AMERICA’S SWEETHEART IS HERE
Amy Grant, whose warm spirit, heartfelt lyrics and chart-topping vocals have made her an American-music icon, joins forces for the first time with Pacific Symphony Pops for “Christmas with Amy Grant”—an uplifting concert full of festive holiday music. Thirty million albums sold, six No. 1 hits, six Grammys and numerous Dove awards…Grant has successfully erased the lines between contemporary Christian and pop, mixing in folk, country and her own personal song-writing style. Grant sings favorites from her Christmas albums—all backed by the lush sounds of the Symphony orchestra.
Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra in holiday favorites and the audience in a sing-along. Plus, “The Night before Christmas” is narrated by radio/TV personality Wink Martindale. This Christmas extravaganza takes place Dec. 13-15, at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. (Dec. 15 only). All performances are in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and feature the Foothill High Dickens Carolers serenading an hour before the concert begins. www.PacificSymphony.org.
Pacific Symphony League: A Continued Passion for Music
A passion for music is one that lasts a lifetime. Despite long days at work and responsibilities throughout one’s life, this love for music is one that can drive people to accomplish great things. While members of the Pacific Symphony League vary in age and background, each shares a passion for music. It is through this passion that League members remain active volunteers in supporting music education and opera-vocal projects throughout Orange County. Since the League’s creation alongside the Symphony’s inception almost 35 years ago, its members have and continue to volunteer and help with programs such as Target Symphony in the Cities, the Musical Playgrounds that are part of Family Musical Mornings and by running the Symphony Shop in the lobby during every concert. In addition to volunteering, the League also plays a significant role in fundraising to support the Symphony’s music education programs. Reaching their 2009-10 goal, the League raised $100,000 for the Symphony and since, has continued to raise funds to benefit music education programs. In addition to its altruistic efforts made by its members, the League also hosts events, such as the celebration for the Symphony’s Pops Opening Night!
Setting the mood for an enchanting night of music for Pacific Symphony’s Pops Opening Night concert, “Wicked Divas,” the Symphony’s League hosts a pre-concert celebration full of magical entertainment and gourmet delicacies at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, Friday, Nov. 16. In addition to cocktails and dinner, League members and their guests will enjoy a presentation by Pops conductor Richard Kaufman and a musical performance by Kaufman’s daughter Whitney and pianist Nelson Cole, before heading over to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall for a night of Broadway hits.
For more information on how to get involved with the League or become a member contact Leslie Fay Vaeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714-755-5788.
ROCKING THE END OF THE SEASON WITH POP MUSIC SENSATION PETER CETERA
Flashback! One of pop music’s heavy hitters, Grammy Award-winning vocalist songwriter Peter Cetera joins Pacific Symphony, June 7-9, to sing hits from his solo career and as lead vocalist of the band Chicago. With his instantly recognizable vocals and classic love songs, Cetera has been a pop icon since his early days with the legendary rock band Chicago, where he served as singer, songwriter and bass player from 1968-1986. During his time with the band, Chicago recorded 18 of the most memorable albums of a generation, including the hits “25 or 6 to 4,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “If you Leave me Now,” “No Explanation,” and “Baby, What a Big Surprise.”
As a solo artist, Cetera has recorded 10 time-honored CDs including his No. 1 hits: the Academy Award-nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the hit movie “The Karate Kid II,” “The Next Time I Fall” with Amy Grant, “No Explanation” from the mega hit film, “Pretty Woman” and the unforgettable “Restless Heart.”