“ ‘We’re only 39 years old, but next season looks like what we’d come up with for our 50th anniversary,’ said Pacific Symphony president John Forsyte in the midst of describing the orchestra’s 2017-18 Classical Series,” writes Paul Hodgins in Sunday’s (2/19) Orange County Register (CA). “The orchestra makes its Carnegie Hall debut in April 2018, playing a major commissioned work by Philip Glass [The Passion of Ramakrishna] that received its premiere with the Pacific Symphony more than a decade ago….. The 2017-18 season is also distinguished by … ‘projects that in some cases have been talked about and planned over five years by Carl [St.Clair],’ Forsyte said. Carl St.Clair has served as the orchestra’s music director since 1990…. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and selections from Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre’ both will be performed at the season opener…. The Pacific Symphony continues its tradition of presenting one semi-staged opera with ‘The Magic Flute,’ which will feature the Pacific Chorale.” Also planned are André Previn’s Almost an Overture, James Newton Howard’s Two Concert Pieces, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 with the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey, and symphonies by Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Brahms, and Shostakovich.
Posted February 23, 2017