The Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair, in a photo taken before the pandemic.

“As the pandemic eases its grip on California, the performing arts are coming back to life with surprising vigor. The latest sign: Pacific Symphony is announcing an ambitious and robust 2021-22 season,” writes Paul Hodgins in Thursday’s (5/6) Voice of OC (CA). “The season begins with … Emanuel Ax [in] Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 1 [and] the world premiere of American composer Wayne Oquin’s ‘Tower Ascending.’ … Other works being given their first Pacific Symphony performances in 2021-22 include ‘All the World’s a Stage,’ a new audience-participation piece by Frank Ticheli … Michael Ippolito’s Nocturne for Orchestra … and Innocente Carreño’s ‘Margariteña.’ … Another season highlight will be the [commissioned] world premiere of a work by … James MacMillan, … ‘Fiat Lux,’ [with] text by Dana Gioia…. ‘It’s a huge, huge undertaking for us and, and a great partnership that we haven’t enjoyed before,’ music director Carl St.Clair said…. The orchestra will be returning to its regular home, Segerstrom Concert Hall.… ‘Teams from UC Irvine and from the industrial hygiene firm, TRC, have provided outstanding input on safety protocols and attested to outstanding quality of air handling in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall,’ Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte said.”