Pacific Chorale Begins 2011–2012 by Celebrating Artistic Director John Alexander’s 40th Anniversary

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Anniversary concert at Segerstrom Center for the Arts featuring Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony to be followed by gala New Orleans-themed dinner in celebration of Alexander's 40th season as Artistic Director. Dixieland jazz band The River Rascals provides both pre-concert and dinner entertainment.

John Alexander

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Pacific Chorale will open its 2011-2012 concert season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a gala concert in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, followed by a black-tie dinner in Samueli Theater celebrating John Alexander’s fortieth season as Artistic Director and Conductor. The concert will feature Alexander conducting the 140-voice Pacific Chorale and the musicians of Pacific Symphony in selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Gerald Finzi, Morten Lauridsen and Jake Heggie, many of which pay tribute to the power of music to positively affect its listeners. As a tribute to Alexander’s Louisiana heritage, Dixieland jazz band The River Rascals will provide musical entertainment in the lobby prior to the concert, as well as during the post-concert dinner, which will feature a New Orleans-inspired menu by Patina and Mardi Gras-themed decor.
Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Pacific Chorale
Pacific Symphony
Maria Cristina Navarro, soprano
Jason Francisco, tenor
John Alexander, conducting

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Hallelujah” from Christ on the Mount of Olives
Morten Lauridsen: Ubi caritas et amor
Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied, Op. 54
Anton Bruckner: Psalm 150 in C, WAB 38
John Alexander: Musica
Gerald Finzi: For St. Cecilia, Op. 30
Jake Heggie: Seeking Higher Ground

Concert tickets are now on sale, ranging in price from $15 to $135, and may be purchased by phone at (714) 662-2345; online at, or through the Segerstrom Center box office. The concert will be preceded at 4:15 p.m. by champagne in the lobby and live jazz music, courtesy of The River Rascals.

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 7:45 p.m.
Samueli Theater
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa

Following John Alexander’s 40th Anniversary Gala Concert in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the celebration moves to Samueli Theater for a black-tie New Orleans-themed bash, including live music by The River Rascals and dinner menu inspired by the famous cuisine of The Big Easy. Event seating is $400 per person. Event sponsorships are available starting at $1,500. For further information about “An Evening in New Orleans Gala,” please call (714) 662-2345.

Pacific Chorale gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, 40th Anniversary Season sponsors and Gala event chairs
PBS SoCal, official television sponsor
The Buddy Group, web design and technology
Pacific Symphony
ACFEA Tour Consultants, official tour company
The Westin South Coast Plaza, official hotel

Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale since 1972, John Alexander is one of America’s most respected choral conductors. His inspired leadership both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the choral art has garnered national and international admiration and acclaim. In his long and distinguished career Alexander has conducted hundreds of choral and orchestral performances in 27 countries around the globe. Noted as a specialist in conducting the choral/orchestral masterworks, he is also a strong proponent of American music, programming groundbreaking works by California composers and bringing numerous West Coast and world premieres to Southern California performance halls. Choruses prepared by John Alexander have performed under many of the most renowned conductors on the world stage, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, John Mauceri, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gustavo Dudamel, Carl St.Clair, Bramwell Tovey, Marin Alsop, John Williams, JoAnn Falletta, Sir Andrew Davis, Nicholas McGegan, Ivor Bolton, Gerard Schwarz and Max Rudolf.

Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a significant performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.

Pacific Chorale has a membership of 140 professional and volunteer singers. Ensembles of various sizes are selected from the membership according to the needs of the repertoire. In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia. The Chorale will join The Lord of the Rings in Concert West Coast tour this month, performing Howard Shore’s complete Academy Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with the Munich Symphony under the baton of Ludwig Wicki, with performances in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington State.


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