Behind the Scenes at Holiday Look In Home Tour

By Lisa Ashworth and Gail Crotty
Special to the Outlook

Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony
Gail Crotty and Lisa Ashworth are serving as co-chairs of the 53rd annual Holiday Look In Home Tour.

The Holiday Look In is a home tour showcasing the architecture and gardens of four magnificent homes, which are beautifully decorated for the holidays by Pasadena’s finest floral designers. For your holiday shopping, we also feature a Holiday Boutique. With more than 2,000 visitors each year, the Holiday Look In has become a long-standing tradition kicking off the holiday season.
So how did we go from an in-person home tour and make it virtual? No one on our Holiday Look In Committee had ever done anything quite like this before. It’s been a real adventure and we’ve learned a lot. From exterior drone video to interior videography, from narration by David Lockington, the music director and conductor for the Pasadena Symphony, to the holiday music performed by the talented musicians from the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras, it is our hope this year’s event will be an experience that is as close as possible to actually being there while keeping you safe and healthy.

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Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestrates Student Opportunities

Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony Association Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra is expanding programming for Pasadena Unified School District students this year.
Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony Association
Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra is expanding programming for Pasadena Unified School District students this year.

For any young musician who aspires to feel a part of the crashing crescendos of George Gershwin or Ludwig van Beethoven at a famous concert hall, the chances of doing so through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra just got a lot better.
The Pasadena Symphony Association’s PYSO is doubling down on its efforts to reach Pasadena Unified School District music students this school year, with help from a grant from the California Arts Commission. The PSA has broadened its partnership with PUSD, extending the Pasadena Symphony Teaching Artists program to additional school sites by doubling its roster of teachers, providing musical instruction to more than 200 students across the district. The program, launched in 2015 with the goal of offsetting budget cuts and condensed music instruction, offers free, supplemental instruction for grades 4-6 that aims to enhance the district’s music program.
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