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Mission Statement

Our mission is to create an extraordinary theatrical experience with classical music that attracts people from all ages and backgrounds, while emerging on the international scene as one of the most visionary and innovative orchestras in the industry.


Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Jung-Ho Pak, our orchestra is on the move to reach thousands of San Diegans with a new persona. We have a fresh and open approach to making classical music meaningful to every single adult and child in San Diego County, the nation and the world. We’re on an exciting mission to provide a dramatic classical music experience that is extraordinary in every way for our guests.

There is a palpable "buzz" about the orchestra throughout the San Diego area that is felt by concertgoers, the musicians and the media. This has resulted in sold-out concerts in its multiple venues, standing ovations, exciting word-of-mouth-conversations, a significantly increased presence in major media outlets and a major increase in the number of young professionals attending the concerts.

The orchestra's incredibly talented musicians (35+), conducted by Maestro Pak, perform five Nova Classics concerts from fall through spring. These concerts have been received with an exceptionally high level of enthusiasm as a result of innovative and creative programming coupled with stellar performances by the musicians. We perform in multiple venues: the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla; the state-of-the art Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in Sorrento Valley; and just added this year, Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, and Coronado School of the Arts.

The Orchestra has had a long-time tradition of performing Handel's Messiah in December, but it created a sensation in San Diego in 2006, and every year since, by performing the only authentic 18th century re-creation of Messiah by a professional chorus (Bach Collegium San Diego) and orchestra in the area.

Our Pops! concerts (performed by 50+ musicians at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido) has become popular throughout the area. Three performances are scheduled for the 2010-2011 season.

It's an exciting time for the Orchestra...creative programming, innovative uses of technology, high-quality beautiful music, old-fashioned warmth and enthusiasm, some very exciting one-of-a-kind education programs, and a real community feel that brings the musicians and guests together for an extraordinary experience.



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