• Laguna Beach Music Festival

Great Music, Intimate Spaces
The Laguna Beach Music Festival is an annual multi-day celebration of outstanding classical and contemporary music with some of the world’s foremost artists along with the next generation of star performers in intimate settings and at accessible pricing. Founded in 2002 the Laguna Beach Music Festival is co-presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

Bringing Music (and Audiences) to Laguna

Laguna Beach Music Festival is a week-long event in scenic Laguna Beach, California.
Co-presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Festival draws from across Southern California and beyond, although it is firmly rooted in the arts-aware community of Laguna Beach.

Festival Concerts at Laguna Playhouse
Key to the Festival are concerts in the intimate 420-seat Laguna Playhouse, in the village of Laguna Beach within easy walking distance of restaurants, galleries, shops and hotels. 

Special Events & Lifelong Learning

Key to any successful festival is the opportunity to share new experiences with friends and fellow music lovers, in social settings shaped to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the music. The Festival’s commitment to lifelong learning makes possile meet-the-artist events, salons, open rehearsals, and lively discussions, while local schoolchildren encounter live music in the schools during Festival week.   These programs capture the spirit of the Festival, blurring the lines between artist and audience, professional and amateur.

Festival Artists

April 2003 Mr. Claude Frank, piano, with The Calder Quartet and Trio Movado

April 2004 Mr. Bruno Canino, piano, with The Biava Quartet and Orion Wind Quintet

April 2005 Mr. Christopher O'Riley, piano, with Abraham Feder, Cello, Bella Hristova, Violin; Yao Guang Zhia, Clarinet

April 2006 Mr. Edgar Meyer, bass, with Joy Song, cello; Christine Grossman, viola; Bridget Dolkas, violin; Kathryn Eberle, violin; Katie Hyun, violin; Soyeon Lee, piano; Mihai Marica, cello; Mirabai Weissmehl, violin. Kevin Loucks, piano. Special Guest Musician: Michael Marshall, mandolin.

January 2007 The Ahn Trio with Special Guest Musicians: David Benoit Trio. Commissioned composers: David Benoit; Paul Chihara; Fernando Otero (composer in residence); Nguyen Le and two young emerging composers,  Aroop Kar and Brandon Collins.

January 2008 The Turtle Island String Quartet and Enso Quartet and commissioned work by Karim Al-Zand, composer in residence. Special guest artist, Stefon Harris.

January 2009 Lynn Harrell, cello with Colburn Conservatory of Music Quartet (Ryan Lee, violin I; Nigel Armstrong, violin II; Miguel Hernandez, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello). Plus special appearances by Daniel Rothmuller, Cello, Associate Principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and UCI Trio (Shoko Fukumaru, piano; Yoo Jin Oh, cello; Colin Murphy, clarinet).

January 2010 Exploring Music in Film with artistic Director Paul Chihara, composer and Associate Director Greg MacGillivray, IMAX film director and cinematographer. Featured ensemble, Claremont Trio, joined by flutist Claire Chase, violinist Maria Bachmann and pianist Jon Klibonoff. New compositions included works by Paul Chihara, Sharon Farber, and Pamela Madsen for a film by MacGillivray and the commissioning of a  new work by Donald Crockett for the Claremont Trio.

February 2011 Artistic Director Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh (Persian fiddle), Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and emerging artists from Colburn Conservatory of Music  and USC Thornton School (Kelsy Blumenthal, Robin Kesselman, Mindy Park, Elicia Silverstein, and Christopher Zack)

February 2012 Joshua Bell, violinist with Sam Haywood pianist, Double bassist Edgar Meyer, Calder Quartet and Calidore Quartet.

February, 2013 Pablo Zeigler,  Pablo Zeigler Classical Tango Quartet with Hector del Curto, Pedro Giraudo, and Jisoo Ok, Calidore Quartet, Regina Carter, Ronald Leonard and cellists from Colburn, Huayucaltia, and Todo Mundo.

February, 2014 Jeffery Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, yMusic and Linden String Quartet.

The Organizations
Laguna Beach Live! is dedicated to the enjoyment and exploration of great music in Laguna Beach and to the discovery of talented young musicians. Since its beginning in 2001, Laguna Beach Live! has become the preeminent presenter of music and Jazz in Laguna Beach on a year-round basis. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org.
The Philharmonic Society is Orange County's oldest and most recognized music organization. Since its inception in 1954, the Society has presented the world's most acclaimed symphony orchestras, ensembles, soloists and international artists for the enjoyment and appreciation of Orange County audiences. For more information, visit www.philharmonicsociety.org.

Festival Board of Trustees
Judith Jelinek and Lauren Packard, co-chairs
John “Chimo” Arnold
Diane Arnold
John Benecke
Robert Chickering
Jane Grier
Steve Gromet
Anita Halton
Joan Halvajian
Ron Harris
Hung Fan
Vince (Tim) Le Pore
Sharon Tetrault-Le Pore
Pamela Madsen
Alex Maradudin
Pat Morgan
Elaine Neuss
Nancy Posch
Carol Reynolds
Sheila Woodward

Dean Corey
president & artistic director
Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Lucinda Prewitt
President and Executive Director
Laguna Beach Live!

Laura Ricker
Festival Director