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Great Season Ahead for the Symphony

By The Editor, 2013-07-18
The Orange County Symphony has announced its season for 2013-14 – and what a line-up! This means that NOW would be a good time to buy season subscriptions to get the full benefit of the pass.

Kicking off the series on August will be winning performances of the 2013 Concerto Competition. Think of it like this – brilliant teenagers on stage playing concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saens.

Remember that the OCS is really two ensembles. The full orchestra contains all the strings and is directed by Dr. David Rentz; the wind orchestra fills up with anything you can blow or hit, or more delicately, the flutes, clarinets, oboes, horns, cornets, timpani, and so forth. A single double bass player often stands bowing and plucking to one side.

The full symphony will bring a wild and exciting program for Halloween (Oct 27th), followed by melodies and rhythms and melodies from Latin America with guest conductor David Cubec (November 24th). Next March 16th they will perform music that premiered in Prague from the inventive minds of Dvořák and Mozart. And in May they will delight the audience with operatic favorites from Mozart, Verdi, and Rossini, as well as lighter works by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Gershwin.

The wind orchestra, directed by Dr. Tony Mazzaferro, has its own stellar line-up. The OCWS celebrates (Sept. 29th) with some of the best-loved works for wind band, including pieces by Holst, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, and, of course, John Philip Sousa. They will return in full force next February 9th with a concert focused on masterworks by living composers, including Roger Cichy’s Pandemonium, and Eric Whitacre’s hilarious Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. I’ve listened to some of this music on YouTube and it sounds like a real treat.

The OCWS will go “South of the Border” (April 6th) with music written to evoke the varied culture of Mexico, from Copland’s El Salon Mexico to the amazing Machu Picchu of Satoshi Yagisawa. They will close out the season with Howard Shore’s Suite from The Lord of the Rings, as well as the Symphony No. 1 ("The Lord of the Rings") of Johan de Meij under the title “Lord of the Rings”.

Other exciting developments. The Symphony has appointed Dr. Phyllis Eichler to the new board position of Director of Marketing and Development. And in collaboration with the Anaheim City School District they are working on a program for after school instruction in instrumental performance for our young students.

The OCS normally brings a wonderful seasonal flavor to Anaheim with a Christmas themed concert, but I don’t yet see that on their website. There is a space in the calendar of events, so we will wait and see.

To keep up to date with Symphony news and events go to their website here. From the home page you can also sign up to join the emailing list. Good idea!

Lastly – when you buy a season pass for the full nine concert series, you get three extra tickets for each performance to share with family and friends. Now that’s a bargain!



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