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Ambassador Auditorium

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131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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All Symphony Classics concerts are performed at the Ambassador Auditorium located at 131 South St. John Ave, Pasadena, 91105. Often referred to as the “Carnegie Hall of the West,” the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium is the resident home of the Pasadena Symphony. All performances take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on concert days. Classical concerts last approximately two hours, and include a brief intermission.

Join us for Insights – a free pre-concert dialogue with our 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.

Tickets can be purchased in several ways:

  • OnlineClick here to purchase tickets online.
  • By Phone: (626) 793-7172. In Person: 2 North Lake Ave. #1080, Pasadena, CA 91101. Monday through Friday 9 – 5 pm.
  • Onsite Ticket Office on concert days.
    In Person 12 noon to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Ambassador Auditorium. Email [email protected] Text (626) 531-1401
  • Ticket Prices
    Please check ticketing pages for latest pricing.
  • Group Tickets
    The Pasadena Symphony is pleased to offer group discounts. Groups of 10 or more are 10% off and groups of 20 or more are 20% off with no handling fees. Group discounts are available for all seating sections. Please contact us for more information.
  • Child Age Recommendations and Restrictions
    Children must be at least 6 years old to attend concerts with the Pasadena Symphony. All children must be able to sit quietly in their own seats throughout the concert without disturbing other patrons or the artists. Please use discretion in choosing to bring a child. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend a concert.

Ticket Policy

All sales are final. No refunds can be made on ticket purchases. Season ticket holders may exchange tickets for another concert in the same series.

If you cannot use your tickets you may donate them back to the Pasadena Symphony and POPS so others may attend. To donate your tickets please contact the box office at [email protected]. We must receive the donation at least 24 hours before the concert. An acknowledgment letter will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks after the concert for your tax records.

Pasadena Symphony Association is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets or items. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management. One admission per ticket. Programs, dates, times, ticket prices and artists are subject to change. Ticket holder consents to allow PSA to use his or her image for marketing purposes in all media. All performances will occur rain or shine.  Assistance dogs are allowed but no pets are allowed.

No video recording is allowed. Photography is allowed, but please no flash. Share your photos online! Use #paspops on Facebook and Instagram.

The brochure with seating chart and ticket order form

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We strongly encourage you to pre-purchase parking as space is limited and may sell out before the concert.  Pre-purchased parking is available until the Monday before each concert or until sold out.  You may also pay for parking with cash the day of the concert (subject to availability).

Purchase Parking for the Ambassador Auditorium.

New parking options are conveniently located a block from the Ambassador Auditorium. General parking is now available at two locations for $10. A limited number of parking spots are available at the covered parking structure next to the auditorium. Space is limited and may sell out before the concert so we strongly recommend pre-purchasing parking in advance.

New ample parking is available at the Wells Fargo parking structure directly across Green street (entrance on Terrace at Green St.).  Due to construction, please be prepared to use the crosswalk at Green Street and St. John Ave to access the auditorium. Parking is $10 and cash only.  Please note, all parking lots close at 11 pm.

Accessible (ADA) parking is located at the surface parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking is very limited and may sell out before the concert, we strongly recommend pre-purchasing accessible parking in advance.

We offer valet parking for both the 2pm and the 8pm concert for $15. Valet parking is located at 131 S. St. John Ave. behind Ambassador Auditorium prior to the loading dock and regular parking at Maranatha’s parking structure. Valet parking is limited and is first come, first served, so please arrive early to ensure availability.

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.

The Symphony Lounge

The new Symphony Lounge brings yet another addition to the care-free and elegant experience of the Pasadena Symphony. Where old friends gather and new friends meet, the Symphony Lounge is a place to mix and mingle in an upscale social atmosphere while enjoying delicious morsels, fine wine, and music before and after Symphony concerts. A posh setting established in Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, featuring a laid-back social atmosphere, where you never know who might stop by.

Menu for January 20, 2018 coming soon!

Symphony Lounge Features:

  • 2400 sq. feet of elegant tented area
  • Fine furniture, warming fixtures, tables and seating
  • Full bar with a quality selection of spirits, beer and wine
  • Small plate menu offered by Claud & Co.
  • Music and social ambiance
  • The Symphony Lounge is open 2 hours prior to each concert and during intermission.

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The Pasadena Symphony is committed to making its concerts accessible for all patrons. Click here for accessibility information.

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Ambassador Auditorium

October 2017

Tchaikovsky Symphony 4

October 14, 2017
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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James Lee III Ichabod! The Protest is over!
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

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November 2017

Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”

November 18, 2017
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Rossini Barber of Seville Overture
Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2
Mozart Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)

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January 2018

Baroque Around The World

January 20, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Telemann Overture des nations anciens et modernes
Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Graun Ceasar e Cleopatra

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February 2018

Stravinsky Firebird Suite

February 17, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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February 17, 20182:00pm & 8:00pmDale Trumbore new work for orchestra (world premiere, Pasadena Symphony commission) Dvorak Cello Concerto Stravinsky The Firebird SuiteBuy Tickets

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March 2018

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini

March 24, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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March 24, 2018 2:00pm & 8:00pmAlexander Miller   Scherzo Crypto Rachmaninoff      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Elgar                   Enigma VariationsBuy Tickets“Brilliant technique can be taken for granted …but von Oeyen leaves you convinced that he can do absolutely anything he likes with a keyboard.”      – Chicago TribuneListenDownload Program Notes

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May 2018

Beethoven! Beethoven!

