The Beatles’ Legacy Meets Classical Excellence

Pacific Symphony’s July 4 Spectacular Presented by City of Hope Orange County

Fireworks over the stage at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine.

Prepare for an extraordinary feast for the senses under the stars at Pacific Symphony’s SummerFest, presented by City of Hope Orange County. FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, a scenic gem in the heart of Orange County, sets the stage for an unparalleled outdoor concert experience. Discover the pleasure of relishing a sumptuous charcuterie spread and sipping wine as you bask in the symphony’s musical brilliance, all while enjoying the convenience of gourmet food trucks offering an enticing variety of culinary delights for your pre-concert picnic.

From patriotic tunes to iconic movie melodies and classical favorites that make your heart soar, SummerFest is your soundtrack for the perfect summer. Series offerings this season include the opening concert A Tribute to The Beatles (July 4) followed by Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark™ Live in Concert (Aug. 13) and our traditional Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 9).

President John Forsyte said, “The Symphony continues its long-standing tradition of great summer concerts, music education, community engagement, and family programming because of the wonderful support and sponsorships of such generous donors, who make it possible, such as City of Hope Orange County, which is also the Corporate Sponsor for Symphony in the Cities 2023, our three free concerts in Mission Viejo, Irvine, and Orange.”

“City of Hope Orange County is pleased to present Pacific Symphony’s SummerFest concert series,” said Edward S. Kim, M.D., M.B.A., Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope Orange County, Orange County’s most advanced cancer care. “We look forward to celebrating July 4 with the community.”

This July 4th, celebrate Independence Day at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre as Principal Pops Conductor Laureate Richard Kaufman leads Pacific Symphony through the long and winding road of the Beatles’ discography. Rock along to the Fab Four’s vibrant classics, featuring timeless favorites such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “All You Need is Love,” and many more.

Long-regarded as one of popular music’s premier trailblazers, the quintessential verve and infectious tunes of The Beatles have long held the hearts—and ears—of America. With the critically acclaimed Classical Mystery Tour bringing in decades of Beatles experience to the Symphony’s July 4th merriment, this event marks the height of summer fun, adding spark and vigor to an evening of musical patriotism.

L-R: Classical Mystery Tour band members Jim Owen and Tony Kishman.

The Classical Mystery Tour, which has been praised by Broadway World as “the world’s best Beatles show with a symphony orchestra,” features members Jim Owen (rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals), Tony Kishman (bass guitar, piano, and vocals), Tom Teeley (lead guitar and vocals), and Chris Camilleri (drums and vocals). With 22 years of touring and 100 orchestral partnerships under their belt, concertgoers can come together to enjoy the band’s lively music, strumming in tandem with the Symphony’s reverberant orchestral counterpoint.

The concert opens with a wide variety of musical Americana. Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra in lively marches, popular traditional pieces, John Williams’s new work Of Grit and Glory written for ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship earlier this year, and movie music, including the iconic “Born to Be Wild” from the cult classic film Easy Rider.

The program concludes with a special “Salute to the Armed Forces” with an opportunity for the audience to sing-along on “America the Beautiful.” Of course, no Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks, and for tonight’s grand finale there will be a spectacular display to light up the sky while the orchestra plays rousing Sousa marches. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Pacific Symphony acknowledges Judy and Wes Whitmore for generously sponsoring tonight’s concert. Media sponsors include PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, and LAist. Tickets begin at $39, with free parking included. You can save on seating with concert packages. Call Pacific Symphony Patron Services at (714) 755-5799 or visit for more information.

Tribute to The Beatles Performance Details

Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m.
FivePoint Amphitheatre

Richard Kaufman, conductor
Denean Dyson, vocalist
Classical Mystery Tour
American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291
Pacific Symphony

MANCINI: March from The Great Waldo Pepper
BAGLEY: National Emblem March
SMITH: “The Star-Spangled Banner”
WILLIAMS: Of Grit and Glory
FRATENA: Five and Dime Rag
MANCINI: Ohio Riverboat
MOROSS: Main Title from The Big Country
MARS BONFIRE: “Born to Be Wild”

– Intermission –

Featuring Classical Mystery Tour

Selections to be announced from the stage; may include:
“A Day In the Life”
“All You Need is Love”
“Come Together”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Got to Get You Into My Life”
“Here Comes the Sun”
“I Saw Her Standing There”
“In My Life”
“Lady Madonna”
“The Long and Winding Road”
“Penny Lane”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (reprise)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

VARIOUS: Military Medley
WARD: “America the Beautiful”

SOUSA: The Washington Post
               Semper Fidelis
              The Stars and Stripes Forever

The Beatles’ Legacy Meets Classical Excellence
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