ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Following on the heels of sold-out shows in 2010, the world’s most popular trumpeter, Chris Botti, returns to Pacific Symphony for a concert overflowing with his exquisite mastery, as he effortlessly crosses the boundaries of jazz, classical, and pop. With polished charm and dazzling trumpeting skills, the talented composer takes well-known pop ballads and transforms them into a soulful mix of grace, warmth, and beautiful tone — all backed by the lush sounds of the Symphony. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, Botti performs songs from his upcoming album Impressions (scheduled to be released April 17), as well as music from his chart-topping jazz albums, Italia, Chris Botti in Boston, and When I Fall in Love, among others.
Former trumpeter for Sting, Botti is the best-selling American jazz instrumentalist and has sold millions of albums worldwide. He has received multiple Gold, Platinum, and Grammy Awards. For his concerts with the Symphony, Botti brings with him a six-piece band full of jazz and pop talent.
Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Frank Sinatra, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, and Aerosmith’s own Steven Tyler. Hitting the road for more than 250 days per year with his band, Botti has performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Inspired by a recording of Miles Davis playing “My Funny Valentine” at age 9, Botti dedicated his life to the instrument. In 2004, People magazine voted Botti one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.
This concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $40-165 (and selling fast). For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.