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Chapman University and Pacific Symphony join forces again to present the annual INTERPLAY festival of music, culture and ideas. With many events free and open to the public, this boundary-breaking partnership engages the Chapman community and Symphony musicians and staff in a wide array of collaborative events, including performances, lectures, art exhibitions and student projects. 

This year we celebrate the ways artists have approached the world of the spirit. A variety of interdisciplinary offerings will include both religious works and those that articulate and challenge the boundaries between sacred and profane.

We look forward to seeing you on the Chapman campus and at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

For information on festival events, click on the calendar below.

Calendar of Events

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+ - Fall 2017

October 2
Side by Side: The Chapman Orchestra with Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony musicians
7 p.m.
Memorial Hall
Free and open to the public

Chapman Wind Symphony "side by side" rehearsal with Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony Musicians.

Patrick Zubiate, Conductor
Fish Interfaith Center – 4:00 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students; $5 Chapman Community

The 34-voice Chapman University Singers performs a concert of sacred and secular vocal ensemble compositions that spans five centuries of the choral art.

November 9-11
Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony in Concert Hall8 p.m.
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey
Christoph Bull, organ
Nick & Clemens Prokop, video artists
Pacific Symphony

Program includes:
Gregorian Chant
Organ music by Bach & Bruckner
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

November 11
Chapman University Wind Symphony and The Chapman Orchestra in Concert

wind symphonyChristopher J. Nicholas, music director and conductor, Chapman University Wind Symphony
Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director and conductor, The Chapman Orchestra
Olivia Gerns, oboe, winner of the 2016-17 Instrumental Competition

Musco Center for the Arts – 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students; $5 Chapman Community

These top instrumental ensembles perform a program of classical and contemporary works, including Trittico Botticelliano (Respighi), Oboe Concerto, Op. 45 (Goossens), and music by composers Tetsunosuke Kushida and Tielman Susato, and Percy Grainger.

New Music Ensemble

November 28
Chapman Percussion Ensemble 
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.

November 30 
New Music Ensemble 
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.

Both Percussion and New Music Ensembles will offer programs of dynamic works that explore the boundaries of art and expression.

+ - SPRING 2018

February 11
Chamber Music at the Hilbert Museum

Hilbert museum photoHilbert Museum - 4 p.m.
167 N. Atchison Street Orange, CA 92866
Program followed by a reception

Cynthia Ellis, flute
Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

Come and enjoy a free chamber music concert in Chapman University’s beautiful Hilbert Museum by a duo of musicians from Pacific Symphony. What better way to enjoy great music than in a venue surrounded by fine art by many of California's most noted artists? The musicians have curated a program inspired by individual paintings in the Museum's collection and the program will include a lively mixture of music and conversation. We are also delighted that Chapman student Meghan Kemp-Gee will contribute an original poem. Light refreshments will be offered.

This concert is part of the INTERPLAY Festival of arts and ideas, presented by Chapman University and Pacific Symphony, in association with Chapman University's College of Performing Arts and the Hilbert Museum of California Art.

Carl Nielsen: The Fog is Lifting
Gary Schocker: Beyond the Fog
Stella Sung: Dance of the White Lotus Under the Silver Moon
Jean-Michel Damase: Early One Morning
Jean Cras: Suite en duo

Admission is limited and will be first-come, first-served to ticket-holders only. Limited standing room in the back. Performance is free but seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

February 20
Exhibit Reception for
"Interplay: Music and the Escalette Collection"
Argyros Forum - 5 p.m.

Reception followed by music and conversation with student curators and Pacific Symphony Musicians.

Chinary Ung photo

March 15
Honoring Chinary Ung at 75
Musco Center for the Arts - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 senior citizens (65+), alumni, and non-Chapman students; $5 Chapman students, staff and faculty

Join us for a thrilling tribute concert celebrating the life and work of internationally renowned composer and Chapman Presidential Fellow, Dr. Chinary Ung, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.  The concert will feature a retrospective of Ung’s works, including the world premiere of Therigatha Inside Aura for two sopranos, bass clarinet, viola, and percussion.  Performances by Chapman faculty, The Chapman Orchestra, and some of Southern California’s premiere interpreters of new music.

April 20
feather A Glimpse Into Moments of Grief
Fish Interfaith Center - 12 p.m.
RSVP recommended - admission is free

Elizabeth Maxwell (Associate Professor of Dance), Lexi Difilippo (Graduate student), Peter Sparling (Choreographer), and Tamiko Washington (Associate Professor of Theatre) will share moments of grief in three short performances explored through western and eastern conceptual styles.

May 12
44th Annual Sholund Scholarship Concert

Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director & conductor, The Chapman Orchestra
Stephen Coker, director, Chapman Choirs
Clio Brady, viola, 2017 Instrumental Competition winner
Jasmine Rodriguez, soprano, 2017 Vocal Competition winner
Musco Center for the Arts ― 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens (65+), alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 Chapman students, staff and faculty

Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music pulls out all the stops for this grand finale concert that will feature the combined forces of The Chapman Orchestra and the Chapman Choirs presenting Ralph Vaughan Williams’ dramatic cantata Dona nobis pacem for soprano and baritone soloists, choir and orchestra. Also featured will be the talented winners of Chapman’s 2017 Instrumental and Vocal Competition performing works for soloist and orchestra.