For 60 years, the Society has presented artists who set the standards for artistic achievement: Sir Georg Solti, Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel and Cecilia Bartoli, to name just a few. In addition, many of the world’s greatest orchestras have performed in Orange County by invitation of the Philharmonic Society. The Society celebrated the diversity of our cultural landscape with Eclectic Orange presentations, transcending the boundaries separating arts disciplines and seeking great art wherever it is found. Past Eclectic Orange events champion contemporary composers through commissions and sponsorship of regional and world premieres. Among the living composers presented were Tan Dun, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Edgar Meyer, Burhan Öçal and Mikel Rouse. Past presentations include the West Coast premiere of Steve Reich’s “The Cave,” the Southern California premiere of Terry Riley’s “Sun Rings,” the united States exclusive engagement of Théâtre Zingaro, and the West Coast premiere of “Orion” by Philip Glass.
John-David Keller as Beethoven
Donors meet Yo-Yo Ma at a reception
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Since its inception in 1954, the Philharmonic Society, a not-for-profit organization, has been a primary catalyst for cultural growth in Orange County. From viewing concerts on gymnasium bleachers to enjoying the world’s finest orchestras in the elegance of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the culture of Orange County has been nurtured and challenged by the Philharmonic Society. The Society has provided visionary leadership in our community while ensuring that the legacy of our cultural heritage will be preserved for our children and our children’s children.
Hand-in-hand with its commitment to artistic excellence is the Society’s commitment to music education. Sharing the love of music with others and helping the community deepen its appreciation and enjoyment of music is a foundation stone of the Society. Over the years, millions of children have encountered classical music—many for the first time—at Philharmonic Society education programs. The Committees of the Philharmonic are the Society’s principal fund-raising and volunteer force. Together they create, fund and produce an extraordinary array of music education programs for children. The Committees also present a wide variety of fundraising events, including Philharmonic House of Design and the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights.®
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Phil
The Philharmonic Society's nationally recognized music education programs for youth reach more than 150,000 Orange County students, from kindergarten through high school, yearly. More than 1,500 presentations are offered by professional musicians and trained docents at no charge to all public and private schools in the county. For more information, visit www.PhilharmonicSociety.org. Music Mobile