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Jean Oelrich
Director of Marketing & Communications
(714) 876-2380

Up, up and away! Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings jets off with “Superheroes!” featuring popular film music from “Superman” and “Star Wars”

Orange County, Calif. — February 27, 2015

Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and may submit artwork for display at the concert by March 4

Pacific Symphony suits up for an action-packed musical adventure of crime-fighting fun as Family Musical Mornings continues with “Superheroes!” By harnessing the power of music, Captain Symphony (Daniel Emmett) and his family of superheroes, The Winged Woodwind (Diane Manaster) and Super String (Stephanie Draude), defeat the malevolent Percussionator (Ron Banks), who is trying to tear apart the orchestra! Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the Symphony creates a rousing atmosphere with selections from Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter” Overture. Written and directed by Joe Lauderdale (creator of “A Sherlock Holmes Halloween” and “A Halloween Masquerade”), the concert teaches children about the different instrument families, how they make sound and how the orchestra works together. Each superhero and their corresponding instrument family have their own musical theme from John Williams’ “Star Wars,” and at the end, they all come together to perform this masterwork, as well as the March from “Superman.”

The audience also has the opportunity to hear the talented musicians from Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, who join the Symphony onstage for their annual side-by-side performance. Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, the concert is designed for families with children ages 5-11, and takes place Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $19-39; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“We are having a wonderful time designing this Superheroes show,” says Maestro Gutiérrez. “We’ve created four spectacular superheroes, who all come from the planet “Symphonica,” a place where music is their main source of power. Each one of them is very powerful individually, but when they work together, their power is incredible! The story is so captivating that families are going to enjoy participating in alliance with the superheroes while learning about the different instrument sections of the orchestra, using their imaginations and listening to wonderful orchestral music.”

Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero—and this hero doesn’t have to wear a cape and fly, their costume can range from comic book heroes to someone from history, or even someone they know and look up to! Children may also submit drawings of their ideal superhero to be displayed during the concert and in the lobby. All artwork must be submitted by March 4, at 5:30 p.m. to, subject line: Superhero Artwork!; or mail to Pacific Symphony, Superhero Artwork! c/o Susan Kotses, 3631 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704.

Gutiérrez has selected classical masterworks and popular music to set the mood for the Symphony’s battle between good and evil. “Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 and Korsakov’s ‘Russian Easter’ Overture have some wonderful heroic sounding moments with full orchestration, strong rhythms and great melodies as well as dramatic and cheerful moments that are perfect to illustrate our story,” he says. “Of course, ‘Superman’ and ‘Star Wars’ include the heroic themes of film composer John Williams, and there is nothing better than ‘The Imperial March’ from ‘Star Wars’ for our villain, The Percussionator, to control everyone in the concert with its brassy sounds and driving percussive rhythms.”

In addition to the concert, a Musical Carnival takes place at 9 a.m. (for the 10 a.m. concert) and 12:15 p.m. (for the 11:30 a.m. concert). For the Musical Carnival, children may participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including meeting musicians (including from the Youth Ensembles), playing instruments from the brass family, creating their own superhero comic strips and listening to a performance by South Pointe Middle School ensembles.

Coming up next! On April 18, the award-winning “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” features more than 25 musical excerpts including “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise,” and the great Fifth and Ninth symphonies.

Also, announcing the 2015-16 season! Beginning Oct. 24, a Halloween spectacular unites the orchestra and visual theater for “Phantoms of the Orchestra” when the Magic Circle Mime Company returns to tell the story of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” with spooky classics.  Selling out every season, the annual “Nutcracker for Kids” featuring Festival Ballet Theatre takes place Dec. 5. This year’s opera for kids is the swashbuckling “Pirates of Penzance,” taking place on Feb. 6, 2016 and featuring talented singers including students and alumni from Chapman University. On March 12, 2016, blast off for “Symphony in Space” as the orchestra performs Holst’s “The Planets” and selections from “Star Wars” along with real footage from NASA. Concluding the season is “The Firebird, Ballet for Kids!’ featuring Orange County Ballet Theater on April 30, 2016. Season subscriptions are available now for $60-140.