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Orange Coast College Symphony opens new season with Schubert, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Elgar

Orange Coast College’s Symphony and Choral Ensembles will set the tone on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the year ahead with an exquisite mix of classical music. Music lovers across Orange County are invited to join this musical celebration at 7:30 p.m. in OCC’s Robert B. Moore Theatre. 

“This year, the orchestra will open the concert with one of Schubert’s earliest overtures, Der Teufel als Hydraulicus (‘The Devil as Engineer’), written in the Galant style of the classical era,” says OCC Symphony conductor Maxim Kuzin. “The orchestra will then perform two movements, Intermezzo and Nocturne, from Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is widely known by its world-famous Wedding March. 

“As a special treat on this program, the OCC Symphony will play Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ musical interpretation of the tragic Pelléas et Mélisande story. In the end, the combined forces of the OCC Symphony and Choral Ensembles will perform the beautiful and romantic Spanish Serenade by Sir Edward Elgar.” Elgar, like Mendelssohn, is best known for a march — in his case, the “Pomp and Circumstance” March that is played at nearly every graduation ceremony!

The OCC Symphony brings together students, community members, and professionals to perform orchestral works ranging from classical masterpieces to video-game scores. OCC’s choral ensembles include the select OCC Chamber Singers, who made their fourth Carnegie Hall performance in June.

Tickets are available on www.occtickets.com for $10 for students, and $15 for the general public. Tickets also will be available at the door.