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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

“Canto De Anaheim” On August 31 Celebrates The Mexican-American Heroes Of Anaheim’s Past And Present With Pacific Symphony

Orange County, CA — August 05, 2019

Pacific Symphony links arms with the city of Anaheim for a brand-new multidisciplinary event celebrating the real-life stories of the city’s own heroes. Joining hands with Anaheim native and Los Angeles Times writer Gustavo Arellano, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble artistic director Sara Guerrero and community band director Greg Flores, “Canto de Anaheim” invites residents from Anaheim and beyond to gather for a night of celebrating Anaheim through theatrical storytelling, and—as always—exciting music!

“Canto de Anaheim” takes place on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m at Pearson Park Amphitheatre (401 Lemon St., Anaheim, CA 92805). Admission to this concert is FREE. This concert is being held in partnership with the city of Anaheim. For more information, please call (714) 755-5799 or visit the website at

The “Canto de Anaheim” program follows Gustavo Arellano, serving as host and narrator, as he details the stories of several immigrants from Anaheim’s past and present who have gone on to reshape their lives as well as their communities. These individuals will be represented by a cohort of actors and partnered with a Pacific Symphony brass and percussion ensemble. Additionally, conductor and arranger Greg Flores will be presenting a captivating program of works by Mexican composers, which will be paired with each story. Starting at 7 p.m., local music acts R.H.Y.T.H.M.O Mariachi Academy and guitarist Moises Vazquez will take the stage for some rousing musical entertainment. Prior to the concert, audience members can enjoy booths and activities starting at 6 p.m. featuring arts and crafts (hosted by Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center), face painting (hosted by the City of Anaheim) and information about local organizations.


Ponce: Estrellita
Revueltas: Sensemayá
Marquez: Danzón No. 2
Moncayo: Huapango
Rosas: Sobre las Olas
Villalpando: La Marcha de Zacatecas


This event is made possible with the Symphony’s recent grant award from the Getty Foundation’s American Orchestra’s Futures Fund, a competitive grants program designed to forward innovation and impact within the organization’s audiences and communities. With the help of this grant, Pacific Symphony is able to take greater initiative in expanding its reach within the local community, living up to its vision of leading a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music through creativity, responsiveness and innovation. Through events like “Canto de Anaheim,” the Symphony aims to foster new connections with local audiences and partners to truly serve as an “Orchestra for Our Communities,” representative of the growing generational, ethnic and geographic diversity in Orange County.

Gustavo Arellano is a features writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering everything Southern California and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six, wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican! and is the author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Sara Guerrero is a Southern California native. She’s the founding artistic director of the award-winning, Santa Ana-based Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and has been recognized as one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest” by OC Weekly. A CalArts alum, Guerrero is a professional versatile theatre artist whose mission is to model, share and create theater-making opportunities for and with her community. Previously, she served as the community engagement director for SCR’s Dialogue/Diálogos Project (two​-year community theatre​-making project) and was producing associate to the project’s production, El Largo Camino de Hoy/The Long Road Today by José Cruz González.

Greg Flores holds his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the Cole Conservatory of Music on the campus of CSU Long Beach, and studied with Professor Emeritus Larry Curtis and Dr. Johannes Muller-Stosch. Flores was the graduate assistant for the University Symphony Orchestra and the advanced Undergraduate Instrumental Conducting classes. While earning his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music and Trombone Performance, also from CSULB, he was a student of Jeffery Reynolds, bass trombone for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (now retired). In 2008, Flores was appointed conductor and musical director for the Long Beach Community Band. The Shoreline Symphonic Winds, a 70-piece wind ensemble, and the Blue Pacific Swing Band are the major ensembles of the Long Beach Community Band.


Artists, programs and dates are subject to change.

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