For the third consecutive year, Pacific Symphony asks “OC Can You Play With Us?” and invites community musicians from across Orange County to play with the orchestra onstage in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A popular event from the outset, last year the program doubled in size from its launch in 2011 as musicians from all over the community raced to sign up for their spot to play next to Pacific Symphony musicians. This year, the Symphony is again offering four sessions over two nights to allow up to 180 adult amateur musicians (ages 22 and older) the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair. Participants perform the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 on Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. New Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez leads an optional rehearsal on March 9, and participants are invited to attend a private reception with the musicians the night of their performance.
Registration opens Feb. 1, and participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis with no audition required. Friends, fans and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event. The event is free (open seating) but tickets are required and can be reserved through the box office at 714-755-5799 or obtained at the door. Find music tips and interact with the musicians on the “OC Can You Play With Us?” Facebook page at: Facebook.com/occanyouplaywithus. Watch a video, find out more and register at: http://www.PacificSymphony.org/PlayWithUs.