Soka’s new season includes a couple of vocal gems

OC’s Soka Performing Arts Center has been attracting quite a variety of world-class talent over the last several years, and the 2022-23 season is no exception. But as their long list of offerings is diverse and extensive, be sure to note these two particularly juicy programs in the classical vocal realm:

See the full lineup in the press release below:

Soka Performing Arts Center 2022-2023 Season Announcement


[ALISO VIEJO, CA, August 18, 2022] Soka Performing Arts Center announces its 2022-2023 season and celebrates the first full in-person season following the Covid-19 pandemic with unmatched acoustics, transformational experiences and a deep commitment to patrons and the community. Single tickets and new subscriptions go on sale August 22, 2022.

Soka Performing Arts Center kicks off the 2022-2023 season with LA-based band, Ozomatli on Sunday, September 25, 2022, leading into a full season of world-class performances. Additional highlights include performances with Judy Collins (October 14), pianist Vadym Kholodenko (October 30), as well as the popular Sundays@Soka Series with the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra that includes dates with pianists George Li, Shunta Morimoto and Drew Petersen. New this season is a series with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (PSOC), which includes performances with the Vienna Boys Choir (November 20) and Kodo Drummers (February 2, 2023), along with pianists Seong-Jin Cho (December 9) and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (April 2). The Jazz Monsters Series will include performances by Diane Schuur (February 26), the Maria Schneider Orchestra (March 4) and Kenny Barron (April 15). The well-loved Children’s Concert Series is also back this season, featuring Grammy and Emmy Award winning musicians and performers whose interactive concerts, designed for kids 3 to 10 years old, bring families together to dance, sing, and play.

Soka Performing Arts Center hosts the only classical solo piano series on the West Coast, Great Pianists, and is proud to be the home of the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, whose Sundays@Soka Series continues to captivate audiences and is one of the most popular series year after year.

Soka Performing Arts Center General Manager and Artistic Director Renee Bodie shares that “We are grateful to our patrons for their continued patience, support, and friendship during the past few years, and we are thrilled to bring back a full season of live performances. Now more than ever we are committed to the power of music, artists, and performance to transform and inspire.”

Complete calendar of events available online

Soka Performing Art Center’s Box Office is open Wednesday-Friday 12-4pm and available by email at or by calling the Box Office at 949.480.4ART (4278).

The safety, health and well-being of our patrons, staff and artists will always be the Soka’s highest priority. Vaccine and masking requirements will be in place for all performances. See our website for safety protocols.


About Soka Performing Arts Center

Now is in its eleventh season of presenting the best of live performances on its extraordinary stage, Soka Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed to truly reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility’s electrical needs.

About Soka University of America

Soka University of America is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school in Aliso Viejo, CA. Soka University offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for every undergraduate student. Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 55% of Soka University’s students come from the US and 45% have come from more than 60 other countries. Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for full tuition Soka Opportunity Grants. Additional grant opportunities are available for higher income levels.

SOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 University Drive | Aliso Viejo, California 92656 | T: 949.480.4278

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Featured image courtesy of LA Master Chorale

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