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PYSO ALUM JENNIFER FRAUTSCHI SELLS OUT THE AMBASSADOR FOR A THIRD CONSECUTIVE FULL HOUSE!

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Symphony continues its Singpoli Classics Series with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for a powerful and romantic Valentine’s program on Saturday, February 13 at Ambassador Auditorium. Music Director David Lockington returns to the podium for the Symphony’s ode to romance, which pairs Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. One of the most-loved violin concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky composed his masterpiece during an emotionally turbulent time while on respite on the shores of Lake Geneva. There’s no better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with the most famous love letter ever penned to music.

Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi will join the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, thought by many to be the most technically difficult work for the violin. You won’t want to miss Frautschi’s breathtaking performance, which the Washington Post has described as “commanding, incisive and absolutely riveting.” An alumna of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra program, Frautschi returns to her roots for this exclusive Southern California engagement.

Make it a night to remember and treat your Valentine to a one-of-a-kind occasion with dinner 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, the Lounge will offer a specialized Valentine’s menu by Claud & Co for both lunch and dinner, a full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wine Estates, plus music before the concert and during intermission.

Performances on February 13, 2016 take place at both 2:00pm and 8:00pm and are accompanied by pre-concert discussions with David Lockington one hour before curtain. 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 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
  • When: Saturday, February 13 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 South St. John Avenue 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 Green Street at the Wells Fargo parking structure at 350 W Colorado Blvd (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 6:00pm before the evening performance.
  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussions with Music Director David Lockington begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders at no cost.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

David Lockington, Music Director

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. 

JENNIFER FRAUTSCHI, Violin

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. As the Chicago Tribune noted, “violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities.”  Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.  She has also had the privilege of premiering several new works composed for her by prominent composers of today.

Ms. Frautschi has appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.  Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2004.  As part of the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Stars series, Ms. Frautschi also made debuts that year at ten of Europe’s most celebrated concert venues, including the Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, and Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.  She has also been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Washington’s Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Beijing’s Imperial Garden, Monnaie Opera in Brussels, La Chaux des Fonds in Switzerland, and San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico.

Ms. Frautschi’s 2015-16 season features performances with the Boston Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Norwalk and Valdosta Symphonies; re-engagements with the Austin, Boise, Pasadena, Pensacola, and Toledo Symphonies; and chamber music appearances at the Library of Congress and Duke University. In recent summers she has performed at the Ojai, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moab, Bridgehampton, and SaltBay Music Festivals. Highlights of recent seasons include the world premiere of James Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, a piece written for her, with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä; Barber Concerto with the orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo Opera House in Naples, James Conlon conducting; and performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Eugene, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Tucson, and Utah Symphonies, as well as return engagements with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Chattanooga, Portland, and Phoenix Symphonies.

Ms. Frautschi performs regularly at the Caramoor Center for the Arts, where she has appeared annually since she was first invited by André Previn to play there as a “Rising Star” at the age of 18, during her freshman year at Harvard.  As a chamber artist she has appeared at the Boston Chamber Music Society and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society;  Chamber Music Northwest, Charlottesville, La Jolla Summerfest, La Musica (Sarasota), Moab, Music@Menlo, Newport, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Spoleto USA Chamber Music Festivals;  and at New York’s Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums of Art, the 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Mainly Mozart in San Diego. Internationally, she has performed at the Cartagena International Music Festival in Columbia, the Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds and Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Pharo’s Trust in Cyprus, Kutna Hora Festival in the Czech Republic, St. Barth’s Music Festival in the French West Indies, and toured England with musicians from Prussia Cove, culminating in a concert in London’s Wigmore Hall.  She has premiered important new works by Barbara White, Mason Bates, Oliver Knussen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Hersch, and others, and has appeared at New York’s George Crumb Festival and Stefan Wolpe Centenary Concerts.

Her extensive discography includes several discs for Naxos: the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, conducted by the legendary Robert Craft, and two GRAMMY-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet, of Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra [nominated for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra)’ in 2006] and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet [nominated for ‘Best Chamber Music Performance’ in 2011].  Her most recent releases are with pianist John Blacklow on Albany Records: the first devoted to the three sonatas of Robert Schumann, including the rarely performed posthumous sonata (released in 2014); the second, American Duos, an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by contemporary American composers Barbara White, Steven Mackey, Elena Ruehr, Dan Coleman, and Stephen Hartke (released in 2015). She also recorded three widely-praised CDs for Artek: an orchestral recording of the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony; the violin music of Ravel and Stravinsky; and  20th century works for solo violin. Other recent recordings include a disc of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi began the violin at age three. She was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She currently teaches violin in the graduate program at Stony Brook University.  She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz,” on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.

