Pasadena, CA – Join the Pasadena Symphony Association for an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6pm as they transform the annual Moonlight Sonata Gala to a unique online experience. The party will come to you via a live-streamed special event featuring exclusive performances from Pasadena Symphony and POPS artists, an exciting live auction, Fund the Future paddle raise, and a digital dancefloor with music from the Great America Songbook. Festivities for the Moonlight Sonata Virtual Gala will open at noon on Thursday, September 10, 2020 with a dedicated gala website offering one-of-a-kind, interactive content to get you ready to join in on the fun, plus messages from musicians, staff and surprise guests.

Saturday evening’s virtual event will be co-hosted by Music Director David Lockington and Resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank, with special guest appearances including Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein. True to the organization’s mission, performances by guest artists and students from the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will be highlighted throughout the evening.

All proceeds will support the recovery and relaunch of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS’ live performances when it is safe to resume operations. Participation in this year’s Moonlight Sonata Virtual Gala is at no cost, but attendees will be asked to register through a secure website prior to the event. For more information, please visit Sonata2020.

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. 

“In his five years leading the PSO, Lockington has taken an ensemble that was already quite good and elevated it into one where excellence is the byword.” – 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 300 gifted 4th-12th grade students from more than 50 schools all over the Southern California region. The PYSO has toured internationally at prestigious venues in New York, Vienna, and most recently San Jose, Costa Rica. They regularly perform throughout Southern California and have appeared 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.