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CLASSICS SEASON OPENS THIS WEEKEND WITH DVORAK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY!

Pasadena, CA – Music Director David Lockington and The Pasadena Symphony open their 2015-2016 Singpoli Classics Series with Dvořák’s New World Symphony on October 10, 2015 at Ambassador Auditorium with matinee and evening performances at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Audiences will delight in Dvořák’s most popular symphonic work. The orchestra will be joined by 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner – violinist Bella Hristova in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ gorgeously sonorous Violin Concerto. These exhilarating performances kick off a newly expanded 6-concert Classics Series to celebrate the Pasadena Symphony’s 88th season as the premiere destination for live symphonic music in the Pasadena region.

Pasadena’s most anticipated opening night of the concert season will showcase Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova performing the west coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ Violin Concerto. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic and freshly melodic musical voice, Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation, winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music. Hristova’s rendition of his lyrically beautiful Violin Concerto promises to exhilarate audiences with the passionate and powerful command of her instrument, which The New York Times has praised as having “a lovely, often soaring tone.”

The elegant evening will finish with the orchestra’s performance of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. One of the most powerful of all symphonies, Dvořák’s masterpiece is a tribute to the American spirit, having been written during the composer’s time living in New York. Classical audiences are eagerly anticipating David Lockington’s exhilarating rendition of this monumental composition, which cemented Dvořák’s reputation as a world-renowned composer.

To learn more about the works being performed, join us for Insights – a free pre-concert dialogue with David Lockington regarding the historical backgrounds of the composers and a behind-the-scenes discussion about our guest performers. Insights begins one hour prior to each performance. The Pasadena Symphony provides a socially vibrant experience specially designed for the music lover, the social butterfly or a date night out, and the inner epicurean in us all.

Celebrate opening night in style in the luxurious Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge, yet another addition to the delightful and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, audiences enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert from Claud &Co, fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission. Six-concert subscription packages start at $180, single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphonypops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.

IF YOU GO:

What: The Pasadena Symphony presents Dvořák’s New World Symphony. – When: Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Where: Ambassador Auditorium | 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 – Cost: Tickets start at $35.00

Parking: Valet parking is available on Green Street for $15. General parking is available in two locations: next to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave) at the covered parking structure for $10 and directly across the street at the Wells Fargo parking structure (entrance on Terrace at Green St). ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.

Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge: Located on the plaza at Ambassador Auditorium. Opens at 12:30 pm before the matinee and 6 pm before the evening performance.

Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussions with David Lockington begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders at no cost.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

David Lockington

Over the past thirty-five years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed to the same position with the Pasadena Symphony. He also has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain where he is currently the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, and beginning with the 15/16 season he will be one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

In addition to his current posts, since his arrival to the United States in 1978 Mr. Lockington has also held additional positions with American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993 he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995 and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 96/97 through 99/2000 seasons.

Mr. Lockington’s guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Oregon and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan and led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Utah, Pacific, Colorado, Nashville, San Diego, Syracuse, Edmonton, Alabama, Columbus and Kansas City symphonies, the Florida and Louisville Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Buffalo and Calgary Philharmonics. Mr. Lockington’s summer festival activities include appearances at the Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Interlochen, Chautauqua and Eastern Music festivals.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master’s degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist for three years with the Denver Symphony Orchestra before turning to conducting.

Bella Hristova

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Hristova’s 2014-2015 season features a mix of concerto, recital and chamber music performances, as well as educational outreach activities. She showcases her wide-ranging repertoire this season, as she performs ten different concertos, from Bernstein and Corigliano to Prokofiev and Sibelius, as well as the world premiere of an unaccompanied work by JoanTower. She performs chamber music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Hristova appears in encore recital performances in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall and at the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Mississippi Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Korea’s Cheongju Symphony Orchestra, at the Cerritos Center for the Arts, at Free For All at Town Hall, at the Shanghai International Music Festival, and at Seoul National University. Her most recent recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein and J. S. Bach. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals including the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo, the Grand Teton Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio. In addition to the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She made her New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. For three seasons, she has been honored with the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Artist Management Fellowship of YCA.

As a result of winning the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of New Zealand, and a similarly acclaimed CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot (Naxos). Music Web International praised her first recording, “…this disc is an absolute winner… …The musical diversity of these pieces is a delight. None of which would count for much if they were not played with the extraordinary virtuosity and musical maturity of Bella Hristova. … Hristova combines jaw-dropping technical prowess with real style.”