 

HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SOLD OUT FOR THE 5TH YEAR IN A ROW!

Pasadena, CA Pasadena Symphony’s annual Holiday Candlelight concert returns to All Saints Church on December 19, 2015. Having sold out the past four years in a row, the concert will offer two performances to meet community demand at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. The architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church, Pasadena’s equivalent of a European cathedral, provides the perfect setting to hear your holiday favorites –  all performed by candlelight. Audiences are going to love each and every moment of this cherished holiday tradition.

Conductor Grant Cooper leads an array of choruses including the Donald Brinegar Singers, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble, set against the backdrop of the Pasadena Symphony. Special guest Christina Saffran will accompany the orchestra as vocalist. With countless Broadway credits under her belt including Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Shoo Shoo in Sophisticated Ladies and Zaneeta in The Music Man, Saffran is sure to bring a thrilling performance.

The program has something for everyone, from holiday classics to popular standards. Hear O Holy Night, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, When You Wish Upon a Star, Hallelujah! and many more. Top off the holiday season with lasting memories for the whole family. The venue will again offer fully individual assigned seating available throughout All Saints’ glorious interior, so that the audience can enjoy their experience with ease and have a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the season.

Tickets to Holiday Candlelight with the Pasadena Symphony are limited. Reservations start at $20 and may be purchased here or by calling the box office at 626.793.7172.

Holiday Candlelight tops off a blockbuster holiday season for the Pasadena Symphony, starting with the the 48th Annual Holiday Look In Home Tour, December 5th and 6th.  A showcase of Pasadena’s magnificent architecture, both historical and new, the Holiday Look In offers an intimate tour of four distinctive homes in the Pasadena area, decorated for the holiday season by prominent floral artists. This year’s designers include Drew Domenghini, Margit Holakoui, Ixora Floral Studio and Jacob Maarse. Stroll the gardens, enjoy music and shop to your heart’s content at the Holiday Look In Boutique, located at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 N. Madison Ave in Pasadena.

Organized by the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, proceeds from the Holiday Look In support the Pasadena Symphony and POPS annual concert series, as well as educational and community outreach programs including the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras. Holiday Look In Tickets are $35 and may be purchased here or at the Boutique.

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IF YOU GO:

  • What: Holiday Candlelight with the Pasadena Symphony
  • Special Guests: Grant Cooper (conductor), Chrstina Saffran (vocalist), Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Donald Brinegar Singers (Chorus), L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble
  • When: Saturday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: All Saints Church | 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Cost: Tickets start at $20.00
  • Parking: Parking structures are nearby at the Westin Hotel (enter on Los Robles, south of Walnut) or 330 E Union. Metered parking is also available on Euclid and nearby streets.

 

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 ABOUT THE ARTISTS

About Grant Cooper

Born in New Zealand as the son of a professional opera singer, Cooper sang and acted in his first opera at age four and studied piano and music theory prior to college.

After completing his degree in pure mathematics at the University of Auckland, he traveled to the United States for further studies in music.  His initial opportunities as a conductor grew from his colleagues’ invitations to lead them in larger chamber ensemble performances.  His many guest conducting engagements have included the Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and Syracuse Opera, among many others.  This year, he has made successful debut appearances with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to accepting his position as artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2001, Cooper served as resident conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons.   He also serves as artistic director of the annual Bach and Beyond festival in Fredonia, New York and as resident conductor of the Eastern Music Festival.

A commissioned composer, Cooper’s concert works include A Song of Longing, Though…, for soprano and orchestra and his ballet, On the Appalachian Trail, which was premiered in 2010 at Chautauqua.  He recently completed a commission to write original film scores for two Charlie Chaplin movies and last year composed a chamber work on commission from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  Cooper is especially passionate about creating works designed to introduce young audiences to the orchestra and has created a substantial body of works for this purpose.

Cooper has recorded for Delos International, Atoll, Ode, Mark, and Kiwi Pacific recordings, and has the unique distinction of having CD recordings of himself as conductor, performer, and composer, all currently available in the catalog.

About Christina Saffran

Christina Saffran’s Broadway 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.

