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Hot 25: 2009 Honorees
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Published: November 01, 2009

Carl St.Clair

Music Director, Pacific Symphony
Age: 57
Fact: He was the first non–European to hold the position of music director and chief conductor of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle, in Weimer, Germany.
On Orange County’s artistic sensibilities: “Out of the West have come some of the most creative ideas on the planet. People in Orange County demand the best – and we aim to deliver.”
For Carl St.Clair’s sixth birthday, he expected a bike, a horse or something that little boys normally get for their big day. Instead, his mother gave him piano lessons. It was a gift that changed his life.
“Piano lessons led to a music scholarship at the University of Texas, teaching positions at Southern Illinois University and the University of Michigan, and then to Tanglewood, where I met Leonard Bernstein, one of my major influences,” St.Clair says.
Now, he is the music director of the largest orchestra created in the U.S. in the last 40 years, and he was recently appointed general music director of the Komische Oper Berlin, a well-known company in Germany.
St.Clair was named one of OC METRO’s first-ever Hot 25 honorees back in 1990, and while we celebrate the 20th list, we also are celebrating St.Clair’s 20 years with the symphony.

– Ashley Eliot

OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:

Toby Bost  |  Mike Gillespie  |  Anil Puri  |  Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan  |  Dr. Jason Knight  |  Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen  |  Tina Aldatz  |  Sukhee Kang  |  Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau  |  Tim McFerran  |  Tallia Hart
 Bill Sanderson Henrik Fisker  |  Janet Hamada  |  Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps  |  Michael Ruane  |  Carl St.Clair
  Pretend City Phil Willms Sheryl Bourgeois  |  Steve Nichols

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Web extra:
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.

Doug Rankin  |  Erich Vollmer  |  Dennis Aigner  |  Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier  |  Carol Stogsdill  |  Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom  |  Christopher Cox  |  Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade  |  Thomas Mays  |  Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois  |  Rudy Castruita  |  Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown  |  Mossimo Giannulli  |  Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner  |  Kathryn Braun Lewis  |  David Wilhelm

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first Hot 25 honorees