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Pacific Symphony Announces Artist Changes and Concert Postponements to Mitigate Risk to Audience, Musicians and Employees January 19, 2022

Pacific Symphony announced yesterday that Pacific Chorale and the American Feel Young Chorus will not be appearing on the Lunar New Year concert program(Feb. 5), although they will be seen on a pre-recorded mosaic video to the traditional Chinese song, “Swan Goose.” The orchestra also announced the postponement of “Cathedrals of Sound” (Feb. 17-19), to

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The American Prize Semi-finalists: VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE (performing remotely), 2021-22 January 4, 2022

  Artistic Director Robert Istad and Pacific Chorale has been selected as a National Semi-Finalists in Virtual Performance (artists performing remotely), 2021-22— professional division by The American Prize for The Wayfaring Project! The American Prize in Virtual Performance recognizes and rewards the best virtual (remote, streamed) performances made since February 2020 in response to the

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Highlights from Tis the Season 2021! December 23, 2021

Pacific Chorale set the mood for many this holiday season with our annual traditional musical extravaganza, Tis the Season! Enjoy some of the highlights, and see you again next year! Photos (c) Doug Gifford Photography

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The Return of Carols by Candlelight December 13, 2021

A particular favorite of many audience members, this year for the first time we expanded Carols by Candlelight to two evenings, gathering at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. Singing music embodying the wonder, reverence, and awe of the season, enjoy these highlights of our Pacific Chorale singers. Photos (c) Doug Gifford Photography

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Donations matched by longtime chorister and supporter, Vina Williams December 2, 2021

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!  From now until December 31st, all contributions given to our year end campaign will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) by Vina Williams and her husband Tom Slattery! Donate Here Vina Williams has been a fixture with Pacific Chorale since 1969, when she began as a singer and soprano soloist with

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2022 Grammy Nominee: LA Philharmonic’s Symphony of a Thousand November 29, 2021

  In May 2019, Pacific Chorale had the honor of joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, National Children’s Chorus, and eight outstanding soloists all under the baton of conductor Gustavo Dudamel to perform Gustav Mahler’s mammoth Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major—aptly nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand”—as

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PBS Picks Up “The Wayfaring Project”

  Press Contact: Libby Huebner, libbyhuebner562@gmail.com, 562.799.6055 Air Dates: PBS SoCal  December 17, 8 pm KCET   December 22, 8 pm also streams on pbssocal.org. kcet.org and the PBS app   PBS SoCal and KCET to Air Pacific Chorale’s Critically Acclaimed “The Wayfaring Project,” an Original Concert Film, Conceived and Conducted by Artistic Director Robert Istad COSTA MESA, CA (November

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Announcing a Year-End Match for all donations! November 18, 2021

  On the evening of October 30th, Pacific Chorale made a glorious return to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall after a (not so brief) twenty-two-month hiatus. While many things may have changed over the past few years, the one thing that has not changed is the excitement and electricity one feels in the

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LA Opus Review of Pacific Chorale’s 2021 Opening Night Concert November 10, 2021

“It was a masterfully dramatic opening for the Pacific Chorale’s return to the concert platform.” “The return to the Segerstrom Concert Hall platform of the Pacific Chorale under their Artistic Director Robert Istad could not have been more warmly welcomed, and their performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil Op. 37 that was the main item, filling

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Celebrating Our Supporters: Sips & Sweets Reception November 3, 2021

  Immediately following the close of our opening concert Rachmaninoff Vespers at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall, patrons and supporters who supported Pacific Chorale during the closure were invited to the Waterfall Terrace at The Westin South Coast in celebration of Pacific Chorale’s return to live performance. We would like to acknowledge the Pacific Chorale

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Pacific Chorale returns to the stage with Rachmaninoff Vespers November 1, 2021

679 days since our last live performance, Pacific Chorale took to the stage in an incredible, emotional night many of us won’t soon forget. Thank you to everyone who saw us through this time, and to our audience, we hope it was a magical night for you too! #gratitude #singing #TogetherAgain All photos (c) Doug

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Press Release: Pacific Chorale Announces 2021-2022 Season with Return to In-Person, Indoor Performances August 26, 2021

