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Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618
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Ugh: parking at this venue sucks! Either park a mile away, near the exit, to exit 15 minutes after the show, or park within 1/4 mile to exit 2 hours after. How could the Fire Marshall have approved this?
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and parking is one way in and one way out ... leave plenty of time at this venue, over an hour to park and get out...
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Pacific Symphony: "Bernstein on Broadway"
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attended Aug 09 2008

Orchestra never sounded better. Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Elmer) really added to the evening.

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Timeless music by one of America’s quintessential composers — Leonard Bernstein — takes center stage for a special night under the stars, featuring Pacific Symphony performing the music that first charmed the heart of the nation almost 50 years ago. From the gaiety of “On the Town” to the heartbreak of “West Side Story,” Bernstein’s genius was as much alive on Broadway as in the symphony hall. Music Director Carl St.Clair — a disciple of Bernstein —leads this special homage. “Bernstein on Broadway” is written, produced and narrated by Jamie Bernstein, the composer’s daughter. The program includes other Bernstein gems such as “Candide” and “Wonderful Town,” and features five rising stars of the opera world, as well as the renowned Cal State Fullerton University Singers.

“The program features highlights from some of Bernstein and Broadway’s greatest moments,” says Maestro St.Clair, who worked closely with the legendary composer-conductor during the last six years of Bernstein’s life. “They are all the hit tunes and songs that everyone will be singing long after the concert. Like the man himself, they are unforgettable.”

“My father found innumerable ways to cross-pollinate the two kinds of music he loved, creating a perfect bridge between the concert stage and the Broadway pit,” says Jamie Bernstein. “His orchestral music is joyous, full of tunes and bursting with catchy rhythms—while his Broadway scores are as elegantly constructed as a Beethoven symphony. My father moved effortlessly between the worlds of so-called lowbrow and highbrow. His music is—all-brow!”

Pacific Symphony: Bernstein on Broadway

Carl St.Clair, conductor

Guest artists:

Jamie Bernstein, narrator

Nikki Einfeld, soprano

Robynne Redmon, mezzo-soprano

Michael Slattery, tenor

Eugene Brancoveanu, baritone

Lee Gregory, baritone

CSUF University Singers — Robert Istad, conductor_

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