Bayside Summer Nights Kicks Off
Article by Kristen Schweizer
San Diego boasts seaside sights and wonderful weather and the two become magical when witnessed alongside the San Diego Symphony. July has begun and with it comes the spectacular Bayside Summer Nights. The Embarcadero Marina is transformed from now through August with special concerts under the stars. This year, the San Diego Symphony will also be hosting a fun new weekly event: Flamingo Fridays. On Fridays, snag lower ticket prices, happy hour drink specials, pre-concert entertainment and giveaway! The 2018 line-up is as diverse as San Diego itself: Click HERE for more information.
FRI JULY 6 | SAT JULY 7
From Broadway to prime-time television, Megan Hilty is brings the best of show tunes, ballads, and popular music with her award-winning voice and acclaimed versatility.
THUR JULY 12
He learned jazz on the streets of Cuba and toured the world with Dizzy Gillespie. Trumpet master Arturo Sandoval has had a legendary career filled with powerful music and bright, driving rhythms, ideal for a night under the stars.
FRI JULY 13 | SATURDAY JULY 14
We have all heard “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield but this versatile performer brings so much more to the stage. From nostalgia to new music, you will smile all the way through a concert starring this up-to-date star.
THUR JULY 26
In 1947 jazzmaster Dizzy Gillespie invited Cuban conguero Chano Pozo to participate in the Carnegie Hall concert (and subsequent European tour) that launched the modern Latin Jazz movement worldwide. This program celebrates that key collaboration and features some of today’s most exciting jazz musicians. Our special guests are jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, tenor saxophonist Justo Almario and the KSDS Jazz Orchestra under the direction of San Diego’s Gilbert Castellanos!
FRI JULY 27
Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn makes his Bayside debut, bringing a treasure chest of rich, evocative, soulful songs, including his monster hit, “Walking in Memphis.” His special guests are recent collaborators and gospel music legends, The Blind Boys of Alabama.
SAT JULY 28
Entertainer…entrepreneur…humanitarian – these are just a few words to describe the incomparable force known as Patti LaBelle. With several decades worth of hits such as “Lady Marmalade,” “You Are My Friend,” “Stir It Up” and more, Patti is sure the deliver one of the hottest, most soulful nights of the summer!
SUN JULY 29
Enough said. Witness what our symphony orchestra was born to perform with the best of Ludwig van Beethoven.
FRI AUGUST 3
Back and better than ever, Burt Bacharach always brings a treasure trove of pop hits, created anew by his sensational company of singers and, of course, the Orchestra!
SAT AUGUST 4 | SUN AUGUST 5
Audiences will rediscover the ‘magic’ of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while the live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. You better believe that it will be better than the theater’s surround sound!
THUR AUGUST 9
Charlie “Bird” Parker is the innovator of bebop, speaking to all jazz musicians and music aficionados. His pioneering explorations on alto saxophone resonate to this day. Special guest and sax master Charles McPherson is famous for his work with Clint Eastwood on the Parker biopic, Bird.
FRI AUGUST 10
The iconic film won of ten Oscars® and the San Diego Symphony performs Leonard Bernstein’s score live with the re-mastered film shown in hi-definition with original vocals and dialog intact.
SAT AUGUST 11
A favorite for so many good reasons, the 2018 concert will feature an all-new set of expertly edited clips from award-winning masterpieces of cinema accompanied by some of the greatest music ever written for the silver screen!
SUN AUGUST 12
Pablo Montero has had an active and dramatic career, from television to music, in the public spotlight for over two decades. Now he brings his macho charm and smooth vocal delivery to Bayside Summer Nights, accompanied by a mariachi ensemble!
WED AUGUST 15
Music icon Roger Daltry performs WHO hits, rarities and songs from his new album in this special appearance with members of THE WHO touring band.
FRI AUGUST 17 | SAT AUGUST 18
The Embarcadero will come alive with the music of one of America’s finest composers, George Gershwin. Special guests Norm Lewis, from the 2012 Porgy and Bess Broadway run, and acclaimed Broadway conductor Rob Fisher will transport you from San Diego to 42nd Street.
SUN AUG 19
Pedal steel master Robert Randolph was rated one of the 100 greatest guitarists ever by Rolling Stone! Get ready for a funky, high-energy night from master musicians.
WED AUG 22
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score live-to-picture in a night that is out-of-this-world.
THUR AUGUST 23
The history of jazz has always included remarkable women. Join us for this exciting concert featuring some of the most interesting up-and-coming talent in jazz music today (violinist Nora Germain, pianist Helen Sung and more). Our special guest is Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz veteran Dee Dee Bridgewater. It’s not just for guys anymore…and it never was!
FRI AUGUST 24 | SAT AUGUST 25
Two of the greatest acts in Motown history…all on one incredible program! Original members Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops and Otis Williams of The Temptations lead this powerfully nostalgic trip through indelible pop music classics like “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “My Girl” and so many more!
FRI AUGUST 31 | SAT SEPTEMBER 1 | SUN SEPTEMBER 2
Another fantastic summer at the Embarcadero comes to an end with our ever-popular Tchaikovsky concert, led by Associate Conductor Sameer Patel. Don’t miss the grand finale: the 1812 Overture with booming cannons and a grand fireworks display over San Diego Bay!
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