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Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Soka Performing Arts Center

Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County enriches the community by presenting the world's greatest classical musicians while providing free music education programs that inspire, expand imaginations, and encourage learning at all levels, engaging over 100,000 students annually.

Soka Performing Arts Center
To Engage, Educate, and Elevate the Human Spirit…
Soka Performing Arts Center strives to elevate humanity through transcendent experiences. Come experience our exquisite acoustics. Come to expand your understanding and appreciation of music. Come to forge community and emotional connections through the shared experience of live music. Come to Listen. Feel. Transform.

*Programming and artists subject to change, please refer to the participating organization’s calendar listing for the most up-to-date program.

Performance Times

Saturday November 11th, 8:00PM

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California Festival

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad’s newest initiative, American Railroad, illuminates the impact of African American, Chinese, Irish, and Native American communities on the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad and America’s westward expansion.
The work explores the dissemination of cultures across the United States, as the railroad was to North America what the Silk Road was to China, the Far East and Europe.

Co-presented with Soka Performing Arts Center.


Silkroad with Rhiannon GIDDENS

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Founded in 2013 by pianist and Artistic Director Aron Kallay, Brightwork newmusic is the only organization in Southern California with a performing ensemble, monthly concert series, and educational initiatives—all focused on contemporary classical music. Brightwork’s ensemble is a sextet of Grammy-winning and -nominated musicians who are fluent in many musical styles and who perform and record actively across Southern California and beyond.