Soka Performing Arts Center Announces 2019-20 Season Under New General Manager Renee Bodie

July 08, 2019
Soka University PAC at sunset

(Aliso Viejo, CA)—Soka Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Soka University in Aliso Viejo, announces its 2019–2020 Season under the direction of new General Manager Renee Bodie. 

“This season is all about highlighting the stunning sound quality of our hall and broadening the range of musical experience for our audience,” Ms. Bodie says. 

Soka Performing Arts Center was created by world-renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who famously created the acoustics for Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among many others. “We have a world-class listening experience in a much more intimate setting,” Ms. Bodie says.

“My first focus was to spotlight that experience with exceptional classical pianists in our Great Pianists Series, which includes Murray Perahia, Daniil Trifonov, Yefim Bronfman, Beatrice Ranaand Behzod Abduraimov. Piano recitals in our hall are transcendent. We are also proud to continue our partnerships as the home of the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, whose stunning performances also highlight the beautiful acoustics in our concert hall, and this year will feature the violin concertos of Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms.”

“The next focus was to delight our audience with a breadth of musical artistry,” Ms. Bodie says. “We added new series and expanded our offerings to include a new Blues Festival featuring Taj Mahal, a Legends Series which includes Arlo Guthrie, and special engagements such as our season opening concert with Sergio Mendes: The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova. We added a new Children’s Concert Series, with Emmy and Grammy award-winning children’s artists who will engage young children in a musical experience and bring families together.”

“When we opened this beautiful 1,000-seat world-class venue eight years ago, we knew we had something really special. Now, with Renee onboard, we are confident that she will help guide the Soka Performing Arts Center to newer and greater heights,” said Archibald E. Asawa, vice president of finance and administration.

About Renee Bodie

Renee Bodie, general manager for Soka Performing Arts Center, is a seasoned arts professional with more than 20 years of arts management experience, with a range of successes in production and arts programming. Ms. Bodie previously served as executive director of Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles and Pasadena for six years, and has served on the board of Folk Alliance International for nine years, serving as president of the board for two of those years. As president of Bodie House Music Inc., a live music production company, she produced concerts, festivals, and major music conferences throughout the country for more than 16 years. She also has more than 25 years of business management experience.

Subscriptions to the 2019–2020 Season are on sale. Tickets to individual performances go on sale on July 12, 2019. Visit Soka Performing Art Center’s website at for more information. For inquiries about ticket discounts, call the box office at (949) 480-4278.

Behzod Abduraimov | Daniil Trifonov | Murray Perahia | Yefim Bronfman | Beatrice Rana
5-Concert Subscription: $184/$236/$288/$328 | Concert Hall

The Great Pianists Series opens with Behzod Abduraimov (Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8PM), whose performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. There is already great acclaim for this phenomenal young pianist: in the words of one critic, he’s “a super-virtuoso capable of real, delicate musicality.” But it’s his personal energy—the combination of super-charged skill and poetic freshness—that makes him perfectly suited for this varied program.  

CHOPIN: 24 Preludes, Op. 28
DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov (Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3PM)—“one of the most spectacularly virtuosic pianists of the day” (New York Times)—has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe that leave audiences astounded. Co-presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

BACH/RACHMANINOV: Prelude, Gavotte and Gigue
BACH/LISZT: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor
BACH: The Art of Fugue

Murray Perahia (Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8PM) has been called “a musician of big ideas” who “relishes the opportunity to air them in a large public forum” (New York Times). While his approach invariably draws attention to the music not the musician, he stands in the tradition of the great keyboard virtuosi as an artist armed with consummate technical skills, boundless imagination and near-mystical eloquence. This performance is sponsored by Dr. Kenneth and Sandra Tokita and the Parnassus Society.


Yefim Bronfman (Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3PM) is “a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura,” raves the Chicago Tribune. “Listening to Bronfman play … is like being in a crowded room when suddenly a profound conversationalist begins to speak and everyone just steps back to listen with rapt attention” (Chicago Sun Times). What more needs to be said about this titan of the piano whose playing exhibits all the elements—humor, playfulness, roguishness, nobility, and passion—of Beethoven’s sonatas.

