San Diego Bayside Summer Nights 2017
San Diego Symphony Events
Bayside Summer Nights with the San Diego Symphony
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The San Diego Symphony announced their massive lineup of incredible artist for their 2017 Bayside Summer Nights, which will include the legendary Tony Bennett, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., acclaimed international artist Sergio Mendes, country singer Wynonna Judd, and Beninese Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo. Films that will viewed and accompanied by a live orchestra include Academy Award-winning La La Land, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial. San Diego Symphony’s popular and highly successful summer series truly has something for everyone!
“We call it Bayside Summer Nights because it's a collected mix of programs, not just pop music. It's jazz, it's film,” sa Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer. “This year we are doing ET with the orchestra playing the soundtrack and we have La La Land. We have this hooray for Hollywood, which is a lot of fun. It’s film clips which tells the story of music in movies and how critical it is to the overall effect of the movie.”
The San Diego Symphony’s long-running summer concert series will be located on the Embarcadero Marina Park South, which will provide the audience with an incredible experience of live concert music in one of the most beautiful settings in America. Formerly known as Summer Pops, Bayside Summer Nights provides a variety of musical contributions, from popular tunes to light classical music to movie-viewing entertainment fun for the entire family.
This year, the San Diego Symphony has packed a wide range of concerts into a 10-week season. The series begins with the patriotic Star Spangled Pops on June 30th, July 1st and 2nd. “Star Spangled Pops is the concert the Symphony has traditionally opened the summer season with,” says MeadsDurket Vice President Carrie Jones. “Since tradition and contracts have dictated a June break for our musicians over the decades, July is normally the earliest we can get them back for new concerts. Combine that with the general proximity of July 4th to our opening weekend, and the very deep military traditions of San Diego, and a “Star Spangled Pops” American salute concert is a natural for the first week of July.” The 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular will end the event with a bang on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
“Last year’s Bayside Summer Nights was our most successful summer season on record and proved we had a perfect combination of vibrant performances and engaged audiences; we look forward to 2017 being an equally incredible season,” says Gilmer. “Bringing some of the greatest artists of today to perform with our extraordinary orchestra musicians makes this a unique musical festival here in San Diego. We are also especially excited to bring back two very important community concerts. On Sunday, July 16th we will be presenting our second annual Community Day, a day of music featuring our region’s very best musicians and culminating in a free performance by the San Diego Symphony. And on Thursday, August 31st, the Symphony will perform our annual free concert for military families. This has always been a crowd-pleasing concert which not only brings military families together, but also allows us to express our thanks and admiration for their service.”