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Symphony in the Cities

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

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair or blanket and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! Now a long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities (SITC) brings thousands of people together for great music and entertainment in local parks each year. With a potpourri of popular classics, selections from "South Pacific" and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emce, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Starting at 7 p.m., this year’s free SITC concerts take place Saturday, July 30, in the Village Green at Mission Viejo’s Oso Viejo Community Park and Sunday, July 31, at Irvine’s Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge and Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Civic Center in Newport Beach. 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 all three 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 2016

MISSION VIEJO • Saturday • July 30, 2016
“Prelude in the Park” begins at 4 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA

IRVINE • Sunday • July 31, 2016

Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge
20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA

NEWPORT BEACH • Sunday • August 14, 2016

Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Civic Center/Newport Beach Public Library
100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

2016 Symphony in the Cities Program

Carl St.Clair, conductor • Blake Pouliot, violin • Pacific Symphony

Vocalists for “South Pacific”
Jane Shim (Bloody Mary)  •  Cody Bianchi (Lieutenant Cable)  •  Denean Dyson (Nellie)
Matthew Kellaway (Emile)  •  Quentin Carbajal (sailor)  •  Marqell Clayton (sailor)
Anthony Vacio (sailor)  •  Joe Stein (sailor)

Strauss   Overture to Die Fledermaus
Tchaikovsky   Selections from Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky   Violin Concerto, Movement I
Sousa   El Capitan Overture
Sousa   Hands Across the Sea
Rodgers   Selections from South Pacific
Williams   Hymn to the Fallen
Ward   America the Beautiful
Sousa   Stars and Stripes Forever