Classical KUSC | Pacific Symphony in Concert



SoCal Sunday Night: Pacific Symphony in Concert

Sundays, 7-9 p.m.


Hear the Pacific Symphony in concert from their 2014-15 Classical Series celebrating Carl St.Clair's 25 years as music director. Rich Capparela hosts these broadcasts, which include interviews with maestro St.Clair, guest artists and Symphony musicians.

Program Listing

July 5, 2015

Carl St.Clair, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Of his Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky claimed, “Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.” It is beautiful, deep and moving. Also, be there when “go-to “Hollywood composer James Newton Howard’s (“The Village,” “Defiance,” “The Hunger Games”) Violin Concerto receives its historic world premiere.

Frank Ticheli: There Will Be Rest
James Newton Howard: Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

July 12

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Ramond Kobler, violin
Paul Manaster, violin
Jeanne Skrocki, violin
Bridget Dolkas, violin
Timothy Landauer, cello
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser

Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music! Here, actors and dancers reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Prokofiev: Selections from “Romeo and Juliet”

July 19

John Nelson, conductor
Barry Douglas, piano

An amazing and massive piece written in Beethoven’s unique style, the “Emperor” concerto is music from the age of revolution and romance—the story of a heroic struggle ending in victory. Enjoy the performance by Barry Douglas, who catapulted to stardom with his gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Weber: “Oberon” Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

July 26

Carl St.Clair, conductor
André Previn, composer
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser

Discover the immense talents of one of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century. In addition to international career in classical music, Previn has previously enjoyed success in the movies, musicals, popular music and jazz. No stranger to the Southland, Previn served as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985-89.

Previn: “Principals” for Orchestra
Previn: Double Concerto (West Coast premiere)
Previn: Owls
Previn: Honey and Rue

August 2, 2015

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Deborah Voigt, soprano
Benjamin Smolen, flute
Gregory MacGillivray, videographer

A multi-faceted, multimedia exploration of the elements. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Gregory MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”) debuts a stunning video to accompany a newly commissioned piece. Then, behold the power Brünnhilde’s immolation scene through the music of Richard Wagner.

Vivaldi: La Tempesta di Mare
Laura Karpman: World premiere
Wagner: Selections from “Gotterdammerung”

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