Pacific Symphony’s annual free summer evenings of outdoor music and entertainment come to Segerstrom Center’s Arts Plaza for the first time this Friday, July 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The 2013 Target Symphony in the Cities concert series on the Center’s Arts Plaza will also help to celebrate Costa Mesa’s 60th Anniversary. PSO Music Director Carl St.Clair will conduct well-loved tunes by Shostakovich, Massenet, Strauss (Jr. and Sr.!) and American legends John Williams, Leonard Bernstein and John Philip Sousa. Special guest performers are the doo-wop group The Alley Cats and violinist Kotaro Tsutsumi.
Don’t miss the pre-concert events at the Symphony’s Musical Playground and lots of interactive and hands-on activities for kids and families: make an instrument, play in a drum circle, visit the instrument petting zoo and meet real live Symphony musicians. Maestro St.Clair will offer his conducting workshop, starting at 6:45 p.m. in preparation to assist him in leading Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert.
Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, as well as snacks and picnic suppers. Barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted.