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IRVINE, CA—On Wednesday, July 22, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County announced the results of its 61st season: an unaudited surplus of $50,544 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Reports show total revenues of $4,482,794 and total expenses of $4,432,250. The figures were released at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

Officers for the 2015-16 season were elected at the board meeting immediately following: Noel D. Hamilton, Chairman; Sabra Bordas, Immediate Past Chairman; and Stephen Amendt, Secretary/Treasurer. The Committees board members include Sandi Wright-Cordes, President; Linda England, Past President; and Judy Michel, President-Elect.

The annual meeting also featured a performance by oboist Siri Bloom performing Telemann’s Fantasy No. 9 in E major and selections from Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49.

The Philharmonic Society’s 2014-15 season was the organization’s first under recently appointed Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director John Mangum, whose tenure began in July 2014. “It has been an incredible first year with the Philharmonic Society, and I’m tremendously proud of the growth of the organization, not only with our expanded programming but also the new education programs and initiatives we’ve launched,” said Mangum. “We’re thankful for the support we’ve received from our dedicated Board and patrons, and look forward to building on the momentum to enrich the lives of our Orange County students and community.”

The Philharmonic Society’s 2014-15 concert season saw not only an increase in the number of signature classical presentations from the previous season but also an expansion in the breadth of the Society’s programming.

Among the Society’s 17 classical presentations—up from 15 classical presentations in 2013-14—were sold-out performances by the London Philharmonic, featuring pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski; pianist Hélène Grimaud with the Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Mark Morris Dance Group performance of its acclaimed production Dido and Aeneas. Other season highlights included appearances by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Yuja Wang with the London Symphony Orchestra, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Czech Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel and organist Cameron Carpenter with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, mandolinist Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, violinist Ray Chen, and a two-night residency by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists.

The Society added six concerts beyond its core classical programming with its venture into holiday programming with the world-renowned Canadian Brass, as well as the revival of its Eclectic Orange brand, an extension of diverse programming curated to broaden the reach of the Society’s audiences. Artists presented under the Eclectic Orange brand included classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Persian spiked fiddle (kamancheh) player Kayhan Kalhor, and radio personality Garrison Keillor.

The Society’s nationally recognized youth music education programs, which serve nearly 160,000 K-12 students each year, also saw significant growth in the 2014-15 season with the expansion of two existing programs and the launch of three new programs/initiatives. California Journeys, a program in conjunction with Mission San Juan Capistrano and Bowers Museum which takes fourth grade students on a journey into the history of art, music and dance of the state of California, was piloted with a new musician, John-Patrick Yeiser, at a new venue, Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest. The Society plans to present six progr

3/13/2015 - EVENT CANCELLATION: Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Bartoli Cancels California Tour

MARCH 13, 2015—The Broad Stage and the Philharmonic Society have been informed by Universal Music Arts & Entertainment (U-Live) “that regrettably …, due to unforeseen circumstances, Cecilia Bartoli must cancel her scheduled appearances in California this month and next.”

Ms. Bartoli was scheduled to perform on Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center; on Monday, March 23, 8pm, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County; and on Tuesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 2, 8pm, at Zellerbach Hall, presented by Cal Performances.

Ticketholders to the cancelled Cecilia Bartoli recitals on Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage will be notified by box office and will receive credit towards future performances or a refund. For more information, please contact The Broad Stage box office at (310) 434-3200, Mondays through Fridays, 12pm-6pm.

Ticketholders to the cancelled Cecilia Bartoli recital at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Monday, March 23, 8pm, will be notified by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s Patron Services Department to receive credit towards future performances or a refund. For more information, please contact the Philharmonic Society at (949) 553-2422, Mondays through Fridays, 9am-6pm.

1/14/2015 - CECILIA BARTOLI: Celebrated Mezzo-Soprano Performs Three Southern California Dates

JANUARY 13, 2015—For the first time in the United States, Grammy Award-winning Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs her best-selling recital program, “Sacrificium,” following her Grammy-winning recording of the same title, in an exclusive three-city California tour, including three dates in Southern California. Ms. Bartoli’s first West Coast appearances in six years, “Sacrificium” celebrates the art of the castrati during their golden age in the 18th century. Ms. Bartoli will be accompanied by pianist Sergio Ciomei. Southern California performance dates include Saturday and Thursday, March 21 and 26, 7:30pm, at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, and Monday, March 23, 8pm, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Ms. Bartoli will conclude her tour with two performances at Cal Performances on Tuesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 2, 8pm, at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. Tickets are available for pre-sale to members and subscribers of The Broad Stage, Philharmonic Society, and Cal Performances starting Thursday, January 15, with a public on sale date of Thursday, January 22. This tour is made possible through the generous support from the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. It is produced in association with U-Live/Universal Music Arts and Entertainment in London.

“I am honored and thrilled to support Cecilia Bartoli’s West Coast tour,” says President of the Foundation Mr. James Rigler. “She is indisputably one of the leading classical vocalists and recitalists of our time, and we are delighted she is returning to California.”

Championed early in her career by conducting legends Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cecilia Bartoli has since enchanted millions of people all over the world with her exceptional voice and become one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. Prior to her Metropolitan Opera debut and Carnegie Hall recital debut, Ms. Bartoli made her Orange County debut in September 1995 at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. She has since performed in Orange County in 2001 with Il Giardino Armonico and most recently in a recital in 2009. This will mark Ms. Bartoli’s first appearance on The Broad Stage.

In 2012, Ms. Bartoli became the first woman appointed Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, and celebrated the appointment by organizing the first festival under her leadership around the theme of Cleopatra. The following year, the festival saw a new production of Bellini’s Norma, with Giovanni Antonini conducting the Orchestra La Scintilla and marking Ms. Bartoli’s stage debut in the title role. The production won the International Opera Award for Best New Opera Production of 2013, and the audio release of Bellini’s opera, also conducted by Antonini and starring Ms. Bartoli, won the ECHO Klassik award for Opera Recording of the Year—19th-century opera. In the last three years under Ms. Bartoli’s leadership, the Whitsun Festival has seen tremendous success and in November 2014, announced Ms. Bartoli’s contract with the festival has been extended through 2021.

Read the full press announcement here.

11/17/2014 - Philharmonic Society Revives Eclectic Orange Brand, Adds Four Spring 2015 Concerts

Garrison Keillor, radio personality
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
Igudesman & Joo, classical music comedy duo
Zakir Hussain, tabla virtuoso

IRVINE, CA—The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to announce the revival of its Eclectic Orange brand, an extension of diverse programming curated to expand the reach of the audiences we serve. Under the Eclectic Orange brand, four concerts have been scheduled in spring 2015, featuring performances by classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo on February 18, ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro on March 22, as well as tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain on April 1 and radio personality Garrison Keillor on April 13. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 18.

Commonly known as the area’s oldest and most recognized classical music presenter, the Society presented its Eclectic Orange Festival from 1999-2005 as a celebration of the eclectic nature of Orange County’s cultural landscape. Among the artists and composers featured by the Festival are Tan Dun, Philip Glass, Edgar Meyer, David Sedaris, Shaolin Warriors, Joshua Bell, Ute Lemper, Yamato Drummers of Japan, Benny Goodman, Anoushka Shankar, the Kronos Quartet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director John Mangum remarked, “Our mission is to present the world’s greatest music. These Eclectic Orange presentations allow the Society to cross into other musical genres, and in doing so, serve more of the Orange County community, while maintaining the high caliber of artists that the Society is known for presenting.”

The Eclectic Orange concerts are made possible with support in part by a generous grant from Wylie and Bette Aitken.


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.