Hello Summer! “Symphonic Springsteen” on July 4 Opens New SummerFest Series at OC Fair
Born in the USA! A page has been turned and Pacific Symphony is about to begin a new chapter, as the orchestra settles into its new home at the OC Fair and Event Center in the heart of Costa Mesa, where the orchestra will perform all summer long. The Symphony’s very first SummerFest launches on July 4 in the Pacific Amphitheatre with a program featuring the heart-thumping, spine-tingling music of Bruce Springsteen! This holiday celebration—traditionally the best-attended concert of the year for the Symphony (no matter where they play)—also honors American heroes and culminates in a magnificent fireworks display orchestrated to patriotic classics. It’s the start of not only a new era for the Symphony but also the thrilling soundtrack to a glorious summer!
Taking place Tuesday, July 4, at 8 p.m., the concert is led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman and marks the orchestra’s first concert at the OC Fair & Event Center. Patrons can enjoy picnics and can bring their own wine. Parking is close-in and just steps from your seats—no longer will there be a lenghty walk in from the parking lot. For more information about our new summer home, including maps, directions and frequently asked questions, CLICK HERE. Single tickets range from $25-$99. To purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or CLICK HERE.
“Our annual Fourth of July performance is much more than a concert—it’s a time for people of all ages to join together as we celebrate our great country,” says Maestro Kaufman. “And this year, in our fantastic new venue, our guest artists will bring to life the music of an American icon, Bruce Springsteen, and we’ll also feature music by an American treasure, John Williams! Exciting music and huge fireworks leave no doubt that this will be America’s favorite ‘birthday party’!"
Join the orchestra for this Independence Day extravaganza featuring a high-voltage tribute to “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, America’s legendary singer-songwriter. Born to rock in the USA, Matt Ryan & The American Dream recreate Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances and bring one of America’s most popular singers vividly to life, as headliner Ryan delivers a riveting, authentic Springsteen experience. The audience will be on its feet cheering for such Springsteen hits as “Born in the USA,” “My Hometown,” “We Take Care of Our Own,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Hungry Heart” and “Born to Run."
The evening’s grand array of music also includes the Symphony performing selections from John Williams’ “Star Wars,” John Phillip Sousa’s ‘March King,’ Henry Mancini’s “The Great Race March” from “The Great Race,” Richard Rodgers’ “Carousel Waltz” from “Carousel” and Dmitri Tiomkin’s “The Fair” from “Friendly Persuasion.” And no July 4 evening is complete without the holiday traditions of a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale!
“No matter where our orchestra performs, the talent and passion of the musicians doesn’t change,” says Kaufman. “And the programs being offered, as in summers past, will meet the extremely high standards that have always been the trademark of the Pacific Symphony summer concert series."
While the location may be new (after 30 years performing at its former home in the now-closed Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre), the Symphony will continue to offer the same high-quality, exceptional summer experience, jam-packed with exhilarating and magical music performed under pleasant evening sky. In fact, patrons can expect an even more comfortable and intimate experience at Pacific Amphitheatre, which includes all-new remodeled seats and a casual, inviting atmosphere.
Additionally, with a variety of vendor options from Spectra onsite serving up tasty selections for pre-concert dining, the evening is sure to sound and taste delicious! Dine on the Plaza Pacifica pre-concert or in the seats during the performance—the choices are many! Warm pleasant evenings, picnics overflowing with goodies, surrounded by family and friends, pre-concert entertainment, all remain part of the annual Symphony experience—for those planning their summer around five exceptional musical experiences.