Press Contact: Libby Huebner, libbyhuebner562@gmail.com, 562.799.6055   PACIFIC CHORALE, LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT ISTAD, ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 SEASON WITH RETURN TO IN-PERSON, INDOOR PERFORMANCES SLATED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER, AT RENÉE AND HENRY SEGERSTROM CONCERT HALL   Highlights of 54th Season, Spotlighting Contemporary Composers, Include: Two Tarik O’Regan World Premieres Bookending Season; West Coast Premieres

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The Wayfaring Project: Behind the scenes filming solos! August 23, 2021

Our soloists Chelsea Chaves and Denean Dyson had a unique view while filming their solos for The Wayfaring Project. Having them face away from the audience, our video crew was able to share a unique perspective from the stage usually only visible to our performing artists!

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The Wayfaring Project: Behind the scenes filming Bach August 5, 2021

  After a 17-month “fermata,” Pacific Chorale finally returned to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage to film Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude for The Wayfaring Project… and it was glorious to be back making music with our friends from Pacific Symphony again! Kudos to Arts Laureate for your superstar audio and video production expertise.

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Release: Pacific Chorale to Premiere Original Concert Film “The Wayfaring Project” August 3, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: ANDREW BROWN, PRESIDENT & CEO ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG RYAN MCSWEENEY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BOX OFFICE RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE TO PREMIERE ORIGINAL CONCERT FILM “THE WAYFARING PROJECT” “The Wayfaring Project” will receive its premiere public screening on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on August 21st

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The Wayfaring Project: Behind the scenes filming All Things Common July 29, 2021

Where in the state is Pacific Chorale? While bringing Tarik O’Regan’s “All Things Common” to arresting visual life for “The Wayfaring Project,” Pacific Chorale and Jeff Dolen Productions managed to visit and film within a broad range of different landscapes in one single day—thanks to the Fullerton Arboretum, which graciously shared its beautiful and diverse

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Kibsaim Escarcega named Interim Assistant Conductor July 15, 2021

Pacific Chorale welcomes our new Interim Assistant Conductor, Kibsaim Escarcega. Kibsaim is a recent graduate from Cal State Fullerton’s Master of Music program in Choral Conducting. He was awarded the inaugural John Alexander Graduate Choral Conducting Scholarship following his superb audition for the program, and continued to perform with considerable excellence (musical and collegial) throughout

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Let’s Pony Up for the Kids: Press Release July 13, 2021

Pacific Chorale Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need with Programs Empowering Children Through Music, Joining “Let’s Pony Up for the Kids”

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The Wayfaring Project: Behind the scenes filming Light of a Clear Blue Morning July 9, 2021

If either soprano Katie Martini or flutist Joseph Loi suffers from fear of heights, you’d never have known it from their performances for “The Wayfaring Project,” shooting on the fourth level balcony of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Katie and Joseph are our featured soloists on “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” coming

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The Wayfaring Project: Behind the scenes filming Alleluia July 7, 2021

This week saw Pacific Chorale return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the first time in 519 days! Rob, the singers, soloists, director Jeff Dolen, and crew were there on Monday filming segments of Alleluia for The Wayfaring Project. It was so good to be back together in this beautiful space! Learn more about

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LA Philharmonic’s Symphony of a Thousand June 18, 2021

  In May 2019, Pacific Chorale had the honor of joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, National Children’s Chorus, and eight outstanding soloists all under the baton of conductor Gustavo Dudamel to perform Gustav Mahler’s mammoth Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major—aptly nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand”—as

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The Wayfaring Project: Meet Composer Moira Smiley April 30, 2021

In preparation for their virtual choir performance of “Wayfaring Stranger,” Rob Istad and the members of Pacific Chorale met with composer Moira Smiley via a Zoom conference call on April 7th. Here are some excerpts from their conversation about her musical growth and composing philosophy, and the process of arranging “Wayfaring Stranger.”   R.I. Tonight, we

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Pacific Chorale Approved for 2021 NEA Grant February 23, 2021

