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8/18/2014 - SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, AUGUST 18, FOR THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY’S 2014-15 CONCERT SEASON
IRVINE, CA — On Monday, August 18, 2014, single tickets for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s 2014-2015 concerts will become available to the general public. This season marks the organization’s 61st season and its first under its recently appointed President and Artistic Director John Mangum.
“We have a great season planned, one that builds on the Society’s renowned tradition of bringing the world’s most exciting artists to the stages of Orange County,” said Mangum, who has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and, most recently, the San Francisco Symphony.
Among the highlights of the Society’s 2014-15 season are an array of singular performances that reflect the Society’s commitment to and tradition of presenting classical music’s best offerings. The energetic Gustavo Dudamel returns with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Orange County premiere performance of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 “Organ,” part of the work’s world premiere weekend. Southern California native Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Yuja Wang. The Monteverdi Choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all-Monteverdi two-night residency, performing Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and L’Orfeo, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument chamber orchestra ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists. American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris directs the Mark Morris Dance Group in its second-ever Southern California production of his acclaimed dance adaptation of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas.
View the Philharmonic Society's 2014-15 Season Calendar here.
8/13/2014 - Canadian Brass Holiday Concert Added to Philharmonic Society's 2014-15 Season
IRVINE, CA—The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to announce the addition of “Canadian Brass Holiday Concert,” a holiday-themed performance by the world-renowned Canadian Brass quintet, to its 2014-15 concert season on Monday, December 15, 2014, 8pm, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Performing seasonal favorites, holiday classics and brass standards, the Canadian Brass will treat audiences to an entertaining evening of unparalleled virtuosic playing and unbeatable humor. Tickets start at $45, and will be available to the general public beginning Monday, August 18, when single tickets for the Society’s 2014-15 season go on sale.
For more than 40 years, the Canadian Brass—comprised of visionary founder and tuba legend Chuck Daellenbach, plus four top brass stars: Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn)—has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences all over the world. Over the years, the ensemble has received numerous awards and distinctions, including multiple Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award in 2000, an Italian “Red Rose” Video Award for its legendary video recording “Home Movies,” and a record-setting 15 Juno nominations. For its recording of Bach: Goldberg Variations, the Brass received the German recording industry’s highest accolade, a Best Classical Album Echo Award.
On several occasions the ensemble has been invited by the Canadian government to play for visiting heads of states, becoming one of Canada’s greatest resources and musical ambassadors. Canadian Brass was the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China after the Cultural Revolution had suppressed Western art music as well as the first brass group to take the stage at the venerable Carnegie Hall. They returned to China to great acclaim for a 5-city tour in the spring of 2010.
Masters of concert presentation, Canadian Brass performs exclusively on a set of 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand-crafted in the U.S., and the Brass’ repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements, including works by Renaissance and Baroque masters, classical pieces, contemporary compositions, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway tunes and Christian music. But whatever the style, the music is central and is performed with utmost dedication, skill and highly polished musicianship. The hallmark of the Canadian Brass’ performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most importantly, fun.
The concert will take place in the Irvine Barclay Theatre, located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Ticket prices start at $45, and will be available at the Philharmonic Society box office at (949) 553-2422, online at www.PhilharmonicSociety.org, and at the Irvine Barclay box office at (949) 854-4646 starting Monday, August 18.
7/23/2014 - PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS OF 2013-14 SEASON
IRVINE, CA—On Wednesday, July 23, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County announced an unaudited surplus of $59,827 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Reports show total revenues of $4,561,478 and total expenses of $4,501,651. The figures were released at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.
Officers for the 2014-15 season were elected at the board meeting immediately following: Noel D. Hamilton, Chairman; Sabra Bordas, Immediate Past Chairman; and Stephen Amendt, Secretary/Treasurer. Joining the board this year is Gary Capata, managing partner of Capata & Co. CPAs. The Committees board members include Linda England, President; Sandi Campbell-McClain, Past President; and Sandi Wright-Cordes, President-Elect.
The Society, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in May, looks forward to the upcoming 2014-15 season, its first under recently appointed President and Artistic Director John Mangum, who began his tenure earlier this month. “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the Philharmonic Society as it embarks on its 61st season,” said John Mangum. “The Society has a distinguished history of bringing the world’s greatest musicians and performers to Orange County’s stages and enriching countless students’ lives through its dynamic, volunteer-led music education programs. I look forward to building on this remarkable foundation and working with our dedicated Board, patrons, audience, community, and staff to chart a dynamic course for the future.”
Mangum has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras. Most recently, he served as Director of Artistic Planning at the San Francisco Symphony, where he worked with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to shape the Symphony’s overall artistic profile through the selection of repertoire, projects, and artistic collaborators. Prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mangum was Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic, where he worked on the launch of Alan Gilbert as the Philharmonic’s new Music Director, as well as Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Administrator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Mangum introduced highlights from the Society’s upcoming concert season, including the return of Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American organist Cameron Carpenter for the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 “Organ,” and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Yuja Wang. The Monteverdi Choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with an all-Monteverdi two-night residency, performing Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and L’Orfeo with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument chamber orchestra ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists. American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris directs the Mark Morris Dance Group in its second-ever southern California production of his acclaimed dance adaptation of Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas. The 2014-15 season also marks the return of a number of world-class symphony orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic with acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud.
