Pacific Symphony presents BEETHOVEN’S EROICA this month

Pacific Symphony’s 2021-22 Classic Season is officially in full swing after an exciting opening weekend, marking the orchestra’s return to live music in the concert hall. Pacific Symphony’s second season program features two great romantic masterpieces and opens with an exciting world premiere by contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

“Beethoven’s Eroica” takes place Thursday through Saturday, October 14-16 at 8 pm in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; doors open at 6:45 pm Single tickets start at $ 25. A preview conference with Jake Sustaita begins at 7 p.m. This concert is part of the Classic Series of the Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation 2021-2022 of the Symphony Orchestra. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (714) 755-5799 or visit

The Friday night performance will be broadcast live and the recording will be available to all ticket holders for online viewing for 30 days. [How do ticket-holders access?]

Frank Ticheli’s All the World’s a Stage is as playful, joyful and original as you are likely to hear in a concert hall. This pre-owned piece was commissioned by Pacific Symphony to celebrate Carl St. Clair’s 30th anniversary as musical director of the orchestra. Ticheli, currently professor of composition at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, was composer in residence with Pacific Symphony from 1991 to 1998. At present, as he comments in his note on the piece , “Carl is a dear friend of almost 40 years.”

In his composition note, Ticheli comments: “Everybody’s a Stage takes its name from the oft-cited line from Shakespeare’s well-known play, As You Like It -” Everybody’s a Stage and all men and women. women are just players. “For my piece, the ‘stage’ is literally the entire performance hall. The audience participates with the orchestra in various ways, producing soft wind sounds and whistling effects, snapping their fingers at a specified rate, singing the songs. Shakespeare lyrics to an original melody, and soon. “

Ticheli continues, “The audience participates mainly at the beginning and end of the piece, while during the faster-paced middle section, they can sit back and enjoy the music. During this midsection, the energy is quite festive and dancing. An ostinato boppy, first introduced by the bass clarinet and contrabassoon, serves as the main idea for the whole section. Towards the end, as the music intensifies, we can hear a hint of the wild energy evoked in the “Mambo”. from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Bernstein was Carl’s beloved conducting teacher, and it seemed appropriate to channel some of his happiest music (albeit without ever quoting it directly). “

Variations on a rococo theme could be considered Tchaikovsky’s unofficial cello concerto. It is a work of elegance and virtuosity. Cellist Gabriel Martins, winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild – Young Classical Artists Trust and the 2020 Sphinx Competition, makes his Pacific Symphony debut at these concerts. According to eminent cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, Martins “revealed heart, passion, intellect and a finely nuanced color palette in a compelling manner worthy of a seasoned artist.”

Beethoven’s enthralling “Heroic” Symphony – a work so innovative and influential that it changed the course of musical history – closes the program. Leonard Bernstein said the first two movements are “perhaps the two greatest movements in all of symphonic music”. The second movement of the symphony has been performed as a funeral march at state funerals, memorial services, and commemorations, including mourning the deaths of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy. One of Beethoven’s most famous works, it marks a real milestone in classical music.

Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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