Announcing our 2015 Gala: All That Jazz: A Night on Bourbon Street - Friday, May 01, 2015

Join us for a festive evening in the French Quarter! You are cordially invited to attend the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's 2015 benefit gala, All That Jazz: A Night on Bourbon Street.

Let the good times roll with New Orleans-inspired cuisine, cocktails, a live auction, and a swinging performance by one of the best big bands around, the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

You’ll want to stand up and cheer as we celebrate great music, fantastic food, and the work we do to bring exceptional music to everyone in Orange County.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and its nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs.

Cocktail Attire | Complimentary Valet Parking

For ticket and table purchases, or for more information, contact Jean Hsu
949.553.2422 ext 232 |

Ticket & Table Information

Premier Level Ticket | $2,500
- Cocktail reception
- Prime seating at dinner and show
- Valet parking
- Recognition as gala sponsor
Platinum Table Sponsor | $50,000
- Premium table location at event
- Valet parking for all guests
- Recognition as gala table sponsor
- Recognition as Philharmonic Society concert sponsor
for a selected 2015-2016 concert
Patron Level Ticket | $1,000
- Cocktail reception
- Dinner
- Show
- Valet parking
Gold Table Sponsor | $25,000
- Preferred table location at event
- Valet parking for all guests
- Recognition as gala table sponsor
- 10 prime tickets to a 2015-16 concert
Silver Table Sponsor | $10,000
- Valet parking for all guests
- Recognition as gala table sponsor

* Additional benefits available for corporate sponsors.

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EVENT CANCELLATION: Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Bartoli Cancels California Tour - Friday, March 13, 2015

MARCH 13, 2015—The Broad Stage and the Philharmonic Society have been informed by Universal Music Arts & Entertainment (U-Live) “that regrettably …, due to unforeseen circumstances, Cecilia Bartoli must cancel her scheduled appearances in California this month and next.”

Ms. Bartoli was scheduled to perform on Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center; on Monday, March 23, 8pm, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County; and on Tuesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 2, 8pm, at Zellerbach Hall, presented by Cal Performances.

Ticketholders to the cancelled Cecilia Bartoli recitals on Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage will be notified by box office and will receive credit towards future performances or a refund. For more information, please contact The Broad Stage box office at (310) 434-3200, Mondays through Fridays, 12pm-6pm.

Ticketholders to the cancelled Cecilia Bartoli recital at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Monday, March 23, 8pm, will be notified by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s Patron Services Department to receive credit towards future performances or a refund. For more information, please contact the Philharmonic Society at (949) 553-2422, Mondays through Fridays, 9am-6pm.

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Music Monday: Ghazal's Persian and Indian Improvisations - Monday, March 09, 2015

Next week, the Ghazal Ensemble returns to Southern California to celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year). Explore the rich Indo-Persian blend of these musical cousins through the inspired improvisations of Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh), Shujaat Hussain Khan (sitar), and Sandeep Das (tabla).

Hear a sampling of Ghazal's music from a March 2002 performance at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York.

Ghazal: Live at Society for Ethical Culture, NYC March 9, 2002 from Live Sounds on Vimeo.

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Help us earn up to $2 Million in Free Advertising - Sunday, March 01, 2015

We need your help! The Orange County Register is giving nonprofit organizations throughout OC up to $2 million of free advertising through the Golden Envelope program.

This advertising can help us create awareness and let people know of the great things we are doing, not only bringing world-class orchestras and artists to Orange County, but also the youth music education programs we provide to more than 150,000 Orange County students each year.

You can help us get our share of free advertising. All you have to do is go to the Golden Envelope website and vote for "Philharmonic Society of Orange County" every day in the month of March. The more votes we receive, the more free advertising we get!

Vote for us today! Visit:

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And the Grammy goes to... - Monday, February 09, 2015

The 2015 Grammys took place yesterday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There were appearances by classical artists, such as pianist Lang Lang performing with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer for Williams' "Happy," and violinist Hilary Hahn presenting a Grammy Award.

But the classical artists who took home the prizes were:

Best Engineered Recording
Michael Bishop (Atlanta Symphony: Vaughan Williams)

Producer of the Year
Judith Sherman

Best Orchestral
John Adams – City Noir (St Louis Symphony)

Best Opera Recording
Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble (Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer)

Best Choral Music Performance
Sacred Spirit of Russia
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

Best Chamber Music (Small Ensemble)
Hilary Hahn

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Jason Vieux

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album’
Douce France – Anne-Sophie von Otter

Best Classical Compendium
Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
John Luther Adams (Become Ocean)/ Seattle Symphony

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To Subscribe, or Not to Subscribe? - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A guest blog post by Randy Polevoi, Musical Concierge

Happy New Year! With the start of the new year, there is one subject that, for me, is a hot button in my role as Musical Concierge for the Philharmonic Society. That subject is whether it is preferable to subscribe or not to subscribe or, more aptly put, to subscribe or to “wing it” and select individual concerts.Each approach has its pros and cons but, in my slightly biased role, I will try to take an objective path.

