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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
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Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons was initially published in 1725, as a twelve concerto set titled The Test of Harmony and Invention.¹ If this name is not recognized, the tune most certainly is, having been heard in dozens of commercials and movies such as Tin Cup, Spy Game, Pacific Heights, and A View to Kill. […]

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

Not many composers of the 19th century could say they’ve been to the moon. Practically speaking, Antonín Dvořák has not been and never will go to the moon, but his work has been. Neil Armstrong chose Dvořák’s New World Symphony as his music of choice before embarking on the epic 1969 Apollo 11 mission to […]

POPS’ Music Under the Stars

POPS’ Music Under the Stars

It’s predicted to be a clear, cool evening—as would be expected during a “reverse spring,” we’ve learned*—when the Pasadena Symphony and POPS will play under the stars at Pasadena City Hall on June 6th. This year’s open-air concert is a tribute to “Ladies of the Great American Songbook,” celebrating music from film, theatrical musicals, and […]

Singing Scientists

Singing Scientists

Have you heard the singing scientists? Fifty-three JPLers gather every Wednesday evening to rehearse under the tutelage of Donald Brinegar, the Pasadena Symphony’s Director of Choruses. These men of the lab, who actually include scientists, engineers, administrators, software and business folks, tackle tunes by Bernstein and Sondheim, Alan Menken, and Rodgers and Hart. On October 4th, the […]

Bombastic Fifth Symphony

Bombastic Fifth Symphony

The Pasadena Symphony closes its 86th season with Tchaikovsky’s “dazzling” Piano Concerto No. 1 and the “bombastically popular” Fifth Symphony by Shostakovich. Jahja Ling conducts and Shai Wosner’s on piano. NPR’s All Things Considered says, “Shai Wosner’s fingers are at the service of a keen musical mind and deep musical soul…he’s downright thrilling.” Pasadena Symphony’s […]

Beethoven’s 5th & 9th

Beethoven’s 5th & 9th

“We shall never make head or tale of the Ninth Symphony until we treat it as a law unto itself.” (D.F. Tovey, 1925). A Rhode Island newspaper was quoted in The Orchestra (London, 1868), stating that the orchestral part “appeared to be made up of the strange, the ludicrous, the abrupt, the ferocious, and the […]

Geneva Lewis of Pasadena Pops Makes Debut

Geneva Lewis of Pasadena Pops Makes Debut

Geneva Lewis began with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops as a violinist at the age of eleven. Now that she’s won first-prize in numerous competitions, performed with local symphonies, as well as at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and atCarnegie Hall, and she has reached the mature age of fifteen, Geneva is headed to the Yehudi […]

Random Acts of Music

Random Acts of Music

We don’t know about you, but when we’re enjoying our coffee, say at Jones Coffee Roasters on Raymond, and our morning blah blah blah is supplanted by the sounds of a string quartet, the joy of living in Pasadena simply multiplies. (Listen here.) Pasadena Public Library is hosting 2 Random Acts of Music performances by […]

Let’s “Look In”

Let’s “Look In”

It’s that time of year again when we get to take a peek. For 45 years, the Women’s Committee of The Pasadena Symphony Association (TPSA) has financially supported programs like the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, and Pasadena All-City Orchestra with their “Holiday Look In” home tour. Over the decades, this event […]

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

To be named successor to the late Marvin Hamlisch of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops seems to have come as a surprise to “singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the American Songbook” Michael Feinstein. He also sees it as an honor. His inaugural season begins this Saturday, June 1st. This “musical grab bag” of an […]

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