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2021 Spring Programming

The Spring season features brand new programming, as well as updates to existing programming. Updates have been made to the existing calendar of events, as all concerts will now be livestreamed from their intended venues, and a decision will be made regarding an in-person option two to three weeks prior to a performance, contingent on guidance from public health and safety officials. Included in this line up is the free, multi-day Triumph Over Adversity Festival, which has been moved from its original fall dates to the spring.


Triumph Over Adversity Festival | February 17-21, 2021

A cornerstone of the Philharmonic Society’s programming, the Triumph Over Adversity Festival—curated by musicians and brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill—is a free, multi-day virtual series of concerts and educational and community outreach offerings advocating for social change on and beyond classical music’s stages. Spotlighting musicians as well as composers from marginalized communities, concerts will feature works by composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Valerie Coleman, and Adolphus Hailstork, including works specifically commissioned for the McGill brothers.

Artistic Directors: Anthony McGill, clarinet & Demarre McGill, flute

Winner of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — that orchestra’s first African-American principal player — and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career. He also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music.

The elder of the two brothers, flutist Demarre McGill, has gained international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, he currently serves as the principal flute of the Seattle Symphony. As an educator, Demarre is Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and has taught and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec and throughout the United States.


Spring 2021 Programming

It is our intent to resume live performances in 2021 contingent upon approval from public health and safety officials. For those not ready to return to live in-person performances, virtual viewing options will continue to be available for all performances, and in the event that in-person concerts cannot take place, we will be prepared to transition back to virtual performances. The updated Spring 2021 programming is as follows:

Pinchas Zukerman, violin with Amanda Forsyth, cello and Shai Wosner, piano
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Virtual Performance
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Friday, April 23, 2021
Virtual Performance
Laguna Beach Music Festival
feat. Conrad Tao, piano

May 12-16, 2021
Laguna Beach
Sergio Assad, Clarice Assad, and Third Coast Percussion
Friday, May 28, 2021
Virtual Performance
Augustin Hadelich, violin & Orion Weiss, piano
Monday, June 14, 2021
Virtual Performance
Renée Fleming, soprano
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Virtual Performance

Season Supporters

The Philharmonic Society’s 2020-21 season is made possible through the generous support of:

  • Donna L. Kendall and the Donna L. Kendall Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Howard and Judith Jelinek
  • The Segerstrom Foundation
  • Sam and Lyndie Ersan

  • Additional support is provided by:

  • The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • The Colburn Foundation
  • Crean Foundation
  • Dea Stanuszek
  • Douglas H. and Deirdre Smith
  • Gail and Robert Sebring
  • The Isidore & Penny Myers Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Steven M. Sorenson MD and the IBEX Foundation
  • U.S. Bank

  • More Information

    For more information on precautionary measures being taken at our venues, visit:

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Irvine Barclay Theatre

  • For more information on COVID-19 and the latest recommendations from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Orange County Healthy Care Agency, visit:
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Orange County Health Care Agency

  • Support the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

    Many of you have expressed concern about the financial impact of cancellations on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. We invite you to show your support by making a donation to continue supporting world-class music and youth music education programs in our community.