First, the most obvious benefit for subscription is the ability to obtain superior seating for all of the concerts in one’s series and this takes on crucial importance for high profile performers. Notwithstanding the ability to get last minute tickets, for most this is the only way for individuals to GUARANTEE that they will be able to enjoy the A-list performers and orchestras in their own regular series seats. This last point can’t be overstated: 1) subscribers have the privilege of having their own seats for as long as they remain a subscriber, 2) have the ability to upgrade their seats each time they renew and 3) can exchange concerts if they prefer a concert from another series or if their schedule will not allow them to attend. These factors are a huge advantage over buying single concert tickets and afford the subscriber a certain peace of mind for the investment of his/her hard earned dollars. The Philharmonic Society, like many arts organizations, has many of these benefits built in to their subscription packages. The ease and benefit of being able to exchange a concert is a type of insurance policy for the uncertainty of reserving a concert program many months in advance.

The second benefit of subscription is bit more elusive--it’s a built in structure that invites one to attend a variety of different concerts, some in a person’s comfort zone and some not--almost a rainbow of different listening experiences! An inspiring live performance of a particular composition that one would normally shun (such as an unusual Baroque or contemporary work), might eventually find its way into one’s comfort zone. A good example last season was the LA Philharmonic’s performance (with Gil Shaham) of the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2. Many subscribers told me that they thought they would dislike this piece and ended up enjoying it!

A final benefit is the feeling that one is supporting an organization with a lofty goal: to uplift the lives of the communities’ citizens by presenting the best of the world’s greatest composers by the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, ensembles, and solo artists. One can’t put a price tag on that!

Now a word about buying single concerts. The advantage here is one of customization and convenience: 1) you can pick out the concerts you want to go to when you want to go, 2) the price is less expensive, and 3) some people just can’t predict where they will be so far into the future. For some people, this is the only viable way to attend a limited number of concerts and I am the first to admit this is the case.However, the disadvantage is that there is no flexibility for changing concert dates—once one buys the tickets, it is a done deal and there are no exchanges. Also, selection of good seats is limited because subscribers have already had first crack at picking out the best locations.If these issues are not important, then one can not find fault with “cherry picking” one’s personal music preferences.

So you be the judge and let me hear from you on this topic. I would love to hear your opinions. You can reach me at

Randy Polevoi

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Music Monday: "Summer," from Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Monday, February 02, 2015

For today's Music Monday post, we present a video of Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital performing "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in the evocative setting of Venice itself. Hear them perform this piece live in concert Saturday, February 28th, at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The program consists of mostly Vivaldi.

Tickets for Avi Avital in concert with the Venice Baroque Orchestra start at $30, and are available at (949) 553-2422 or

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Kronos Quartet: Fifty for the Future - Friday, January 30, 2015

We are proud to be a part of Kronos Quartet's "Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire" project!

Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future will commission a collection of 50 new works – ten per year for five years – devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century.

Kronos will premiere each work and create companion materials, including recordings, video, performance notes, and composer interviews. All of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project materials – including scores and parts – will be distributed online and made available at no charge, in perpetuity. In the forward-looking spirit of Kronos’ decades-long history, Fifty for the Future will present string quartet music as a living art form, providing emerging musicians with both an indispensable library of learning, and a blueprint for their own future collaborations with composers.

Kronos, Carnegie Hall and an adventurous list of partners which includes presenters, academic institutions, foundations and individuals, will join forces to support this exciting new string quartet commissioning, performance, education, and legacy project of unprecedented scope and potential impact. Through jointly designed master classes, workshops, and residencies, Kronos will work with each of these core partners to extend the reach of their own educational programs within their communities.

For more information on Fifty for the Future, visit

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Announcing our 2015-16 Season - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We are proud to announce our 2015-16 concert season, continuing our long tradition of presenting the highest caliber of signature classical music presentations with classical music's biggest stars. And we've expanded our programming with Eclectic Orange and holiday offerings, too!

Read about our 2015-16 season announcement in the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times.

Subscription renewal packets will be in the mail next week.

Subscriptions are available for purchase by calling our Patron Services Department at (949) 553-2422, or visiting

Lang Lang, piano
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8pm
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3pm
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Joshua Bell, violin and conductor
Monday, March 7, 2016, 8pm
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Alan Gilbert, conductor | Carter Brey, cello
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 8pm
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8pm
Segerstrom Hall

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Entertain, Educate & Enrich - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Join the Laguna Beach community this February 12 – 15 for an exceptional program during the Laguna Beach Music Festival featuring Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & their friends. The Festival’s commitment to lifelong learning makes possible meet-the-artist events, salons, open rehearsals, and lively discussions, while local schoolchildren encounter live music in the schools during Festival week.

Friday’s Opening Night will feature both Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet with repertoire highlights including Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas, Steve Forman’s Bitcoins and John Bergamo’s Piru Bol. Highlighted will be a new work commissioned for the festival called 'Ymir.' Begin the evening at the Opening Celebration, a ticket event that includes dessert on stage with the musicians after the concert.

Saturday’s Valentine’s Day concert will share a passion-filled night as the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is joined by mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano and L.A. Flamenco. The Saturday program will include Boccherini’s Fandango, Bizet’s Carmen and Manuel de Falla’s haunting Seven Songs sung by mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano, exemplifying the fire and passion of Andalucía and culminating in a grand finale performance of Falla’s complete ballet El Amor Brujo featuring the phenomenal L.A. Flamenco dance troupe.

Sunday will be a multimedia performance and narration of Don Quixote with actor Phil Proctor joining Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on stage for the words and music of the Time of Cervantes. The result is inspired storytelling in its most elevated form. Immediately following, a panel discussion and Q&A on “Don Quixote and the Art of Adaptation” will be held onstage with Phil Proctor and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Keep an eye on tickets as concerts are almost sold out!

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