The Pacific Symphony has received a $175,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation of Los Angeles to fund a three-year program of adult music education and audience development among Orange County's Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Latino communities, orchestra officials announced Wednesday.
The grant will cover about 50% of the costs to operate the program, and the orchestra will pay for the rest.
As part of the outreach activities, the orchestra will play four free community concerts: Jan. 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre (for the Chinese American community); Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Don Wash Auditorium in Garden Grove (for the Vietnamese community); April 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Ana High School (Latino community); and April 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Orange Korean Christian Reform Church in Fullerton. Programming will include Western symphonic repertory, with solo artists from each community. Pacific assistant conductor Edward Cumming will conduct all the concerts.
Additionally, about two weeks after each concert, adult music-education workshops will be jointly led by Pacific composer-in-residence Frank Ticheli and a bilingual musician.
For more information, call Linda Wong at (714) 755-5788, Ext. 227.