Special Event “La Traviata” Highlights June Streaming Programs

Cecilia Violetta López as “Violetta” in Pacific Symphony’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata”

The popular PacificSymphony+ streaming concerts promise more engaging programming continuing in June. The big highlight this month will be Verdi’s “La Traviata,” especially adapted to be performed semi-staged. There will be two Pops Friday concerts that offer a virtual night at the movies, with favorite soundtracks under the baton of Richard Kaufman. Café Ludwig will present two programs: the first offers a world premiere and the second streams LIVE from the Samueli Theater. Family programming will take place on two Saturday mornings. And Thursdays @ 7 throughout June feature your Pacific Symphony in great classical repertoire. All programs are offered for a month after their premiere date, and, with the exception of special event “La Traviata,” they are free of charge.

June 3: Vivaldi’s Spring (Thursdays @ 7)

June 5: “La Traviata” (Special Opera Event)

June 10: Songs of the Auvergne (Thursdays @ 7)

June 11: A Virtual Night at the Movies, Part 1 (Pops Fridays)

June 12: The Curious Case of the Vanishing Violin (Family Musical Mornings)

June 13: Parallel Isolations (Café Ludwig)

June 17: Starburst (Thursdays @ 7)

June 20: Café Ludwig LIVE from the Samueli Theater

June 24: Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 (Thursdays @ 7)

June 25: A Virtual Night at the Movies, Part 2 (Pops Fridays)

June 26: Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony (Family Musical Moment)

To review all PacificSymphony+ concerts, click here.

Kicking Off SummerFest ’21 with July 4th at FivePoint Amphitheatre

Live music returns to Orange County, and Pacific Symphony is thrilled to kick off the festivities! The July 4th Spectacular begins the summer at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine. Featuring the music of Elton John, this is Pacific Symphony’s first time performing at Orange County’s newest outdoor venue and it promises to be a historic event.

Next up, the orchestra returns to Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. You won’t want to miss the West Coast premiere of “Toy Story” in Concert—Live with Orchestra (Aug. 21). Considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made, “Toy Story” received three Academy Award nominations, including one for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman.

And finally, no summer would be complete without the traditional Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 11), complete with cannons and fireworks! Critically acclaimed pianist and the International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li also joins Pacific Symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.”

Tickets for SummerFest ‘21 are on sale now! Subscriptions for the three-concert series range from $63-$150. Single tickets sales begin Friday, May 28, starting at just $25. All concerts take place at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Pacific Symphony Patron Services at (714) 755-5799, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COVID-19 safety protocols continue to evolve at a rapid pace and audience safety is our priority. In partnership with Live Nation and the OC Fair & Event teams, we will be using current CDC recommendations as well as Cultural Celebrations guidelines from the State of California to create our reopening policies and procedures. For the most up-to-date safety information, please go to PacificSymphony.org/Safety.


JULY 4th SPECTACULAR: THE MUSIC OF ELTON JOHN
Sunday • July 4, 2021 • 8 p.m.
Fivepoint Amphitheatre | Irvine

Richard Kaufman conductor
Starring Craig A. Meyer
Featuring the Rocket Band

“Your Song.” “Rocket Man.” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The hit singles of mega pop star Elton John are endless. Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John,” this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John. Plus enjoy patriotic favorites, our traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

TOY STORY IN CONCERT
West Coast Premiere • Live-to-Film Event
Saturday • Aug. 21, 2021 • 8 p.m.
Pacific Amphitheatre | OC Fair & Event Center

Sarah Hicks, conductor

Two rival toys – a lanky, likable cowboy named Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger – vie for a place in the heart of their owner, Andy. The toys plot against each other, but when they’re separated from their human, they find a way to work together as friends to be reunited with Andy again. Considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made, “Toy Story” received three Academy Award nominations, including one for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman. PRESENTATION LICENSED BY DISNEY CONCERTS. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
Saturday • Sept. 11, 2021 • 8 p.m.
Pacific Amphitheatre | OC Fair & Event Center

Carl St.Clair, conductor
George Li, piano

No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” Overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Critically acclaimed pianist and the International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li also joins Pacific Symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.”