Pacific Symphony Pops Presents AMERICA This Weekend
One of the most iconic rock-and-roll bands to come out of London during the 1970s-Grammy Award-winning "America"-joins Pacific Symphony Pops to rock the house with hot hits, soulful ballads and rock classics. The perennial folk-country-rock favorite celebrates its 44th anniversary this year with nearly half a century of gold and platinum albums, chart-topping hits and a variety of genre-crossing tunes in its wake. The band's surreal, somewhat psychedelic lyrics, which were an anomaly in their genre, helped to define the new California soft-rock sound that grew out of the area's folk and pop. Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell join the orchestra to perform such signature hits as "A Horse with No Name," "Ventura Highway," "You Can Do Magic," "Lonely People," "Sister Golden Hair," "Tin Man" and more.
America performs the Symphony's final concert of the 2013-14 season today through Saturday, June 12-14, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$170. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
"There's nothing like hearing an iconic singing group in a live setting!" says Maestro Kaufman. "For our final Pops concert of the season, I've chosen a variety of music with all sorts of musical colors to complement the songs of America, enhanced by the rich and thrilling sound of Pacific Symphony. The first half includes exciting music by John Williams, the magical theme from 'A Summer Place,' a wild arrangement of a Jerry Lee Lewis classic and more. This will be a unique and wonderful conclusion to our Pops season!"
To open the evening, Maestro Kaufman leads the orchestra in sizzling light classics, perfect for kicking off the summer. The program includes John Williams' march from the Spielberg comedy "1941," Max Steiner's theme from "A Summer Place" and the foot-stomping classic, "Rock Around the Clock." Laguna Niguel tenor and USC student Grant Yosenick, winner of Pacific Symphony's "OC Can You Sing?" contest last season, gives a heartfelt performance of "Bring Him Home" from "LES MISERABLES"-the Broadway classic that won over audiences and earned him a return to the Symphony's stage. Yosenick performs the sweet and lyrical songs, "On the Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady" and Tosti's "La Serenata." The orchestra sends the audience to intermission with a medley of famous symphony finales by Robert Wendel, "That's It, That's All... The End!" to conclude the 2013-14 Pops season.
"We're excited that Grant-our winner of last season's 'OC Can You Sing' competition-will be taking the stage once again, this time as our guest artist," says Kaufman. "He's chosen three wonderful pieces-including one of Broadway's most memorable songs in recent years, 'Bring Him Home' from 'Les Miz'-that will showcase the terrific voice of this talented young man."