Grammy award-nominated singer James Darren, who is also a film and television star, will appear with his orchestra in concert at the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31 in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. The concert is presented free to the public.

Darren enjoys a multi-faceted show business career that spans over five decades. Born in South Philadelphia, Darren knew he wanted a show business career by the age of 14. By age 18, he was in New York, studying acting with the legendary drama teacher Stella Adler.

His first big break came in Hollywood when he starred as Moondoggie opposite Sandra Dee in the 1959 classic comedy hit, “Gidget.” Darren has appeared in 22 feature films in addition to numerous television appearances.

He says his portrayal of the hologram character Vic Fontaine, a swinging 1960s Rat Pack crooner, on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1993 reawakened his passion for his first love — singing.

His recordings and concert appearances in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as his concerts with world-renowned symphony orchestras across the United States have won him attention from fans and the media alike.

For his July 31 Marina del Rey concert he will perform his favorite pop and jazz standards.

Sponsors of the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts are Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.

Information, (310) 305-9545 or

www.marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/.

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