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Carl St.Clair instructs young conductors at Symphony in the Cities

It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day: Pacific Symphony's Symphony in the Cities concerts come to Mission Viejo and Irvine.

Pack a picnic and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! Now a long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities brings thousands of people together for great music and entertainment in local parks each year. With a potpourri of popular classics, Americana and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and features mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo singing Bizet’s sultry Suite from “Carmen” and four talented young violinists from Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emcee and also narrates Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” before a final audience sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Starting at 7 p.m., this year’s free SITC concerts take place Saturday, July 26, in the Village Green at Mission Viejo’s Oso Viejo Community Park and Sunday, July 27, at Irvine’s Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge. Arrive early to enjoy Mission Viejo’s annual “Prelude in the Park,” which begins at 4 p.m., and the Symphony’s Musical Playground, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in both cities. The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. And—back by popular demand—kids have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro St.Clair and later help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert.

Concert Dates and Locations for Summer 2014

MISSION VIEJO Saturday • July 26, 2014
"The Village Green" at Oso Viejo Community Park
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
Prelude in the Park, including pre-concert entertainment and a Musical Playground for Children: 4:00 p.m.
Concert featuring Pacific Symphony: 7:00 p.m.

IRVINE • Sunday • July 27, 2014
Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge (formerly Woodbridge Community Park)
20 Lake Road
Irvine CA 92604
Pre-concert entertainment and a Musical Playground for Children: 5:30 p.m.
Concert featuring Pacific Symphony: 7:00 p.m.

Read the Program Notes