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The Family Series kicks off on Oct. 28 with a Halloween spooktacular—“Phantoms of the Orchestra”

Orange County, Calif.—Oct. 5—Where else can you find quality entertainment that is both good fun and good for you? Families discover and share the wonder of great music at Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank. The 2006-07 season kicks off on Oct. 28 with a Halloween concert and continues with programs designed not only to delight youngsters but also to bring children, parents and grandparents together. From audience favorites such as “Carnival of the Animals,” to movie scores, holiday music, and famous tunes that conjure up images of outer space and swashbuckling pirates, the season is one for people of all ages. Family concerts are being presented for the first time in the new Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, at two times on Saturday mornings—10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to come early or stay late to enjoy a musical treasure hunt that takes place before and after each concert. For information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or

Family Musical Mornings give families a chance to experience and learn about classical music in fun, interactive ways. Children have the opportunity to try out instruments, hear stories, dance, observe young musicians perform and more. Plus, music is presented in a family-friendly packagee—with concerts no longer than 45 minutes in length—just right to hold a child’s attention. Visual elements such as singers or actors or dancers add to the experience.

“In the Family Series, we strive to give the audience great family entertainment while at the same time teaching them about orchestral music and the instruments of the orchestra,” says Maestro Hall, who is in his final season with the Symphony. “We want the kids to leave having had a great time as well as having learned something new about music.

“This season's Family Series is unique because we will be performing in the new Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall” adds Hall. “Not only is the hall beautiful, but it’s very intimate, which will give the kids a whole new way of seeing and hearing classical music.”

The season’s Family Series line-up begins with Phantoms of the Orchestra—just in time for Halloween. Everyone is invited to come in costume on Oct. 28 for this Spooktacular Concert! No tricks here—children experience a musical treat by experiencing the Symphony perform their favorite Halloween tunes such as John Williams’ Theme from “Superman,” Saint Saëns’ “Dance Macabre,” a Circus Polka by Stravinsky and more!

“This season, our concerts are based around themes that all kids can enjoy—from a pirate adventure to a space voyage,” Hall explains. “We will trick or treat during our Halloween Spooktacular and watch huge puppets come to life as we perform Camille Saint Saëns' ‘Carnival of the Animals.’ We’ll also perform Mussorgsky's descriptive ‘Pictures and an Exhibition,’ Mussorgsky's frightening ‘Night on Bald Mountain,’ and music from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ It promises to be the most exciting Family Series yet!”

The series continues on Dec. 2, when the spirit of Christmas arrives early in the
month when Nutcracker for Kids—a condensed version of Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet—takes center stage in the new hall. Keeping with tradition, the concert includes an audience sing-along of beloved Christmas carols such as “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and a visit from old St. Nick himself. Share the warmth of the holiday season with this Christmas celebration that’s sure to touch people of all ages.

Daring sea battles and dashing pirates come alive on Jan. 13 through orchestral music during “Pirates of the High Seas”—a side-by-side concert with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. This annual concert includes music from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and from the musical “Pirates of Penzance,” in addition to a band of swashbuckling pirates who engage in an on-stage sword fight!
On Feb. 3, attendees are sure to recognize Mussorgsky’s famous “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a piece written as a musical description of walking around Mussorgsky’s friend Victor Hartman’s art exhibition. Audience members’ artwork is projected above the orchestra, illustrating the spirit of each movement.

On March 24 is Carnival of the Animals, a grand zoological fantasy that comes to life with the audience favorite by the same name by Camille Saint-Saëns. The performance features the nationally renowned Bob Brown Puppets. Kids will be visited by a regal, king-sized lion, a 7-foot kangaroo, a school of fluorescent fish and much more!

The Final Frontier on April 28 offers children and families projected images of space with a performance of “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. While listening to “Mars” see real images of the planets captured by a spacecraft! Music from “Star Wars” will take you out of this world—and on an incredible tour of the galaxy!

“The Pacific Symphony is committed to music education, because we believe in
spreading the joy of orchestral music,” says Hall. “The Family series is an important element of the Symphony's education programs and it has been my pleasure to be part of it for five seasons. In this series, we hope to instill the love of orchestral music in our audience, so that they will carry it with them for a lifetime.”