Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena POPS and Resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank are pleased to announce POPScast, a weekly video podcast featuring a star-studded line-up of POPS performers, composers, musicians and all who make the music happen. POPScast premieres this Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm on what would have been opening night for the Sierra Summer POPS Series, and will run throughout the summer. POPScast will add to the Pasadena Symphony and POPS portfolio of digital offerings, which include the Pasadena Symphony’s In Conversation Podcast and the Play at Home with the POPS archival series.
A three-time Tony-nominated Broadway conductor and orchestrator, Resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank will host the new POPScast series with multiple award-winning stars from Broadway, television and film, including Marc Shaiman, Luci Arnaz, Cady Huffman, Anita Gillette, Laurence Guittard, Valerie Perri, Ron Raines and Karen Ziemba. Hear behind-the-scenes stories and get up close and personal with the stars you’ve loved seeing on the POPS stage. POPScast debuts Saturday, June 20th with Larry sitting down with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein to discuss the inner-workings of the Pasadena POPS orchestra.
Make it a night and order dinner from Pasadena POPS restaurant partners Claud & Co and Julienne, who are offering special menus to enjoy with the POPScast. Diners should check their websites frequently to enjoy the summer feel at home. Episodes will premiere weekly, on Saturday at 7:30pm on the Pasadena POPS website, pasadenasymphony-pops.org, on the Pasadena POPS YouTube channel – /ThePasadenaSymphony and Facebook page – /pasadenasymphonypops. Past episodes will also be available on-demand at these three locations.
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.