Pacific Symphony takes its summer concert series to Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheatre

Pacific Symphony is taking its summer concert series to Costa Mesa, starting with a performance devoted to Bruce Springsteen on the Fourth of July.

This year marks the first that Orange County’s orchestra calls the O.C. Fair and Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheatre its summer home. Last fall the symphony was forced to leave the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, its summer performance hall for nearly 30 years, following the outdoor concert venue’s closure.

The July 4 concert features fireworks and musicians who will re-create Springsteen’s “party-like performances,” symphony officials said in a news release. Headlining is Matt Ryan singing Springsteen hits like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Born to Run” and “Hungry Heart.”

Richard Kaufman, the Pacific Symphony’s longtime pops leader, will conduct the performance, which starts at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.

The second concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. July 12, features Kenny Loggins, who will perform hits like “Danny’s Song” and “House at Pooh Corner” alongside the symphony. Albert-George Schram conducts.

On July 20, the B-52s perform with the Pacific Symphony in a special appearance. The concert begins at 8:15 p.m.

On Aug. 19, the symphony will perform John Williams’ score to “Jurassic Park” live alongside the 1993 film. Kaufman conducts. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The summer music concludes Sept. 9 with the Pacific Symphony’s traditional Tchaikovsky Spectacular performance featuring the Russian composer’s “1812 Overture.”

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., also will include other Romantic-era pieces, including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

The piano soloist will be this year’s winner of the Van Cliburn competition, Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.

In addition to the Pacific Amphitheatre performances, the Pacific Symphony will also have its Symphony in the Cities free outdoor concert series.

The first is July 16 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m.

The second is in Mission Viejo on July 22 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Festivities start at 4 p.m., with the concert at 7 p.m.

The third is July 23 in Irvine at Mike Ward Community Park, 20 Lake Road. The musical carnival opens at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call (714) 755-5799.

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