A passion for music is one that lasts a lifetime. Despite long days at work and responsibilities throughout one’s life, this love for music is one that can drive people to accomplish great things. While members of the Pacific Symphony League vary in age and background, each shares a passion for music. It is through this passion that League members remain active volunteers in supporting music education and opera-vocal projects throughout Orange County. Since the League’s creation alongside the Symphony’s inception almost 35 years ago, its members have and continue to volunteer and help with programs such as Target Symphony in the Cities, the Musical Playgrounds that are part of Family Musical Mornings and by running the Symphony Shop in the lobby during every concert. In addition to volunteering, the League also plays a significant role in fundraising to support the Symphony’s music education programs. Reaching their 2009-10 goal, the League raised $100,000 for the Symphony and since, has continued to raise funds to benefit music education programs. In addition to its altruistic efforts made by its members, the League also hosts events, such as the celebration for the Symphony’s Pops Opening Night!
Setting the mood for an enchanting night of music for Pacific Symphony’s Pops Opening Night concert, “Wicked Divas,” the Symphony’s League hosts a pre-concert celebration full of magical entertainment and gourmet delicacies at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, Friday, Nov. 16. In addition to cocktails and dinner, League members and their guests will enjoy a presentation by Pops conductor Richard Kaufman and a musical performance by Kaufman’s daughter Whitney and pianist Nelson Cole, before heading over to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall for a night of Broadway hits.
For more information on how to get involved with the League or become a member contact Leslie Fay Vaeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714-755-5788.
Two singers with powerhouse voices from the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked” join Pacific Symphony for a thrilling concert of Broadway and pop tunes to kick off the 2012-13 Pops series. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony’s collaboration with Alli Mauzey (Glinda) and Julia Murney (Elphaba)—two lead performers from the Broadway and national tours of “Wicked”—includes favorites from “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Titanic,” “Wicked,” “The Wizard of Oz” and more.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the extraordinary Pacific Symphony musicians as we begin another exciting season,” says Maestro Kaufman. “Our audiences are in for a real treat as the orchestra is joined by two of Broadway’s brightest stars sing music from some of the most legendary shows. Pit orchestras on Broadway are usually only around 24 musicians, so you can imagine the incredible sound of the orchestra playing this music! It’s going to be something very special.”
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. For more information, visit PacificSymphony.org.
Proud moment! The Irvine Public Schools Foundation honored Pacific Symphony’s Principal Trumpet chair Barry Perkins with the Spirit of Excellence Award at their Gala at the end of October. We thought we would share a little of his story in honor of him as well.
From Irvine to Boston to Mexico City and back again, Barry Perkins and his trumpet have circled home and are making an impact in the Orange County community. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Barry and his family moved to Irvine when he was in the eighth grade. He attended Irvine High School, where he studied the trumpet with Richard Birkeimeier and Donald Green of the L.A. Philharmonic, and his dad opened a music shop, called Perkins Music Center, in the Northwood neighborhood of Irvine. After high school, Barry attended the New England Conservatory in Boston and studied with Charles Schlueter (formerly from the Boston Symphony.) At only age 20, Barry won a job at the Mexico City Philharmonic, so he packed his bags and moved to Mexico, where he stayed for five years. He moved back to California and began establishing himself as a freelancer for groups like San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera. In 2004, he became the principal trumpet chair of Pacific Symphony. Today, he teaches at Cal State Fullerton and runs a summer trumpet academy there.
“I used to come to concerts and listen to the Pacific Symphony,” he said, “and I used to think to myself, somehow it would be great just to sub in this orchestra. Basically, my life went to Boston, Mexico City, San Diego and coming back here. It was a nice homecoming.”
As part of our makeshift “Chat Noir cabaret” in the lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall during our “Come to the Cabaret” concerts this past weekend, we had two caricature artists drawing portraits of patrons. We also asked both of them to depict Pacific Symphony’s Music Director Carl St.Clair. Using only the photo from the program, this is what they each came up with. Thanks to former Disney artists Jennifer West and Nancie Marie for sharing their talent with us.
“Ute Lemper has become our version of Édith Piaf,” says Music Director Carl St.Clair. “Piaf, as we know, was the French international star who sang many songs that we are familiar with and love, such as ‘La Vie en Rose,’ and so many of the great ballads. Ute Lemper has just that type of voice, charisma and stage presence, and helps transform the concert hall into a cabaret atmosphere throughout the evening.”
Don’t miss pianist David Clemensen performing French cabaret music from Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel from 7-8 p.m. and at intermission Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10.
For tickets visit PacificSymphony.org.
INFOGRAPHIC - Program Notes for Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins
Pacific Symphony led by Maestro Carl St.Clair and featuring German chanteuse, Ute Lemper, performs Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins Nov. 8-10, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, CA.
For tickets, visit pacificsymphony.org
On Nov. 18, 1881, impresario Rodolphe Salis opened the first modern cabaret Le Chat Noir in the Montmartre district of Paris. The iconic image of a scraggly black cat by Théophile Steinlen came to represent the exciting nightlife of the cabaret scene ever since.
On Nov. 8, 2012, Pacific Symphony opens its own Le Chat Noir in the lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to immerse patrons into the origins of the art form. As you get ready to hear the music of the French cabaret scene from the ’20s through the ’50s in the concert hall, enjoy the sounds of late 19th-century Paris and learn about the birth of this engaging genre.
The concert, “Come to the Cabaret,” led by Maestro Carl St.Clair and featuring German chanteuse, Ute Lemper, includes Kurt Weill’s social satire, “The Seven Deadly Sins,” Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” and Lemper singing a hybrid arrangement of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm/Naughty Baby” and songs made famous by legendary French singer Édith Piaf. Nov. 8-10, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The lobby transforms into a “piano bar” from 7-8 p.m and during intermission.
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