12/03/2014 Bridging Borders through Sounds of the World

World Affairs Council of Orange County


Bridging Borders through Sounds of the World


A Holiday Celebration


Carl St. Clair

Music Director, Pacific Symphony


Carl St. Clair, Conductor and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra will take us on a journey in the world of music and its power to “Bridge Borders” among cultures.

For 25 years under his leadership, the Pacific Symphony has pioneered  a wide range of programs and activities that have brought together diverse cultures and ethnicities, including commissioning and premiering a symphony for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and collaborating with musicians and conductors from Mexico, Syria, China and many other countries.  From 2008 to 2010 he was the general music director for the Komische Oper in Berlin.  In 2014 he assumed the position of music director for the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Mesa.  He has appeared with orchestras throughout the world from Israel to Japan, Hong Kong to Australia, and South America to Europe.

Maestro St. Clair’s presentation will be augmented by musical performances by two outstanding artists.

Navid Kandelousi is a highly accomplished violinist who has performed with orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom after completing studies at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Moscow.  He has played both the violin and traditional Persian instruments such as the Kamanchah, Setar, and Taar at numerous venues, including the Lincoln Center, Julliard music school, Albert Hall and Sydney’s Symphony Hall.

Grace Zhou is only 12 years old and a student at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, but has already performed her piano wizardry at Carnegie Hall, the Robert Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis and the Spotlight Concert on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  She appeared with the internationally acclaimed Lang Lang on “The Tonight Show” and the winner of the piano award in the Junior Division of the Modavi Center’s annual Young Artists Competition.

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Congratulations Maestro
To honor Conductor St. Clair on his 25 years with the Pacific Symphony, we are offering you an opportunity to congratulate him in our commemorative program. Please see details when registering for this event.




VIP Reception:                 6:00 pm  Premium Members

General Reception:         6:00 pm

Dinner:                               7:00 pm

Program:                             7:45 pm

Members:                           $110.00

Non-Members:                $130.00

Member table of Ten:   $1,000.00

Student:                              $55.00

Commemorative Program:    $50 Half  page      $100 Full page

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