Pacific Symphony bringing free summer concert series to parks in Orange County

Carl St.Clair conducts during a performance by the Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale.
Carl St.Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
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Pacific Symphony will perform three outdoor concerts later this month in Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange as part of its annual “Symphony in the Cities” series.

Thousands are expected to attend the summer series, which is held in local parks throughout Orange County. The music will be a mix of classics, and popular and patriotic music. There will also be a sing-along.

Children will be able to learn how to conduct from conductor Carl St.Clair and could help lead the orchestra during the concert.


The program includes Giaochino Rossini’s “Finale from Overture to William Tell,” Goerges Bizet’s “Farandole from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2,” Max Bruch’s “Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for Violin & Orchestra III. Allegro energico,” Arturo Marquez’s “Danzón No. 2,” Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission,” Alberto Ginastera’sDanza Finale from Estancia, Op.8a,” John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea March” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Aaron Copland’s “Selections from Old American Songs,” Samuel Ward’s “America the Beautiful” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

The Mission Viejo Symphony in the Cities performance takes place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green, 24932 Veterans Way. The Irvine concert is at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, and the performance in Orange starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Aitken Arts Plaza at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Drive.

All three performances are free. For more information, visit

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