Pacific Symphony Summerfest moves to OC fairgrounds for 2017

Posted on: February 16, 2017

“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,” writes Paul Hodgins in Sunday’s (2/12) Orange County Register (CA). “There’s something special about Pacific Symphony’s ‘Summerfest.’ … 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…. But a move to the fairgrounds could have unexpected advantages over that [Irvine] 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.” Also planned by the orchestra this summer: “Kenny Loggins Live,” a concert celebrating U.S. veterans, and the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. 

Posted February 16, 2017