CONTACTS: ANDREW BROWN, PRESIDENT & CEO ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG RYAN MCSWEENEY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BOX OFFICE RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE TO RECEIVE $10,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS Choral concert in the 2021-22 season to feature pairing of works by Caroline Shaw and Dietrich Buxtehude. Costa Mesa, CA – On February 4, 2021,

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Reviews of All Things Common February 15, 2021

  Critical Praise All Things Common has been garnering strong reviews since its release, culminating in the announcement that the prestigious audiophile outlet Native DSD Music has named it one of their Top 10 Albums of the Year for 2020!   “What’s unexpected from these contemporary choral works is composer Tarik O’Regan’s music, which is

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How to Watch Tis the Season! December 3, 2020

  If you have reserved a virtual ticket, we will email the exclusive concert link December 1st, 2020. Not registered yet? Get Your Ticket Now! Test your device or setup to make sure you will be able to watch December 3rd at 5pm PST. Our show will be streaming two ways: through an integrated auction site

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Release: Pacific Chorale Announces 2020 Virtual Holiday Concert & Gala November 5, 2020

For release:      November 5, 2020 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO, ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office, RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE ANNOUNCES 2020 VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT & GALA “Tis the Season!” on December 3 will bring the Chorale’s popular holiday offering online. Accompanying Gala auction will raise funds to support Pacific Chorale’s artistic

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For Your Grammy Consideration: All Things Common October 8, 2020

We are proud and excited to have our latest recording included in the first-round ballot for the 2021 Grammy Awards! Friends, What is it about choral music, produced by human voices in collaboration with one another, that touches us so deeply right now? My hunch is that we crave collaboration, commitment, and inspiration right now.

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Pacific Chorale 2020-2021 Season Update August 21, 2020

  WELCOME TO 2020 – 2021: THE FERMATA SEASON! Greetings from Pacific Chorale! Rob and I wanted to take an opportunity to update you on Pacific Chorale’s plans for the 2020-2021 Season. We thank you for your patience as the staff and Board continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to adapt to the challenges

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Pacific Chorale stands in solidarity with Black communities June 2, 2020

  Pacific Chorale stands in solidarity with Black communities to demand an end to violence and brutality resulting from the racism that still suffocates our nation. The death or George Floyd once again demonstrates that this inequality is not new and that the voices of Black communities still have not been heard.   We acknowledge

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Release: Pacific Chorale Announces Release of New Recording “All Things Common” May 18, 2020

For release:      May 18, 2020 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO, ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office, RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 Pacific Chorale Announces Release of New Recording “All Things Common,” Featuring Music by Tarik O’Regan First recording released under Artistic Director Robert Istad’s leadership features the organization’s 24-member professional chamber choir, joined by Salastina

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Concert Cancellation Notice: Mozart Coronation Mass March 16, 2020

    March 16, 2020 PACIFIC CHORALE CANCELS MOZART CORONATION MASS CONCERT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS Costa Mesa, CA – Given the events of the past week, and the CDC’s new guidelines advising the cancellation of gatherings of 50 or more people during the next eight weeks, it saddens us to announce that we have

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Concert Cancellation Notice: Songs of the Soul March 12, 2020

Pacific Chorale cancels Songs of the Soul concert in response to sincere and utmost concern for the health and safety of our artists, staff, and patrons.

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Release: Pacific Chorale Announces Singer Auditions for 2020-2021 January 21, 2020

For release:      January 21, 2020 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO, ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office, RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345   PACIFIC CHORALE ANNOUNCES SINGER AUDITIONS FOR 2020–2021 SEASON Chorale seeks volunteer altos, tenors, and basses to perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and other Southern California

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Release: Pacific Chorale to receive $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts January 15, 2020

For release:      January 15, 2020 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO, ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office, RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 Pacific Chorale to Receive $15,000 Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts Concert on March 21st at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach to feature works by Galina

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Release: Pacific Chorale Opens 2019-2020 Season with Brahms and Pärt October 29, 2019

For release: October 29, 2019 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE OPENS 2019-2020 SEASON WITH BRAHMS AND PÄRT Concert on November 9th will feature the Chorale and Pacific Symphony in Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” and Arvo Pärt’s “Te Deum.” Followed by