May 5, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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May 5, 2018 2:00pm & 8:00pmBeethoven       Violin Concerto Beethoven       Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"Buy TicketsDouble your fun with the ultimate Beethoven experience with the composer’s one and only violin concerto and the heroic symphony that changed it all.ListenDownload Program Notes

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September 2018

Broadway Goes to the Movies

September 8, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Christine Ebersole Broadway at the Movies
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Hear the best of hit shows that traveled from Broadway to Hollywood with Funny Girl, The Music Man, My Fair Lady and your favorite classic films. It’s quintessential Feinstein at its finest.

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October 2018

Mozart Requiem

October 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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David Lockington conductor
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October 20, 2018 2:00pm & 8:00pmMendelssohn  String Symphony No. 3   Elgar  Introduction & Allegro Mozart  RequiemBuy TicketsTender melodies, powerful choruses, exquisite arias -- Mozart's hauntingly beautiful “Requiem” gets the Pasadena Symphony's 2018-19 season off to a grand start.ListenDownload Program Notes

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November 2018

Bernstein & Copland

November 17, 2018
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Melissa White
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November 17, 2018 2:00pm & 8:00pmHailstork An American Port of Call Barber  Violin Concerto Copland  Billy the Kid Suite Bernstein  On the Waterfront Bernstein  West Side Story SelectionsBuy TicketsCelebrate Bernstein’s centennial with hits from On the Waterfront to West Side Story plus the best from his friends and contemporaries with Copland, Barber and more. Sphinx laureate Melissa White shines on violin.ListenDownload Program Notes

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January 2019

Baroque Masters

January 26, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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conductor nicholas mcgegan
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January 26, 2019 2:00pm & 8:00pmBach     Concerto for Two Violins Corelli  Concerto Grosso in D Major Vivaldi  Concerto for Bassoon Bach     Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 Handel  Water Music Suite No. 1Buy Tickets“One of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent), Nic McGegan conducts the best of the Baroque with Bach’s Brandenburgs, Handel’s Water Music and Vivaldi Concertos.ListenDownload Program Notes

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February 2019

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

February 16, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Olga Kern piaon
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February 16, 2019 2:00pm & 8:00pmTchaikovsky  Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 5Buy TicketsMusic Director David Lockington conducts this all-Tchaikovsky spectacular with his Fifth Symphony exploring a romantic world of destiny, fate and shocking climaxes, plus his wildly popular First Piano Concerto performed by Russian American Pianist Olga Kern – a Van Cliburn winner with direct ancestral links to Tchaikovsky himself!ListenDownload Program NotesWatch a clip from Olga’s historic Gold-medal winning Van Cliburn Performance:

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March 2019

Mahler Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

March 23, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Rodolfo Leone, piano
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Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21
Mahler Symphony No. 1

Indulge yourself in Mahler’s monumental and gloriously sonorous “Titan” Symphony, and top it off with Mozart’s fantastical Piano Concerto No. 21 with International Beethoven Piano competition winner Rodolfo Leone.

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May 2019

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

May 4, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Anne Akiko Meyers
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Verdi Overture to La forza del destino
Schoenberg Orchard in Fog
Beethoven Symphony No. 5.

Beloved violinist Anne Akiko Meyers returns with a remarkable new violin concerto by Grammy-nominated L.A. composer Adam Schoenberg, leading up to the four most famous notes in history with Beethoven’s infamous Fifth Symphony.

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October 2019

Brahms Symphony No. 1

October 19, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Sydney Wang P (is for play) (world premiere, commission)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 1

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November 2019

Beethoven “Emperor” Piano Concerto

November 16, 2019
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Alessio Bax
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Ellen Reid Petrichor
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
Defalla El amor brujo Ritual Fire Dance
Defalla Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 1
Marquez Danzon No.2

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January 2020

Vivaldi Four Seasons

January 25, 2020
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Bach  Goldberg Variations for strings
Reena Esmail  Teen Murti
Albinoni  Oboe Concerto for trumpet
Vivaldi  The Four Seasons
Piazzolla  "Spring" from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

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February 2020

Gershwin/Debussy

February 15, 2020
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Michael Giacchino Voyage
Gershwin Porgy and Bess: Fantasy for Violin
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Debussy La Mer

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October 2021

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

October 16, 2021
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S St. John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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October 16, 2021 2:00pm & 8:00pmJessie Montgomery  Banner Brahms Violin  Concerto Beethoven  Symphony No. 7BUY TICKETS “Classical music's new breakout star...Goosby plays like an angel with nothing to prove. A cool, calm collected angel.” – Los Angeles Times Widely recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation, conductor Joseph Young kicks off the 21/22 season with breakout star Randall Goosby on Brahms Violin Concerto, plus Jessie Montgomery’s festive Banner, written to mark the 200th anniversary of “The…

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