“The Pacific Symphony on Tuesday announced plans for its 2015-16 classical subscription season, the orchestra’s 37th and music director Carl St.Clair’s 26th,” writes Timothy Mangan in Monday’s (1/19) Orange County Register (California). Opening night on October 1 will feature “music by Copland; a new work by the orchestra’s composer-in-residence, Narong Prangcharoen; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the Pacific Chorale. Prangcharoen’s work will take Orange County and its residents as inspiration, and the composer has already been seeking input from the community. The orchestra will continue with the sixth year of its opera project, ‘Symphonic Voices,’ with a semi-staged presentation of Puccini’s … ‘Turandot,’ in February (2016).… The annual American Composers Festival will feature music for organ and ensemble by Morten Lauridsen and the late Stephen Paulus. A new work by Wayne Oquin will be composed for the occasion…. In addition to [Cho-Liang] Lin, the guest conductors are Manuel Lopez-Gómez, a product of Venezuela’s ‘El Sistema’ training program; En Shao, music director of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra; and Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony … and Robert Moody, music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. The Sunday matinee Casual Connections series continues with four programs that combine education and live performance.”

Posted January 22, 2015