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Release: “Beer Choir” brings together lovers of music and libations June 12, 2019

For release: June 12, 2019 Contacts: Molly Buzick Pontin Vice-President, Education & Community Programs MOLLY@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 “Beer Choir” brings together lovers of music and libations Orange County Women’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts to host the first local gathering of the national

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Release: Pacific Chorale to Celebrate “UnSung Heroes” February 5, 2019

For release: February 6, 2019 Contacts: Andrew Brown, President & CEO ANDREW@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 Pacific Chorale to Celebrate “UnSung Heroes” Concert on March 30th will highlight the accomplishments of women composers, including a world premiere by guest curator Karen P. Thomas. Costa Mesa, CA – On March

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Release: Pacific Chorale Celebrates the Holidays with 2 Concerts & Gala November 15, 2018

For release: November 15, 2018 Contacts: Molly Buzick Pontin, DMA, Managing Director MOLLY@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH 2 CONCERTS & GALA December 1: “Carols by Candlelight” at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach December 22 & 23: “Tis the Season!” at Segerstrom

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Release: Pacific Chorale Hires Andrew Brown as President & CEO October 15, 2018

For release: October 15, 2018 Contacts: Molly Buzick Pontin, DMA, Managing Director MOLLY@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE HIRES ANDREW BROWN AS PRESIDENT & CEO Costa Mesa, CA, October 15, 2018 –Pacific Chorale today announced the appointment of Andrew Brown as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Release: Pacific Chorale to Open Season with Haydn’s “The Creation” August 20, 2018

For release: August 20, 2018 Contacts: Molly Buzick Pontin, DMA, Managing Director molly@pacificchorale.org Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office ryan@pacificchorale.org 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE TO OPEN SEASON WITH HAYDN’S “THE CREATION” Performance will feature video projections and lighting by Martin Brinkerhoff Associates Costa Mesa, CA – On Sunday, November 4th, Pacific Chorale will open

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Release: Chorale’s Festival to Unite Southern California in Song July 24, 2018

For release: July 23, 2018 Contacts: Molly Buzick Pontin, DMA, Managing Director  MOLLY@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office RYAN@PACIFICCHORALE.ORG 714/662-2345 CHORALE’S FESTIVAL TO UNITE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN SONG Artistic Director Robert Istad Conducts an All-Mozart Program in Free Public Performance Costa Mesa, CA – More than 300 Southern California singers, including members

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Release: Pacific Chorale Announces 2018-2019 Season: Imagine, Inspire, Create April 16, 2018

Release-Pacific Chorale- SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT-2018-2019 For release: April 16, 2018 Contacts: Elizabeth Pearson elizabeth@pacificchorale.org Ryan McSweeney, Marketing Director ryan@pacificchorale.org 714/662-2345 PACIFIC CHORALE ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SEASON: Imagine, Inspire, Create Artistic Director Robert Istad to Introduce New Directions in Presentations Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is pleased

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Press Release: Opening Concert Oct. 29 August 24, 2017

For release: August 23, 2017 Contacts: Elizabeth Pearson – 714/662-2345 elizabeth@pacificchorale.org ryan@pacificchorale.org PACIFIC CHORALE LAUNCHES 50th ANNIVERSARY ON OCTOBER 29 WITH A U.S. PREMIERE, A SALUTE TO LEONARD BERNSTEIN, AND A REPRISE OF ITS FIRST CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL COMMISSION Robert Istad will make his Orange County Debut as Artistic Director COSTA MESA, CA — Pacific Chorale, the

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Inspiration… out loud August 21, 2017

2017-2018 50th Season Brochure

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Press Release: Season Announcement August 8, 2017

For release: March 21, 2017 Contacts: Elizabeth Pearson – 714/662-2345 elizabeth@pacificchorale.org ryan@pacificchorale.org PACIFIC CHORALE ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON UNDER NEW CONDUCTOR New Artistic Director Robert Istad Will Lead the Organization in Its “Golden Anniversary” Year The Board of Directors of Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has announced its 2017-2018 season,

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