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op. 10, No.1
                        Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
                        Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
                        Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57, Appassionata

Silver medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Gramophone’s 2017 Young Artist of the Year, Italian pianist Beatrice Rana (Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 8PM) is making waves on the international classical music scene, garnering admiration and interest from conductors, critics and audiences around the world. Her release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations debuted at number one on the UK classical charts and was roundly praised, winning her the prestigious Gramophone title. This performance is generously sponsored by Sam Ersan.


Carl St.Clair, conductor, with Simone Porterviolin
Carl St. Clair, conductor, with Benjamin Smolenflute and Dennis Kimviolin
Carl St.Clair, conductor, with Elissa Lee Koljonenviolin
3-Concert Subscription: $108/$144/$180/$204 | Concert Hall

Soka Performing Arts Center is proud to be the home of the Pacific Symphony Chamber Ensemble. The Sundays@Soka with Pacific Symphony Series is a highlight to the programming offered at Soka Performing Arts Center. Sundays@Soka is a series of 70-minute, informal concerts by Pacific Symphony proven to be popular for both newcomers and long-time aficionados of classical music.  Conductor and Music Director Carl St.Clair brings his vast knowledge of musical history to life with both his comments and baton.

Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart and Brahms (Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3PM). Acclaimed violinist, devoted chamber musician and Soka favorite, Simone Porter joins Carl St.Clair to kick of the series with a festive work by Mozart and Brahms only violin concerto.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

MOZART              Overture to Marriage of Figaro
BRAHMS              Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart (Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3PM). This concert is truly a Pacific Symphony family affair. Joining Maestro St.Clair in this all-Mozart program is Pacific Symphony’s Concert Master Dennis Kim and Benjamin Smolen who holds the symphony’s Valerie and Hans Imhof Principal Flute Chair.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Benjamin Smolen, flute
Dennis Kim, violin

MOZART              Flute Concerto in G Major
                                Benjamin Smolen, flute
MOZART              Violin Concerto No. 3
                                Dennis Kim, violin

Pacific Symphony Plays Ticheli and Beethoven (Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3PM). Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics throughout the world. The program includes Ticheli’s piece of fragile beauty and quiet dignity, and Beethoven’s only concerto for one of the most popular instruments of his day: the violin.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin

TICHELI             There Will Be Rest
BEETHOVEN       Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

About Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, the Pacific Symphony has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for more than a decade. Currently in its 39th season, the symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the US in the last 50 years. It is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene. In Orange County, the orchestra presents over 100 concerts and events each year, as well as a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages.

The Symphony offers repertoire that ranges from the great orchestral masterworks to music from today’s most prominent composers. Seven seasons ago, the symphony launched the highly successful opera initiative Symphonic Voices, which continued in February 2018 with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. It also offers a popular pops season, enhanced by state-of-the-art video and sound, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. Each symphony season also includes Café Ludwig, a chamber music series; an educational Family Musical Mornings series; and Sunday Casual Connections, an orchestral matinee series that offers rich explorations of selected works led by Mr. St.Clair.

The Pacific Symphony’s discography comprises 15 recordings, which feature 20th- and 21st-century music by American composers, including William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Richard Danielpour. In 2012 for Naxos, Mr. St.Clair and the orchestra recorded Philip Glass’s The Passion of Ramakrishna, a Pacific Symphony commission. The Symphony has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Koch International Classics, Reference Recordings, and Sony Classical, among other labels.

The Pacific Symphony has been recognized with multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and included among the country’s five most innovative orchestras by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the league as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Calidore Quartet |Solera Quartet | Alexi Kenney
3-Concert Series | $65/$89/$115/$132 | Concert Hall

The Calidore String Quartet (Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8PM) has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” and by the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.” After their Kennedy Center debut the Washington Post proclaimed that “four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.” This performance is generously sponsored by Sam Ersan.

Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello

HAYDN                 String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
BARTÓK               String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110
SCHUBERT           String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, Op. 29, “Rosamunde”

Solera Quartet (Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8PM) is acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent” and “one of the foremost young string quartets.” 2017 Pro Musicis International Award winner Solera Quartet has quickly gained a reputation for their fiery musical expression, poetic sensibility, entrepreneurial acumen, and exceptional dedication to social initiatives.

