Pacific Symphony announces 2024-25 Pops Season

Pacific Symphony has announced its highly anticipated 2024-25 Pops Series. The season features seven not-to-be-missed pops concerts that include music from Broadway, festive holiday cheer, classic rock and Latin flair – all enhanced by the “Hollywood” sound of the orchestra. The series begins with Opening Night with Bernadette Peters (November 1-2) followed by Holiday Spectacular with Joss Stone (December 20-21). A Night at the Copa rings in the new year and Valentine’s Day (February 14-15, 2025) and Music of Genesis and Phil Collins (March 14-15, 2025). Ben Folds (April 25-26, 2025) makes his Pacific Symphony debut and Cirque Goes Broadway with Troupe Vertigo (May 9-10, 2025). Rounding out a spectacular season will be La Vida Loca (June 13-14, 2025). Pacific Symphony’s 2024-25 Pops Series is underwritten by the Sharon J. and Thomas E. Malloy Family and is sponsored by PBS SoCal, Avenue of the Arts Hotel and K-Earth 101 Radio.

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Opening Night with Bernadette Peters – November 1-2

Pacific Symphony’s President and CEO John Forsyte shared his enthusiasm for the season’s programming: “As we unveil the spectacular line-up for our 2024-25 Symphony Pops season, we are immensely grateful to our cherished season ticket holders whose cheers and ovations fuel Pacific Symphony’s passion onstage. At the heart of our Pops series are the musicians of Pacific Symphony, whose versatility, expressiveness and precision are acclaimed by all the artists who have joined them on stage. Under the dynamic new leadership of Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez, the Pops season offers the concertgoer an enhanced sound experience for artists and music they know and love.”

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Joss Stone, Holiday Spectacular – December 20-21

Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez added, “As we embark on our second season together, I’m thrilled to share more evenings of great music with you and the incredible musicians of Pacific Symphony. For me, an orchestra should be a reflection of its community, so it’s been a pleasure to design a season that is reflective of the dynamic cultures and musical tastes of Southern California.”

Forsyte continued, “This season, we traverse many musical worlds celebrating the timeless brilliance of icons like Bernadette Peters, whose three TONY Awards speak to a talent that continues to inspire generations. Yet, we also eagerly embrace the electrifying debuts of new superstars like Joss Stone and Ben Folds, infusing our performances with fresh energy and innovation. I am also excited to hear some of my favorite music of Phil Collins bolstered by the symphonic richness afforded to us by the musicians, as well as a dazzling aerial display of Cirque Vertigo accompanied by Pacific Symphony. Enrico’s exciting new curated show is called La Vida Loca and will ignite the stage with a scintillating fusion of serenades by Enrique Iglesias, the dynamic Miami Sound Machine vibes embodied by Gloria Estefan, the electrifying groove of Santana and much more.

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Ben Folds – April 25-26

“Because each Pops concert requires philanthropic underwriting for its success. We thank our donors to the Symphony’s annual fund, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Sharon and Tom Malloy for their generous sponsorship of the entire Pops Series, enabling us to continue delivering unparalleled musical experiences.”

A Star-Filled Opening Night with Bernadette Peters with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

November 1-2, 8 p.m.

Step into the spotlight with Broadway’s darling, Bernadette Peters. She arrives with a treasure trove of Tonys, a Golden Globe and that undeniable star-quality sparkle.

Holiday Spectacular with Grammy® Award Winner Joss Stone with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

December 20-21, 8 p.m.

Cozy up for the magic of the holidays with the enchanting sounds of GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, Joss Stone, accompanied by Pacific Symphony in a captivating performance that will lift your spirits.

Night at the Copa with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

February 14-15, 2025, 8 p.m.

The Pacific Symphony can’t disclose yet the name of this popular group that is an audience favorite, returning by popular demand. But they invite you to sashay down to the Symphony where the mystery ensemble that’s all the rage will serenade you with a globe-trotting extravaganza! This “little orchestra” from Portland, Ore. mixes it up with a cocktail of classical zest, Latin heat and jazz-tinted pop in a polyglot’s dream of seven languages.

Music of Phil Collins and Genesis with Stuart Chafetz conducting.

March 14-15, 2025, 8 p.m.

Phil Collins’ one-of-a-kind drum work and songwriting have left an enduring mark on music. With the mega band Genesis and his numerous solo hits, Phil Collins – along with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford – penned unforgettable hits featured in this symphonic tribute featuring two vocalists.

Ben Folds with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

April 25-26, 2025, 8 p.m.

Join the incomparable Ben Folds for a night of genre-bending music with Pacific Symphony that’s anything but ordinary. Dubbed a musical wizard, Folds blends pop anthems with symphonic genius, showing why he’s the cool uncle of the music world.

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Circus Goes Broadway with Troupe Vertigo – May 9-10

Cirque Goes Broadway with Troupe Vertigo with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

May 9-10, 2025, 8 p.m.

Troupe Vertigo enchants with an evening of breathtaking artistry, where cirque acrobatics, classical dance and the best of Broadway melodies blend into an unforgettable symphonic spectacle.

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La Vida Loca – June 13-14

La Vida Loca with Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting.

June 13-14, 2025, 8 p.m.

Dive into a night of passion with the greatest hits of the ‘90s and ‘00s Latin pop explosion. They’re talking the steamy serenades of Enrique Iglesias, the Miami Sound Machine vibes of Gloria Estefan, the Guitar-God grooves of Santana, the unbridled energy of Ricky Martin and more.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and take place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Available for purchase at this time are seven-concert Pops subscriptions starting at $290 and a Pops Choose Your Own four-concert package beginning at $165. Single tickets go on sale August 18.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714 755.5799, or visit www.pacificsymphony.org.

Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.


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