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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 Alan Chapman serves as the emce, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Starting at 7 p.m., this year’s free SITC concerts take place Saturday, July 27 in the Village Green at Mission Viejo’s Oso Viejo Community Park, Sunday, July 28, at Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Saturday, Aug. 3 at Chapman University's Aitken Arts Plaza in Orange and Sunday, Aug. 4 at Irvine’s Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge. Arrive early to enjoy Mission Viejo’s annual “Prelude in the Park,” which begins at 4 p.m., and the Symphony’s Musical Playground, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in all four cities.

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.


2019 Symphony in the Cities Dates and Locations

MISSION VIEJO • Saturday • July 27, 2019
“Prelude in the Park” begins at 4 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green and
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA

COSTA MESA • Sunday • July 28, 2019
Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (indoors)
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

ORANGE • Sunday • Aug. 3, 2019
Family activities and local music acts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Symphony concert starts at 7 p.m.
Aitken Arts Plaza at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange, CA

IRVINE • Sunday • Aug. 4, 2019
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

2018 Symphony in the Cities Program

Carl St.Clair, conductor ♦ Chelsea Chaves, soprano ♦ Nick Preston, tenor ♦ Pacific Symphony
Alan Chapman, host


SOUSA   Hands Across the Sea
GERSHWIN   "Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up the Band
GERSHWIN   "Embraceable You" from Girl Crazy
LOEWE   "On the Street Where you Live" from My Fair Lady
LOEWE   "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
BERNSTEIN   Selections from West Side Story
BERNSTEIN   "Mambo" from "Symphonic Dances"
MOZART   Overture to Marriage of Figaro
PUCCINI   "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi
PUCCINI   "Nessun dorma" from Turandot 
VERDI   "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Brindisi") from La Traviata
VARIOUS   Armed Forces Salute
WARD   America the Beautiful
BERLIN   God Bless America

Read more in the PROGRAM NOTES (PDF)