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at IndianaUniversity in 2010. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.

MOONLIGHT SONATA GALA TO BE HELD AT AMBASSADOR GARDENS SEPTEMBER 26!

Pasadena, CA – Join the Pasadena Symphony Association for an unforgettable evening of magic and romance on Saturday, September 26, 2015 as they host the Moonlight Sonata Gala at Ambassador Gardens. Their annual gala will take place on the opulent grounds of the Ambassador Gardens with entertainment and libations at the Terrace Villa Mansion, followed by a luxe dinner under the stars in the Fowler Garden. The program offers something for everyone – with an awards ceremony honoring this year’s luminaries, an exciting live and silent auction, and live music performances by distinguished musicians.

True to the organization’s mission, the evening will be filled with music. As guests promenade the lush grounds of the Ambassador Gardens, they will be surrounded by live performances by the JPL Chorus, the soulful melodies of Nina Lares and her jazz ensemble and the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra. During dinner, guests will be serenaded by pianist Jamie Sheehan as they enjoy a succulent four course meal courtesy of Claud & Co.

The Pasadena Symphony Association is thrilled to honor this year’s three distinct luminaries. The gala will pay tribute to violinist extraordinaire Anne Akiko Meyers, who topped the charts with her Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as Billboard’s 2014 top-selling Classical Instrumentalist. The PSA will also recognize the generous charitable contributions of Kin Hui of Singpoli Group and Peter Hoffman of Sierra Auto Group, whose long-time support has encouraged the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to flourish as the region’s preeminent source for live symphonic music.

Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by contacting Scott Vandrick, Chief Development Officer at svandrick@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or 626.793.7172 x 45.

IF YOU GO:

What: The Pasadena Symphony and POS 2015 Moonlight Sonata Gala

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: The Ambassador Gardens  | 380 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91129

Parking: Complimentary valet parking available onsite.

Cost: Individual tickets $250 each; Patron level: $1500 includes two individual tickets and listing in the event program book. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunity are available.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & THE POPS CLOSE THE SEASON WITH JEREMY JORDAN & SHELÉA FRAZIER IN A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES!

Pasadena, CA – Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS close their popular outdoor summer concert series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on September 12 with the quintessential Feinstein experience – a special tribute to the Academy Awards. A Night at the Movies! brings the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards to the Arboretum with Oscar-nominated music from Hollywood classics Singing in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, Lullaby of Broadway and many more. “This will be an evening that salutes great film composers, classical film scores and a lot of songs that you will know and love,” says Feinstein, who has curated an evening of what he considers “the best and most representative of Hollywood.”

The songs of Hollywood’s Golden Age will be sung by two fresh talents, Sheléa Frazier and Jeremy Jordan.  A versatile rising star, Frazier has performed with such legends as Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight. She will be joined on stage by the fabulous Jeremy Jordan. A Tony and Grammy award nominee, this singular talent is best known for his starring role in the Broadway production of Newsies and his series regular role on the NBC hit series Smash.

Feinstein has put together a sensational season closer jam-packed with surprises. The evening promises not to disappoint, with tap dancers and a chorus complementing a few select pieces, and a parade of authentic Hollywood costumes topping off the spectacle. Don’t miss Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS in their final concert of the 2015 season as they remember Oscar winners and losers in this evening of Hollywood favorites that will leave everyone saying, “You should have been there.”

It’s the last chance for the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with family and friends. Among many venue amenities, audiences can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from your table from Julienne, Marston’s, and Claud & Co. The food court also host mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctál and two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks. Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on-site prior to the concert with deserving animals in need of a forever home as part of the Pups for POPS program.

All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. All concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.

The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

 

IF YOU GO:

  • What: Michael Feinstein and The Pasadena POPS present A Night at the Movies!
  • When: Saturday, September 12; Gates open at 5:30pm, Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The LA County Arboretum | 301 N Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
  • Cost: Tickets start at $25.00
  • Dining: Gates open at 5:30pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink or visit one of the many onsite gourmet food vendors.
  • Parking: Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase onsite Arboretum parking. Single ticket holders may park for free at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with free non-stop shuttles to the main gate.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN SINGS THE SINATRA PROJECT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY WITH THE PASADENA POPS

Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone for one night only to sing a full concert devoted to the legacy of Frank Sinatra. On Saturday, August 1 spend an evening with the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with Feinstein as soloist for his Grammy-nominated Sinatra Project. An old-fashioned crooner with luxuriant vocals that meld the traditions of old and new, Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for his preserving, presenting, and interpreting of that seminal body of work.  In typical Feinstein fashion, The Sinatra Project will share both the music of Sinatra and personal anecdotes recalling the life and times of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer has curated an evening celebrating the brilliance of “The Voice” as only Feinstein can. Hear timeless hits such as “Luck Be A Lady,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “For Once In My Life” and more. “I have wanted to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra for many years because of his kindness to me when I had the opportunity to meet and know him,” says Feinstein. “The big trick or the hardest part of doing something like the Sinatra Project is to create a show that pays tribute but does not copy him. I tried to choose songs and material that are well known and lesser known to give a sense of the man and his personality. And the songs that I perform – that are familiar ones – I try to do slightly different from the way Frank Sinatra sang them because nobody did them better than he did. Our show also contains a beautiful tribute medley to Sinatra that thematically puts together a number of songs so that we have a little story.”

An incomparable concert experience awaits you as you celebrate under the stars with Michael Feinstein and The Sinatra Project, playing one night only with the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on August 1.

All concerts are family friendly and are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Among many venue amenities, audiences can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from your table from Julienne, Marston’s, and Claud & Co.; the food court  will host mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctal. The experience is now even more convenient with two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks plus exclusive hotel packages for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Hotel Constance. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on-site prior to each concert with deserving animals in need of a forever home as part of the Pups for POPS program.

Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance. Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS.

Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Michael Feinstein and Pasadena’s premier POPS orchestra! The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

IF YOU GO:

  • What: The Sinatra Project with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS
  • When: Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The LA County Arboretum | 301 N Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
  • Cost: Tickets start at $25.00
  • Dining: Gates open at 5:30pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink or visit one of the many onsite gourmet food vendors.
  • Parking: Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase onsite Arboretum parking. Single ticket holders may park for free at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with free non-stop shuttles to the main gate.

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Pasadena’s Most Celebrated Annual Free Concert Returns This Summer with an Inaugural Partnership with Make Music Pasadena

Pasadena, CA – As the summer season grows closer each day, it’s time to join the Pasadena Symphony and Pops for its annual free Music Under The Stars concert on Saturday, June 6, on the steps of City Hall. Experience what crowds over 4,000 enjoyed last year, as for the first time the Pasadena Symphony and Pops joins the line-up of Make Music Pasadena, West Coast’s largest free music festival. Presented with sponsorship support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the 2015 Music Under the Stars concert will be a tribute to the Ladies of the Great American Songbook celebrating iconic music from Hollywood, Broadway and beyond!

“This year promises to be bigger than ever,” stated Lora Unger, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association. “With our partnership with Make Music Pasadena, we’re excited to join a day celebrating the musical tradition that builds such strong community within Pasadena.”
The family fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with pre-concert activities, family-style picnicking, and gourmet food trucks. Families can discover the wonder of creating their own music with the instruments of the orchestra at the instrument “petting zoo,” where kids of all ages can toot flutes, blow trumpets, bow strings, and bang on percussion instruments. Families can bring their own picnic along to enjoy at the site, or purchase a variety of offerings from a collection of gourmet food trucks.
Under the baton of multiple Tony Award-nominated Larry Blank, Resident Pops Conductor, the performance guest artists include Broadway sensations with the Tony award winning star Debbie Gravitte plus Meredith Patterson and Christina Saffran. Resident Conductor Larry Blank will emcee and lead the ensemble in musical selections from Rodgers and Hart, Marvin Hamlisch, Jule Styne, Steven Sondheim, George Gershwin and so much more. The JPL chorus, composed of volunteer JPL employees and under the direction of Donald Brinegar, completes the line-up for this captivating evening of Music Under the Stars. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m., the concert will take place between 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Gravitte, one of Broadway’s biggest personalities, a star on the Broadway stage to the concert stage and beyond won the prestigious Tony award for her performance in Jerome Robbin’s “Broadway” and has played in roles including “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Perfectly Frank,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables.”
Patterson made her Broadway premiere in the Tony Award Winning Revival of “42nd St” and graced the stage in “The Boyfriend” under the direction of legendary Julie Andrews. Celebrated for her solo jazz show “Sweet Old Fashioned Girl,” Patterson voice has been heralded as “exquisite, a beguiling delight.”
Saffran’s career is extensive, having starred as Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, (cast recording), Maggie in A Chorus Line, Shoo Shoo in Sophisticated Ladies, Rosa Bud and Edwin Drood in Drood, and Zaneeta in The Music Man.
“As a major supporter of the arts, Bank of America is proud to once again help bring events like Music Under The Stars to Pasadena,” said Jefferson Landers, Bank of America Merrill Lynch resident director, based in Pasadena. “By supporting cultural legacies like the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, we provide our communities with access to art and culture that not only offer social and education benefits, but also acts as an economic driver for the region.”
Bank of America’s arts program supports nonprofit arts and culture presenters at the local level and with leading world-class arts entities. Other programs include the Museums on Us® program, which offers Bank of America customers free access to 150 of America’s finest cultural institutions, and the Art in our Communities® program through which the company shares its corporate collection with museums throughout the world.
Admission to this event is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and low-back chairs. Rental chairs will also be available at the event. For more information, visit www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call 626.793.7172.

