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Soka Performing Arts Center Adds Three New Series to its Package Offerings for 2017-18 Season, On Sale June 13

Aliso Viejo, CA – Soka Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season series packages go on sale Tuesday, June 13, 2017. New this season are the Pop Classics Series, bringing back the sounds and memories of favorite pop icons; the Colburn at Soka Series, featuring outstanding young soloists and ensembles from the Colburn School in Los Angeles; and the TenPints New Music Series, presenting up-and-coming, local and touring musicians. Packages will remain on sale until the first performance in a given series. Packages can be purchased online at, by calling (949) 480-4ART (4278), or by visiting the Box Office on Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The nine themed series are for sale as packages: Chamber Music, International Symphony, Sundays at Soka (with Pacific Symphony), Jazz Festival, Jazz Monsters, World Music, Pop Classics, Colburn at Soka, and TenPints New Music. Each package contains multiple events and offers significant discounts (save 22-25%) over single-event ticket prices. Single-event tickets go on sale July 11, 2017.

The Chamber Music Series features eight outstanding events this year, with artists ranging from well-known soloists to one of the most brilliant young string quartets performing today. Enjoy solo recitals by the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist on October 6, 2017; pianists Seong-Jin Cho on November 5, 2017, Behzod Abduraimov on November 18, 2017, Emanuel Ax on January 16, 2018, and Garrick Ohlsson on April 29, 2018; and guitarist Paul Galbraith on October 28, 2017. Enjoy ensemble performances by the Escher String Quartet with guitarist Jason Vieaux on October 22, 2017 and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, performing inventive, critically-acclaimed interpretations of classical and contemporary works including a new work by Pat Metheny, “Road to the Sun,” on March 4, 2018. Single-event tickets will range from $40 to $50 depending on the event with discounts available for students, seniors, and military. The eight-event package is $264 ($218 discounted).

The International Symphony Series features two outstanding orchestras with outstanding soloists. The series begins on November 3, 2017, with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pavel Kogan. The program features Rachmaninoff’s The Rock, Scriabin’s Symphony No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring pianist Dmitry Masleev. On February 7, 2018, the Grammy-winning Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Neeme Järvi and Arvo Volmer, performs compositions by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jean Sibelius, and Antonín Dvořák, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman. Single-event tickets are $60 or $48 for students, seniors, and military. The two-event package is $92 ($74 discounted).

This year, the Sundays at Soka Series will highlight masterworks of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beethoven. The series opens on November 12, 2017 with principal clarinetist Joseph Morris and pianist Benjamin Pasternack performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 27. On January 21, 2018, Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint showcases Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The final concert on April 15, 2018 will feature the University of Southern California Thornton Choral Artists and Director Jo-Michael Scheibe with a program of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Each concert in the Sundays at Soka Series is at 3 p.m. and performed without an intermission. Single-event tickets are $50, with a discounted price of $40 for students, seniors, and military. The three-event package is $114 ($93 discounted).

The Jazz Festival Series, on September 22-24, 2017, will feature vocalist Diane Schuur, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, all-star septet The Cookers, and end with modern west coast jazz performed by the Phil Norman Tentet. Single-event tickets are $30 or $26 for students, seniors, and military. The four-performance package price is $92 ($80 discounted).

The Jazz Monsters Series will begin on November 10, 2017 with a lesson in jazz from the Donald Brown Trio. On February 9, 2018, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Kenny Barron returns to the Soka Performing Arts Center with his quintet. Jazz legends Billy Childs & Paquito D’Rivera come together for the first time in a one-of-a-kind public performance on the Soka Performing Arts Center Stage on March 9, 2018, also featuring cellist Mark Summers. On April 6, 2018, hear the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones inspired by Miles Davis. Single-event tickets are $40 or $32 for students, seniors, and military. The five-event package is $120 ($100 discounted). 

The World Music Series will take place in the intimate Black Box Theatre. Some of these general admission events will feature both seated and standing room, so members of the audience can feel free to dance to the upbeat music. Starting on October 8, 2017, humanitarian, photographer, and world-renowned artist, Samite, spreads a message of peace and hope through the healing power of Ugandan music. Then on January 26, 2018, Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian of Niyaz seamlessly blend medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from the Middle East with rich, acoustic instrumentation and modern electronic rhythms. Kiran Ahluwalia presents vocal traditions of India and Pakistan with her original compositions that embrace influences from both the West and Africa on February 16, 2018. Stay tuned for a performance by a surprise Grammy-winning Latin rock group on April 28, 2018. The artist will be announced closer to the start of the season. Single-event tickets are $30 or $26 for students, seniors, and military. The package price for the five-show series is $92 ($80 discounted).

The Pop Classics Series revisits music of The Byrds; Peter, Paul & Mary; and John Denver. Starting on September 30, 2017 founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, explores the past and newly embraces folk music influences. On February 11, 2018, Peter Yarrow uses his music to convey a message of humanity and caring. Finally, on April 8, 2018, Jim Curry presents his uncanny ability to mirror John Denver’s voice and clean-cut look, remembering the time when “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine,” “Calypso,” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts. Single-event tickets are $45 or $37 for students, seniors, and military. The package price is $102 ($84 discounted).

The TenPints New Music Series will take place in the Black Box Theatre with a dance floor so audience members can dance to the music. Up-and-coming, local and touring musicians and bands will perform contemporary genres like rock, folk, hip hop, and pop. Save the dates for October 20, 2017, November 17, 2017, and February 2, 2018. The last concert of the series on April 13, 2018, is indie folk with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, featuring Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Single-event tickets are $20 or $16 for students, seniors, and military. The three-performance package price is $60 ($48 discounted).

The Colburn at Soka Series starts a new collaboration between the Soka Performing Arts Center and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. This new chamber music series features outstanding young soloists and ensembles, specially chosen by the Colburn faculty for their artistry and professional potential. Artists appearing at each performance will be announced in advance of their performances on October 29, 2017, January 28, 2018, and March 11, 2018. Single-event tickets are $20 or $16 for students, seniors, and military. The three-performance package price is $45 ($36 discounted).