Cameron Carpenter Releases New Album! - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If You Could Read My Mind--Carpenter’s latest album release--is the debut recording for his International Touring Organ, a revolutionary design that takes the organ from a permanent installment to a mobile instrument. Featuring sounds from traditional cathedral organs as well as the cinematic sounds of a Wurlitzer organ, Carpenter uses its versatility to not only perform classical organ standards but also to bring a new dimension to orchestral works and mainstream hits. The album also comes with a DVD which includes performance footage and a documentary about the creation of his International Touring Organ.

Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes, "It is the first recording really to capture what an astonishingly original organist and artist Carpenter is."

Make sure to catch Carpenter’s unique musicality when he performs with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Sunday, November 23rd, 3pm, at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall!

Tickets and more info at (949) 553-2422, ext. 1, or at

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Music Monday: Bernstein's Candide Overture - Monday, August 25, 2014

Today marks the 96th birthday of composer/conductor/musician Leonard Bernstein (d. 1990). We dedicate today's Music Monday to him with this video of Bernstein conducting his own Overture to Candide.

Bernstein's Candide was an operetta for which Hershy Kay orchestrated all of the music, except for the overture, which Bernstein did himself. The Overture had its first concert performance on January 26, 1957, by the New York Philharmonic with Bernstein conducting. the piece quickly became popular and within the next two years was performed by nearly 100 other orchestras!

Last season, we were treated to an exciting performance of the Overture to Candide by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Today, you'll get to enjoy a video of Bernstein himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in this concert performance from 1989.

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Happy Birthday, Claude Debussy! - Friday, August 22, 2014

Today marks the 152nd birth anniversary of French composer Achille-Claude Debussy (aka Claude Debussy). He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and along with Maurice Ravel, was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music (though he intensely disliked having the term attributed to his compositions).

Debussy's iconic Clair de Lune is the third and most famous movement of his Suite bergamasque. Clair de Lune, which means "moonlight" in French, takes its name from Paul Verlaine's poem of the same name.

Violinist Ray Chen will perform Debussy's Clair de Lune as part of his recital program this spring. Hear this gorgeous piece performed live on May 12, 2015, 8pm at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Tickets for Ray Chen in recital start at $20, and are available by calling our Patron Services Department at (949) 553-2422, ext. 1.

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Single Tickets On Sale Today! - Monday, August 18, 2014

Single tickets for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s 2014-2015 concerts are now available to the general public. This season marks the organization’s 61st season and its first under its recently appointed President and Artistic Director John Mangum.

“We have a great season planned, one that builds on the Society’s renowned tradition of bringing the world’s most exciting artists to the stages of Orange County,” said Mangum, who has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and, most recently, the San Francisco Symphony.

Among the highlights of the Society’s 2014-15 season are an array of singular performances that reflect the Society’s commitment to and tradition of presenting classical music’s best offerings. The energetic Gustavo Dudamel returns with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Orange County premiere performance of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 “Organ,” part of the work’s world premiere weekend. Southern California native Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Yuja Wang. The Monteverdi Choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all-Monteverdi two-night residency, performing Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and L’Orfeo, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument chamber orchestra ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists. American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris directs the Mark Morris Dance Group in its second-ever Southern California production of his acclaimed dance adaptation of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas.

View the Philharmonic Society's 2014-15 Season Calendar here.

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You Know What Music Is? - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We've mourned the passing of two Hollywood legends this week, comic genius Robin Williams and the sultry Lauren Bacall. Something they both have in common? Music.

Robin Williams, in the film August Rush, plays a vagrant musician who teaches homeless children music and employs them as street performers. In his role as Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace, he says:

“You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.”

The clip below is Freddie Highmore's character in "August Rush" playing Maxwell's guitar for the very first time by slapping it.

Lauren Bacall's voice is immortalized on film. Starring opposite future-husband Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not, Bacall sings "How Little We Know."

In The Big Sleep, another film with Bogart, she sings again.

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Music Monday: Thile & Meyer's "Tarnation" - Monday, August 11, 2014

Two MacArthur Fellows, mandolinist/composer Chris Thile and bassist/composer Edgar Meyer have teamed up once again for a new album, Bass & Mandolin, to be released September 9th on Nonesuch Records. In the video below, hear them perform "Tarnation" off their upcoming album.

You can download the track now when you pre-order the album at

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The Vegetable Orchestra - Friday, August 08, 2014

Who says you can't play with food? Meet the Vegetable Orchestra, founded in Vienna in 1998. The orchestra performs with instruments made from fresh vegetables, which must be built anew for each concert and each rehearsal. The Vegetable Orchestra has played more than 200 concerts at various venues (concert halls, greenhouses, mountain huts, clubs, ships, and festivals for classical, electronic, improvised and world music).

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Ray Chen's Backstage Routine - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

As you're sitting in the audience, waiting for the musicians to come onstage, sometimes these thoughts might cross your mind: "I wonder what the artists are up to? What happens backstage?"

Every artist has his own routine to soothe his nerves and get in performance mode. Violinist Ray Chen, whom we present this upcoming season for his highly anticipated debut recital in the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, shares his backstage routine in this video made for The Violin Channel.

Mark your calendars: Don't miss seeing Ray Chen in concert on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 8pm, at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20.

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Music Monday: Alfie - Monday, August 04, 2014

For today's Music Monday, American organist Cameron Carpenter, whom we present in concert this November with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performs the great Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune "Alfie" (from the 1966 film) from his Sony Classical debut, If You Could Read My Mind.

If You Could Read My Mind includes transcriptions of works by Bach (Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude), Bernstein (Candide Overture), Dupré (Variations sur un Noël), Piazzolla (Oblivion), Rachmaninoff (Vocalise) and Scriabin (Piano Sonata No. 4), as well as songs by Leonard Cohen's "Sisters of Mercy" and the first recording of Carpenter's own composition Music for an Imaginary Film (2013).

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2014-15 Single Tickets On Sale Monday, Aug. 18th - Monday, July 28, 2014

Save the Date:Single tickets for the Philharmonic Society's 2014-15 season go on sale Monday, August 18th! Enjoy the world's best classical artists and ensembles--right at your doorstep!

Season highlights include Opening Night with the London Philharmonic, the return of French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Czech Philharmonic, a Sunday matinee performance by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, the much-anticipated return of Yuja Wang performing with the London Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, Sir John Eliot Gardiner with his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in two performances, the Mark Morris Dance Group's acclaimed production of Dido and Aeneas, and more.

Need help selecting a concert to attend? Have a question about artists or repertoire? Look no further! Meet our in-house Musical Concierge, Dr. Randy Polevoi, for expert advice on any of your musical needs or to custom-tailor a package of concerts just for you. Contact Randy at (949) 553-2422, ext. 306, or e-mail

Buy your tickets early to get the best seats in the house! To order tickets, call our Patron Services Department at (949) 553-2422, or order online at

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