Miki-Sophia Cloud, violin
Tricia Park, violin
Molly Carr, viola
Andrew Janis, cello


Alexi Kenney (Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8PM), recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, hailed as “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His reputation continues to grow through lauded appearances with symphonies and recital performances across the country.


Kenny Barron Trio | Marilyn Maye & Kenney Werner | Kenny Werner Trio | The Jazz Centenarians Salutes 100 Years of Nat “King” Cole featuring Barbara Morrison & Sherry Williams           
4-Concert Subscription | $112/$144 | Concert Hall

Kenny Barron (Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8PM) was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master for unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. It is what inspired Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” Kenny has earned eleven Grammy Award nominations, and is “one of the most articulate and polished mainstream-to-bop improvisers in the jazz of the past 40 years” (The Guardian).

Grammy Award-nominated Marilyn Maye (Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 3PM) is a musical treasure. Singer, actress, director, arranger and educator, she has earned her place in the entertainment lexicon the old-fashioned way: pure talent and determination. One of Maye’s many un-matched talents is to fill theaters whether singing big and theatrical Broadway and cabaret or hip, cool, swinging jazz. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on the Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.” Joining Marilyn May is pianist Kenny Werner.

Grammy Award-nominated Kenny Werner (Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8PM) is a pianist of seemingly infinite capacity. He expertly entwines the three sisters of music—melody, harmony and rhythm—making the piano sing with beauty and confidence. A concert with Kenny at the helm is a lyrical (but never predictable) journey through the vast seas of improvised music.

The Jazz Centenarians Salutes 100 Years of Nat “King” Cole featuring Barbara Morrison & Sherry Williams (Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3PM). Styled after the groundbreaking Nat King Cole Show the concert features Barbara Morrison and Sherry Williams along with a big band, the Nat King Cole Trio and 10 singers each performing songs by the legendary artists who sang on the original variety TV show, such as Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Art Blakey and more.

Tom Harrell Quartet | Harry Allen | Renee Rosnes Trio
3-Concert Series | $84/$108 | Concert Hall

Tom Harrell (Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8PM) was voted Trumpeter of the Year of 2018 by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled melodic, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike.

Harry Allen (Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8PM) has been described as a throwback since his choice of material is jazz standards. This is jazz music played the way it was “meant” to be played: with confidence, straight-forward and without fussiness or frivolity, beautifully, and with the melody of the saxophone up front.

Renee Rosnes (Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3PM) is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has recorded 17 albums as a leader and worked with many of the great jazz masters, including Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Ron Carter among others. Rosnes is a true jazz monster with the killer combination of her beautiful, complex and virtuoso writing, and her brilliant, passionate and technically astounding playing.

Renee Rosnes, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Lewis Nash, drums

Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps |Tommy Castro and the Painkillers |*Taj Mahal Quartet
3-Concert Series | $76/$92/$100/$108 | TheClub@Soka/*Concert Hall

Grammy Award-nominated Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Friday,  November 1, 2019 at 8PM) are a group of stellar musicians with the Southern Americana feel-good soulful style of Texas blues. James’s voice—which has drawn praise from Bonnie Raitt and the late Levon Helm—is the centerpiece, but Terry Wilson on bass anchors the Rhythm Tramps with Billy Watts on guitar and Jay Bellarose on drums. As one critic said, “there are no clichés in this band.”

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8PM) knows how to ignite a crowd. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. The Painkillers—bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson—have coalesced into one of the tightest bands and create one unforgettable, unpredictable after another.

A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable and multi-Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal (Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3PM) has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. With his booming baritone, nimble finger-picking guitar playing and pioneering fusion of blues with disparate world and folk styles, the iconic artist has earned himself a place amongst the titans of American music.

Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years | The 5th Dimension | Arlo Guthrie
3-Concert Series | $92/$116/$140/$168 | Concert Hall

Jimmy Webb—The Glen Campbell Years (Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8PM) showcases the music and personal stories of a friendship that provided the soundtrack for generations. Campbell and Webb’s 50-year music collaboration was one of the most successful of all time, and yielded more than 100 recordings and timeless chart-topping hits including “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Where’s the Playground, Susie,” “Honey Come Back,” and many others.

