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.
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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?