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Rachmaninoff Vespers

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

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Robert Istad, conductor
Pacific Chorale
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano
Warren Hagerty, cello
Sangyoun Park, percussion

  • South Korean composer Hyo-Won Woo’s 8 Laughing Voices delighted the audience at “UnSung Heroes” in 2018. Now her Me-Na-Ri for three choirs and percussion provides the dramatic, immersive invitation to return to the concert hall with Pacific Chorale.
  • The Stillness Chained explores new perspectives on life and geography through the eyes of two California transplants: composer Tarik O’Regan and poet Yone Noguchi*.
  • Damian Geter’s moving new cantata for soprano, cello, and choir intertwines a Bach motet with African American spirituals, carrying a timely message of perseverance and hope.
  • All setting the stage for the timeless beauty of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, founded in Russian Orthodox chant and richly harmonized to display the full breadth of nuance and expression possible when voices are raised together in song.

Tickets go on sale September 7th!


Me-Na-Ri (Space Music) Hyo-Won Woo
The Stillness Chained
(World Premiere)
Tarik O’Regan
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
(West Coast Premiere)
Damien Geter
Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37 Sergei Rachmaninoff

Aundi Marie Moore, soprano

Warren Hagerty, cello



* Did you know? Poet Yone Noguchi was the father of noted sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, whose California Scenario Garden, only one block away from the concert hall, is a South Coast landmark. Be sure to pay a visit while you’re in the area!



Audience Advisory: All ticket holders must wear a mask AND provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance. Please click here for more details about our health and safety policies.


Hyo-Won Woo's dramatic "Me-Na-Ri" and moving new works by Tarik O'Regan and Damien Geter set the stage for the timeless beauty and rich harmonies of Rachmaninoff's Vespers.