A true triple threat, audiences throughout the world have been thrilled by her leading performances in My Fair Lady, Showboat, South Pacific, Phantom, White Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sunday in the Park with George, Damn Yankees, Sound of Music, Pajama Game, She Loves Me, Street Scene, Grease, Company, My One and Only, Chess, Aspects of Love, Me and My Girl, I Do I Do…the list goes on. Her concert work includes a multitude of styles ranging from engagements as the lead chanteuse for Herbie Hancock, to soloist with national symphony orchestras and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well opening for Don Rickles, with her own show in Las Vegas.

She has provided animated voices for Disney’s Aladdin, Mulan, Magic Flute, 102 Dalmatians, A Bug’s Life, Armageddon, Pocahontas II, Hunchback II, and Lady and the Tramp II, and is heard on Enchanted, Cinderella , Galaxy Quest, Polar Express, Christmas with the Kranks, The Lorax and The Santa Clause II.  Her solo CD entitled Temporary Insanity is available at LMLMusic.com.

Christina a Founding Board member of Retinoblastoma International, an active member of SGI-USA and the International Committee of Artists for Peace. She is a private vocal teacher/coach/vocal contractor in Los Angeles and the mother of two amazing daughters, Grace and Emma.

About the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Under Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus provides choral music education of the highest quality to young people who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. The program ignites a love of singing and nurtures the full expression of each individual’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experience of choral music performance. Through the beauty of inspired and joyful singing, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus brings the transformative power of music to communities throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Now in its 29th season—2014|2015: “Celebrating American Song…California and Beyond”—LACC serves more than 400 young singers from more than 50 communities throughout greater Los Angeles, reflecting in its membership the cultural and economic diversity of the region.

About the Donald Brinegar Singers

Donald Brinegar is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College, Adjunct Professor of Choral Music and Voice at USC, and Associate Director of the Three-Summer Masters in Choral Conducting at CSULA.  As Director of Choruses for PSO he works with the JPL Chorus and provides choruses for the summer pops programs.  Internationally recognized as a tenor soloist and conductor, Brinegar has sung as soloist and prepared choruses for The LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Microfest, Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall.  His international appearances include 30 countries most recently teaching and performing in Costa Rica.  A noted champion of the music of Morten Lauridsen he has two compact discs dedicated to the composers’ music.

About the L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Under the artistic direction of Alex Guebert, L.A. Bronze is an auditioned handbell concert choir creating performances of the highest caliber for the community.  Their music making is exciting and uplifting, and audiences around Southern California have praised their concerts.  The group is comprised of accomplished handbell musicians who are seeking challenging opportunities for making music, while providing educational opportunities for the handbell community.  Our members come from all over the L. A. basin and include musicians, educators, administrators and other professionals.

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.

 

 

2016 POPS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES STARTS JUNE 18! SINGLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE.

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Michael Feinstein Conducts Pasadena POPS Summer Concert Series

2016 POPS Summer Series Line-up Announced!

First Ladies of Song | June 18, 2016
Music from Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney & Peggy Lee
Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Lynn Roberts, soloist
Cady Huffman, soloist
Madelyn Baillio, soloist

Music of Billy Joel | July 9, 2016
Michael Cavanaugh, Soloist
Star of Broadway’s hit musical Moving Out
Larry Blank, Conductor

Sinatra Project Volume 2 | July 30, 2016
Michael Feinstein, Soloist
Larry Blank, Conductor

Cole Porter Night | August 20, 2016
Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Catherine Russell, soloist
Nick Ziobro, soloist

A Salute to Warner Bros. | September 10, 2016
Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Allyson Briggs, soloist
Todd Murray, soloist

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ANNE AKIKO MEYERS TO PERFORM HER #1 SELLING VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS NOVEMBER 7

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Symphony continues their newly-expanded 2015-2016 Singpoli Classics Series on Saturday, November 7th with Anne Akiko Meyers performing her poetic and powerful Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Billboard’s 2014 Top-Selling Classical Instrumentalist, Meyers’ recordings have consistently met with acclaim, with her Four Seasons debuting # 1 on the Classical Billboard charts. Audiences can hear Meyers bring this chart-topping recording to life at Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. A Native of Southern California and a former student of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Meyers returns to her roots for this exclusive Los Angeles performance, further cementing the Pasadena Symphony as the premiere destination for live symphonic music in the Pasadena region.  

“Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most adventurous soloists on the international scene today.” – Chicago Classical

“A no-nonsense account…she vividly portrays the varying moods in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with playing that is quite remarkable in its dexterity and technical brilliance.” – The Strad Magazine

The Symphony’s performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons brings a reunion for Music Director David Lockington and Anne Akiko Meyers, who recorded her #1 Four Seasons album together in 2014. The Vivaldi album marked many milestones, as it was the recording debut of the precious ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, which was recently awarded to Meyers for her lifetime use. Dating from 1741, the ‘Mona Lisa’ of violins is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence. In near-pristine condition, this legendary instrument is the most expensive violin on record, selling for an estimated $16 million to Anne’s anonymous benefactor. “I had to try it, and instantly fell in love,” Meyers says. “It was an incredible chemistry that occurred.”

Meyers has noted that her Four Seasons recording with the Vieuxtemps del Gesu marks an “incredible coincidence in history…1741 was the year that Antonio Vivaldi died and that was the year that this violin was made, or born.” The genius of both Northern Italian men lay undiscovered for centuries, with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons making a come back in the 1950s and to this day remaining as one of the most beloved musical compositions worldwide. To learn more about the Four Seasons or Anne’s exquisite violin, join Music Director David Lockington for Insights – a free pre-concert dialogue, which 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. Enjoy a drink or a bite 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, the lounge offers specialized menus for each concert by Claud & Co for both lunch and dinner, a full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.

IF YOU GO:

  • What: The Pasadena Symphony presents Vivaldi Four Seasons.
  • When: Saturday, November 7 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

Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists embraced around the world today. Her passionate performances, purity of sound and deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works, her rare ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, in television, and radio broadcasts, Meyers has actively maintained an extensive touring schedule for close to 30 years. She regularly performs in recital and as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 32 albums. In 2014, Meyers was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts.

This fall highlights include a nationwide PBS broadcast special and Naxos DVD release featuring the world premiere of Samuel Jones Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz and the French premiere of Mason Bates Violin Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre de Lyon. Two new recordings will be released – Naïve Classics celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday with works for violin and orchestra, led by Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra and “Serenade: The Love Album” a recording with Keith Lockhart and the London Symphony Orchestra, features the Bernstein Serenade and 10 newly commissioned arrangements from the American Songbook/Golden Movie Era. Meyers will perform recital and solo appearances throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.

This past spring, on 24 hours notice, Meyers stepped in to perform and lead the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Carnegie Hall and PA and garnered rave reviews. In 2014, eOne Music released The American Masters, Ms. Meyers’s 30th release, featuring the world premiere recordings of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s ‘Lullaby for Natalie’ (written for the birth of Ms.Meyers’s first born daughter). Also featured, the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This recording made Google Play’s, Best of 2014 and was heralded by critics and audiences alike. Anne also released the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts. The Vivaldi Album was the recording debut of the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence.

Meyers’s recent performances included recital and concerto appearances in North and South America, Europe and Asia, including performances with the Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras of the Mason Bates Violin Concerto, a work she co-commissioned and premiered with the Pittsburgh Symphony in December 2012. A champion of living composers, Meyers has actively added new works to the violin repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Mason Bates, Jakub Ciupinski, John Corigliano, Brad Dechter, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Arvo Pärt, Gene Pritsker, Einojuhani Rautavaara, J.A.C. Redford, Somei Satoh and Joseph Schwantner.

Anne Akiko Meyers has collaborated with a diverse array of artists outside of traditional classical, including jazz icons, Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis, avant-garde musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto, electronic music pioneer, Isao Tomita, popera group, Il Divo and singer, Michael Bolton. She performed the National Anthem in front of 42,000 fans at Safeco Field in Seattle, and appeared twice on The Tonight Show and was featured in a segment on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann that became the third most popular story of the year.

Recently, she was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS’ The Good Wife, NPR’s Morning Edition with Linda Wertheimer and All Things Considered with Robert Siegel among many other media outlets. Anne was also featured on the popular Nick Jr. show Take Me to Your Mother, with Andrea Rosen on the episode, ‘Andrea Gets in Tune’. Best-selling novelist Courtney Sullivan consulted with Ms. Meyers for The Engagements, and based one of the main characters loosely on Ms. Meyers’s career. Anne also collaborated with children’s book author and illustrator, Kristine Papillon, on Crumpet the Trumpet. A beautiful story/CD about a baby trumpet with Violetta, the violinist, played by Ms. Meyers.

Anne Akiko Meyers was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Southern California. Her teachers include Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. She received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and serves on the advisory board of Composers Concordance and Young Concert Artists. Ms. Meyers lives with her husband and two young daughters in Austin, Texas.

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.

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.