The free summer outdoor concert series at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey will kick off with opening ceremonies and a performance by the 84-voice Southern California Master Chorale at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9th.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, the concerts are scheduled Thursdays, July 9th and 23rd, and August 6th and 20th, and Saturdays, July 18th and August 1st, 15th and 29th, at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Thursday evening performances will be from the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, while Saturday evenings are reserved for pop performances. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

The Marina del Rey Waterbus will be available to transport concertgoers back and forth across the Marina for $1 each way. There will also be a free shuttle bus from nearby Playa Vista, or visitors can ride their bike to the concerts. Both the Waterbus and the Playa Vista shuttle have bike racks.

Burton Chace Park, the Waterbus and the Playa Vista shuttle are all stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Parking is available in County Lot #4, just east of Burton Chace Park on Mindanao Way.

The opening concert July 9th with Maestro Frank Fetta and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony will feature the Southern California Master Chorale and director Sheridan J. Ball. Soloists are Lori Stinson, soprano; Ralph Cato, baritone; and Steve Grabe, tenor.

Among the works to be performed by the orchestra and chorus are “Serenade to Music” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “Gloria” by Francis Poulenc; and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.

The opening ceremonies will include the traditional presentation of the colors by the Marina del Rey Explorers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, under the coordination of deputy Keith Harrison.

A water display on the Marina’s main channel will be presented by the Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Boat and the Fire Department Lifeguard Boat.

Other scheduled performances throughout the summer series include Christine Andreas (July 18th), “A Night at the Opera” (July 23rd), The Four Aces (August 1st), Rufus Choi (August 6th), John Davidson (August 15th), Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth (August 20th) and Sue Raney (August 29th).

Information, http://beaches.co.la.ca.us/bandh/events/concerts.htm/.

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