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Symphony in the Cities

Carl St.Clair instructs young conductors at Symphony in the Cities

It's the perfect way to end a lazy summer day:
Pacific Symphony's Symphony in the Cities

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair or blanket and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun! Now a long-standing summer tradition, Symphony in the Cities (SITC) brings thousands of people together for great music and entertainment in local parks each year. With a potpourri of popular classics, pop tunes and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emce, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

The Musical Playground features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. And—back by popular demand—kids have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro St.Clair and later help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert.

Dates for Summer 2018 will be announced.


Concert Dates and Locations for Summer 2017

NEWPORT BEACH • Sunday • July 16, 2017
Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Newport Beach City Hall
100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

MISSION VIEJO • Saturday • July 22, 2017
“Prelude in the Park” begins at 4 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA

IRVINE • Sunday • July 23, 2017
Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge
20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA

2017 Symphony in the Cities Program


Carl St.Clair, conductor
Pacific Symphony
Danielle and Sarah Liu, violin
Yaya Dance Academy — Yaya Zhang, artistic director
Southern California Children’s Chorus  —  Lori Loftus, founding director


KEY   The Star Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN   Overture to Candide
BERNSTEIN   Mambo from West Side Story  
MASCAGNI:   Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
SOUSA   Hands Across the Sea
BRAHMS   Hungarian Dance No. 5
J. STRAUSS   Thunder and Lightning Polka
J. STRAUSS   Blue Danube Waltz
BACH   Air on a G String
BACH   Concerto for 2 Violins, Movement 1
WILLIAMS   Superman March
WILLIAMS   E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Flying Theme
VARIOUS   Armed Forces Salute
WARD   America the Beautiful
BERLIN   God Bless America
SOUSA   Stars and Stripes Forever



Read more in the PROGRAM NOTES (PDF)


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