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Oct 03
OCC Symphony Opens Season With New Conductor, Callback to Romantic Era

​The Orange Coast College Symphony will open its 2017-18 season on Oct. 7 with popular pieces from the Romantic Period, including music composed by Rossini, Faure, and Schubert. 

The performance will take place in the College's Robert B. Moore Theatre at 7:30 p.m., and Symphony musicians will join up with OCC's Chamber Singers and Chorale for a truly delightful evening of beautiful music. 

"The program is full of tunes that audience members will recognize, including Gioachino Rossini's famous 'Barber of Seville' overture and Gabriel Faure's beautiful 'Pavane.' It also includes Schubert's cheerful Symphony No. 5," says Director of Choral Activities Eliza Rubenstein. 

The concert will conclude with a majestic rendition of Schubert's "Tantum Ergo" which will have the Symphony joining forces with OCC's 85-member Chamber Singers and Chorale. 

This will be the first performance for the College's newest Symphony conductor, Maxim Kuzin, who was hired on at Coast this past summer. Kuzin — originally from Ukraine — currently is finishing his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He moved to the United States with his family in 2014 after Russia invaded his home country. "That move was the hardest, unplanned, and life-changing experience of our lives so far, and my professional life in particular," Kuzin says. 

In spite of the struggle, he has managed to rebuild his career, and is excited to lead OCC's Symphony. 

"Orange Coast College's Symphony has a reputation of the solid community college orchestra in the midst of the Orange County attracting many community members in addition to the changing core of the student body," Kuzin says. "I am planning exciting things [in terms of] outreach and to bring the OCC classical music culture and activities closer to the neighboring high school and music schools, to make the OCC Symphony's presence in the community more visible." 

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the OCC Bursar's Office at (714) 432-5880. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Tickets also will be available at the door.