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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, pop tunes and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Classical KUSC’s radio host Alan Chapman serves as the emce, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

There are 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.

  

Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins | Live from Great Britain

November 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Streaming live from Great Britain, classical-pop crossover superstar Katherine Jenkins makes an exclusive appearance for Pacific Symphony patrons in an afternoon featuring songs including "Time to Say Goodbye," "Hallelujah" and "Music of the Night." Join this special sneak-peek appearance free-of-charge before Jenkins makes her Orange County debut in February 2022.” Stay tuned after the performance for a Q&A moderated by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman.

*This virtual event is only available to Pacific Symphony patrons and donors, so watch your email inbox for the zoom link! For information, please call (714) 755-5799.

Beethoven

Beethoven @ 250

December 16 – 26, 2020, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions with Pacific Symphony #4

"Alle Menschen werden Brüder" - An homage to the power of the human spirit 

Despite a global pandemic, classical music’s birthday boy will not be denied. Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. The culmination of this program will be the composer’s great work to humanity, Symphony No. 9, in an archival recording of the orchestra’s 2012 Plazacast at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Craig A Meyer

July 4 Spectacular: The Elton John Tribute

July 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

“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!

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

July 15, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

Spend a special evening with the original Jersey Boy, backed by the Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. 

Toy Story in Concert

Toy Story in Concert

August 21, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

World Premiere Live-to-Film Event!

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

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” Overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Enjoy the spectacle as you also listen to the greatest hits of some of Russia’s greatest Romantic composers.

David Foster

An Intimate Evening with David Foster

November 5 – 6, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster returns to Pacific Symphony to perform songs from his unparalleled catalog. Popular hits — written for artists including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand and many others — include “You’re the Inspiration,” “The Prayer,” “The Glory of Love” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

Midtown Men

Midtown Men Holiday

December 17 – 18, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

From The Four Seasons to the Holiday Season! The Midtown Men, reuniting stars from the Broadway smash hit "Jersey Boys," deck the hall with festive cheer, timeless tunes, top-shelf choreography and incredible vocal performances! Featuring iconic yuletide classics such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," as well as their signature renditions of the greatest rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s.

Katherine Jenkins

An Evening with Katherine Jenkins

February 11 – 12, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Treat your date to an evening with Britain’s exciting crossover pop star, Katherine Jenkins. She has performed all over the world — for the pope, for presidents and for the Royal Family. Featured on “Dancing with the Stars,” she has also embarked upon numerous sold-out tours and duetted with such names as Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and many more.

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

March 18 – 19, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

In an acclaimed career spanning nearly five decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs has explored the realms of soft rock, blues, R&B and jazz to produce instantly recognizable hits such as “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle” and “Look What You’ve Done to Me.”

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie

April 22 – 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Beauty, thrills and majesty! This popular troupe returns with a show featuring a jaw-dropping fusion of fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a soundtrack of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites.

Music of ABBA

The Music of ABBA

May 13 – 14, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

The world’s top ABBA tribute joins Pacific Symphony to perform some of the most iconic songs ever written: “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “S.O.S.,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and so many more will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along. With hundreds of performances over the past two decades, The Music of ABBA has audiences all in agreement: This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get!

Blockbuster Broadway!

Blockbuster Broadway!

June 3 – 4, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

It’s a show-tune song and dance extravaganza! Celebrate “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jersey Boys” and more in one thrilling crowd-pleasing performance. The only thing better than spending an evening at a hit Broadway show is spending an evening with ALL of them.