Free Music in the Great Outdoors with “Symphony in the Cities”!
Pacific Symphony Offers Music in the Great Outdoors with “Symphony in the Cities” in Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Orange!
Each summer, a grateful Pacific Symphony says thank you to its community by throwing a big (free!) musical party with some of its Orange County neighbors. For this year’s “Symphony in the Cities,” the orchestra makes appearances in the cities of Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Orange, where Music Director Carl St.Clair has designed an evening of people-pleasing favorites: a delightful mix of classical and popular music and patriotic tunes. From classical masterpieces by Johann Strauss, Jr. and Sr. and Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy and rousing tunes by John Philip Sousa to songs from John Williams, plus, activities for children and families—it’s a perfect way to spend a balmy summer evening. Families are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and chairs and arrive early for the Symphony’s Musical Playground and city festivities, prior to kicking back for a little music under the magnificent O.C. sky. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org/communityconcerts.
Maestro St.Clair says,
I think I can safely speak for all of us at Pacific Symphony when I say that there is no time of year we enjoy more than summer! Living in beautiful Orange County, we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to head outdoors for our “Symphony in the Cities” concert series and spend time with people we might not otherwise have the chance to meet. We’re grateful to this year’s wonderful host cities of Mission Viejo and Irvine and to the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, as well as all the fantastic individuals who work so hard to make these concerts an enjoyable experience for all.
This summer’s “Symphony in the Cities” concerts take place on: Sat., Jul. 29 in Irvine at the Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge; Sat., Aug. 5 in Mission Viejo on “The Village Green” at Oso Viejo Community Park; and Sun., Aug. 6, at the Aitken Arts Plaza at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.
In addition to the concerts, which all start at 7 p.m., the City of Mission Viejo hosts its “Prelude in the Park” at 4 p.m. Other pre-concert entertainment, including the Symphony’s Musical Playground—featuring hands-on activities including a drum circle and creating a musical craft—begins at 4 p.m. in Mission Viejo and 5:30 p.m. in Irvine and at the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. Plus, children and their parents won’t want to miss the always-popular conducting clinic led by the Maestro himself. All children who participate in the clinic are invited to join St.Clair in front of the stage during the concert to help him conduct Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea.
Children and families are also invited to Ask the Orchestra, by emailing questions by July 15 to AskTheOrchestra@PacificSymphony.org. Maestro St.Clair will answer selected questions from the stage during the concerts!
One of my greatest passions is sharing my love of music with others, so every summer I am excited to bring Pacific Symphony out into the community, where it can touch the hearts of more people than ever. This year’s program truly has something for everyone. And I most especially look forward to the children who help me conduct during the concert!Maestro St.Clair
Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte commented,
Pacific Symphony is thankful to the cities of Mission Viejo and Irvine, as well as the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, who have provided extra support and ensured that Symphony in the Cities remains a part of their communities this year. Because of them, we are able to offer high-quality music in outdoor settings to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear this great music and orchestra.
SYMPHONY IN THE CITIES LOCATIONS
Sat., Jul. 29 • 7 p.m.
5:30 p.m.—Family-friendly pre-concert activities
Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge
20 Lake Road, Irvine
This performance is supported in large part by the City of Irvine.
Sat., Aug. 5 • 7 p.m.
4 p.m.—Prelude in the Park with family-friendly pre-concert activities
Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green
24932 Veterans Way
This performance is supported in large part by the City of Mission Viejo.
Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University
Sun., Aug. 6 • 7 p.m.
5:30 p.m.—Family-friendly pre-concert activities
To register to attend this free concert, go to http://www.MuscoCenter.org
Aitken Arts Plaza at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange
This performance is supported in large part by Chapman University.
Carl St.Clair, Conductor
Rich Capparela, Host
Charlotte Marckx, Violin
Olivia Marckx, Cello
JOHN WILLIAMS: March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
JOHN WILLIAMS: Theme from Schindler’s List
LEROY ANDERSON: The Typewriter
SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea March
JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
JOHANN STRAUSS, JR.: Fledermaus Waltz
JOHANN STRAUSS, SR.: Radetzky March
MASSENET: Meditation from Thaïs
BIZET arr. Olivia Marckx: Carmen Fantasy
VARIOUS arr. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
IRVING BERLIN arr. Carmen Dragon: “God Bless America”
Artists, programs, and dates are subject to change.