IF YOU GO:
– What: Bank of America’s Music Under the Stars with the Pasadena Symphony and POPS as part of Make Music Pasadena
– When: Saturday, June 6. Pre-concert festivities at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m.
– Where: Pasadena City Hall Centennial Square
– Cost: Free, Chair Rentals $3
– Parking: Plaza Las Fuentes Structure (Union Ave & Los Robles); School House Parking Facility (Green St. & Raymond Ave); Pasadena Center/Sheraton Parking Structure (Marengo & Cordova); Paseo Colorado Subterranean Garage; Paseo Colorado Marengo Avenue Parking Structure; Paseo Colorado Los Robles Parking Structure; Arroyo Seco Park Parking (Raymond Ave or Arroyo Blvd), and Marriott Courtyard Hotel Parking (enter on Raymond).

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PASADENA SYMPHONY FINISHES SEASON WITH SPECTACULAR GRIEG PIANO CONCERTO

Pasadena CA – The Pasadena Symphony concludes its exhilarating season with a bang on Saturday May 2, 2105. Hear award-winning Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performing the Greig’s hugely popular piano concerto and taste the rapture and romance of Romeo & Juliet as summoned up by one of the greatest Russian masters, Prokofiev on at Ambassador Auditorium with matinee and evening performances at both 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The romantic Piano Concerto written by Edvard Grieg, “the Chopin of the North,” explores the expressive drama, joy, and adulation of Norwegian folk dances and festivities, written for his beloved wife Clara. Romantic programming weaves together the evening, as Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic tragic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet creates a virtual retelling of Shakespeare’s most famous work with excerpts that bring the passionate zest of the story to life. Christopher Rouse’s Rapture, unlocks the powerful bombastic strength of the entire orchestra with as Rouse describes, “a progression to an ever more blinding ecstasy!”

“We are inspired as we look back at this landmark season under the full artistic direction of Music Director David Lockington and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan,” says Lora Unger, CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association adding “we’ve made a pronounced impact on our audience and they’re enthusiastically responding to it… it sets the stage for even greater things to come next year as we expand our Classics Series to six concert weekends.”

Lauded by The New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).

Performances are accompanied by a popular pre-concert discussion that gives the audience insights into the music and musicians one-hour before curtain. Audiences are invited to luxuriate in the lively Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge, yet another addition to the delightful and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. Located in the beautiful outdoor plaza at the Ambassador Auditorium, audiences can enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch and dinner menu specially created for the evening by Claud and Co, fine wines, and sparkling conversation before the concert and during intermission. Menu highlights include Vegetarian Italian wedding soup, Burratta cheese and arugula with crispy Prosciutto and balsamic vinaigrette, and Penne pasta with chicken, spring shelling pea’s garlic and basil pesto.

The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Ticket prices start at $20 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.

IF YOU GO:

  • What: The Pasadena Symphony presents  Grieg Piano Concerto
  • Conductor: David Lockington, conductor
  • Soloist: Gabriela Martinez, piano
  • When: Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ambassador Auditorium | 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Cost: Tickets start at $20.00
  • Parking:  Valet parking with wheelchair access is available on Green Street for $15. ADA and general parking are available in the parking lots adjacent to the Auditorium  on St. John for $10. Additional ada parking is also located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
  • Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge: Located on the plaza at Ambassador Auditorium. Open before the concert and during intermission.
  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussion with David Lockington begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders.

