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1/14/2015 - CECILIA BARTOLI: Celebrated Mezzo-Soprano Performs Three Southern California Dates
JANUARY 13, 2015—For the first time in the United States, Grammy Award-winning Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs her best-selling recital program, “Sacrificium,” following her Grammy-winning recording of the same title, in an exclusive three-city California tour, including three dates in Southern California. Ms. Bartoli’s first West Coast appearances in six years, “Sacrificium” celebrates the art of the castrati during their golden age in the 18th century. Ms. Bartoli will be accompanied by pianist Sergio Ciomei. Southern California performance dates include Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, and Monday, March 23, 8pm, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Ms. Bartoli will conclude her tour with two performances at Cal Performances on Tuesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 2, 8pm, at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. Tickets are available for pre-sale to members and subscribers of The Broad Stage, Philharmonic Society, and Cal Performances starting Thursday, January 15, with a public on sale date of Thursday, January 22. This tour is made possible through the generous support from the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. It is produced in association with U-Live/Universal Music Arts and Entertainment in London.
“I am honored and thrilled to support Cecilia Bartoli’s West Coast tour,” says President of the Foundation Mr. James Rigler. “She is indisputably one of the leading classical vocalists and recitalists of our time, and we are delighted she is returning to California.”
Championed early in her career by conducting legends Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cecilia Bartoli has since enchanted millions of people all over the world with her exceptional voice and become one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. Prior to her Metropolitan Opera debut and Carnegie Hall recital debut, Ms. Bartoli made her Orange County debut in September 1995 at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. She has since performed in Orange County in 2001 with Il Giardino Armonico and most recently in a recital in 2009. This will mark Ms. Bartoli’s first appearance on The Broad Stage.
In 2012, Ms. Bartoli became the first woman appointed Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, and celebrated the appointment by organizing the first festival under her leadership around the theme of Cleopatra. The following year, the festival saw a new production of Bellini’s Norma, with Giovanni Antonini conducting the Orchestra La Scintilla and marking Ms. Bartoli’s stage debut in the title role. The production won the International Opera Award for Best New Opera Production of 2013, and the audio release of Bellini’s opera, also conducted by Antonini and starring Ms. Bartoli, won the ECHO Klassik award for Opera Recording of the Year—19th-century opera. In the last three years under Ms. Bartoli’s leadership, the Whitsun Festival has seen tremendous success and in November 2014, announced Ms. Bartoli’s contract with the festival has been extended through 2021.
Read the full press announcement here.
11/17/2014 - Philharmonic Society Revives Eclectic Orange Brand, Adds Four Spring 2015 Concerts
Garrison Keillor, radio personality
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
Igudesman & Joo, classical music comedy duo
Zakir Hussain, tabla virtuoso
IRVINE, CA—The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to announce the revival of its Eclectic Orange brand, an extension of diverse programming curated to expand the reach of the audiences we serve. Under the Eclectic Orange brand, four concerts have been scheduled in spring 2015, featuring performances by classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo
on February 18, ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro
on March 22, as well as tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain
on April 1 and radio personality Garrison Keillor
on April 13. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 18.
Commonly known as the area’s oldest and most recognized classical music presenter, the Society presented its Eclectic Orange Festival from 1999-2005 as a celebration of the eclectic nature of Orange County’s cultural landscape. Among the artists and composers featured by the Festival are Tan Dun, Philip Glass, Edgar Meyer, David Sedaris, Shaolin Warriors, Joshua Bell, Ute Lemper, Yamato Drummers of Japan, Benny Goodman, Anoushka Shankar, the Kronos Quartet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director John Mangum remarked, “Our mission is to present the world’s greatest music. These Eclectic Orange presentations allow the Society to cross into other musical genres, and in doing so, serve more of the Orange County community, while maintaining the high caliber of artists that the Society is known for presenting.”
The Eclectic Orange concerts are made possible with support in part by a generous grant from Wylie and Bette Aitken.
8/18/2014 - SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, AUGUST 18, FOR THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY’S 2014-15 CONCERT SEASON
IRVINE, CA — On Monday, August 18, 2014, single tickets for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s 2014-2015 concerts will become 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.
