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Pacific Symphony Honors Mozart’s Final Concertos with Clarinetist Joseph Morris and Pianist Benjamin Pasternack

Pacific Symphony Honors Mozart’s Final Concertos with Clarinetist Joseph Morris and Pianist Benjamin Pasternack at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Pacific Symphony will perform Mozart’s final concertos featuring clarinetist Joseph Morris and pianist Benjamin Pasternack at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. as a part of the Sundays at Soka Series. Single tickets are $50 for adults; and $40 for students, seniors, and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $37 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

These 70-minute, informal concerts by the Pacific Symphony are perfect for newcomers to the classical music scene. An audience favorite, conductor and music director Carl St.Clair brings his vast knowledge of musical history to life with both his comments and baton. The program will be Mozart’s two final concertos, the Clarinet Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 27.

Joseph Morris is the principal clarinet of the Pacific Symphony where he occupies the Hanson Family Foundation Chair. A laureate of numerous competitions, Morris has been awarded first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition, and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the Thornton School of Music, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He was a semifinalist in the Fifth Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense, Denmark in 2013. Previously, he has held the positions of principal clarinet with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, where he was featured as soloist in performances of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Benjamin Pasternack entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of thirteen and was the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural World Music Masters Piano Competition held in Paris and Nice in July 1989. His orchestral engagements have included appearances as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, New Japan Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestre national de France, SWR Orchestra of Stuttgart, Bamberger Symphoniker, and Orquesta Nacional de Costa Rica. He has been featured as soloist twice on National Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show Symphony Cast.