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Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618
949-855-8095
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67 events
39 reviews
30 stars
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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4 events
3 reviews
1 stars
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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"The Wizard of Oz" Film Screening and Concert
10 ratings
4.2 average rating
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122 events
82 reviews
9 stars
attended Jul 19 2008

What a unique concept to synch up a truly classic movie with a live "sound track". Was a great experience but just wished it was a little warmer outdoors...

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16 events
3 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 19 2008

Upside: Atmosphere was lively with costumed characters, great idea. Downside: Seats were the worst I have ever gotten from Goldstar. Had I know the seats would be that bad, would have bought full price at ticketmaster.

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4 events
1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 19 2008

I hope to go to more events like this. We took our grandsons 4 and 18 months and they loved it. The 4 year old sat with his funnel cake and watch the entire movie without a peep. The 18 month old ate his kernel corn and was pretty well...continued

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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.