Pacific Symphony returns to Segerstrom; season to include Tchaikovsky, Mozart, world premieres, “Otello”

Posted on: September 27, 2021

“For nearly 18 months, the Pacific Symphony [has] offered myriad online opportunities to connect with musicians through weekly discussions and performances” during the pandemic, writes Christopher Trela in Thursday’s (9/23) Newport Beach Independent (CA). “Those online musical treats continue, but the real treat arrives on … Sept. 30 when the Pacific Symphony launches its 43rd season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts … Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 [with pianist Emanuel Ax] led by Music Director Carl St.Clair … and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. A post-concert reception on the plaza with the sounds of live jazz caps off the evening…. St.Clair commented, ‘Pacific Symphony musicians and I are so happy to be reuniting with our audiences…. In 21-22 we will offer three world premieres [by Avner Dorman, James MacMillan, and Frank Ticheli], first-time Pacific Symphony performances, and I am very excited to produce … Verdi’s ‘Otello’ … I greatly look forward to partnering with David Ivers, artistic director of our beloved neighbor South Coast Repertory, on “The Mozart Project.” ’ … President John Forsyte added, ‘Our patrons were amazing throughout this difficult year, offering encouragement, donating tickets and making financial contributions which enabled us to keep symphonic and chamber music alive.’ ”