Pasadena Symphony and Pops

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About Pasadena Symphony and Pops

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1928 committed to delivering high-quality musical performances, from orchestral to solo recitals by world-renowned artists. Their mission extends to providing broad access to youth education programs and the performing arts through community engagement and digital innovation. With an unwavering pursuit of excellence and inclusion, they curate classical, popular, and new music, believing in music’s power to enrich and transform individuals and communities.

Over nine decades, the organization has evolved into a top-tier symphonic ensemble in southern California, showcasing highly skilled musicians from the film industry. They perform at prestigious venues like the Ambassador Auditorium and the lush Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein, a multi-platinum-selling, Emmy, and Grammy-nominated entertainer, succeeded Marvin Hamlisch.

A cornerstone of their education efforts is the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras, serving over 350 talented students from more than 50 schools in Southern California. The PYSO Symphony tours and makes guest appearances, including on the TV show GLEE.

In 2007, the Pasadena Symphony merged with the Pasadena POPS, expanding its offerings to include classical and POPS concerts throughout the year. This merger enables them to provide a diverse range of live symphonic experiences at historic venues, including the Ambassador Auditorium and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

Pasadena Symphony and Pops Highlights

Pasadena Symphony and Pops offers two main services: Performances and Education Programs.

Performances vary by month. However, popular concerts include:

  • Music under the stars
  • Live at the Arboretum
  • Rusnak Summer Pop Series
  • Holiday Candle Light
  • And more

As for Education Programs, Pasadena Symphony and Pops is one of the finest youth orchestras in the entire country. 

There are multiple ensembles, including:

  • Philharmonic
  • Sinfonia
  • Symphony
  • Overture Strings
  • String Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Prelude Strings
  • Ally City Orchestra

Their vibe is wonderful!

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Pasadena Symphony and Pops In the Press

Pasadena Symphony and Pops to Host Glimmering Annual Gala at Pasadena City Hall

The Pasadena Symphony Association (PSA) will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala at Pasadena City Hall on September 23. The event will begin with a courtyard reception, followed by a dinner, live auction, and a program featuring music and dancing. The evening will include performances by the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras, Classical KUSC host Brian Lauritzen, and a quartet from the Pasadena Symphony. The gala will also honor Marlene R. Konnar, John D. Baldeschwieler, and Lora Unger for their support and contributions to the PSA.

Read more here: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/pasadena-symphony-and-pops-host-glimmering-annual-gala-at-pasadena-city-hall/

Pasadena Pops Ushers in Summer with ‘Divas’ Concert

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops kicked off their summer season at the Los Angeles Arboretum with a “Divas Through the Decades” concert on June 24. Thousands of attendees enjoyed performances by principal Pops conductor Michael Feinstein, the Pasadena Symphony, and soloists Catherine Russell, Freda Payne, and Nicole Henry, who showcased songs made famous by iconic black female artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, and Billie Holiday.

Read more here: https://outlookvalleysun.outlooknewspapers.com/2023/07/09/pasadena-pops-ushers-in-summer-with-divas-concert/