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Yo-Yo Ma brings star power to Pacific Symphony's tribute to Carl St.Clair / Orange County Register

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The third of a triumvirate of celebrity soloists taking part in the 25th anniversary season of Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair showed up Tuesday night in Segerstrom Concert Hall. The place was full of people – even the choral terrace – and full of anticipation. In the end they weren't disappointed, but then it wasn't the type of audience that was going to take disappointment for an answer.

Yo-Yo Ma was in the house. He could do no wrong. Not that he did.

The two-part program was mainstream to the max, a hum-along agenda designed to please the most conservative of tastes. As warm-up for the stellar guest, St.Clair led the orchestra in yet another performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" as orchestrated by Ravel, last performed by these musicians in August. After intermission Ma arrived with a work he didn't have to pack music for – Dvorák's Cello Concerto.

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