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Music Monday: 10 Pieces to Change Your Life - Monday, August 24, 2015

Classic FM has come up with a list of 10 classical music works that will change your life. Check out the list below. Do any of these pieces make your top 10? How many have you heard live?

- J.S. Bach - St Matthew Passion
- Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6
- Mahler - Symphony No. 2
- Beethoven - Grosse Fuge
- Mozart - Requiem
- Monteverdi - Vespers
- Elgar - Cello Concerto
- Wagner - The Ring Cycle
- Max Richter - Vivaldi: Recomposed
- Gorecki - Symphony No. 3

You can read Classic FM's article with explanations and video performances by clicking here..

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Music Monday: Mahler's Ninth in 6 1/2 minutes - Monday, August 17, 2015

For today's Music Monday, we bring you a distilled version of Gustav Mahler's sprawling Ninth Symphony. Usually a 90-minute performance (approximately), accordionist William Schimmel has squeezed this immense musical masterpiece down to just 6 1/2 minutes.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis also makes a cameo, riffing on patterns Schimmel created from the gorgeous motif of Mahler's heart-melting opening theme. Enjoy!

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Music Monday: Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott Debut ‘The Swan (Saint-Saëns)’ - Monday, August 10, 2015

Reknowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott will release a new album, Songs From the Arc of Life, on September 18. The record celebrates the duo's 30 years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings, and includes pieces Ma and Stott have frequently performed but never recorded, along with a handful of discoveries.

"I like to think of Songs from the Arc of Life as an invitation to our audience to remember and imagine what the soundtracks of their lives might be," Ma says. "Kathy and I have talked for years about recording an album of music we absolutely love, pieces that express the context of a life, of our lives."

One of the pieces on this new recording is Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan,” from Carnival of the Animals. Enjoy!

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2015 Gramophone Awards Shortlist Announced - Friday, August 07, 2015

The 2015 Gramophone Awards Shortlist has been announced! The Gramophone Awards Shortlist is a guide to the finest classical releases of the last 12 months, explored by Gramophone magazine's panel of writers.

There are 12 categories for the awards. Throughout, the common thread is the striking music-making.

The Instrumental category incluedes contenders such as pianists Grigory Sokolov, Piotr Anderszewski, Benjamin Grosvenor, Peter Hill and Igor Levit lined up against the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (who also appears among the Baroque Instrumental contenders).

Winners of each of the 12 recording categories will be revealed on August 27. Winners of the Special Awards (including Recording of the Year) will be announced at the Gramophone Awards ceremony during the evening of September 17.

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Results of our 2014-15 Season - Monday, July 27, 2015

At our 2015 Annual Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, we were thrilled to announce a surplus for the 2014-15 season. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, we had an unaudited surplus of $50,544. Total revenues were reported $4,482,794 and total expenses $4,432,250. Our success is in thanks to you, our Philharmonic family, for your incredible support and participation.

Our 2014-15 season was our first under Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director John Mangum, whose tenure began one year ago, and we've experienced tremendous growth under his leadership, not only with an increase in the number of signature classical presentations we presented this season but also an expansion in the breadth of our programming with holiday concerts and the revival of our Eclectic Orange brand.

We are also proud of the growth of our youth music education programs, which saw an expansion of two existing programs, as well as the launch of three new education programs/initiatives this season.

With the upcoming 62nd concert season we're excited to make new memories with our Philharmonic family.

Thank you again for your support. We wouldn't be here today without you.

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2015-16 Mini Series on sale now! - Monday, June 15, 2015

Our 2015-16 Mini Series have been announced. Our 3-concert mini series is perfect for the music lover who wants to fit music into their busy life. Not too big and not too small, each mini series serves up just the right dose of our very best music. Make the time, treat yourself, and experience the very best. You'll thank yourself all of next season.

Act quickly and save 20%
Subscribe now to your mini series and get the best available seats, before single tickets go on sale to the general public. Even better, order by July 15th and save 20% off your mini series purchase using promo code MINI.

Members save more!
Make a new or increased gift to the Society and save 25% off the regular price of your mini series! Enhance your musical experience this season by becoming a member of the Philharmonic Society. You'll receive unique benefits, including access to backstage experiences, and this opportunity to attend pre- and post-concert events throughout the year. Memberships start at just $60. Your support will help us continue to provide the world's finest music to Orange County and ensure that 160,000 children each year have access to transformative musical experiences. To take advantage of our special membership offer, make a new or increased gift to the Society with your mini series purchase by calling (949) 553-2422.

Choose from six packages:
- All Stars Mini Series
- Beethoven Mini Series
- Early Music Mini Series
- Hello Cello Mini Series
- Piano Mini Series
- Tchaikovsky Mini Series

For more information, or to order your mini series, visit, or call (949) 553-2422.

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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!

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