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This Just In: Summer Pops Season Announced

The San Diego Symphony promises to delight with a lineup starring LeAnn Rimes, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and… Pokémon?
David Hartig

By Anna Goforth

The San Diego Symphony takes its concerts outside every summer starting the July 4th weekend through Labor Day. One of our favorite local traditions is grabbing a lawn chair, blanket and glass of champagne, and soaking up the Symphony’s beautiful sounds with a view of the San Diego Bay. Today, the Symphony announced their new season, and we’re already daydreaming of summer. Here are some of the highlights we’re looking forward to:

The Tux ‘n Tennies Summer Bash will kick off the summer lineup with a throwback tribute to the Beach Boys June 27.

On Fourth of July weekend, conductor Bill Conti will lead the Star Spangled Pops. Native San Diegan Jessica Sanchez, who you might remember from TV’s American Idol, will also be performing as a special guest.

Stick around to watch fireworks after the Star Spangled Pops and after every weekend show of the season.

Just in time for Comic-Con, a surprising symphony of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will be performed on July 9 and the musical score from Star Trek: Into Darkness on July 11.

Pops will also include shows from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy July 17, 18 and The Divas of Disco July 24.

Remember those classic Looney Tunes at the 25th anniversary of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Cartoons of Bugs Bunny will accompany the classical music on July 26.

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds, former member of the alternative-rock group Ben Folds Five, is bringing his solo pop hits to the symphony on July 30.

Hooray for Hollywood begins with a night of those soundtracks that everyone remembers from Star Wars, James Bond and Psycho. Then pick up a bag of popcorn before watching the full-length feature film, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest accompanied, you guessed it, by the San Diego Symphony on July 31 and August 1.

Broadway veterans take the stage for a Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration on August 7 and 8, remembering the musical creators in a revival of the favorites South Pacific, The King and I and Oklahoma.

Ol’ Blue Eyes is back for the Frank Sinatra At 100 on August 14 and 15. Sung by Sinatra vocalist, Cary Hoffman, the night will feature Fly Me to the Moon, Strangers in the Night and My Way.

Next, stay tuned for Burt Bacharach and his trio August 16 and LeAnn Rimes rich vocal sounds August 21 and 22.

Jason Alexander, who you know as George Costanza from TV’s Seinfeld, is now performing in an all-new way. Hear his musical theater songs for one night only on August 23.

The summer series will wrap up with the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular September 4, 5 and 6.

The full schedule, at a glance:

June 27

Tux ‘n Tennies:  A Tribute to The Beach Boys

Featuring Papa Doo Run Run

July 3, 4 & 5

Star Spangled Pops

Conducted by Bill Conti

July 9

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

July 11

Star Trek:  Into Darkness

Conducted by David Newman

July 17, 18

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

July 24, 25

The Divas of Disco with Radiance

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

July 26

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Conducted by George Daugherty

July 30

Ben Folds Live

July 31, August 1

Hooray for Hollywood!

Conducted by Thomas Wilkins

August 2

Pops Goes Classical—Passport to the World: A Night in Spain

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

August 7, 8

Broadway: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer

August 9

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Conducted by Richard Kaufman

August 14, 15

Sinatra at 100

Conducted by Bill Conti

August 16

Burt Bacharach

Conducted by Burt Bacharach and Matthew Garbutt

August 20

Esperanza Spalding

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

August 21, 22

LeAnn Rimes

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

August 23

Jason Alexander

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

August 27

Tribute to Journey

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

August 28, 29

A Night of Classic Rock

Conducted by Matthew Garbutt

September 4, 5 & 6

1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

This Just In: Summer Pops Season Announced

David Hartig

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