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 major tourism area and business hub. For twenty-six consecutive years the Symphony has balanced its operating budget of nearly $20 million and has no accumulated debt. It has eighty-eighty regular members of the orchestra, and employs an administrative staff of approximately fifty.
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. Pacific Symphony's Class Act elementary school enrichment program has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents an outdoor summer series at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. In the 2015-2016 season, Music Director Carl St.Clair will be celebrating his 26th Anniversary with the Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is celebrating his 25th season leading the Pops series.
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