The Pasadena Symphony and principal guest conductor Nicholas McGegan presents “Baroque Around the World,” on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Ambassador Auditorium.
Highly regarded as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent), the two-time Grammy nominee will jump-start the new year with his performance.
For the symphony’s entrée to the new year, Colburn artist Blake Pouliot will join principal oboist Lara Wickes for Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Grand-prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal Manulife Competition, the 23-year-old “Pouliot has the whole package … the look, charisma and talent” (the Toronto Star). Soprano Sherezade Panthaki will also take the stage to invoke the fabled queen of the Nile with heart-rending Cleopatra arias from Handel, Graun, Mattheson and Hasse.
For those who want to learn more about the music, there is a free pre-concert dialogue with McGegan, which begins one hour before each performance.
Patrons who plan to arrive early can also enjoy a drink or a bite in the Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge, which offers uniquely prepared menus from Claud & Co for both lunch and dinner, a full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.
Performances take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium, located at 131 S. St. John Ave. Valet parking is available on Green Street for $15. General parking is available in two locations: next to the auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave) at the covered parking structure for $10 and directly across the street at the Wells Fargo parking structure (entrance on Terrace at Green St). ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
Subscriptions start at $99 and single ticket prices start at $35. Tickets may be purchased online at pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.
La Cañada Presbyterian Church has announced a new, six-week grief support group to begin on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the church library.
Parish associate Peter Hintzoglou, who facilitates the seminar three times a year, has worked with hospice for a number of years. He writes: “Grief is not a weakness. Grief is a normal part of the human experience. There is no timing that one can set when grief will be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
During the seminar, the class will look to such experiences as coping with loneliness, depression, anger and other subjects related to the journey of grief.
All are welcome. There is no fee for the sessions. For more information, call (626) 790-6708. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.
La Cañada Flintridge residents Sandy Slater and Wells Fargo Private Bank Regional Managing Director Kay Wolking are joined by Sally and Steve Mann as they enjoy the 129th annual Rose Parade at the bank’s annual viewing party. The prime location overlooks Colorado Boulevard from Wells Fargo Private Bank’s third-floor offices and terrace.
USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital welcomed Baby Amador as its first arrival in 2018.
The boy was born at 7:34 p.m. on Jan. 1 to Heidi and Oscar Amador, joining stepsister Addison. The baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces.