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Summer Festival Concerts

Pack a picnic, chill some wine and enjoy great summer nights under the stars!

July 4 Spectacular - The Music of Michael Jackson

July 4 Spectacular - The Music of Michael Jackson

July 4, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

This high energy concert showcases the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”—from The Jackson 5 to his final film, “This Is It!” — and includes music from “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and many more. The seven-piece rock group Windborne along with lead singer James Delisco joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the genius of Michael Jackson’s legacy. The concert opens with patriotic favorites and closes with a brilliant fireworks finale.

Beethoven's Ninth

Beethoven's Ninth

July 23, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Beethoven’s blockbuster — with a huge orchestra, full chorus and thrilling vocal quartet — is the crown jewel of our final Summer Festival season in the meadows. The stirring “Ode to Joy” reflects the composer’s hopes and dreams for a better world and is a triumphant affirmation of universal brotherhood. This epic musical masterpiece must be heard live to be experienced fully.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

August 13, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with John Williams’ thrilling score performed live to the full-length film by Pacific Symphony! This action-packed blockbuster features Harrison Ford as the intrepid archaeologist who adventures from Nepal to Egypt on a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

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The Spy Who Loved Me featuring Sheena Easton

The Spy Who Loved Me featuring Sheena Easton

August 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The name is Bond…James Bond. Dashing and debonair, his movie themes evoke international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Two-time Grammy® Award-winner Sheena Easton, the featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack “For Your Eyes Only,” will seduce you into the world of “Goldfinger,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Skyfall,” plus “spy” songs from “Mission Impossible,” “Austin Powers” and more.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

September 3, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

As the sun sets on our final concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Carl St.Clair will take us on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on nearly three decades of concerts “in the meadows.” The program will be a Tchaikovsky hit parade featuring excerpts from the perennially popular ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” and two beloved concertos. The curtain will fall on this chapter of Pacific Symphony history to the traditional sounds of the electrifying “1812 Overture”!