Singpoli Symphony Classics at Ambassador Auditorium
131 South St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
All Symphony Classics concerts are performed at the Ambassador Auditorium located at 131 South St. John Street in Pasadena. Concerts last approximately two hours with a brief intermission. Please join us for Insights, a free pre-concert dialogue with our guest conductors regarding the works being performed, the historical backgrounds of the composers, and a behind-the-scenes discussion about our guest conductors. Insights begins one hour prior to each performance.
Multiple parking options are conveniently located near the Ambassador Auditorium (view map). 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. We encourage you to pre-purchase parking as space is limited in both locations. Immediate handicap access to the Ambassador veranda is located behind the Auditorium off St. John Ave. Conductor’s Circle patrons enjoy complimentary parking at the covered parking structure located next to the Auditorium.
Go Metro and save 20% on admission to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth on Saturday, November 3 at 2pm at Ambassador Auditorium. For more details, click here. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Pasadena via the Gold Line and runs till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).
PRE-PAID PARKING OPTION
Enjoy the convenience of pre-paid handicap and general parking. Onsite parking at the covered parking structure can be purchased in advance for $10 (up until the Wednesday before the performance). Space is limited so call our Ticket Office at 626.793.7172 and purchase today!
Pasadena Symphony subscribers receive additional benefits. All subscribers will receive our Dining Club Card – a special card offering discounts to area restaurants on the day of each concert. Participating restaurants are listed on our Subscriber Benefits page. Subscribers also have the option to exchange tickets for another performance in the Classics Series. Please notify our Ticket Office at least 48 hours in advance to exchange your tickets.
NEW! EXPANDED TICKET SERVICES
We are pleased to offer expanded ticket service hours and online ticket buying. You can now choose your seats online.
Tickets can be purchased in several ways:
By Phone: (626) 793-7172 (Monday through Friday 9 – 5 pm).
In Person: 2 N Lake Ave. #1080, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Monday through Friday 9 – 5 pm).
Onsite: On the day of each concert starting at 12:00 pm at the Ambassador Auditorium located at 131 South St. John Street in Pasadena.
SUPPORT THE PASADENA SYMPHONY AND POPS
The Pasadena Symphony Association is a priceless asset to our community. Show your support of live orchestral music by making a contribution to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. Become a Conductor’s Circle Patron and gain exclusive access to the Conductor’s Circle receptions and complimentary parking. For more information about supporting the Symphony and POPS call us at 626-793-7172.
Are you attending your first Classics concert? Below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Contrary to what many people think, formal attire – such as tuxedos and evening gowns – are not required at Symphony concerts. The musicians will be wearing their finest (tuxedos or suits on the men and gowns on the women), however, most concertgoers dress in business or semi-casual attire. At our other concerts, you will see patrons in suits, sweaters, open collars, skirts, slacks, khakis, and just about everything in between.
When should I arrive?
If you are attending a Classics concert and have tickets in hand, we recommend arriving 20-30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. This gives you a chance to enjoy a refreshment, review the concert program and find your seats without feeling rushed. If you plan on purchasing tickets at the door please arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the concert. Ticket holders who arrive after the concert begins will be seated in the Hall only during appropriate pauses in the music. Although concert length varies, most performances are about two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
When do I clap?
When in doubt, wait until lots of people clap but if you feel moved to show your appreciation please do! The idea is to wait until the orchestra has completed a piece so that everyone can fully experience the music. Many works in classical music have three or more movements or sections. A short pause usually falls in between each of them. It has become customary over time not to clap during these short pauses. To find out the number of movements (and corresponding number of pauses) in a piece, turn to the program page in your program book. You will find that each work is subdivided by movement (usually indicated by tempo markings in Italian). After the last movement, clap to your heart’s content.
Can I take pictures?
Cameras as well as other recording devices are strictly prohibited and can create major distractions for the musicians and audience members around you. As a result, no still, video cameras or tape recorders are permitted. All equipment should be checked with the house manager prior to entering the venue.
Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome at all Classics concerts. Children 14 and under are just $10 with a paying adult. We also offer Musical Circus, our free kid-friendly program several times a year.