Music is its own language, a language of sound. Its roots go as far back as human history can be traced. Knowing the importance of music – to soothe, to celebrate, to stimulate, to encourage, the Ahmansons have not only supported their local symphony but have commissioned works of music for various venues. Their grants range from the Pacific Symphony’s Class Act providing musician-led education in more than 32 Orange County public and private schools and the symphony’s music therapy program Heart Strings to the Parkening International Guitar Competition at Pepperdine University in Malibu, James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst in Scotland, and performances in the concert space at their own offices.