Pacific Symphony Announces Series of Family Musical Matinees

Pacific Symphony today announced the 2022-23 Family Musical Mornings Series presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank. The series features kid-friendly 45-minute concerts that engage and entertain young audiences, setting them on the path to a lifelong love of music. The Family Musical Mornings series includes ten Saturday morning concerts, consisting of five programs with two performances each day at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Suitable for children and their families, each program explores a different theme and is designed to be interactive, engaging and participatory. Pacific Symphony, led by Dr. Jacob Sustaita, Deputy Conductor (and Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra), is joined by singers, actors and dancers to take the audience on a musical journey through the secrets and inner workings of the orchestra with a captivating, multimedia format.

The Symphony Orchestra sincerely thanks the Farmers & Merchants Bank for their strong support as presenting sponsor of the Family Musical Mornings series. Pacific Symphony President and CEO John Forsyte said, “We are proud to partner with Farmers & Merchants Bank, and are deeply grateful for their past support and continued commitment. Pacific Symphony can only continue music education and family programming thanks to wonderful investors. like farmers and merchants.”

Tickets go on sale May 2 and will cost from just $60 for five magical musical experiences. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at (714) 755-5799, going online at, or mailing Pacific Symphony at 17620 Fitch, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614.


Oct. 22 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Discover the magical and mystical powers of the orchestra through the eyes of a young wizard’s apprentice. You’ll hear selections from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and even Harry Potter. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume!


3 Dec. • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Festival Ballet Theater – Salwa Rizkalla, artistic director

Visions of sugared almonds and beautiful ballerinas will dance through your head after watching Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created especially for children. This annual favorite ends with a joyful visit from Santa himself!


February 22, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Experience the stunning sounds of the great outdoors that come to life in the concert hall when the Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for this side-by-side performance. You will hear the sound of swirling waters and majestic scenes of nature painted by the musical pens of famous composers.


March 18, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Celebrating iconic musical moments from favorite films released over the past decade, this melodic journey explores Disney Animation’s latest stories through unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by a symphony orchestra. This heart-pounding performance includes music from Oscar-winning Moana (2016), Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Tangled (2010). Come dressed as your favorite Disney character!


June 3, 2023 • 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

This fairy tale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, a welcoming gingerbread house and an evil witch. This child-friendly production features spoken narration and acting, as well as the most charming and catchy arias from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers.

All programs and artists are subject to change.

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, is the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert hall for more than a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the past 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but is also recognized as an exceptional ensemble that is making progress on the national and international stages. In April 2018, Pacific Symphony debuted at Carnegie Hallwhere he was invited to perform as part of a year-long celebration of the composer Philip Glass‘ 80th birthday. The Symphony Orchestra made its first-ever China tour this year, with performances in five cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages. The Symphony Orchestra has been honored with several ASCAP awards for adventurous programming and included among the top five most innovative orchestras in the nation by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony Orchestra’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the League, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.