This Month: Free Classical Concerts

In this recession-plagued economy, the most enticing word has to be free. Free is good, free is seductive. It usually doesn't really matter what that free is (within reason). As long as you don't have to pay for it then why in the world are you complaining?

To capitalize on that theme, here are a series of classical concerts coming up this month that are family friendly, fun, and--did I mention--free? Just remember to bring some beach chairs, blankets and munchies. After that, sit back and relax as you take in relaxing music underneath the California sky. 

The perfect way to spend a summer evening is just after the jump. 

Free Family Fun Concert Series Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, 8001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, 2:00 p.m.

07/26: Concert Violinist Michael Tenkoff, Concert Pianist Mikael Zorzhev, and friends 

08/02: Classical Guitarist Isamu Nakashio

08/09: Sinatra and big band songs presented by baritone Hershel Green and pianist Ann Green 

08/16: Indian Flute Music by Scott August 

08/23: Concert Pianist Chizuko Asada 

08/30: Music of the Magi 

Pacific Symphony in Concert (with a pre-concert entertainment by the guitar trio Triada at 5:30 p.m.)

08/01 at Oso Viejo Community Park, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, 7:00 p.m.

08/02 at Heritage Park, 14301 Yale Ave, Irvine, 7:00 p.m.


Rimsky-Korsakov - Procession of the Nobles

Lorner and Loewe - Selections from Camelot

Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks

Rodgers & Hammerstein - Selections from The King and I

Coates - Knightsbridge March

Verdi - Triumphal March from Aida

Sousa - Hands Across the Sea

Traditional - Armed Forces Medley

Trad./arr. Prechel - Patriotic Sing-along

Pacific Chorale Festival Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, 5:00 p.m.

08/23 Repertory includes Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn

If anyone is hankering to go to a real concert hall and are up for a drive, then the tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performances at the Hollywood Bowl are only $1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Of course, you probably won't be able to see much of the stage--but does it really matter when it's $1?

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