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

Fifth “Inside & Out: Plazacast and Community Festival” offers free outdoor simulcast of Pacific Symphony concert at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on June 4

Orange County, Calif. — May 11, 2016

See piano superstar André Watts perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, followed by orchestra’s performance of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” beginning at 8 p.m.

And don’t miss fun on the plaza, with a variety of entertainment and food trucks beginning at 5 p.m.

Free party on the Arts Plaza! While Pacific Symphony performs its last concert of the 2015-16 Classical season on Saturday, June 4, inside the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall—the fifth annual “Inside & Out: Plazacast and Community Festival” simultaneously takes place outside on the plaza! In real time, the concert, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, will be shown outdoors for the public to view at no charge. The Plazacast, hosted by KUSC’s popular radio host, Rich Capparela, is a great introduction to classical music or a fresh way for devotees of the musical form to enjoy an evening of music in the evening air! Everyone is invited to come early and enjoy a variety of music, art, dance and theater performances inspired by Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” a piece that takes place on the second half of the concert. The program also includes Beethoven’s brilliant Fourth Piano Concerto, performed by one of the world’s most loved and admired pianists, André Watts. The public is encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs (some will be available onsite) and picnics. Food trucks will also be lined up with many delicious items available to purchase.

The first 100 people to arrive receive a free pair of tickets to select concerts at the Symphony’s Summer Festival 2016.

It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser—with each year’s Plazacast drawing several thousands of people inside and out of the concert hall—some experiencing Pacific Symphony for the very first time. It’s a casual (come in jeans, but bring a jacket!), fun and free evening with a festival atmosphere. Attendees are invited to roam the plaza prior to the start of the concert and take in all that the evening offers.

This year, the Community Festival activities are all inspired by the themes and motifs in Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” a musical marvel filled with vivid descriptions of obsession, dreams and altered reality. First from 5-7 p.m. is the Mobile Mural Lab, where individuals are invited to express their idée fixe, a central theme or inspiration in their life, by contributing to a public chalk mural throughout the evening. From 5-5:30 p.m., V&T Dance, whose exceptional young dancers just returned from a successful performance in New York, perform their highly acclaimed “Unusual Proportions,” sweeping the audience into another reality. From 5:40-6 p.m., The Axe Duo explores themes of dreams and imagination on two electric guitars. Then, don’t miss Symphony favorite, actor David Prather, as he brings the composer Hector Berlioz dramatically to life, from 6:10-6:30 p.m. Next up, Shoreline Symphonic Winds performs a wind arrangement of “March to the Scaffold” and “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath,” which are the fourth and fifth movements of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” before closing with “Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saëns from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Pacific Symphony’s concert and simultaneously shown Plazacast featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” begins promptly at 8 p.m. The Plazacast is presented in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation. For more information about “Inside & Out: Plazacast and Community Festival,” please call (714) 755-5799 or visit