8/13/2014 - Canadian Brass Holiday Concert Added to Philharmonic Society's 2014-15 Season
IRVINE, CA—The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to announce the addition of “Canadian Brass Holiday Concert,” a holiday-themed performance by the world-renowned Canadian Brass quintet, to its 2014-15 concert season on Monday, December 15, 2014, 8pm, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Performing seasonal favorites, holiday classics and brass standards, the Canadian Brass will treat audiences to an entertaining evening of unparalleled virtuosic playing and unbeatable humor. Tickets start at $45, and will be available to the general public beginning Monday, August 18, when single tickets for the Society’s 2014-15 season go on sale.
For more than 40 years, the Canadian Brass—comprised of visionary founder and tuba legend Chuck Daellenbach, plus four top brass stars: Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn)—has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences all over the world. Over the years, the ensemble has received numerous awards and distinctions, including multiple Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award in 2000, an Italian “Red Rose” Video Award for its legendary video recording “Home Movies,” and a record-setting 15 Juno nominations. For its recording of Bach: Goldberg Variations, the Brass received the German recording industry’s highest accolade, a Best Classical Album Echo Award.
On several occasions the ensemble has been invited by the Canadian government to play for visiting heads of states, becoming one of Canada’s greatest resources and musical ambassadors. Canadian Brass was the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China after the Cultural Revolution had suppressed Western art music as well as the first brass group to take the stage at the venerable Carnegie Hall. They returned to China to great acclaim for a 5-city tour in the spring of 2010.
Masters of concert presentation, Canadian Brass performs exclusively on a set of 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand-crafted in the U.S., and the Brass’ repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements, including works by Renaissance and Baroque masters, classical pieces, contemporary compositions, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway tunes and Christian music. But whatever the style, the music is central and is performed with utmost dedication, skill and highly polished musicianship. The hallmark of the Canadian Brass’ performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most importantly, fun.
The concert will take place in the Irvine Barclay Theatre, located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Ticket prices start at $45, and will be available at the Philharmonic Society box office at (949) 553-2422, online at www.PhilharmonicSociety.org, and at the Irvine Barclay box office at (949) 854-4646 starting Monday, August 18.
7/23/2014 - PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS OF 2013-14 SEASON
IRVINE, CA—On Wednesday, July 23, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County announced an unaudited surplus of $59,827 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Reports show total revenues of $4,561,478 and total expenses of $4,501,651. The figures were released at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.
Officers for the 2014-15 season were elected at the board meeting immediately following: Noel D. Hamilton, Chairman; Sabra Bordas, Immediate Past Chairman; and Stephen Amendt, Secretary/Treasurer. Joining the board this year is Gary Capata, managing partner of Capata & Co. CPAs. The Committees board members include Linda England, President; Sandi Campbell-McClain, Past President; and Sandi Wright-Cordes, President-Elect.
The Society, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in May, looks forward to the upcoming 2014-15 season, its first under recently appointed President and Artistic Director John Mangum, who began his tenure earlier this month. “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the Philharmonic Society as it embarks on its 61st season,” said John Mangum. “The Society has a distinguished history of bringing the world’s greatest musicians and performers to Orange County’s stages and enriching countless students’ lives through its dynamic, volunteer-led music education programs. I look forward to building on this remarkable foundation and working with our dedicated Board, patrons, audience, community, and staff to chart a dynamic course for the future.”
Mangum has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras. Most recently, he served as Director of Artistic Planning at the San Francisco Symphony, where he worked with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to shape the Symphony’s overall artistic profile through the selection of repertoire, projects, and artistic collaborators. Prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mangum was Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic, where he worked on the launch of Alan Gilbert as the Philharmonic’s new Music Director, as well as Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Administrator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Mangum introduced highlights from the Society’s upcoming concert season, including the return of Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American organist Cameron Carpenter for the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 “Organ,” and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting 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 & Aeneas. The 2014-15 season also marks the return of a number of world-class symphony orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic with acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud.
The Society’s 2013-14 season included sold-out performances by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart; Britten’s War Requiem performed by a cast of more than 300 artists onstage and conducted by James Conlon, part of the Britten 100/LA celebration; the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Lorin Maazel; and its Beethoven: The Late Great Finale concert, which closed out the Society’s Beethoven: The Late Great celebration and also marked the organization’s last concert under the leadership of Dean Corey, who retired June 30. Other appearances included pianists Olga Kern and Yuja Wang in recital, flutists Si