary music while maintaining firm roots in the traditions of classical music. Its Eclectic Orange Festival International showcases orchestras and period instrument ensembles, world premieres and local debuts, contemporary theater and dance, ancient cultural traditions and American roots music.

Season Information

Philharmonic Society Concert Series

Evgeny Kissin, Piano--Sept. 28

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Fiesta Navidad--Dec. 12

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Diaz Trio with James Buswell, violin--Jan. 4

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dresden Staatskapelle--Jan. 17

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival--Jan. 30

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Russian National Orchestra--Feb. 3

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Lanier Trio--Feb. 8

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano with Il Giardino Armonico--Feb. 26

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Lark Quartet with Peter Schickele--March 5

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Co-presented by the Philharmonic Society and Laguna Chamber Music Society.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra--March 8

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Burhan Ocal with Istanbul Oriental Ensemble--March 9

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Co-presented by Philharmonic Society and the Barclay.

Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra--March 10-11

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Solas--March 17

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Co-presented by Philharmonic Society and the Barclay.

Ying String Quartet with John Nakamatsu, piano--March 19

Irvine Barclay Theatre

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