 

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 David Lockington

In his 14th season as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington has created a lasting legacy of artistic achievements and genuine community enrichment. 2005 marked Lockington’s conducting debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The New York Times commended the Grand Rapids Symphony, under his artistic leadership for being a model in the Classical music world. Lockington also earned a 2007 Grammy Award nomination and has led five recordings with Grand Rapids. The recordings have received high praise including the CD of Adolphus Hailstork’s Second and Third symphonies, released internationally on the Naxos label in 2007. Additionally, 2008 saw the successful start of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. At his initiative, the Symphony has also reached out to new and diverse audiences through its annual community concert “Symphony with Soul,” now in its 12th season.

Lockington’s guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Colorado, Oregon, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Pacific, Nashville, San Diego, Kansas City and Columbus Symphonies; the Louisville Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; the Buffalo, Rochester, Calgary and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan, led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia and appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain.

Since September 2007 Mr. Lockington has served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in California. In May 2012, he was named principal conductor of Spain’s Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias. Prior to leading the Grand Rapids Symphony, Mr. Lockington held the music directorships of the Long Island Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony and Ohio Chamber Orchestra. For three years he held the post of assistant conductor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado. Mr. Lockington was also associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lockington began his career as principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, he came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Yale University, where he received his master’s degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller.

Gabriela Martinez, Piano

Lauded by The New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).

Ms. Martinez has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto, and chamber music performance credits. Since making her orchestral debut at age seven, she has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific, and San Francisco symphonies, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, Nurnberger Philharmoniker, Symphonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Tivoli Philharmonic, and Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman and the Takács and Calder quartets. Ms. Martinez has performed under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Lawrence Foster, James Gaffigan, Dirk Brossé, Klauspeter Seibel, Giordano Bellincampi, Diego Matheuz, Christian Vasquez, Guillermo Figueroa, Susanna Mälkki, Andrew Manze, Matthias Pintscher, Anne Manson, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Egmon Colomer, and Pedro and Cristobal Halffter, among others.

Among the many venues where she has appeared are Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; Bass Hall in Fort Worth; Palace of Versailles in Paris; Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg; Semperoper in Dresden; Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen; the Verbier, Ravinia, Rockport Chamber Music, and Dresden music festivals; the Snow and Symphony Festival in St. Moritz; Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi; the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center; and the Tokyo International Music Festival. She has performed both as soloist and chamber musician in more than 60 concert halls in the U.S. and Germany, as well as in The Netherlands, Tel Aviv, Rome, Venice, London, Brussels, Caracas, and Bogotá.

Ms. Martinez has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award. Her wide-ranging career includes world premieres of new music, live performance broadcasts, and interviews on TV and radio. Ms. Martinez’s performances have been featured on MDR Kultur (Germany), NHK (Japan), Radio France (France), RAI (Italy), and Deutsche Welle (Germany); on such U.S. outlets as WQXR, WNYC, NPR, CNN, PBS, 60 Minutes, ABC, and From the Top; and on numerous TV and radio stations in Venezuela.

Born in Caracas in 1984, Ms. Martinez began her piano studies with her mother Alicia Gaggioni, and studied with Miyoko Lotto at the Perlman Music Program. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, and worked on her doctorate with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Committed to teaching and arts advocacy, Ms. Martinez was a member of Ensemble ACJW as a Fellow in The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Passionate about education, Ms. Martinez teaches privately in New York City and is on the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey.

ABOUT THE PASADENA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS

“The Pasadena Symphony signals a new direction…teeming with vitality…dripping with opulent, sexy emotion.” Los Angeles Times.

“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” –Pasadena Star News.

Formed in 1928, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Hollywood’s most talented, sought after musicians.  With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS performs in two of the most extraordinary venues in the United States: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the luxuriant Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Internationally recognized, Grammy-nominated conductor, David Lockington, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Music Director, with performance-practice specialist Nicholas McGegan serving as Principal Guest Conductor.  The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, is the  Principal Pops Conductor, who succeeded  Marvin Hamlisch in the newly created Marvin Hamlisch Chair.

A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region for over five decades through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO) comprised of five performing ensembles, with over 250 gifted 4th-12th grade students from more than 50 schools all over the Southern California region.  The PYSO Symphony often performs on the popular television show GLEE.

The PSA provides people from all walks of life with powerful access points to the world of symphonic music.

 

PASADENA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO) invites all young musicians aged from 11-18 to audition for the PYSO’s upcoming 2016-2017 season. As a centerpiece of the Pasadena Symphony Association’s education initiatives, the PYSO program has continually offered robust musical training and personal development for young musicians throughout the San Gabriel Valley for more than 40 years. PYSO fosters dedication, excellence, fellowship, and passion in the development of outstanding young musicians and leaders of the future.

