The 10th anniversary season of the free Marina del Rey Summer Concerts at Burton Chace Park will kick off with the 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony conducted by musical director Frank Fetta Thursday, July 8.
Popular KUSC personality Rich Capparela is the series host.
Held waterside in the park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, all concerts begin at 7 p.m. to allow audiences to view the sunset while they enjoy the music.
Classical Thursdays will start off July 8 with “A Night at the Opera,” presenting finalists and winners of the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, one of the world’s premiere competitions for singers. Featured will be sopranos Narine Ojakhyan and Wendy Bryn Harmer, bass-baritone Donovan Singletary, and tenor Matthew Plenk, who is already appearing with the Metropolitan Opera.
The July 22 show will feature 19-year-old pianist Claire Huangci, called by critics “one of the century’s major talents.”
The Aug. 5 event will present a program of symphonic Beatles musical arrangements, featuring The Christopher Brothers, singing and playing Beatles’ songs and joining the orchestra in its symphonic tribute. Also on the program are symphonic works by George Gershwin and John Dankworth.
Closing the classical season on Aug. 19 will be a return appearance by 22-year-old violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin, hailed by critics for his “extraordinary, intelligent and beautiful” performances.
Pop Saturdays, beginning July 17, will present four of the most popular star attractions in the series’ history, an event spokesperson said.
Appearing July 17 will be Florence LaRue and The 5th Dimension, who have performed and recorded some of the greatest hits in American pop music history, the event spokesperson said.
On July 31, James Darren will revisit the Marina del Rey Summer Concert stage to perform, backed by his orchestra, an evening of pop and jazz standards that he says have always been his favorites.
For the Aug. 14 show, one of the founding figures of the Bossa Nova movement in Brazil, guitarist, composer and arranger Oscar Castro-Neves, will perform an evening with “Oscar Castro-Neves and Friends.”
Closing the season on Aug. 28 will be the return of jazz musician Dame Cleo Laine, who will be joined by her ensemble and her daughter, British jazz favorite Jacqui Dankworth, in an evening of memorable renditions of classics from jazz to Broadway.
Sponsors of the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts are Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, The Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.
For further information (310) 305-9545 or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/.