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Narong Prangcharoen and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra

What makes Orange County Home? What unites the people of Orange County?

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OC In Unison

Posted on November 7, 2015 by Pacific Symphony

Catch up on Music Alive composer-in-residence Narong Prangcharoen’s work with the Pacific Symphony! Learn more about their OC in Unison project, and watch the Nargon’s composer updates below.






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Narong Prangcharoen in Orange County: Highlights so Far

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Pacific Symphony

Composer Narong Prangcharoen is currently in residence with the Pacific Symphony through our Music Alive residencies, and so far has been deeply immersed in the life, culture, food, and communities of Orange County. From his community-sourced inspiration for composition to leading community painting classes to joining PSO staff and OC neighbors for Taco Tuesdays, Narong is making the most of his time in California!

Check out some of the highlights of his residency so far – we’re just getting started:

Meet Narong Prangcharoen and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Pacific Symphony

Residency Snapshot:

Narong Prangcharoen will be in residence at the Pacific Symphony for ten weeks during the 2014-15 season. During this time, Mr. Prangcharoen will work on data collection and information gathering for the community composition that he is creating as part of the Pacific Symphony’s aMUSEd initiative. Currently, if you live in Orange County, Narong wants to know “What makes Orange County home? What unites the people of Orange County?”

Via listening tours and online input, the community will select a topic or theme for the composition that is specific or special to Orange County. Community members will also be asked to submit material that may be used in the composition. This material could be audio (musical excerpts, sound samples), or verbal (poetry, stories, etc. intended to be used as part of a libretto or to be musically illustrated). In addition, his new work, Fanfare for Carl St. Clair, will receive its world premiere on December 11, 2014; it was written specifically for the Pacific Symphony’s season-long celebration of Music Director’s Carl St. Clair’s 25 years at the helm. In addition, Mr. Prangcharoen will provide mentoring opportunities for young music students (ages 12 to 18) who participate in the Pacific Symphony youth ensembles: Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings. He is writing short works specifically for these groups that will be performed during one of their three annual concerts during the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 season. He will also maintain a strong presence at the Symphony during the year in their artistic, education, and outreach activities.

So far, he’s already been all over OC and its surrounding areas (including Disneyland) as he starts to get a feel for the unique community of individuals OC comprises.

Get to know Narong:

Listen to Mantras on NewMusicBox, or watch Illuminations below:

Although still in his early thirties, Thailand-born and Kansas City-based composer Narong Prangcharoen has established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Thailand’s leading composers. Mr. Prangcharoen was one of the seven participants in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, the winner of both the American Composers Orchestra’s 2011 Annual Underwood Commission and 2011 Audience Choice Award, the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the winner of the 2013 Barlow Prize. His works have been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony (CA), Grant Park Orchestra (IL), Nagoya Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony, among others.

Get to know Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra:


Narong Prangcharoen is the Pacific Symphony’s esteemed Music Alive composer-in-residence until 2016, and as part of his residency, he has quite a few exciting projects in the works. Prangcharoen will be inspired by the sights, sounds and people of Orange County in composing a new piece of music to be premiered as the opening to the 2015-16 season.

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Pacific Symphony’s mission is to inspire, engage and serve Orange County, California through exceptional music performances and education and community programming. Its vision is to lead a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music in the region, through creativity, responsiveness and innovation. The Symphony offers programs that provide learning and enrichment opportunities…

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