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Saturday, May 20, 2023, 7:00 pm,at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa

Proceeds to Help Fund Pacific Chorale’s Upcoming International Tour andIts Artistic, Music Education and Outreach Programs throughout Orange County

COSTA MESA, CA (March 10, 2023) – Grammy Award-winning Pacific Chorale, whose performances have been hailed as “ethereal” (LA Opus), “thrilling” and “sublime” (Classical Voice), caps its 2022-23 Season with a celebratory gala, “A Night in Salzburg,” honoring one of Orange County’s most prominent and impactful arts leaders, Richard Stein, President & CEO of Arts Orange County, on Saturday May 20, 2023, 7:00 pm, at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, immediately following the chorus’ season finale concert at Segerstrom Hall. Stein, a staunch advocate for the arts, will be recognized by Pacific Chorale for his tenacious leadership, rallying the entire Orange County arts community during the pandemic, and for his 14 years of dedicated service to the community. In addition to feting Stein, the Salzburg-themed gala features a sumptuous dinner, a special musical interlude, raffle and live auction. Proceeds will help fund Pacific Chorale’s international tour in July 2023 – its first tour in seven year, which includes appearances in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom – and also benefits the choir’s performances and music education and outreach programs throughout Orange County.

“Richard Stein deserves recognition from the entire Orange County community for his incredible dedication to bolstering, advancing, and fostering the arts and arts education across the region,” says Pacific Chorale CEO & President Andrew Brown. “That the arts continue to thrive here is in no small measure because Richard has made it his mission to uplift and advocate for local arts organizations small and large. We are deeply grateful to Richard and so proud to recognize him at Pacific Chorale’s gala for his selfless achievements that have enhanced Orange County beyond measure.”

Stein has helmed Arts Orange County since 2008, guiding its efforts to address the needs of the arts and culture community in Orange County and working with officials on federal, state and local levels to advocate for increased public funding for the arts. Under his leadership, Arts Orange County has emerged as a trailblazer among nonprofit arts councils worldwide, augmenting traditional arts agency programs and services in its unique role as the community’s go-to arts consultant to government, education, and nonprofit organizations. The organization’s advocacy at the start of the pandemic resulted in nearly $2.8 million of relief funds for artists, arts nonprofits and arts-related businesses in Orange County. Stein previously served as the executive director of the Laguna Playhouse for 17 years and, prior to that, managing director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dean’s Arts Board.

“A Night in Salzburg” is chaired by Susan Lindley. Gala committee members include Carla Neeld, Pat Newton, Carl Porter, Beth Varney, Julie Virjee, and Amanda Whiting.

Pacific Chorale’s 2022-23 Season is made possible by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, and Silver Season Sponsor Charles and Ling Zhang.

Gala tickets begin at $300/person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. (Tickets to the pre-gala concert, sold separately, range from $26-$142.)  The Avenue of the Arts Hotel is located at 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

For tickets and information, visit or call 714-662-2345.

PACIFIC CHORALE, a Grammy Award-winning Orange County “treasure” with a “fresh viewpoint” that “can sing anything you put in front of it, with polish, poise and tonal splendor” (Orange County Register) has “risen to national prominence” (Los Angeles Times) since its inception in 1968. Hailed for delivering “thrilling entertainment” (Voice of OC), the resident choir at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is noted for its artistic innovation and commitment to expanding the choral repertoire. It has given the world, U.S., and West Coast premieres of more than 35 works, including numerous commissions, by such lauded composers as John Adams, Jake Heggie, James Hopkins, David Lang, Morten Lauridsen, Ravel, Tarik O’Regan, Karen Thomas, Frank Ticheli, András Gábor Virágh, and Eric Whitacre. In addition to presenting its own concert series each season, Pacific Chorale enjoys a long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, with whom the choir made its highly anticipated Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. The chorus also regularly appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which it won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical, for its contribution to the live classical recording of “Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of A Thousand,’” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson and Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus and Pacific Chorale. The choir has performed with such leading orchestras as the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Musica Angelica, among others. Pacific Chorale has garnered international acclaim as well, having toured extensively to more than 19 countries in Europe, South America, and Asia, and through collaborations with the London Symphony, Munich Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux and L’Orchestre de St-Louis-en-l’Île of Paris, National Orchestra of Belgium, China National Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Estonian National Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, among others. Deeply committed to making choral music accessible to people of all ages, the organization, which has a discography of 14 self-produced recordings and an extensive collection of exceptional free digital offerings, places a significant emphasis on choral music education, providing after-school vocal programs for elementary school students, a choral summer camp for high school students, and an annual community-wide singing event at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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Pacific Chorale Presents “A Night in Salzburg”

  • a celebratory gala honoring Richard Stein, President & CEO of Arts Orange County, one of Orange County’s most prominent and impactful arts leaders;
  • gala tickets include dinner, live entertainment, raffle and live auction;
  • proceeds to help fund Pacific Chorale’s upcoming international tour andits artistic, music education and outreach programs throughout Orange County



Saturday, May 20, 2023, 7:00 pm


Avenue of the Arts Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Gala tickets begin at $300/person (does not includes concert admission; tickets to the pre-gala season finale concert at Segerstrom Hall, sold separately, range from $26-$142)


Artists, date, program and venue subject to change

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