Van Cliburn Winner Yekwon Sunwoo to Join Pacific Symphony's Summerfest
Pacific Symphony ends every summer season with a spectacular bang, a burst of colorful fireworks and grand music! This year feels particularly significant, as the orchestra draws to a close its inaugural season in its new home at the OC Fair and Event Center on the triumphant note of "Tchaikovsky Spectacular." Music Director Carl St.Clair leads this annual hit parade of Romantic masterworks, which also includes favorites by such mighty Russian masters as Shostakovich and Prokofiev. The concert features the brilliant virtuosity of the Van Cliburn gold medal winner, Yekwon Sunwoo, who performs Rachmaninoff's exquisite and sweeping Piano Concerto No. 2. Capping off this memorable evening is the electrifying "1812 Overture," featuring the Huntington Beach Concert Band-complete with cannons and brilliant fireworks-sending hearts racing and spirits soaring!
"Our summer will close with the ringing of bells, the sound of canon fire and, of course, fireworks and Tchaikovsky's ever-beloved '1812 Overture'-it's always a memorable time!" says Maestro St.Clair. "Each year's 'Tchaikovsky Spectacular' features an all-new program, and this summer the audience will be treated to a powerful performance of Rachmaninoff's famed 'Second Piano Concerto,' as well as great music by other top Russian composers. It is sure to bring our first summer at the Pacific Amphitheatre to a wonderful and fitting close!"
A grand spectacle from beginning to end, "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" takes place Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m., in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair & Event Center. Tickets are $25-$99. Pre-concert entertainment by the Huntington Beach Band takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Pacifica entrance. All are welcome to bring their own food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages onto the premises, but glass containers and glassware are not permitted inside the amphitheater. Beer, along with additional food and beverages may be purchased at the concession stands inside the amphitheater. The gates open at 6 p.m.for picnicking. Picnic tables are available at the Plaza Pacifica entrance or patrons may picnic at their seats. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
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