Pacific Symphony Announces Concert Postponements and Artist Changes

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Pacific Symphony announced today that Pacific Chorale and the American Feel Young Chorus will not be appearing at the Lunar New Year concert (February 5). The orchestra also announced the postponement of “Cinderella-Opera for Kids” in the series Farmers & Merchants Family Musical Morning and “Cathedrals of Sound” (February 17-19). The common denominator between these three programs is the participation of singers, who cannot rehearse or perform with masks, which requires modifications.

For the Lunar New Year concert, the two choirs involved – Pacific Chorale and American Feel Young Chorus – will not be on the program, although they are seen on a pre-recorded mosaic video of the traditional Chinese song “Swan Goose.” “Cinderella-Opera for Kids” has been postponed to June 4, and “Cathedrals of Sound” will be scheduled for the 2022-23 season. In his place, Carl St.Clair will conduct a program entitled “Beethoven and Rachmaninoff” (February 17-19), which includes Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Italian pianist Alessio Bax as soloist.

Holders of a 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. ticket for “Cinderella-Opera for children” will be able to attend the same program on June 4. Tickets for the “Cathedrales of Sound” will be honored during the “Beethoven and Rachmaninoff” concerts.

With singers unable to rehearse or perform while wearing masks, officials felt these schedule changes and postponements were the best way to keep audiences, musicians, volunteers and staff safe. Late January concerts remain scheduled as planned with strong safety protocols in place.

Pacific Symphony President and CEO John Forsyte said, “We were fortunate to be able to reschedule the Family Musical Matinee ‘Cinderella’ program to early June and to make some changes to the lineup of artists. for the Lunar New Year program. Although we were delighted to be able to put together an engaging program featuring works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff with an endearing young solo pianist in place of ‘Cathedrals of Sound’, our disappointment is palpable to have to postpone to next season the world premiere of “Fiat Lux” by the famous composer Sir James MacMillan. We know our audience shares this disappointment.”

Forsyte added: “Our ongoing commitment to the well-being of our audiences, musicians and staff, however, is a responsibility we take extremely seriously. We appreciate your understanding, apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to our performances later this month do not involve singers.”

For more information, call the Pacific Symphony box office at (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.

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