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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
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Pacific Symphony Musicians Bring Free Music to the Great Outdoors, When the Orchestra Visits Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach for “Symphony in the Cities”

Orange County, Calif. — June 29, 2016

Each summer, a grateful Pacific Symphony says thank you to its community by throwing a big (free!) party with music for its Orange County neighbors! For this year’s “Symphony in the Cities,” the orchestra makes appearances in the cities of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, where Music Director Carl St.Clair has designed an evening of people-pleasing favorites: a delightful mix of light classical and pops music and patriotic tunes. From Tchaikovsky masterpieces and rousing tunes by John Phillip Sousa to songs from the enchanting musical “South Pacific,” plus, activities for children and families—it’s a perfect way to end a warm, summer day in the great outdoors. Families are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and chairs and arrive early for the Symphony’s Musical Playground and city festivities, prior to kicking back for a little music under the magnificent OC sky. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“I think I can safely speak for all of us at Pacific Symphony when I say that there is no time of year we enjoy more than summer!” says Maestro St.Clair. “Living in beautiful Orange County, we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to head outdoors for our ‘Symphony in the Cities’ concert series and spend time with people we might not otherwise have the chance to meet. We’re grateful to this year’s wonderful host cities of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, and to all the fantastic individuals who work so hard to make these concerts an enjoyable experience for all.”

This summer’s “Symphony in the Cities” concerts take place on: Saturday, July 30, in Mission Viejo at “The Village Green” at Oso Viejo Community Park (24932 Veterans Way); Sunday, July 31, in Irvine at Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge (20 Lake Road); and Sunday, Aug. 14 in Newport Beach at the Civic Center for the first time (100 Civic Center Drive)!

In addition to the concerts, which all start at 7 p.m., the City of Mission Viejo hosts its “Prelude in the Park” at 4 p.m. Other pre-concert entertainment, including the Symphony’s Musical Playground—featuring hands-on activities including instrument-making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo and a chance to meet the musicians—begins at 4 p.m. in Mission Viejo, and 5:30 p.m. in Irvine and Newport Beach. Plus, children and their parents won’t want to miss the always-popular conducting clinic led by the Maestro himself. All children who participate in the clinic are invited to join St.Clair in front of the stage during the concert to help him conduct Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.”

“One of my greatest passions is sharing my love of music with others, so every summer I am excited to bring Pacific Symphony out into the community, where it can touch the hearts of more people than ever,” says Maestro St.Clair. “This year’s program truly has something for everyone. And I most especially look forward to the children who help me conduct during the concert!”

The program begins with the lighthearted musical charmer by Johann Strauss, Jr., Overture to “Die Fledermaus,” before launching into selections from Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular ballet “Swan Lake.” Then, guest violinist Blake Pouliot performs the heart-wrenching first movement from Tchaikovsky’s masterful “Violin Concerto,” before Sousa’s energetic tunes take over, including “El Capitan Overture,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Hands Across the Sea.” Next, joyful music from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” lights up the stage with “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Younger than Springtime,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Plus, John Williams’ emotional “Hymn to the Fallen” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” leads the way for a moving tribute to military veterans. And no summer evening is complete without “America the Beautiful.”

“Pacific Symphony is thankful to the cities of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, who have provided extra support and ensured that Symphony in the Cities remains a part of their communities this year,” says Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte. “Because of them, we are able to offer high-quality music in outdoor settings to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear this great music and orchestra.”