In 1967, a little-known vocal group called the 5th Dimension (Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8PM) recorded the song “Up, Up and Away” which catapulted the group to instant stardom. Countless magazine covers, world tours and several Grammy Awards later, the 5th Dimension is recognized as one of the most prolific soul, R&B groups in musical history. Remaining true to their original, five-part harmonic sound, with original member Florence LaRue, the band continues to deliver dynamic performances, and has secured its position in the Grammy Hall of Fame, with 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards.

Arlo Guthrie (Saturday, April 18 at 8PM) has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist. While growing up Guthrie was surrounded by such renowned artists as Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, to name only a few. Not surprisingly, Arlo drew from these influences and he in turn became an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years.

Quetzal | Ranky Tanky |Rocky Dawuni
3-Concert Series | $70 | TheClub@Soka

From the ashes of Los Angeles’s 1992 rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of more than 70 years of Chicano rock. Quetzal (Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8PM) forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and the Headhunters, the Brat, Los Lobos, and many others, Quetzal has created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands” (Los Angeles Times).

“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God,” and is used to describe a culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. In this spirit, this Charleston-based quintet, Ranky Tanky (Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8PM) performs timeless music of Gullah—from playful game songs to joyful shouts, from wrenching spirituals to soft lullabies—and mixes traditions of the Lowcountry with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B.

Get ready for some infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems by Grammy Award-nominated Rocky Dawuni (Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8PM). This galvanizing performer, musician and activist, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create his unique “Afrobeat” sound that unites generations and cultures. His music is a progressive fusion of Reggae, Afrobeat, soul and Highlife music, and influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti, the positive messages of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti and K’naan. Rocky has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others, and was named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN.

The Bob Baker Marionettes | The Lucky Band | Secret Agent 23 Skidoo |Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards
4-Concert Series | $48 Adults/$16 Children (12 years old and younger) | TheClub@Soka

Soka Performing Arts Center introduces the Children’s Concert Series. Designed for children ages three to 10 years old these 90-minute matinee concerts will have the entire family laughing, smiling and dancing, and (sshhh!) learning about music, imagination, and the fun of being a kid.

With boundless imagination and wonder, The Bob Baker Marionettes (Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3PM) have been telling stories and entertaining children and adults for more than 70 years. Interactive and engaging, the beautifully crafted and historic marionettes captivate children and audiences of all ages. 

Emmy and Latin Grammy award winner The Lucky Band (Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3PM), featuring Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, creates indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical and child-friendly imaginations. Their songs have an incredible range of music, including bossa nova, rock ‘n’ roll beats, lively electric guitars, drums and horns as well as kazoos and toy pianos, and are aimed at exploring all of the joyous wonder of a young person’s life.

Come join a dance party! Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3PM), the Grammy Award-winning, internationally touring, purple velvet tuxedo-wearing, family-funk phenomenon, combines the positive, primal power of hip hop with the surreal storytelling of science fiction, celebrates individuality and imagination. When the funky beat and the bass groove drop, even the shyest kids get in on the action!

Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards (Sunday, March 8, 2020) invites the whole family to come along on a Crescent City inspired, jazzy music adventure with her band the Leaping Lizards. Kids (and parents, too!) get to dance and learn about the music of New Orleans featuring gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland. 

In addition to the concerts offered in the subscription series, Soka Performing Arts Center is proud to present these special engagements representing diverse genres of music and artists. Single tickets for Sergio Mendes are on sale now. Single tickets for the remaining special engagement performances will go on sale July 12, 2019.

Sergio Mendes: The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova
Saturday, September 14, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
Tickets: $45 - $76.50
Put on your dance shoes and celebrate 60 years of Bossa Nova with the godfather himself! With his smooth and elegant jazz and rhythmic samba beats, Grammy Award-winning Sergio Mendes first seduced the world with his classic song “Mas Que Nada.” Come swing and sway to the best of bossa nova—you may even glimpse the girl from Ipanema!

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia
Friday, October 20, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
Tickets: $35 - $75
Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Edgar Meyer (double bass): three masterful genre-benders and the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments who move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and world music. No doubt these three will create exciting, intricate and fascinating conversations with their instruments in varying techniques and unique styles.

