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Carl St.Clair, conductor
Chief Brian Fennessy, Orange County Fire Authority
Lee’s Legion Color Guard of the Orange County Chapter of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
George Li, piano
Dave Champagne, bagpipes
Pacific Chorale —  Robert Istad, artistic director
Nick Davies, videographer
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JOHN WILLIAMS:  Hymn to the Fallen
JOHN STAFFORD SMITH: The Star-Spangled Banner
JOHN WILLIAMS:  Liberty Fanfare
STEPHEN PAULUS:  The Road Home (with photo montage)
TRADITIONAL: Amazing Grace
IRVING BERLIN:  God Bless America
A Moment of Silence
TCHAIKOVSKY:  Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy


RACHMANINOFF:  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY:  1812 Overture

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No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling 1812 Overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. Plus, critically acclaimed pianist and International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist, George Li joins the orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. 

The concert opens with patriotic music by John Williams, Stephen Paulus and Irving Berlin to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, followed by Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. Enjoy pre-concert entertainment on the Plaza Pacifica with the Huntington Beach Concert Band from 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Masks are highly recommended by the CDC.

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Program Notes

Learn more about the concert and the music in the program notes.

George Li

Guest Artist

George Li

Praised by The Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant virtuosity and poised authority far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as Gergiev, Dudamel, Honeck, Petrenko, Tilson Thomas and Long Yu.

Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Sydney Symphony and St Petersburg Philharmonic. In 2018/19, Li makes his debut with the London Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, embarks on a 11-city recital tour of China and is the soloist on the Russian National Orchestra’s major US tour with Mikhail Pletnev. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival and in various venues throughout Russia.

In recital, Li performs at venues including Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Poly Theater and Amici della Musica Firenze, as well as appearances at major festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Montreux Festival.

An active chamber musician, Li has performed alongside James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez and Daniel Lozakovich and future plans include collaborations with Daniel Hope, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Lawrence Power. Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album released in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.

Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among Li’s many prizes, he was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In summer 2018, Li graduated from the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, where he studied with Wha Kyung Byun.