Orchestra Nova San Diego Continues to Garner National Attention

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The orchestra performs with Nintendo’s Zelda, Celtic Woman and Billy McLaughlin

Orchestra Nova has been successfully reimagining and redefining what a classical music performance should entail, starting five years ago when they brought on Jung-Ho Pak as artistic director and conductor. Their mantra has been to think differently, to be relevant to modern culture and society – and it's paying off with sold-out performances and none of the severe financial worries that are currently plaguing many other orchestras around the country.

Orchestra Nova is being approached by ever more high-profile productions because of their reputation for being accessible and entertaining. In October of this year, they were chosen by Nintendo to perform The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony in Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. Nintendo held two other performances for the anniversary, one in London and one in Tokyo. "We're honored to have been chosen by Nintendo for the American celebration of one of their flagship brands," said Beverly Lambert, Orchestra Nova's CEO.

In December, Orchestra Nova will join Celtic Woman for the first performance of their North American Christmas Celebration tour when they come to the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Riverside County, providing an opportunity for guests to experience two unique and energetic performance groups.

On January 14 and 15, 2012, Orchestra Nova will support international guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin in a performance at KPBS San Diego. The concert will be recorded and broadcast on KPBS in April 2012, after which the concert will be distributed to PBS stations nationwide. The heartwarming story of how guitarist Billy McLaughlin has overcome focal dystonia to get back to the top of his game will be front and center for this performance, an excellent complement to Orchestra Nova's ethos to affect humanity by spreading joy and love through beautiful music.

The orchestra rolled out Nova 2.0 this season which includes a complete night of entertainment included in all of their Nova Classics series. Preconcert activities are built around the theme of the evening and have included dance lessons, a jazz combo performance, art displays and delicious food. Nova 2.0 has been a stunning success with sold-out performances and new venues added for the season. Orchestra Nova continues their 2011-2012 season in venues throughout San Diego until May of 2012. For more information, visit orchestranova.org.


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