Celtic Christmas
Sunday, December 8, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
Tickets: $22.50 - $76.50
The “World’s Most Recorded Piper” Eric Rigler (Outlander, Braveheart, Titanic, Austin Powers, The Simpsons, South Park, Phil Collins, Josh Groban, Faith Hill) and guitarist Dirk Freymuth team up to create a soundscape of Celtic spirit and energy. Drawing from haunting Irish airs, blazing jigs and reels, and flowing world-beat grooves, the duo produces a sublime sonic experience. Featuring Eric on Irish uilleann pipes, Scottish small-pipes and whistles, and Dirk on acoustic guitars, this will be a magical evening to help you and your family to usher in the holiday season!

Perla Batalla In The House of Cohen
Saturday, February 29, 2020
8PM | Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 - $50
For years Perla Batalla toured the world with Leonard Cohen, sharing in his music, poetry and wisdom. Her songs and personal stories reflect her love for her legendary partner and mentor and how his music has touched the hearts and souls of all of us. From “Suzanne” to “Hallelujah,” this concert thrills with the presence of two shining stars.

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia
The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Thursday, March 12, 2020 |8PM | Concert Hall
Tickets: $36 - $68
Vladimir Lande, conductor
Yuri Favorin, piano
The acclaimed Siberian State Symphony Orchestra brings its full force and sound to an all-Russian program: Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, a reminiscence of the Weinberg’s birthplace; Rachmaninoff’s technically challenging Piano Concerto No. 3; to Tchaikovsky’s moody but triumphant Symphony No. 5.

WEINBERG                  Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes
RACHMANINOFF          Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY            Symphony No. 5

About Soka Performing Arts Center

Now is in its ninth season of presenting the best of live performances on its extraordinary stage, Soka Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, is under the new leadership of General Manager Renee Bodie. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed to truly reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photovoltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility’s electrical needs. Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus is ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019.” The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life. For more information, please visit

Concert Hall
Behzod Abduraimov | Saturday, December 7, 2019
Daniil Trifonov | Sunday, February 9, 2020
Murray Perahia | Saturday, March 7, 2020
Yefim Bronfman | Sunday, March 29, 2020
Beatrice Rana | Saturday, May 16, 2020

Concert Hall
Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart and Brahms | Simone Porter, violin | Sunday, November 17, 2019
Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart | Benjamin Smolen, flute, Dennis Kim, violin | Sunday, January 19, 2020
Pacific Symphony Plays Ticheli and Beethoven | Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin | Sunday, April 5, 2020

Concert Hall
Jimmy Webb—The Glen Campbell Years | Saturday, October 5, 2019
The 5th Dimension | Saturday, February 8, 2020
Arlo Guthrie | Saturday, April 18, 2020

Concert Hall
Calidore Quartet | Friday, October 25, 2019
Solera Quartet | Friday, November 8, 2019
Alexi Kenney | Friday, February 21, 2020

Concert Hall
Tom Harrell Quartet | Saturday, October 26, 2019
Harry Allen Trio | Saturday, February 1, 2020
Renee Rosnes Trio | Sunday, February 23, 2020

Concert Hall
Kenny Barron | Friday, September 20, 2019
Marilyn Maye & Kenny Werner | Saturday, September 21, 2019
Kenny Werner Trio | Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Jazz Centenarians Salutes 100 Years of Nat “King” Cole featuring Barbara Morrison & Sherry Williams | Sunday, September 22, 2019

Black Box Theatre | *Concert Hall
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps | Friday, November 1, 2019
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers | Saturday, November 2 at 8PM
Taj Mahal Quartet | Sunday, November 3 at 3PM*

Black Box Theatre
Quetzal  | Saturday, November 16, 2019
Ranky Tanky | Saturday, January 25, 2020
Rocky Dawuni | Saturday, April 11, 2020

Black Box Theatre
The Bob Baker Marionettes | Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Lucky Band | Sunday, November 24, 2019
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo | Sunday, January 26, 2020
Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards | Sunday, March 8, 2020

Concert Hall
Sérgio Mendes: The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova | Saturday, September 14, 2019
Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer | Friday, October 20, 2019
Celtic Christmas | Sunday, December 8, 2019
Perla Batalla In The House of Cohen | Saturday, February 29, 2020
The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra | Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tickets and Subscriptions:

In Person: Soka Box Office
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Phone: (949) 480-4278

All artists, programs, dates, times and prices are accurate at time of distribution and subject to change.