Pacific Symphony’s 2017-18 Pops Season Brims with Bright Stars and Sparkling Entertainment!
Pacific Symphony Pops 2017-18 promises a season so bright with stars, music and fun that audience members may need their sunglasses! Led for the 27th year by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the season includes seven heavenly concerts showcasing a constellation of indelible music, beginning with one of today’s most talented music producers, David Foster. Cirque de la Symphonie returns to mesmerize audiences with astonishing acrobatics synched to live music! The audience undergoes “Saturday Night Fever” when the Bee Gees’ music makes everyone want to strut like John Travolta. The holiday season is extra special when celebrated with multi-talented Seth MacFarlane, and Christopher Cross’ ballads provide perfect music to swoon to for Valentine’s Day. Highlights include a tribute to the legend responsible for so many unforgettable songs, Ella Fitzgerald, and, finally, one of today’s most popular bands returns (but remains unidentified for now)!
“Once again, Pacific Symphony has created a season of great music and remarkable performers—it’s entertainment for the entire family!” exclaims Kaufman. “Several of these artists will be making their Pacific Symphony Pops debut, which always makes the series extra special. And these great performers bring a wide variety of musical styles and genres that are sure to make each Pops weekend a wonderful event.” All concerts take place on Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Seven-concert subscriptions for Pops range from $245-$1,099; Box Circle, $1,365. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or CLICK HERE.
The 2017-18 season gets off to a stupendous start on Oct. 13-14, when the Symphony welcomes for the first time one of the most successful music producers/entertainers in history—16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster, along with special hand-picked guests—for a Pops opening to remember! Led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram, Foster delivers popular hits from his unparalleled catalog—written for artists including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand and many others—including “You’re the Inspiration,” “The Prayer,” “The Glory of Love” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” In addition to his Grammy Awards, which include three for Producer of the Year, Foster has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song."
“In the dictionary under ‘singer,’ it could simply say one word: Ella!” says Maestro Kaufman. “There’s no one like her.” Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums. And now, a very special centennial celebration of this extraordinary singer—“Ella @ 100”—takes place Nov. 3-4, when the Symphony and special guest vocalists honor Fitzgerald’s remarkable legacy with the sultry ballads and sweet jazz that she made her own. Among these are “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” And so many more!
It’s a heartwarming, humorous and delightful way to celebrate the holidays when the highly talented vocalist, Seth MacFarlane, makes his Pacific Symphony debut to croon tunes from his award-winning Christmas album, “Holiday for Swing”—an homage to the great albums from the ’40s and ’50s celebrating the most wonderful time of the year! MacFarlane’s gorgeous, lush baritone also delivers sophisticated interpretations from the Great American Songbook, performed in the style of the greats, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. “Celebrate the Holidays with Seth MacFarlane” on Dec. 22-23, the perfect new way to experience the joy of the season! MacFarlane says of his musical passion: “I love and am fascinated by exciting orchestration—what you can do with a band that size!"
A few decades ago, no one could turn on the radio without hearing a song by Christopher Cross. And now, the singer-songwriter sets sail with Pacific Symphony for an evening of yacht rock featuring smooth sounds from the ’70s and ’80s. Such hits as “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing” garnered several Grammys for this titan of soft rock, while “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” earned him the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” These intricately crafted and indelible musical jewels feature virtuoso musicianship and an instantly recognizable voice. Symphony audiences have the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending a romantic evening with this prince of ballads on Feb. 16-17, 2018. “I just write songs because I love to write them,” says Cross.
After standing ovations and shouts of “bravo!” during their past visits to Pacific Symphony, some very special guest artists are scheduled to join the orchestra again for “A Night at the Copa” on March 23-24, 2018, a wildly upbeat evening of entertainment led by Maestro Kaufman. (Unfortunately, due to contract restrictions, the announcement of this awesome band’s name has to be delayed.) What everyone should known, though, is that these nameless popular artists are returning with their dynamic, high-energy, feel-great, around-the-world musical adventure, so get it marked on the calendar and don’t miss it! And stay tuned!
On April 6-7, 2018, music soars to stunning new heights when aerial fliers and acrobats, along with contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen, perform their death- and gravity-defying feats to popular classical masterpieces—all live, on stage and dramatically backed by a full orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia. This jaw-dropping, eye-popping fusion of two art forms wows Symphony audiences of all ages, as the internationally recognized and award-winning artists take to the air and push themselves to the limit in a spectacular event that couples the magical music of the Symphony with the playfulness of acrobats.
Next, return to the era when bellbottoms and disco reigned supreme for this homage to the “Music of the Bee Gees” and a little “Saturday Night Fever”! Think gold chains, manes of long hair and open-necked shirts—all part of the Bee Gees trademark look. In the hands of the tribute band, Stayin’ Alive, the quintessential pop culture icons of the 1970s live to sing and gyrate again on June 8-9, 2018, when joining the Symphony led by Maestro Kaufman. With expert harmonies and undeniable groove, powerful vocals recreate the sound that defined a generation—from blockbusters like “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “Night Fever” to early hits like “To Love Somebody” and “Massachusetts.” Kaufman recalls: “As a studio violinist, I had the honor to play on the original score of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and that began my appreciation of the Bee Gees and their memorable musical style. I can’t wait to be a part of their music again!"