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Summer is synonymous with vibrant celebrations, and this year, the Pacific Symphony’s SummerFest 2024 is an absolute highlight of the Orange County season.

Pacific Symphony Summerfest 2024 at Great Park Live in Irvine

At the enchanting new venue, Great Park Live, in Irvine, California, this annual season of music promises an exhilarating mix of music, community, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a classical music aficionado or movie buff looking for a fun summer outing, SummerFest 2024 has something for everyone.

A Symphony Under the Stars

There’s something magical about listening to live music under the open sky.

The warm summer evenings create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the symphony’s performances, making each concert a unique and immersive experience. Held at the beautiful Great Park Live, the venue itself adds to the charm, providing a spacious and comfortable setting for concertgoers.

Summerfest 2024 Season

1. RHAPSODY IN BLUE AT 100: CONCERT OF HOPE (July 27, 2024)

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BOYER: Rhapsody in Red, White, & Blue (California Premiere)
– Intermission –
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin composed it all — taking Broadway by storm, selling out concert halls and opera houses and defining an era! In his ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue, premiered 100 years ago, he married classical music to the most unique of American art forms, Jazz.

2. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI IN CONCERT (August 10, 2024)

Film with Live Orchestra

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Pacific Symphony

“I am a Jedi, like my father before me…”

In the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) joins his droid allies R2-D2 and C-3PO, along with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), to free his comrade Han Solo (Harrison Ford), imprisoned by the vile crime lord, Jabba the Hutt.

Reunited, the Rebels race to the moon of the planet Endor where they launch a desperate attack upon the entire Imperial Fleet. But the ultimate battle is between father and son, as Luke faces Darth Vader one last time, for the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.

© 1983 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox Film Corp, Lucasfilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © All rights reserved.

3. JOHN WILLIAMS’ MAGICAL MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER (August 23, 2024)

Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Pacific Symphony

Music by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, Alexandre Desplat from all eight Harry Potter films

Embark on a magical orchestral journey outdoors, under the stars, when Enrico Lopez-Yañez takes the audience on a class reunion remembering the memorable professors, characters, and magical creatures from the beloved film franchise. Revel in the spellbinding scores that defined the iconic Harry Potter saga, from the awe-inspiring compositions of John Williams to the mystical works of Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat.

This one-night spectacle celebrates the legendary music of all eight films—a must-attend event for wizards and Muggles alike at Great Park Live.

4. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR (September 07, 2024)

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin

KHACHATURIAN: Sabre Dance
TCHAIKOVSKY: Grand Pas de deux from The Nutcracker
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol
~Intermission~
GLINKA: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s passionate Violin Concerto performed by “truly phenomenal” violinist Philippe Quint (BBC Music Magazine). Plus, Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnol, hailed by Tchaikovsky as “a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation,” a dance from The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with a brilliant fireworks finale!

Family-Friendly Fun

SummerFest 2024 isn’t just for adults—it’s a fantastic outing for families too.

With family favorites such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, it’s an ideal way to introduce children and youths to the joys of live music. Plus, the casual outdoor setting allows for a relaxed and enjoyable experience for concertgoers of all ages.

Planning Your Visit to Great Park Live

Summerfest 2024 at Great Park Live Irvine

To make the most of your SummerFest experience, here are a few tips:

  • Purchase Tickets Early: Popular events can sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to buy your tickets in advance. You can purchase them directly from the Pacific Symphony’s website.
  • Pack a Picnic: While food and beverages are available at the venue, many attendees enjoy bringing their own picnic to enjoy before the concert (between the parking lot and entrance to Great Park Live you’ll find picnic tables). Just be sure to check the venue’s guidelines on what you can bring.
  • Dress Comfortably: Since the concerts are outdoors, dressing in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing will enhance your experience. Don’t forget to bring a light jacket or blanket for the cooler evening temperatures.
  • Clear Bag Policy: See a list of allowed and prohibited items at Great Park Live.

In Conclusion

SummerFest 2024 with the Pacific Symphony is more than just a series of concerts—it’s a celebration of music, community, and the joy of summer. With a diverse lineup of performances and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s an event that should be on everyone’s summer calendar. So gather your friends and family, and join the Pacific Symphony for a season of unforgettable musical moments under the stars.

For more details and to book your tickets, visit the Pacific Symphony SummerFest 2024 page.

Great Park Live
8000 Great Park Blvd, Irvine, CA 92618

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Gather your friends and family, and join the Pacific Symphony for a season of unforgettable musical moments under the stars for Summerfest 2024.