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Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021

Pacific Chorale launches 2021-22 season with Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

Pacific Chorale, considered one of the nation’s leading choirs, launches its 2021-22 season with a luminous program anchored by Rachmaninoff’s a cappella masterwork Vespers (All-Night Vigil) conducted by Artistic Director Robert Istad on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Istad also leads the Pacific Chorale-commissioned world premiere of The Stillness Chained by Grammy-nominated former Composer-in-Residence Tarik O’Regan, set to the poetry of Yone Noguchi.

Additionally, the chorus performs the West Coast premiere of Damien Geter’s profound Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow, featuring celebrated soprano Aundi Marie Moore, hailed for “her vivid, rich voice” (Washington Classical Review) and Pacific Symphony Principal Cellist Warren Hagerty, a “thoughtful, impressive” artist (Singapore’s The Straits Times), which offers a message of hope refracted through the lens of Bach’s musical legacy interwoven with African-American spirituals. The program – and the Chorale’s 54th Season – opens with Hyo-Won Woo’s dramatic Me-Na-Ri (Space Music), a work sung in Korean that stretches the boundaries of choral music. The concert, featuring 80 chorus members, marks the first live performance in more than 19 months by Pacific Chorale. Audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear masks inside the venue. 

Pacific Chorale launches Istad

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Artistic Director Robert Istad leads the Pacific Chorale

“I can’t wait to welcome audience members and Pacific Chorale’s singers back inside the concert hall with this significant program so we can all, once again, enjoy the visceral experience of a live performance,” said Istad. “The repertoire showcases the choir’s remarkable technical and sonic malleability. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil) is a work we’ve performed numerous times that’s beloved by our singers and audiences alike. Pairing it with Tarik O’Regan’s world premiere adds a wonderful sonorous dimension to the program as does the West Coast premiere of Damien Geter’s Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow, a new work that I was completely taken with when I first heard it – it’s concurrently emotionally raw, tragic and optimistic. I am particularly excited to have soprano Aundi Marie Moore join us to reprise her solo role from the work’s digital premiere with the Washington Chorus in November 2020.”

Pacific Chorale’s 2021-22 Season is made possible by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, and Silver Season Sponsor Charles and Ling Zhang.

Single tickets range from $25 to $70. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

For tickets and information, visit, or call 714.662.2345. For view the COVID protocols, go here.


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