The Pacific Symphony Announces Their 2014-15 Pops Series, Which Includes FLY ME TO THE MOON, VERTIGO and More
Mega-watt stars light up the stage for Pacific Symphony's highly anticipated 2014-15 Pops series featuring seven not-to-be-missed concerts that include a bit of nostalgia, romance, celebration and a plethora of memorable music-all enhanced by the "Hollywood" sound of the orchestra. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the season blasts off with a tribute to the iconic Frank Sinatra, with such jazz standards as "Fly Me to the Moon." Add to that legendary stars Paul Anka, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and, just in time for Christmas-
five-time Grammy Award-winner Sandi Patty. Plus, The Chieftains bring their old-country charm for an authentic St. Patrick's Day celebration, and The Tenors fill the concert hall with romance over Valentine's Day weekend. The season also includes the Symphony musicians recreating the haunting score to "Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller, as the classic is shown on the big screen
All Pops concerts take place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Seven-concert subscriptions for Pops range from $235-$1,050; single tickets are $35-$105 (on sale Aug. 17). For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
"Our upcoming Pops season promises to be another exciting year for our audiences as world-class performers join one of the world's great orchestras in concert," says Maestro Kaufman. "Once again, several of these artists will be making their Pacific Symphony Pops debut, which always makes the series extra special. And these great performers bring a wide variety of musical styles and genres that are sure to make each Pops weekend a special event."
Pacific Symphony Pops takes flight with "Fly Me to the Moon" on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 6-8, at 8 p.m., when Michael Andrew and his classic voice reinvigorate the music of the eternally-hip Rat Pack crooners: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Critics praise Andrew's interpretations, raving, "Andrew has Sinatra's style down pat, from his husky, off-hand delivery to heady shout choruses always anchored by tough-but-tender can't-touch-this cool."
"Everyone loves the sound of Sinatra, and what better way to begin our season than with music from the 'Great American Songbook' made famous by Sinatra himself!?" says Kaufman.
Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world-famous Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live radio broadcast, "Live from the Rainbow Room." He was the singer and bandleader at Merv Griffin's "Coconut Club" in The Beverly Hilton, where Griffin called Andrew "one of the great singers of all time."
A spirited holiday concert awaits as American-music icon and multiple-award winner Sandi Patty makes her Symphony Pops debut in "Christmas with Sandi Patty." Patty's angelic voice captivates audiences for an evening of inspirational and joyful music perfect for the family. Led by Kaufman, this Christmas celebration takes place Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 18-20, at 8 p.m.
"With the wonderful spirit and amazing voice of Sandi Patty, our Christmas Pops celebration will, without a doubt, bring the true meaning as well as the fun and excitement of the most wonderful time of the year," says Kaufman. "Andy Williams, who graced our Christmas Pops a couple of years ago, once told me that Sandi Patty had 'the best female voice' he had ever heard. High praise indeed from one of history's most respected and beloved singers."
As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold, Patty is simply known as "The Voice." She is the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, receiving 40 Dove Awards. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and recognized as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over 30 albums, including her latest, "Everlasting," which features notable hymns and songs of worship in an intimate and acoustic setting.
Love is in the air when the Symphony couples with The Tenors for an exhilarating Valentine's Day weekend on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 12-14, 2015, at 8 p.m. Maestro Kaufman leads this romantic evening of memorable, reverberating sounds. "Valentine's Day with The Tenors" features four handsome male singers known for their refreshing musicianship and magnificent voices. The Tenors set the mood with songs from their 2012 Platinum album "Lead With Your Heart" and other favorites. A greatly admired group, The Tenors were featured performers on the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast. The four young men have performed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (with Celine Dion), for Her Majesty the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle and at the opening ceremonies of Vancouver's 2010 Olympics. They have been hailed as musical ambassadors and Canada's national treasure.