Orchestra announces free concerts in O.C. parks
Conductor Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony to play in Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest.
For the first time as part of the series, the musicians will perform at the Segerstrom Center’s Arts Plaza on July 26. Concerts follow at Oso Viejo Park in Mission Viejo on July 27 and at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest on July 28. All three concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Pre-concert activities include a Musical Playground for children featuring hands-on activities including making an instrument and participating in a drum circle. St.Clair will once again lead a conducting clinic for kids (accompanied by a parent), in which they will learn how to conduct Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” march and assist in its performance during the concert. Pre-concert events get underway at 5:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest, and at 4 p.m. in Mission Viejo, which will include a parachutist and a tribute to Korean War veterans.
This year’s program is a mix of popular and classical fare. Selections from “West Side Story” by Bernstein, the “Festive Overture” by Shostakovich, “The Blue Danube” Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., the “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss, Sr., and the “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams will be performed. Violinist Tsutsumi, a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, will join the ensemble to solo in Massenet’s “Meditation” from “Thais.” Sousa’s “Washington Post March” and Hands Across the Sea” and a tribute to the armed forces are also part of the program.
The a cappella Alley Cats are scheduled to sing “Bandstand Boogie,” “Only You” and “Sh-Boom,” as well as “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America,” during which the audience is invited to sing along.
Target marks its ninth year as title sponsor of the concerts, which attract thousands annually.
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