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Founded in 1978, Pacific Symphony enriches the human spirit through superior performances of classical and symphonic music. The Symphony is located in Orange County, California's second most populous county boasting a rich arts tradition strongly supported by an engaged public. The region is a tourism magnet, home of Disneyland, and a major financial and business hub.
Pacific Symphony is a highly dynamic and innovative organization, led artistically by Music Director Carl St.Clair and operationally by President John Forsyte. It presents more than 100 concerts annually and serves 250,000 community members each year. The Symphony is nationally and internationally recognized for performance excellence, strong community engagement through education and other programming, and for commissioned new works by contemporary composers. Pacific Symphony twice received prestigious ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming, and was showcased in the League of American Orchestras' nationally released publication entitled Fearless Journeys. Pacific Symphony's Class Act elementary school enrichment program has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras for its exemplary orchestra education.
Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer outdoor series at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. In the 2014-2015 Season, Music Director Carl St.Clair will be celebrating his 25th Anniversary with the Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is celebrating his 21st season leading the Pops series, which stars some of the world's leading entertainers.
For 22 consecutive years the Symphony has balanced its budget and has no accumulated debt. It employs a staff of approximately forty-five, including ten development professionals. The current annual operating budget is approximately $18 million, of which about $8 million is generated through contributed income and an additional special fund raised in honor of Music Director Carl St.Clair. About $8.8 million is earned through ticket sales, contracted services, education programs, the endowment, and various other earned sources.