Colburn Orchestra

The Conservatory of Music’s flagship ensemble takes the stage across Southern California, featuring Music Director Yehuda Gilad, esteemed guest conductors, and student soloists. Always know when a Colburn Orchestra concert is coming up when you sign up for Your Week at Colburn, our weekly email newsletter of upcoming events.

The Colburn Orchestra concerts at Ambassador Auditorium are generously sponsored by Villa Gardens and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Wednesday, August 15 at 7 pm
The Soraya
Christopher Lees, Guest Conductor
Simone Porter, Violin
Cheer on the Colburn Orchestra as they head out for their first performances overseas with conductor Stéphane Denève at the Edinburgh International Festival and in Dublin.
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Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm
Ambassador Auditorium
Catherine Larsen-Maguire, Guest Conductor
Emma Wernig, Viola
British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire opens the season with Colburn concerto competition winner Emma Wernig performing Walton’s lush Viola Concerto. Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm.
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Tuesday, October 23 at 7 pm
Celebrate Colburn Gala Concert
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Valery Gergiev, Guest Conductor
Dominic Cheli, Piano
Internationally revered conductor Valery Gergiev takes the podium in a program featuring award-winning pianist Dominic Cheli. Gala dinner follows.
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Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm
The Soraya
Yehuda Gilad, Music Director and Conductor
Felicity James, Violin
For the third year, Music Director Yehuda Gilad leads the orchestra at The Soraya in a program of Bernstein, Shostakovich, and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with rising star Felicity James.
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Thursday, January 31 at 8 pm
The Soraya
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Guest Conductor
Cristina Mateo Sáez, Clarinet
Venerated conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen leads this blockbuster program of Strauss and Mozart, featuring Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition prizewinner Cristina Mateo Sáez.
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Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Xian Zhang, Guest Conductor
The Colburn Orchestra performs under the baton of lively and dynamic New Jersey Symphony Music Director Xian Zhang for the first time.
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Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm
Colburn Orchestra
Ambassador Auditorium
Claus Peter Flor, Guest Conductor
Alyssa Katahara, Harp
This season finale concert features Ginastera’s lyrical harp concerto and Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony with esteemed German conductor Claus Peter Flor. Join us for a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm.
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