Pasadena Symphony Opens With Tchaikovsky

The Pasadena Symphony will open its 89th Season with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The season opener also will feature the world premiere of “Ichabod! The Protest Is Over,” by James Lee III.
“Ichabod! The Protest Is Over” is inspired in part by the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation sparked by Martin Luther. Ichabod was a false prophet in the Old Testament and the work explores the less-than-honest ecumenical spirit between the different Christian churches.
For Lee, the composer, the protest is not over: Without taking political sides, the work juxtaposes the present day political intersections between church and state, fascism and democracy, suppression and patriotism. To stress the point in the work, Lee calls on the popular patriotic song, “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” against Luther’s most famous chorale, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
Dylana Jenson, the first American woman to win the Silver Medal in the Tchaikovsky Violin Competition, returns to Pasadena with the lyrically beautiful 2nd Concerto by Prokofiev. One of his most poetic works of music, the concerto echoes themes from his “Romeo and Juliet,” and dances toward a fireworks-filled finale resembling the strumming of a guitar and castanets to add a touch of Spanish flavor.
Celebrate opening night in style in the luxurious Symphony Lounge, an addition to the elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s outdoor plaza, audiences 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.
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.

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