Carl St. Clair

In 2015-16, Music Director Carl St.Clair celebrates his 26th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony. He is one of the longest tenured conductors of the major American orchestras. St.Clair’s lengthy history solidifies the strong relationship he has forged with the musicians and the community. His continuing role also lends stability to the organization and continuity to his vision for the Symphony’s future. Few orchestras can claim such rapid artistic development as Pacific Symphony—the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years—due in large part to St.Clair’s leadership.

During his tenure, St.Clair has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming. Among his creative endeavors are: the vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” which continues for the fifth season in 2015-16 with Puccini’s Turandot, following the concert-opera productions of La Bohème, Tosca, La Traviata and Carmen in subsequent seasons; the creation five years ago of a series of multimedia concerts featuring inventive formats called “Music Unwound”; and the highly acclaimed American Composers Festival, which highlights the splendor of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in 2015-16 with music by Stephen Paulus, Wayne Oquin and Morten Lauridsen.

Carl St. Clair Reviews:

“This religious opus is both magnificent and eloquent. I consider it a gift to have been asked to review it…This Requiem can be classed among the great ones.” –Lessard, UHF Review

“All [the participants] are touching and intensely involved in projecting the pain and healing inherent in such a work …Danielpour [is] tender and tasteful, and you can’t knock that as a way to memorialize the sufferings of last year.” —Stephanie von Buchau, San Francisco Examiner