Free weekly summer concerts presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will return to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, beginning Thursday, July 12.

The series includes Thursday evening classical concerts featuring world class artists appearing with the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Musical Director Frank Fetta. On alternate weeks, Saturday evening concerts will feature internationally famed artists from the worlds of pop and jazz.

All shows are scheduled at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

This year’s Classical Thursdays will kick off July 12 with a concert featuring the 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Fetta, along with finalists from the famed Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition for an evening of “Opera at the Shore.”

On July 26, the orchestra will perform music from Elgar, Walton, and Delilus as part of the theme of “Looking to England,” which will feature popular radio personality Rich Capparela of KUSC-FM 91.5 as the narrator in Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Capparela also acts as the host of all four shows in the classical concert series.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, twin duo pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for two pianos as they join the orchestra’s program of “Remembering France,” which will also include Debussy and Ravel.

Classical Thursdays will conclude Aug. 23, when Lindsay Deutsch will perform her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as part of the orchestra’s theme of “Russians There and Here,” which will also include Serge Rachmaninov and John Adams.

Pop Saturdays will open July 21 with the co-headline show of singer-songwriters Shelby Lynne and Lisa Loeb.

On Aug. 1, six-time Grammy-award winning trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will perform original as well as standard jazz compositions.

Sandoval will be followed on Aug. 18 by the Grammy-nominated rock band Ambrosia, which will perform songs influenced by rhythm-and-blues and classical music.

The 2012 Marina del Rey Summer Concerts season will close Saturday, Sept. 1 with disco and post-disco icon Evelyn “Champagne” King, singing her best-known hits.

Sponsors of the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts are county Supervisor Don Knabe, the Department of Beaches and Harbors, The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, and KUSC Classical FM 91.5.

The Hornblower Caf/ in Burton Chace Park is open for sunset dining on concert nights with chairs available for rent at the concert site for a minimal fee.

Concertgoers can take the WaterBus from six Marina locations directly to and from the concert site, or catch the land-based Beach Shuttle, which will operate with special hours to and from Burton Chace Park on concert nights. Parking is available at county lots #4 and #77 on Mindanao Way or lot #5 on Bali Way.

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