Pasadena Community Orchestra Opens Concert Season

Pasadena Community Orchestra is opening its 34th season Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., under the direction of Bethany Pflueger. The dramatic musical journey contains the hope and pride of Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Haydn’s “Symphony #100 (the “Military),” the passion of Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” and the jaw-dropping suspense of “the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Copland’s 1942 “Fanfare for the Common Man” is familiar, because it was meant to be universal. Dedicated to “the common man,” the music has powerful opening percussion beats and a soaring theme in the brass, followed by a crescendo. Haydn’s “Symphony #100 (the Military)” is his most popular, due in large part to the surprise in the second movement. Beyond the amazing percussion (which reappears at the end), the symphony has the grace, charm and humor of all Haydn symphonies.
Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” isn’t a tragic story, but in its heightened intensity, this piece contains the inexorable force, the nobility and the abiding power of tragedy itself. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” may be impossible to hear without picturing Mickey Mouse, because the musical storytelling is so graphic, it doesn’t need a visual.
PCO has been bringing fine classical music to the community for 34 years. Concert admission is free (donations are welcome at the door), and no reservations are needed. It will be held in the sanctuary of the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Parking is free and wheelchair accessible. Immediately following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the music director and musicians at a reception. For more information, call (626) 445-6708, or email, or visit

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