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Pacific Symphony in the Cities - Orange

@ Chapman University

Make and play instruments, concert


Musco Center for the Arts and Pacific Symphony are teaming up to bring a free evening concert to the City of Orange on Saturday, Aug. 3. The performance on Chapman University's Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza adds a fourth city and venue to the 15-year-old “Symphony in the Cities” program.

Musco Center for the Arts and Pacific Symphony are teaming up to bring a free evening concert to the City of Orange on Saturday, Aug. 3. The performance on Chapman University's Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza adds a fourth city and venue to the 15-year-old “Symphony in the Cities” program.


Beginning at 7pm, the full orchestra will perform a varied program under the baton of Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair, who was recently named a Chapman University Presidential Fellow. A pre-concert event, with free family activities and local music acts, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Aitken Arts Plaza in front of Musco Center.


"Our participation in this wonderful series is a big part of Musco Center's pre-season thank you to the City of Orange and the broader Orange County community," said Musco Center Executive Director Richard T. Bryant. "We are mindful that it is through the support of the community that Musco Center has emerged as one of the top university-based performing arts centers in the nation. And, as this marks a strengthening of our ties with Pacific Symphony, it is also a sign of our commitment to expand both through collaboration and programming."


The Pacific Symphony concert on Aug. 3 will be an upbeat program. After opening with a stirring performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the orchestra will turn up the tempo for John Philip Sousa’s joyous “Hands Across the Sea.” The evening will include a salute to our armed forces, two beautiful ballads from The Music Man – “Till There Was You” and “Goodnight My Someone” – and the music of Georges Bizet, before closing with Samuel Barber’s gorgeous “Adagio for Strings.”


Carl St.Clair recently joined the faculty of Chapman University's College of Performing Arts as he begins his 30th season leading Pacific Symphony. St.Clair is one of the longest‑tenured conductors of a major American orchestra and has nurtured its commitment to building outstanding educational programs and innovative approaches to programming.


The pre-concert entertainment will include a performance by Triada and the Symphony’s Musical Playground featuring hands-on activities for kids such as instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo and a chance to meet musicians. Plus, in each of the cities, children and their parents can enjoy the always-popular conducting clinic led by Maestro St.Clair himself. All children who participate in the clinic are then invited during the concert to join St.Clair in front of the stage and help him conduct “Hands Across the Sea.”

  • Chapman University
  • One University Drive
  • Orange, CA 92866

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