Summer Nights, L.A. Opera, & CA Phil

Jun 3, 2013
Hot as Sun; photo by David Uzzardi (

Hot as Sun; photo by David Uzzardi (

We’ve got music coming out our ears.

This past weekend Pasadena was swarming with pedestrians hunting for the 150 free concerts that made up Make Music Pasadena. We could hear the music and fans during the silences as we sat in the intimate surroundings of the First United Methodist Church on Colorado Boulevard enjoying an All-Beethoven concert put on by Chorale Bel Canto. Besides the lovely piano playing of Junko Ueno Garrett, the singing by the soloists, the crisp orchestra, and the performance of the soloists, we were awash with the power of a 30 male- and 50 female-member chorus. Beautiful.

Ready for more?

One Colorado Summer Nights: KCRW DJ Valida features Hot as Sun on Saturday, June 8th, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Seating is open and limited. Event is free to the public. Hot as Sun’s “blissed-out atmospheric music with its jagged hooks immediately set the critics buzz-ing, with spins on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and glowing reviews from taste-makers like Buzzbands, Billboard, and L.A. Times’ Brand X.”

On Gold Mountain by Lisa SeeEnjoy the L.A. Opera outdoors on the loggia of the Huntington Art Gallery on Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. Also, author Lisa See and composer Nathan Wang will discuss their collaboration on the opera On Gold Mountain, based on See’s nonfiction book, and examine the question of how East “meets” West in contemporary music and drama. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online here or call 800.838.3006.

Music in the Garden: a different solo musician will be performing every Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington. They will be playing unamplified music on instruments such as the dizi, sheng, pipa, erhu, and zheng. Price: the cost of admission: adults, $20; seniors, $15; students, $12; youth (5-11), $8; under 5, free.

Cal Phil at Santa Anita: Maestro Victor Vener and his orchestra begins the summer with Beatles, Beethoven &  Beach Boys on June 29th & 30th. July will have Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets Puccini, and then Dance Fever, followed in August by Rodgers, Hammerstein & Gershwin, and ending the season with Les Miz & Bernstein.


June 29th has hits by the Fab Four; “Good Vibrations,” “I Get Around,” and “California Girls” by the Beach Boys; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” Quite an eclectic combo! Lawn and Benches tickets are as cheap as $20-$25, while the Conductor’s Circle seats go for $88. For complete info, visit

Piano Recital: Juli Kim at Pasadena Central Library Auditorium, Thursday, June 6th, 5-9 p.m., 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101. Appropriate for all ages.

Yunhe Liang playing the Erhu; photo courtesy of The Huntington Library

Yunhe Liang playing the Erhu; photo courtesy of The Huntington Library




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