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Arts & Culture Newsletter

Musically Speaking with Beth Sussman – Virtual Summer Music Class

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Join Beth Sussman every Tuesday from 4-4:30 pm to speak the language of music from June 8 to July 20.  Classes are free and perfect for ages 6-11.  Beth is a Juilliard-trained pianist and teaching artist with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Music Center and Kennedy Center for the Arts.  Her teaching reaches more than 10,000 kids a year.  Her passion, love, and desire to share music is contagious. 

Workshops will include:

Intro to Classical Music and Steady Beat vs Rhythm
Students realize they are familiar with a lot of classical music from movies, cartoons, commercials, etc., and have fun recognizing familiar music played in class.
Students learn steady beat and tempo by chanting; doing a sequence of movements to music; and reciting a book in a steady beat using different parts of the body to make it fun.

Secret Code Words
Students learn Italian musical terms as they obtain clues about their meanings and come up with everyday sounds that illustrate each word.  Words are forte, piano, legato, and staccato.

Instruments of the Orchestra (includes how to make some percussion instruments)
Students learn the four sections of the orchestra and classify instruments by examining the materials they are made from and how the sound is produced.
Students learn how to make a simple instrument using items they have at home.

Sound Effects for a Story
Students use everyday objects easily found at home to create sound effects for a story.
Students employ their knowledge of musical terms as they create their sounds.

Email arts@cityofmissionviejo to register. 

For more information, call 949-470-8452.


Outdoor Summer Concerts at Potocki Center for the Arts

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Outdoor musical concerts will return in style this summer featuring the fabulous Lord of the Strings Concerts.

Lord of the Strings Concerts has been bringing the finest musicians in the world to Southern California since 2002.  The Orange County Register once called president and founder Tim Johnson the “Guitar Hero.”  

Three Saturday concerts are set for June 26, July 24 and August 28 at the Potocki Center for the Arts outdoor patio, 27301 La Paz Road. Tickets are $40 and the performance begins at 7:30 pm.

The first concert features Grammy Award-winning guitarist Laurence Juber. He was a guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings and noted Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year.  

Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer, and arranger.  His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.

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A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was a featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970s.  First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.

Stay tuned for updates about future concert performers.

For more information and ticket sales, call 949-842-2227 or visit


Virtual Art Exhibits

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You may have seen the beautiful Parkway Gallery panels while driving through Mission Viejo on Crown Valley or the giant “Thank You!” letters at the corner of Mission Hospital. These projects were completed in the past year by our art team and creative community members to honor our healthcare workers for their tremendous efforts during the pandemic. 

You can now enjoy a closer look at these projects through our virtual exhibit page. This new platform allows us to share art exhibits with residents at any time. Scroll through the different stories to learn more about the project goals, artists, and impact. Especially during challenging times, art should be as accessible as possible. So, whether you’re staying at home or want to learn more about the City’s art program, view this new platform and check back for more exhibits throughout the year.


Potocki Family Art Time

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Help your child tap his or her creativity with different mediums and ideas through art projects.  For a small $5 fee, each child will receive two art kits to create together as a family.  Kids will also explore art stations with painting, drawing and coloring.  Children of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Classes will take place on Wednesday from 10 - 11:30 am June 23 to August 11 on the patio of the Potocki Center for the Arts.  Pre-register for classes to hold your spot or drop in.

Stay tuned for more art classes during the summer.  Visit our website to pre-register for Family Art Time and to view our current class offerings:….


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