LAKE FOREST — Children were playing catch, rolling down hillsides and jumping to pop bubbles. Adults nearby watched and chatted quietly.
It was just another normal summer evening in the park, except for that live symphony orchestra in the corner playing show tunes and waltzes.
Such was the scene for some 3,000 attendees at Sunday's third and final presentation of "Symphony in the Cities," the outdoor concert series by the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony and its music director of 20 years, Carl St. Clair.
The show at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest was the kind of symphony you could bring your dog to — and many did.
With its program of easy listening — including show tunes from "My Fair Lady," "Annie Get Your Gun" and Strauss standards like "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" — the setting was relaxed as any program I've ever been to, inside or outside.