Come aboard a ghost-ridden ship and set sail with Pacific Symphony on a musical voyage across the high seas for Disney Live in Concert, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” a swashbuckling adventure to conclude Summer Festival 2012. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony, with assistance from the guys of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, performs Klaus Badelt’s and Hans Zimmer’s thunderous soundtrack live to 2003’s blockbuster film, played on the big screen above the stage.
Johnny Depp stars as the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow, who embarks on a quest with the handsome Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to save Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly), who has been captured by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and his motley crew on board the infamous Black Pearl in their search to break the curse that leaves them “undead.”
Taking place Saturday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m., at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, guests are invited to come dressed as pirates.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is one of those great works one never tires of. It is—and will always remain—a beloved favorite of the repertoire. In his letters, Tchaikovsky talks about how the sun begins to shine again as he is writing this concerto, and how happy he is with the outcome of this great work. He writes that there is a lot of freshness, lightness and beautifully harmonized melodies…the last movement is very jubilant and ends with a virtuosic flair.
The New York Times calls her “compelling, elegant and incisive.”
Expect nothing short of exalted solo flourishes during, “Beethoven’s Greatest Hits,” when Pacific Symphony is joined by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez, who tackles one of the most famous piano concertos of all time: the regal, heroic “Emperor.”
Plus, rediscover why Beethoven’s creations have been audience favorites for centuries when Music Director Carl St.Clair leads the orchestra in the vivacious and celebratory Symphony No. 7, recently heard in the Oscar-winning film, “The King’s Speech.”
“Beethoven’s Greatest Hits” takes place Sunday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.
Despite the appeal of this symphony’s elemental melodies, its powerful rhythmic drive is the work’s emotional driver, thrilling us with a feeling of palpable freedom, like riding in a convertible with the top down on a beautiful, empty road.
Michael Clive, writing about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (being performed as part of “Beethoven’s Greatest Hits,” on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.)
“The Phantom is my favorite role thus far and certainly one of the most demanding. For one thing, it’s an extraordinary vocal challenge, which I love. There’s so much intense singing, and you have to maintain your voice in optimal condition for eight performances a week. But for me, concert performance is the most challenging of all. You have no set, no costumes and sometimes (in a solo concert), it’s only your talent to hold the audience’s attention. Your voice has to be in top shape and you have to have mastered the material as an actor as well as a singer (it’s still ‘musical theater!’).
“Most of all, I believe that musical theater performance is about storytelling. By changing the quality of my voice, my stance and my movements I can put each song in its own context and character. My goal is to make the audience think that if they close their eyes, they feel as though they are back at a theater, watching the actual show.”
“Three Phantoms” creator and co-star Craig Schulman
LAST NIGHT MORE THAN 10,500 PEOPLE GOT A “PEACEFUL, EASY FEELING” AS PACIFIC SYMPHONY KICKED OFF ITS 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL WITH A “JULY 4 SPECTACULAR—MUSIC OF THE EAGLES,” FEATURING TRIBUTE BAND “WINDBORNE”
Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman also led the orchestra in an 80th birthday tribute to iconic film composer John Williams and the audience voted by text for the encore. Plus, the holiday celebration featured a traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces (military gets in FREE all season!) and the night culminated in a dazzling display of fireworks!
Pacific Symphony is celebrating composer John Williams’ 80th birthday on our July 4th concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Music from Jurassic Park is on the program along with The Eagles Tribute band Windborne! For tickets, visit www.PacificSymphony.org.