Pops Kicks Off Summer With Broadway Hits

Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein

Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein opens the 2018 Pasadena Pops Sierra Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 23, with “That’s Entertainment: Gershwin to Sondheim.”
The Pops season opener will cover the gamut of the “Great American Songbook” from jazz standards to Broadway hits, and vintage charts that can’t be heard anywhere else. Broadway favorites include music from “Porgy and Bess,” “An American in Paris” and “Follies.” Popular standards and vintage archival surprises include “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “S’Wonderful.”
To start off the season with a bang, Feinstein will be premiering three arrangements for orchestra that have never been performed for a public audience. Feinstein will take the mic to sing a never-before-heard Tedd Firth arrangement of “St. Louis Blues” to round out the evening.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Patrons may choose from spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket.
Among many venue amenities, concert-goers can pick up pre-ordered gourmet dining packages from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The venue also hosts food trucks and the convenience of two beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.
Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience with large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena Pops. For those who want to make a night of it, exclusive hotel packages are available for Pops patrons at Pasadena’s Hotel Constance.
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., in Arcadia. Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers may park for free at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary nonstop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
Single tickets start at $25. Season subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale and available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

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