Auditions will be held at May 21 & 22 at Oak Ave. Intermediate School, 6623 Oak Ave, Temple City, CA from 8:30am to 5:00pm. All public, parochial, private and home school students are eligible to participate in the program. Applications can be found online here:

2016-17 PYSO Audition Application

“Our commitment to music education reaches far beyond the weekly instruction we offer to students; the PYSO serves as a resource to families to help boost each student’s overall learning curriculum from grades 4 through 12.  We’re shaping today’s youth to become community leaders of tomorrow,” stated Chief Executive Officer Lora Unger of the Pasadena Symphony Association.

PYSO is comprised of four challenging and rigorous ensembles: PYSO Philharmonic, PYSO Symphony, PYSO String Orchestra, PYSO Wind Ensemble. Placement in each ensemble is contingent upon space availability, instrumentation needs, and audition quality. Weekly rehearsals follow the academic school year beginning in September and ending in May.

The Pasadena Symphony Association partners with many venerable institutions throughout Pasadena to provide a quality educational experience for participants of the PYSO program. Thanks to the generosity of Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Huntington Library, among other community partners, PYSO students rehearse and perform in venues that allow for collaborative learning and enrichment.

All four groups perform multiple times each season at a variety of venues throughout Southern California, including Big Bear, Disneyland and at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. PYSO ensembles travel each year to perform, with recent performances including Carnegie Hall as part of the New York “Sounds of Summer” International Music Festival.

IF YOU GO:

  • What: Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras Auditions
  • When: May 21 & 22
  • Where: Oak Ave Intermediate School | 6623 Oak Ave, Temple City
  • Cost: $30 due at time of audition
  • Deadline: Application must be completed in advance by May 20th. Applications available online here: 2016-17 PYSO Audition Application

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ABOUT THE PASADENA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS’ ARTISTIC LEADERS

Bruce Kiesling – PYSO Philharmonic Conductor

Schizo-musical, Bruce is often confused about what kind of music he loves the most. All of his time on the podium suggests he’s a “classical” guy, but he’s also been seen on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl conducting with Stevie Wonder and Latin superstars Juanes and Gloria Estefan.

His current conducting positions include staff positions with the Pasadena Symphony and the Tulare County Symphony. As music director of the latter, ticket sales and sponsorships have increased to record levels and his concert comments and insider stories have become popular additions to programs. The orchestra’s artistic profile has grown as well, including this season’s performance of “The Rite of Spring,” a cycle of all of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, and the continuation of a Mahler cycle. Bruce’s other passion is music education, where regularly works with outstanding youth orchestra programs. For five years, Bruce was the YOLA conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he lead multiple orchestras of different levels including most of the 700 students at YOLA’s three sites.  YOLA is Gustavo Dudamel’s signature music education program, which brings free-of-charge musical opportunities to underserved youth in Los Angeles. In addition, he has been the music director of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Philharmonic for the past two years.

Bruce holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, The University of Miami, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. More recently, 2013 saw a guest appearance with the Pacific Symphony and also Bruce’s appointments with the Pasadena Symphony (as assistant conductor) and the Pasadena Youth Symphony Philharmonic (as Music Director). 2015 opens with a performance with the Long Beach Symphony in January.

 Jack Taylor – PYSO Symphony Conductor

Mr. Taylor, a former member of PYSO, is now recognized as one of the top music educators in Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Music Education from Southern Oregon University. His background of excellence in music training and his passion for teaching students provides a well-balanced approach for music education. Mr. Taylor has taught music in Temple City for nine years at the elementary and intermediate school levels. His groups consistently receive superior ratings at area music festivals. In addition to his groups at Temple City, Mr. Taylor serves as the conductor of the Pasadena City College Community Concert Band and the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Pin Chen – String Orchestra Conductor

Pin Chen began studying the violin with her father at the age of six and has been teaching private violin and viola lessons since she was 14 years old. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental and general music education with Department Honors from Northwestern University. Ms. Chen is currently Orchestra Director at Arcadia High School, which boasts one of the largest school orchestra programs in the country. She is the President and Founder of Crescendo Young Musicians Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for music education, performance, and community service for youth of all socio-economic backgrounds in the LA area. Ms. Chen is listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals and is an active member of the MTAC, SCSBOA, CMEA, and MENC.

