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Rhapsody in Bess

Aug 9, 2010
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Alfredo Rodriguez

The Pasadena POPS has quite the jazzy evening lined up for this Saturday. Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, a native of Havana who was “discovered” by Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival, will play Rhapsody in Blue. Actress and Tony-nominated vocalist Valarie Pettiford—best known perhaps for her role as Big Dee Dee Thorne on Half & Half—will sing hits like “All That Jazz,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and so on. And the orchestra will “paint a symphonic portrait” of Porgy and Bess, which we think means just George, no Ira or DuBose. We like George best, anyway.

Pasadena POPS: All That Jazz
Saturday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Rose Bowl Lawn
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
$25 – $90; Pasadenasympony-pops.org; 626.793.7172




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