Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, March 24, with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director David Lockington will open with Alexander Miller’s contemporary overture “Scher” and close with “Enigma Variations of Elgar.” The program centers around a classic Rachmaninoff melody, performed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24”

Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff March 24

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, March 24, with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director David Lockington will open with Alexander Miller’s contemporary overture “Scher” and close with “Enigma Variations of Elgar.” The program centers around a classic Rachmaninoff melody, performed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
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Symphony to Play Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’

Music Director David Lockington returns to the podium on Saturday, Feb. 17, for Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. The Pasadena Symphony’s ode to romance arrives just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The February concert will also feature Dvorˇák’s tribute to a long-lost love, his rapturous Cello Concerto, and a world premiere Pasadena Symphony commission by up-and-coming Pasadena composer Dale Trumbore titled “Infinitely and Without Apology.”
“A rising star among modern choral composers” (AXS), Trumbore’s newest work, “Infinitely and Without Apology,” was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association. This ambitious piece explores the idea of developing confidence, particularly — but not exclusively — as a woman. Trumbore addresses how women develop the kind of resilience it takes to share and project their voice in a world where they are often socialized to be quiet and take up minimal space.
Following Trumbore’s world premiere, Israeli cellist Inbal Segev will perform Dvorˇák’s emotionally charged Cello Concerto.
Guests can visit Symphony Lounge at Ambassador Auditorium’s outdoor plaza to enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert from Claud & Co., fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission. Pre-concert discussions with David Lockington and Dale Trumbore begin one hour before curtain and are available to all ticket holders at no cost.
All concerts are held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave., in Pasadena. Subscription packages start at $99. Single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.

Symphony to Orbit Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’

Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”)
Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”)

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, Nov. 18 with Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Music Director David Lockington will lead a musical voyage around Europe with this tour de force program celebrating three musical giants. Rossini’s bright and breezy “Barber of Seville” overture opens the program, St. Saens’ 2nd Piano Concerto is next, followed by Mozart’s last masterpiece, “Jupiter.” Named for the king of the Roman gods, known for his joviality, exuberance and great strength, Mozart’s final symphony carries the majestic first movement through to a triumphant finish.
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Pasadena Symphony Association to Make Magic at Moonlight Gala

The Pasadena Symphony Association will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5:30-10 p.m., which will be a night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.
Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the stars in Centennial Square. Distinctive to this year’s gala is lively dancing to close out the night. The evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to Centennial Square, where Claud & Co. will provide a four-course meal. The program will feature a live and silent auction along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. Dance music will be provided by Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects, a six-piece band that will perform songs from the Great American Songbook.
Another entertainer will be illusionist David Kwong, who recently published “Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success.”
Centennial Square is located at 100 N. Garfield Ave. Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting PasadeanSymphony-Pops.org or by contacting Scott Vandrick, chief development officer at svandrick@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172, ext.45.