Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair open the 2015-2016 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series with Beethoven’s monumental hymn to human freedom and brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” featuring the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy.”
This union between symphony orchestra and voices features Pacific Chorale and four world-class opera vocalists who will sing the solo passages in the fourth movement. The program opens the orchestra’s 37th season with a rare opportunity to hear “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland’s opera, “The Tender Land,” a choral piece with a similar message of neighborly love; plus, the highly anticipated unveiling of a brand new composition by the Symphony’s composer-in-residence, Narong Prangcharoen, “Beyond Land and Ocean,” written for and inspired by Orange County.
The Symphony’s Opening Night concerts will take place Thursday Oct 1st through Saturday, Oct 3rd, at 8pm in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7pm. Tickets for this concert are $25-$190.
Sunday Casual Connections offers an encore performance on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m.; tickets are $25-$96. The public is invited to attend a free “Community Celebration” on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1-3 p.m. (prior to the concert), to grab lunch from food trucks and enjoy music, art, dance and other community presentations that helped to inspire Prancharoen’s composition.
The Opening Night Celebration (dinner and party), “Ode to Joy,” takes place on Thursday, October 1st, at 5pm, with honors going to the Symphony’s musicians. Chaired by Jo Ellen Chatham, the black-tie affair features an elegant cocktail reception and pre-concert dinner in the Plaza Ballroom at The Westin South Coast Plaza. A post-concert party takes place at the hotel’s Terrace Pavilion with entertainment, dessert and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians.
Tables for 10 may be purchased for $7,500-$25,000; individual seats are $500.