The Society’s 2013-14 season included sold-out performances by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart; Britten’s War Requiem performed by a cast of more than 300 artists onstage and conducted by James Conlon, part of the Britten 100/LA celebration; the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Lorin Maazel; and its Beethoven: The Late Great Finale concert, which closed out the Society’s Beethoven: The Late Great celebration and also marked the organization’s last concert under the leadership of Dean Corey, who retired June 30. Other appearances included pianists Olga Kern and Yuja Wang in recital, flutists Si
6/3/2014 - Philharmonic Society of Orange County Appoints John Mangum as New President and Artistic Director
Philharmonic Society of Orange County Appoints John Mangum as New President and Artistic Director
IRVINE, CA—The Philharmonic Society of Orange County announced today the appointment of John Mangum
as its new President and Artistic Director, effective July 1, 2014. After a six-month nationwide search, Mangum was selected for his extensive experience in the classical music industry, artistic knowledge and vision. Mangum replaces Dean Corey, who is retiring after a 21-year tenure with the Society.
In announcing Mangum’s selection, Dean Corey
remarked, “It was apparent through our search process that John was the candidate whose passion and views aligned with the Society’s mission for presenting high caliber musical programs in Orange County. I am extremely pleased that John will be joining the Philharmonic Society family.”
“I’m tremendously excited to be joining the Philharmonic Society as it embarks on its 61st season,” said John Mangum
. “The Society has a distinguished history of bringing the world’s greatest musicians and performers to Orange County’s stages and enriching countless students’ lives through its dynamic, volunteer-led music education programs. I look forward to building on this remarkable foundation and working with our dedicated Board, patrons, audience, community, and staff to chart a dynamic course for the future.”
Guided by the firm Albert Hall & Associates, the focus in the search for the Philharmonic Society’s President and Artistic Director was to find the perfect candidate to position the Society for a strong future—one with not only extensive artistic knowledge and experience but also pioneering vision for the arts in Orange County. Noel Hamilton
, Chairman of the Philharmonic Society’s Board of Directors, stated, “Though we’ve only recently celebrated our 60th anniversary, the Philharmonic Society’s greatest years are just ahead, and as we look forward to our next 60 years, John’s artistic vision and leadership makes him the perfect person to lead the Society through this new chapter.”
Mangum has held several senior artistic planning roles at major American orchestras. Most recently, he served as Director of Artistic Planning at the San Francisco Symphony, where he worked with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas on major artistic initiatives including semi-staged productions of works by Bartók, John Cage, Debussy, and Ibsen/Grieg; concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story
, recorded for release on SFS Media; the revival of the Symphony’s successful American Mavericks festival; and artist and composer residencies by Mason Bates, András Schiff, and Yuja Wang.
Prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mangum was Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic, where he worked on the launch of Alan Gilbert as the Philharmonic’s new Music Director, as well as Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Administrator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He has also worked as a program annotator for the Salzburg Festival, Harmonia Mundi, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.
A California native raised in the Bay Area but with familial ties to Southern California, Mangum previously lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. He holds a Ph.D. in history and musicology, in addition to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history, from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mangum enjoys traveling and hiking and plans to live in Orange County with his wife and son.
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5/16/2014 - Philharmonic Society ends season with salute to Dean Corey
Philharmonic Society ends season with salute to Dean Corey
by Peter Lefevre, for the Orange County Register
Orange County listeners may recall a not-so-distant past when the region wasn’t a regular stop for the world’s great orchestras and soloists. Well before OCPAC became SCFTA. Well before Soka. The dark ages.
That we now regularly see visits – and returns! – from premier orchestras and name-brand blue chip soloists, that the region in general continues to enjoy phenomenal artistic growth, can’t be attributed to any one individual. But any list of those responsible for this burst of quality in our performing arts options would be incomplete without the name of Dean Corey.
Corey is president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, at least for a few more weeks. After 21 years at the helm, he’s retiring in June and moving to France. Thursday night at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall he bid his public farewell at a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by young musicians drawn from throughout the county, under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs. The concert, part of the Society’s “Beethoven: The Late Great” series, brought to a close the Society’s 60th anniversary season.
Ambling on stage before the concert, in his characteristic gray beard and Philip Johnson glasses, Corey took a moment to address the packed hall.
“Last concert of my career,” he said. “What better way to end it than with these people. I’m in the past tense now, but I’m handing off the football to these young people who will run with it into the future.”
And with that he ended his tenure as the head of one of the nation’s most active producing organizations, and made way for his beloved Beethoven. No fuss. A gunslinger heading into the sunset. A tip of the hat and his work here is done.
The program, rounded out by the West Coast premiere of Marc-Anthony Turnage’s “Frieze” (2012), and the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featured the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chapman Orchestra, the Chapman University Choir, the Chapman University Singers, singers from UC Irvine, pianist Marc Yu, soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass Craig Colclough.
The prolific, lauded Turnage was commissioned to write “Frieze” in honor of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s bicentenary. The New York Philharmonic presented the U.S premiere only last October. Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s four-panel Beethoven Frieze from 1914, the work hints at the choral symphony while offering a landscape of tension, conflict, menace, explosive gestures, and a touch of Shostakovichian black humor. It’s a fight between civilization and barbarianism, with nods to Mussorgsky, Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein, and big-band swing along the way. Technically demanding, acidic, and dense, the score requires a wide dynamic range, and a capacity to go from zero to 60 to zero at whim.
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