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 or by calling (626) 793-7172.


  • 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.