Symphony in the Cities: An OC Summertime Tradition

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Every year, we bring the Symphony to a local park or outside venue near you, in cities all across Orange County. This year, we had the pleasure of expanding to four cities: Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Orange and Irvine!

This summer marked 15 years of Symphony in the Cities – 15 years of orchestral pops, Broadway classics and wonderful guest artists joining the Symphony for a night of music with the whole city. This year, a special addition to the series was Chapman University’s own Musco Center for the Arts, a new venue that’s as beautiful inside as it is outside.

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Masterpieces by Bizet and Barber were performed this summer, along with a selection from Meredith Willson’s timeless “The Music Man,” performed by talented vocalists Alexandria Burdick and Jose V. Zamarripa.

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Families gathered around activity tables for arts-and-crafts and the Musical Playground to “test-drive” instruments.

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It’s finally time for “Carl’s Conducting Clinic” (trademark pending) where he teaches young audience members to conduct John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea!”

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We’re glad that Chapman University’s 13th President Danielle Struppa could join in on the conducting fun!

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Guest vocalists Alexandria Burdick and Jose V. Zamarripa perform selections from Meredith Willson’s classic Broadway production “The Music Man.”

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Musco Center for the Art’s Plaza was absolutely packed for this special first Symphony in the Cities at Chapman University!

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The sun sets in the distance, and the show goes on.

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Thank you to all who came and supported us for this very special Symphony in the Cities! We’ll see you next Summer.

 

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