Classical and pop sounds will fill Burton Chace Park at the sixth annual Marina del Rey Summer Concerts series, which begins Thursday, July 13th, and continues weekly, alternating Thursdays and Saturdays for eight weeks until Saturday, September 2nd.
The concerts, organized by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, begin at 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park is at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. The music begins as the sun goes down and concert seating is set with a view of the Marina Harbor. Admission is free to all concerts.
The Thursday night classical concerts feature the 70-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Frank Fetta. Classical concert dates are Thursdays, July 13th and 27th and August 10th and 24th.
The Saturday night concerts feature names from the world of jazz and pop. The schedule includes Davis Gaines on Saturday, July 22nd; the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on Saturday, August 5th; Patti Page on Saturday, August 19th; and Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth Group to conclude the series on September 2nd.
The opening classical concert features special guest organist Samuel Soria in a concert that features Symphonie Concertante by Joseph Jongen and the Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-SaÎns.
Classical Thursdays continue July 27th with “An Evening with the Los Angeles Opera,” featuring three of the opera’s singers, Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano; Robert MacNeil, tenor; and Ralph Cato, baritone, in arias and ensemble scenes from popular operas.
The Thursday, August 10th concert will feature 18-year-old violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin, who will play the Violin Concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The final classical concert, Thursday, August 24th, will feature pianist John Novacek, appearing with the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony in two works by George Gershwin, Second Rhapsody and Concerto in F.
Davis Gaines, who will perform the first of the summer’s pop concerts on Saturday, July 22nd, starred on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera and other hit musicals.
He received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor and was later chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the world premiere of Whistle Down the Wind in Washington, D.C.
Other Broadway and national tour credits include Hello, Dolly!, Camelot and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and played the sailor, Anthony Hope, in the 20th anniversary concert productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco, and at Ravinia Festival.
Gaines will front his instrumental ensemble at the Burton Chace Park performance.
The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra furthers the legacy of Mancini with a performance Saturday, August 5th. The orchestra is led by artistic director Patrick Williams and Los Angeles Philharmonic conducting fellow Joana Carneiro. In its return performance this year, the orchestra will feature special guest soloists Bill Cunliffe on piano and renowned clarinetist Eddie Daniels in a jazz symphonic program.
Grammy Award winner Patti Page will sing her most famous hits and cuts from her latest album at the Saturday, August 19th, concert.
The concert season finale is Saturday, September 2nd, with a return performance by Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Group.
The Marina del Rey WaterBus is a ferry service that will be available to concert-goers with departures to and from Burton Chace Park from five other Marina del Rey locations, including Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way; Waterfront Walk; 4433 Admiralty Way; Mothers Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way; Dolphin Marina, 13900 Panay Way; and Marina Harbor, 14028 Tahiti Way.
Information, (310) 822-0119.