Pacific Symphony Kicks Off Summer Festival 2013 with Music of Neil Diamond Tonight


Heartfelt songs made famous by one of America's most beloved performers-Neil Diamond-along with rousing band marches and meaningful, award-winning film music drum up feelings of celebration and American pride at Pacific Symphony's "July 4 Extravaganza," featuring tribute band Super Diamond.

The original Diamond, considered to be the third most successful contemporary artist of all time on the Billboard chart, has sold more than 125 million records worldwide and has 10 number one hit singles.

Bringing the sound and essence of Diamond to the Symphony's stage is Randy Cordeiro, with his husky, baritone impersonation, and band Super Diamond. Together they plan to rock Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with the American icon's treasured classics, such as "Sweet Caroline," "Song Sung Blue," "America," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" and "Heartlight."

The concert, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, kicks off the Symphony's Summer Festival 2013 tonight, July 4, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Tickets range from $25 (lawn seating) to $104 (orchestra seating); children under 14 are half price in most sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. Guests are welcome to picnic on the grounds of the amphitheater starting at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

"It's basically a concert in the park!" says Maestro Kaufman. "Make that a very big concert in the park. That's how our July 4th celebration will feel. And it's always a great treat to bring the vocal sounds of America's most well-known entertainers; this year, we present the distinctive style of a terrific singer who has been at the forefront of popular music for decades: Neil Diamond. And when you add the symphony orchestra to the mix, it becomes even more thrilling!"

Summer Festival 2013, presented by Hoag Hospital, begins with an evening that includes a traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces, patriotic favorites such as "America the Beautiful," "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Liberty Fanfare," and a breathtaking fireworks finale! The orchestra also honors the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg with the Oscar-nominated music of John Williams from the movie "Lincoln" and Randy Edelman's triumphant theme music from "Gettysburg," along with a dramatic reading of the Gettysburg address; and performs music by Alexandre Desplat from this year's Oscar-winning film, "Argo."