This summer California’s Pacific Symphony will perform two free “Symphony in the Cities” concerts in Mission Viejo and Irvine on July 28 and 29, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. The outdoor concerts at Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center (Mission Viejo) and Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge (Irvine) will feature music by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Sousa, plus patriotic selections as part of an armed-forces salute. Guest vocalists Chelsea Chaves and Nick Preston will perform opera arias and songs from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Pre-concert family activities include instrument-making, a drum circle and instrument petting zoo, and a chance to meet musicians from the orchestra. As in prior years, St.Clair will host a conducting clinic for children and their parents, with children invited to join him onstage afterward to help conduct Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” The orchestra’s annual “Symphony in the Cities” concerts take them to locations throughout Orange County.


Posted July 25, 2018