“The Pacific Symphony’s will mark two significant milestones in its 2019-20 season: music director Carl St.Clair’s 30th year with the orchestra and the 250th anniversary of composer Ludwig van Beethoven,” writes Jeffrey Miller in Sunday’s (2/9) Orange County Register (CA). “Among the major guests joining St.Clair and the orchestra … tenor Carl Tanner performing the title role in a semi-staged version of Verdi’s ‘Othello.’… Elliot Goldenthal … has written a special piece for the conductor, ‘Adagio for Carl’s 30th.’ … The season begins … with two pieces by Beethoven—the ‘Egmont’ overture and the Choral Fantasy [and] Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana.’ Other season highlights include: … John Williams’ ‘Tributes! For Seiji,’ which the acclaimed movie composer wrote for former Boston Symphony Orchestra [music director] Seiji Ozawa…. For ‘Beethoven Immersion Weekend’ St.Clair and the orchestra will play all five of the composer’s piano concertos with soloist Alexander Romanovsky in different programs over three nights…. The Pacific will close outs its season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 … with the Pacific Chorale…. Special concerts will also be performed to commemorate the Lunar New Year on Jan. 25 and Nowruz (Iranian New Year) on March 27, with programs to be announced.”

Posted February 11, 2019