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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Tickets On Sale Now for Pacific Symphony SummerFest 2018 at Pacific Amphitheatre on the OC Fairgrounds

Orange County, CA — May 08, 2018

Pacific Symphony has once again put together an entertaining SummerFest program for 2018 at Pacific Amphitheatre (located in the heart of Orange County). Pop open a bottle of wine, kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect soundtrack for summer evenings under the stars. This season features the classic rock’n’roll energy of “Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago” (July 4); the thrilling soundtrack of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert” performed live to film (Aug. 18); and everyone’s favorite summer finale—Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 8), with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Tickets for SummerFest 2018 are on sale now! Subscriptions for the three-concert series range from $63-$252 with boxes and front-row packages also available. Single tickets begin at just $25. All concerts take place at 8 p.m. With a variety of vendor options onsite to serve up delicious selections from a gourmet menu for pre-concert dining, your evening of great music in the great outdoors is sure to be memorable. Dine on the Plaza Pacifica pre-concert or in the seats during the performance. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit us online at

The season sponsors include PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, KPCC 89.3FM and Classical KUSC 91.5 and the Westin South Coast Plaza. SummerFest 2018 is generously supported by the OC Fair & Event Center.



Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago (with fireworks)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – 8 p.m.

Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds


Richard Kaufman, conductor

Brass Transit – Chicago Tribute Band

Pacific Symphony


Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling Fourth of July fireworks show.



E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 – 8 p.m.

Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds


Richard Kaufman, conductor

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”

Pacific Symphony


Experience “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” as never before when Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ Academy Award® -winning score live while the classic film is projected on a giant high definition screen. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a little lost alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliot.

TM & © Universal Studios.



Tchaikovsky Spectacular (with fireworks)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – 8 p.m.

Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fairgrounds


Carl St.Clair, conductor

Vadym Kholodenko, piano

Pacific Symphony


SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “Procession of the Nobles”

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “Russian Easter “Overture

BORODIN: “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor

TCHAIKOVSKY: “1812” Overture


No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with his memorable Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by the First Prize Winner of the 14th Tchaikovsky Competition, Vadym Kholodenko. In 2013, the young Ukrainian pianist captured the attention of the competition jury, audience and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet, “cheering him like a rock star” (Cincinnati Enquirer).


About Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scenes.

In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall, where it was invited to perform as part of a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday. The Symphony made its first-ever tour to China this year, with performances in five cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages. The Symphony has been recognized with multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and included among the country’s five most innovative orchestras by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the League, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Pacific Amphitheatre
Originally developed and operated by private promoters, the Pacific Amphitheatre today is owned and managed by the OC Fair & Event Center, a multi-faceted, year-round events center committed to developing the cultural and community interests of Orange County’s diverse populations. Since the Pacific Amphitheatre was reopened in 2003, sell-out crowds have regularly been attracted to this intimate 7,850 seat venue, one of the most consistently successful destinations—in one of the more desirable concert markets – in the world.

The Pacific Amphitheatre is conveniently located near three major freeways—the 405, 55 and 73—so access/egress by car is quick and easy, and there are acres of parking spaces on site.