Gary Yearick – Wind Ensemble Conductor

Gary received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Long Beach State University in 1979. He has a Single Subject Credential in Music, and a Junior College Life Credential. Gary has taught instrumental music at Temple City High School, Oak Ave. Intermediate School in Temple City, and currently teaches at Oaks Middle School in Ontario. Gary has been a member of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association since 1980. He has been a PAC Judge since 1987, a Head Judge since 1991, and currently is VP, Parade Adjudication. He has been member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association since 1987. Gary enjoys sporting events, live concerts and spending time with his family. Gary has 3 grown children and resides in Alta Loma, with his wife Pamela.

ABOUT THE PASADENA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS

“The Pasadena Symphony signals a new direction…teeming with vitality…dripping with opulent, sexy emotion.” Los Angeles Times.

“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” –Pasadena Star News.

Formed in 1928, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Hollywood’s most talented, sought after musicians.  With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS performs in two of the most extraordinary venues in the United States: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the luxuriant Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Internationally recognized, Grammy-nominated conductor, David Lockington, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Music Director, with performance-practice specialist Nicholas McGegan serving as Principal Guest Conductor.  The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, is the  Principal Pops Conductor, who succeeded  Marvin Hamlisch in the newly created Marvin Hamlisch Chair.

A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region for over five decades through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO) comprised of five performing ensembles, with over 250 gifted 4th-12th grade students from more than 50 schools all over the Southern California region.  The PYSO Symphony often performs on the popular television show GLEE.

The PSA provides people from all walks of life with powerful access points to the world of symphonic music.

 

2015 Pops Season

An Incomparable Concert-Going Experience Awaits You

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June 20, 2015 – Big Band Swing

July 11, 2015 – Classical Mystery Tour

August 1, 2015 – The Sinatra Project

August 22, 2015 – To Ella and Nat with Love

September 12, 2015 – A Night at the Oscars!

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & THE PASADENA POPS ANNOUNCE 2015 SIERRA ACURA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Pasadena, CA–Tickets on sale now for Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Project, Marilyn Maye, Jeremy Jordan, Anne Hampton Callaway, music of the Beatles and more at the Los Angeles Arboretum Pasadena, CA –Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS announce their one of a kind, popular outdoor summer concert series at the Los Angeles Arboretum with five events sure to make your summer sizzle. Swing into Summer on June 20 with Big Band Swing; celebrate the best of the music of the Beatles with the Classical Mystery Tour on July 11; the multi-platinum-selling, twotime Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein brings his luxurious vocals in his Sinatra Project on August 1; hear definitive performances in To Ella and Nat with Love on August 22 paying tribute to two of the most iconic American Singers; and close the summer with the quintessential Feinstein experience with a special tribute to the glamour of the Academy Awards with A Night at the Oscars! on September 12. The 2015 Sierra Acura Summer Pops season is jam-packed with vibrant talent spanning the ages!

“When the Pasadena Pops signed Michael Feinstein to be its conductor in 2013, it looked like a coup and a gamble. The concept that he established in his first concert— exploring the highlights, nooks and crannies of American popular music — is proving to be infinitely flexible…his showbiz savvy made the cascade of data entertaining, never overwhelming…the gamble looks to be a roaring success.” – The Los Angeles Times

“At the POPS, you’ll enjoy definitive performances of music that personify the Great American Songbook in so many ways,” says Feinstein adding “ I’ve chosen the guest artists because they are master entertainers who will add exciting panache to each show – it’s a rare chance to experience music performed this way at one of the most beautiful outdoor venues anywhere.”

June 20, 2015

Big Band Swing

Audiences will swing to the big-band sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s with American cabaret singer, Marilyn Maye who brings over 80-years of talent to the Pops stage. Ella Fitzgerald proclaimed her as the “greatest white female singer in the world.” With award-winning vocalist, Michael Andrew, praised by Larry King Live “as one of the great singers of all time” this collaboration will mesmerize with hits such as “Moonglow,” “Stardust,” “Minnie the Moocher,” “Serenade in Blue,” “Night and Day,” “Misty,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Happy.”

July 11, 2015

Classical Mystery Tour

The renowned artists of Classical Mystery Tour is back by popular demand, with a fresh set list of Beatles favorites, featuring hits from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – with “Let it Be,” “Yesterday,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lake,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life” and so much more, performed with a full orchestra.

