Campus News


Van Cliburn Competition Finalist Fei-Fei Dong Joins Pacific Symphony

Van Cliburn Competition Finalist Fei-Fei Dong Joins Pacific Symphony at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – The first event in the Sundays at Soka Series is Pacific Symphony with Fei-Fei Dong on November 20, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center. 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).

At this concert, the Pacific Symphony will be joined by pianist Fei-Fei Dong, who was a finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Pacific Symphony is led by renowned Music Director Carl St.Clair. The program will include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Nos. 1 and 4.

These 70-minute, informal concerts by the Pacific Symphony are perfect for newcomers to the classical music scene. St.Clair discusses the works being presented for a friendly environment of listening and learning. This season’s Sundays at Soka with Pacific Symphony Series will feature Beethoven’s five piano concertos, as well as the Triple Concerto. Purchase a series package by November 20, 2016, and only pay $111 ($90 student/senior) for three concerts resulting in a savings of at least 25%.

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Dong was also a winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” (Dallas Morning News). Dong has performed at Alice Tully Hall in recital as the winner of Juilliard’s 33rd Annual William Petschek Recital Award and as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane. She has appeared as a soloist with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Randall Craig Fleisher and John Giordano. Born in Shenzhen, China, Dong began piano lessons at the age of five. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

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.