ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Come over to the lighter side of Pacific Symphony as it launches an exciting 2012-13 Pops season starring big-name guest artists, spectacular shows, and some of the most treasured songs and genres of our time. From the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, to Broadway showstoppers, the “Wicked Divas,” next season’s Pops audiences are in for a special treat! Spend Valentine’s Day with Kenny G, Christmas with Amy Grant, and end the season with a little “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen, accompanied by the sumptuous sounds of the orchestra. The Symphony’s Pops season, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, also includes Broadway hits sung by four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys, and an evening devoted to the music of the legendary Gershwin brothers, featuring some of the most popular songs of our time.
Seven-concert subscriptions for Pops range from $170 to $1,050; single tickets are $25-$150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
“I’m very excited about our 2012-13 Pops season for many reasons,” says Maestro Kaufman. “The programs are extremely varied and our audience will find there’s something for everyone. Of course, the wonderful musical experience at each of our Pops weekends begins with the ladies and gentlemen of Pacific Symphony — that in itself guarantees an exciting and inspired night of great entertainment.”
The Symphony’s 2012-13 Pops season opens in celebratory style with a wickedly delicious evening packed with Broadway hits sung by some of today’s most captivating voices on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “Wicked Divas,” led by Maestro Kaufman, with stars from the smash musical Wicked — Alli Mauzey (Glinda) and Julia Murney (Elphaba) — sing all-time favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, and other popular music. This includes hits from My Fair Lady, Chicago, Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, Phantom of the Opera, and, of course, Wicked.