Pasadena Community Orchestra Presents Final Concert May 11

Max Hammond, Young Artist Competition winner, will perform with Pasadena Community Orchestra at the final concert on Friday, May 11.
Max Hammond, Young Artist Competition winner, will perform with Pasadena Community Orchestra at the final concert on Friday, May 11.

Pasadena Community Orchestra will present its final, free concert of the season on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Church of the Nazarene.
The concert will feature the orchestra’s Young Artist Competition winner Max Hammond, performing Prokofiev’s celebrated “Piano Concerto #3,” as well as Holst’s “Jupiter” and works by Ippolitov-Ivanov and Borodin.
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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.
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