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8808 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618
949-855-8095
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Take a nostalgic trip down the yellow brick road with Pacific Symphony as it re-creates—live!—the score to the timeless cinematic classic and one of the best-loved movies ever: “The Wizard of Oz.” Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the score by composer Herbert Stothart, accompanied by Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings, as the film is shown in its entirety on a giant screen above the stage. The audience is invited to come dressed as one of the “Wizard of Oz” characters and sing along with such award-winning songs (written by Harold Arlen) as “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead,” and of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“The score by Herbert Stothart and the songs of Harold Arlen are perfect,” says Maestro Kaufman. “In a magical way, they help the characters to express their feelings about what they are experiencing. But the score is extremely challenging and it takes a superb group of musicians to bring the music to life as it was meant to be. There is no better orchestra to do this than Pacific Symphony, especially since many members also work in the recording studios of Hollywood, playing on motion picture and television scores.”

No stranger to motion pictures himself, Maestro Kaufman is an 18-year veteran of the industry, having joined MGM studios as music coordinator in 1984 and subsequently overseeing all television projects. While with MGM, he received two Emmy Award nominations, one as music director for the animated series “The Pink Panther,” and another as co-author of Outstanding Original Song for the series “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” As a session violinist, Kaufman has performed on numerous film and television scores including “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Animal House.” In addition to beginning his 18th season as principal pops conductor with Pacific Symphony in 2008-09, Kaufman also regularly performs classic and contemporary film music as guest conductor with orchestras across the country.

About the Ticket Supplier: Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony, celebrating its 35th season in 2013-14, is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. The largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 40 years, the Symphony is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own burgeoning community of Orange County. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony reaches more than 275,000 residents — from schoolchildren to senior citizens.