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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.

There are 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.

  

Shaham Plays Mozart

Shaham Plays Mozart

August 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Available for free, online viewing through Sept. 26.

The internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham, a “first-rate Mozartean” according to the Chicago Tribune, takes center stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Eileen Jeanette, Pacific Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning, opens the concert with an interview with Orli Shaham.

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique

August 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Available for free, online viewing through Oct. 10.

No single work transformed the sound of a symphony orchestra more than Berlioz’s revolutionary “Symphonie Fantastique” of 1830, with its massive orchestra, large percussion battery and powerful brass. Combining gracious ballroom dances with psychedelic depictions of a witches’ sabbath, the piece represents the composer’s obsessive love of a great Shakespearean actress. Eileen Jeanette, Pacific Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning, opens the concert with an interview with Principal Bassoon Rose Corrigan.  

Virtual Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Virtual Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Available for free, online viewing through Oct. 24.

No summer would be complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Plus, enjoy Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" and the "Procession of the Nobles" by Rimsky-Korsakov. Eileen Jeanette, Pacific Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning, opens the concert with an interview with Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins. 

Music in Bloom

Music in Bloom - Opening Night Celebration

September 26, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

A Virtual Opening Night Celebration Honoring the 2020-21 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series

This year we have the unique opportunity to celebrate our Season Opening together and apart—fun! On Saturday, September 26th we kick off our season with a series of at home celebrations. Rather than purchasing a table, you are purchasing an experience for up to ten of your closest (and socially distanced) friends and family. Each specially curated experience will culminate in a simultaneously broadcasted Pacific Symphony program that can be viewed online.

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Opening Night with Pacific Symphony

September 30 – October 10, 2020,  8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony #1

Pacific Symphony’s virtual “Opening Night” is reconceptualized for the uncommon era in which we find ourselves. The program—a virtual piano extravaganza—will be offered in an innovative way, featuring five internationally renowned piano soloists in their home studios around the world: Olga Kern, Louis Lortie, André Watts and piano duo Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton. The program features 19th and 20th century masterworks by Beethoven, Dvorák, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.

Phillipe Quint

Virtual Violin Virtuosos

October 28 – November 7, 2020,  8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony #2

Enjoy a trio of world-class violinists in their home studios. Favorite virtuosos Anne Akiko Meyers and Philippe Quint join Pacific Symphony’s Concertmaster Dennis Kim in “Virtual Violin Virtuosos.” Two Baroque masterworks highlight the program: Akiko Meyers and Kim are the soloists in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, and Quint performs “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” 

Eagle and American flag

A Salute to the Heroes

November 11 – 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony #3

Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony offer a touching tribute honoring veterans, healthcare workers, armed service members and first responders in “A Salute to the Heroes.” Program highlights include Beethoven, Barber, Copland and additional works to be announced.

Beethoven

Beethoven @ 250

December 16 – 26, 2020, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Southland Sessions with Pacific Symphony #4

Despite a global pandemic, classical music’s birthday boy will not be denied. Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. The culmination of this program will be the composer’s great work to humanity, Symphony No. 9, in an archival recording of the orchestra’s 2012 Plazacast at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Craig A Meyer

July 4 Spectacular: The Elton John Tribute

July 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

“Your Song.” “Rocket Man.” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The hit singles of mega pop star Elton John are endless. Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John,” this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John.

Plus, enjoy patriotic favorites, our traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

July 15, 2021, 8:15 p.m.

Spend a special evening with the original Jersey Boy, backed by the Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. 

Toy Story in Concert

Toy Story in Concert

August 21, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

World Premiere Live-to-Film Event!

Two rival toys — a lanky, likable cowboy named Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger — vie for a place in the heart of their owner, Andy. The toys plot against each other, but when they’re separated from their human, they find a way to work together as friends to be reunited with Andy again. Considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made, Toy Story received three Academy Award nominations, including one for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman.
 
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” Overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Enjoy the spectacle as you also listen to the greatest hits of some of Russia’s greatest Romantic composers.