MARINA DEL REY’S 2013 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN JULY 11TH

MARINA DEL REY, CALIF - The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches
and Harbors kicks off its series of weekly summer concerts, presented free to the
public, at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11, waterside in Marina del Rey's Burton Chace
Park, 13650 Mindanao Way.  


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

This year's Classical Thursdays begin on July 11 with a concert
featuring the 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by
Frank Fetta, along with finalists from the famed Loren L. Zachary
National Vocal Competition for an evening of "Opera at the Shore."

On July 25, in a program celebrating "American Influences," the Orchestra will
perform Craig Safan's The Last Starfighter, Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "West
Side Story," and Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite.  Cellist Ruslan Biryukov will be
featured in the performance of Antonín Dvořák's Cello Concerto.

On Thursday, August 8, the Orchestra will perform a program celebrating the theme of
"Imaginary Places," such as Antonín Dvořák's Carnival Overture, which conjures an
imaginary sound-world of the festive season before Lent, and Richard Strauss's Don
Juan, vividly reimagined and portrayed in an orchestral tour de force.  Violinist
Roberto Cani is featured in a performance of Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which was
inspired by Scottish folk songs.

On Thursday, August 22, Maestro Fetta welcomes back pianist Rufus Choi
to Burton Chace Park in a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsy's Piano
Concerto, No. 1, as part of the program's theme of "Russian Reprise,"
which will also include Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's evocative music of
those Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade.

Pop Saturdays open July 20 with the irresistible mix of catchy pop and
soulful R&B from international pop star and Grammy-award winning
singer-songwriter Billy Ocean.

On August 3, dance pop music diva and three-time Grammy nominee Taylor
Dayne will perform her repertoire of hit singles.

She will be followed on August 17 by Grammy-award winning conguero
Poncho Sanchez, whose dazzling rhythms and infectious style has made him
one of the most influential percussionists in Afro-Cuban jazz.

The 2013 Marina del Rey Summer Concerts season closes on August 31 with
one of America's most popular soul and R&B groups, Rose Royce.

Sponsors of the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts are Supervisor Don Knabe,
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; the Department of Beaches and
Harbors; and The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

Hornblower Café 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 may take the WaterBus from eight 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.

Schedule
Symphonic Thursdays:                                                    
Frank Fetta, Music Director & Conductor
 July 11 - Opera at the Shore                                                   
 July 25 - American Influences                                                  
 August 8 - Imaginary Places                                                   
 August 22 - Russian Reprise                                                    

Pop Saturdays:
July 20 - Billy Ocean
August 3 - Taylor Dayne
August 17 - Poncho Sanchez
August 31 - Rose Royce

For additional information, call the Marina del Visitor's Center at (310) 305-9545 or access the Beaches and Harbors website at http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov or DBH social media sites Facebook.com/LACDBH and Twitter.com/LACDBH.

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