August 1, 2015

The Sinatra Project

Michael Feinstein puts the conducting baton down for one night only to sing his Sinatra Project, an evening entirely devoted to celebrate the brilliance of “The Voice” as only Feinstein can. Curating an evening solely dedicated to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ biggest hits, Feinstein sings “Luck Be A Lady,” “Fly Me to The Moon,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “For Once In My Life” and more.

August 22, 2015

To Ella and Nat with Love

The POPS pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, two of the most iconic American singers, with definitive performances by vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Ann Hampton Callaway. Tony nominee, platinum selling songwriter and Theater World Award winner, Jazz/Cabaret diva Ann Hampton Callaway joins the Pops alongside Denzal Sinclaire, a singer of subtle skill and with a relaxed and sophisticated approach to songs, was Canada Magazine’s four year consecutive winner of Male Jazz Vocalist for a magical night featuring “Mona Lisa,” ‘Unforgettable,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Lady Be Good,” “How High the Moon,” “Body and Soul,” “Mr. Paganini,” “In A Sentimental Mood” and more.

A Night at the Oscars!

September 12, 2015

The Pasadena Pops closes the summer concert season with the quintessential Feinstein experience – bringing the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards to the Arboretum with a special tribute to the glamour of the Academy Awards with vocalists Sheléa Frazier and Jeremy Jordan. Frazier, a versatile rising star joins Jeremy Jordan, Tony and Grammy award nominee, recently seen in the film adaptation of “The Last 5 Years,” will remember the winners, the loser and everything in between with an evening of Hollywood favorites!

All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Among many venue amenities, audiences can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from your table from Julienne, Marston’s, and Claud & Co.; the food court will host mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctal. The experience is now even more convenient with two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks plus exclusive hotel packages for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Hotel Constance. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on-site prior to each concert with deserving animals in need of a forever home as part of the Pups for POPS program.

Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance. Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS. Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Michael Feinstein and Pasadena’s premier POPS orchestra!

The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Single tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

 

IF YOU GO:

  • What: The Pasadena Symphony presents the 2015 Pasadena POPS with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein
  • When: June 20, July 11, August 1, August 22, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The LA County Arboretum | 301 N Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
  • Cost: Tickets start at $20.00
  • Dining: Gates open at 5:30pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink or visit one of the many onsite gourmet food vendors.
  • Parking: Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase onsite Arboretum parking. Single ticket holders may park for free at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with free non-stop shuttles to the main gate.

PASADENA SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY NO. 6 WITH NICHOLAS MCGEGAN

Pasadena CA – Experience Beethoven’s love of nature with Nicholas McGegan as your guide with the Pasadena Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Times celebrated McGegan to be “in fact the sunniest conductor in classical music!” and the Crescenta Valley Weekly said “if performances under McGegan are any indication, the Pasadena Symphony seems to be on the cusp of a golden age.”

Themes of spiritual renewal, pastoral landscapes, dramatic storms and startling beauty pull you into Beethoven’s sonic painting of the great outdoors. The prodigiously talented Geneva Lewis continues The Pasadena Symphony’s tradition of showcasing the stars of tomorrow here today with Mozart’s stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto No. 3. Heralded as one of the world’s top 20 young violinists, Geneva Lewis is a current student of the Pasadena Symphony’s community partner, the Colburn Community School for Performing Arts.

Performances are accompanied by a popular pre-concert discussion that gives the audience insights into the music and musicians one-hour before curtain. Audiences are invited to luxuriate in the lively Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge, yet another addition to the delightful and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. Located in the beautiful outdoor plaza at the Ambassador Auditorium, audiences can enjoy a deliciously prepared menu specially created for the evening by Claud and Co, fine wines, and sparkling conversation before the concert and during intermission. Menu highlights include hot and sour soup with shredded vegetables, Chinese chicken salad, chicken and vegetable pot stickers and scrumptious smoked salmon spring rolls plus almond cookies.

 

The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Ticket prices start at $35 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.


IF YOU GO:

  • What: The Pasadena Symphony presents Beethoven 6
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan, Principal Guest Conductor
  • Soloist: Geneva Lewis, violin
  • When: Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ambassador Auditorium | 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Cost: Tickets start at $35.00
  • Parking:  Valet parking with wheelchair access is available on Green Street for $15. Handicap and general parking is available next to the Auditorium at the covered parking structure for $10. Additional handicap parking is also located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
  • Symphony Lounge: Located on the plaza at Ambassador Auditorium. Open before the concert and during intermission.
  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussion with Nicholas McGegan begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders.