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Van Cliburn Finalist, Sean Chen, Performs with Pacific Symphony

Van Cliburn Finalist, Sean Chen, Performs with Pacific Symphony at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – The Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony concert on February 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center features award-winning pianist Sean Chen. Single tickets are $50 for adults; and $40 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $39 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

These 70-minute, informal concerts in the Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony Series are perfect for newcomers to the classical music scene. Conductor Carl St.Clair discusses the works being presented for a friendly environment of listening and learning. This concert’s program will include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Nos. 2 and 3.

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 28-year-old American pianist Sean Chen won third prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and was also awarded the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in 2013. Since then, he has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (New York Times), and was recently named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts. A multifaceted musician, Chen also transcribes, composes and improvises; his transcription of Ravel’s “La Valse” has been received with glowing acclaim, and his encore improvisations are lauded as “genuinely brilliant” (Dallas Morning News).

Led by St.Clair for the past 27 years, the Pacific Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years. It is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own community of Orange County. In both 2005 and 2010, the Symphony received the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Also in 2010, a study by the League of American Orchestras, “Fearless Journeys,” included the Symphony as one of the country’s five most innovative orchestras.