Pacific Symphony announces five summer concerts at Pacific Amphitheatre

If the line-up includes “Jurassic Park,” Bruce Springsteen and cannon fire, there’s only one possible reason: It’s summer season at the symphony. We all know its familiar features.

But there’s something special about Pacific Symphony’s “Summerfest,” announced today. The orchestra’s summer season, associated for years with the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, had to change locations after the large outdoor venue closed Oct. 30. This summer it will occupy the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

For a time it seemed that a move to the Great Park was possible. The amphitheater proposed for the Irvine site has not yet been built. But a move to the fairgrounds could have unexpected advantages over that location as well as the orchestra’s original summer home: more walk-ins.

Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO, thinks the ensemble’s presence at the fair will be equally beneficial for both. “We are very excited about this partnership with Pacific Symphony … We love the idea of fair-goers being exposed to the symphony and symphony fans being exposed to the fair.”

Does Tchaikovsky go with corn dogs? We’ll soon find out.

Pacific Symphony Summerfest 2017

July 4: Symphonic Springsteen (Richard Kaufman, conductor). Followed by fireworks display

July 12: Kenny Loggins live (Albert-George Schram, conductor)

Aug. 19: “Jurassic Park” screening with score performed live (Richard Kaufman, conductor)

Sept. 9: Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Carl St.Clair, conductor)

TBA: Hail to the Heroes, a concert celebrating U.S. veterans

Where: Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fair and Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

When: All concerts start at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $63-$367 for the series. Single tickets ($25-$99) go on sale in May

Information: 714-755-5799 or PacificSymphony.org

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