2013 Waterfront Pops Concert

Thank you to everyone who came to our first-ever outdoor Waterfront Pops Concert. It was an unforgettable evening of music and fun! Alasdair Neale and the orchestra performed beautifully, his Junior Conductors were a treat, and the fireworks finale with Summon the Heroes was breathtaking! We’ll share photos on our Facebook page… we encourage you to join our growing community.

For those of you who were unable to attend… below are details… don’t miss it next year!

“Fun. Seriously.” From movie music to classic masterpieces and family favorites, the Marin Symphony’s 61st Season is an inspired place to be. The season kicks off with a first-ever outdoor Waterfront Pops Concert on the Marin Center grounds overlooking the Lagoon featuring John Williams classic movie soundtracks played live by the orchestra with Maestro Alasdair Neale conducting. Sit back and soak up the afternoon and evening Marin sun while listening to movie music by the incomparable John Williams including Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Star Wars Medley, Harry Potter Symphonic Suite, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and more… climaxing with a fireworks finale! KDFC radio personality Ray White is our emcee.

Bring a picnic and your own beverages or purchase on site!

Epicurean Group is offering tasty food and a nice selection of beverages for purchase including sparkling wines, red and white wines, micro brew beer, bottled water, sodas plus snacks, grab and go meal boxes. Food and beverages will be on sale at 5:00 p.m.

Arrive early to save your place. Gates open at 3:00pm and there will be plenty of fun things to do leading up the main concert event. Several community culture and arts organizations are partnering and will have information and activities to enjoy. If you have aspiring young conductors in your family, or just musically inclined youth, Alasdair Neale will lead a kids’ conducting session at 5:15pm, and his “Junior Conductors” will have a chance to conduct a piece during the concert!

Sunday, September 15, 2013
(gates open at 3:00 p.m., concert starts at 6:00 p.m.)

WEATHER… (see weather.com complete forecast graphic below)
Today, September 15th will be another typically beautiful late summer day!
Morning (8:00am): 53 degrees, partly cloudy, humidity 96%
Today: 78 degree HIGH, partly cloudy, winds 14 mph, humidity 64%, UV index 7- High
Tonight, 56 degree low, partly cloudy, winds 11 mph

For your pleasure and safety… we suggest: wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen and bring a hat for the first part of the concert (before the sun sets) — bring a sweater, jacket and/or windbreaker for the second part of the concert (after the sun sets).

Marin Center, Lagoon Park Grounds
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, California 94903
Click for directions.


Tickets will be sold at the gate… no convenience fee!

General admission
Adults: $30
College Students (with ID): $20
Youth, age 6-17: $10
Children under 6: FREE
Group of 20 or more, 20% discount
Premium Seating (chairs provided): $50
(all general admission except for VIP and Premium Seating)

3 easy ways to buy tickets now.

1) Purchase tickets in person at the Marin Center Box Office, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael (no service charge when you buy at the box office)

2) Call 415.473.6800 ($5 convenience fee)

3) Order online… ($5 convenience fee)

Purchase online now!

This is a single concert event. We highly recommend that you buy tickets well in advance. We anticipate a big turnout.

Box Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 6:00pm

Access to the VIP tent and seating area (chairs, food and beverages included): $100
Call 415.479.8100 for VIP tickets.


3:00 p.m. gates open
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. musical instrument petting zoo (sponsored by The Magic Flute) with Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra members assisting aspiring your musicians (and, an MSYO chamber group will perform!).
5:00 p.m. food and beverages go on sale
5:15 p.m. kids’ conducting with Alasdair Neale (pssst, Alasdair’s Junior Conductors will be asked to help conduct one of the pieces!)
6:00 p.m. concert starts
… fireworks finale! (our concert wraps up just after 8:00 p.m.)

NOTE: No dogs or pet animals allowed.



Olympic Fanfare
Jurassic Park
Born on the Fourth of July
Raiders of the Lost Ark
In Flander’s Fields, Robert Tindle (National Young Composers Challenge 2012 Winner)
Adventures on Earth from E.T.


Stars and Stripes Forever
The Patriot
Flight to Neverland from Hook
Theme from Schindler’s List
Star Wars Medley
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Symphonic Suite
Summon the Heroes (fireworks finale)

View the program book:

Weather.com forecast as of 8:00 a.m. this morning, Sunday, September 15, 2013: