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Pasadena Pops Orchestra concludes summer season20 Sep 2013 9:33 AM
Yet another summer season of music and classical entertainment came to a close on the evening of September 7, as the Pasadena Pops Orchestra completed its final 2013 performance under the tutelage of Michael Feinstein. The Los Angeles County Arboretum was filled with the familiar tunes of Gershwin, while guest vocalists Tom Wopat and Catherine Russell provided accompanying lyrics.
The thousands of local music aficionados, symphony association members, financial sponsors and luxury real estate owners in attendance were treated to a surprise encore and anecdotal commentary by Feinstein, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The show marked the conclusion of Feinstein's residency as the Principal Pops Conductor for the 2013 season, but represented the beginning of a long-term relationship with the symphony, as the Grammy-nominated musician announced he had extended his 1-year contract until 2016. In a recent statement detailing the arrangement, the orchestra's chief executive officer, Paul Jan Zdunek, lauded Feinstein's level of expertise and professionalism, saying that he brings a fresh, new approach to the orchestral stage.
"What Michael brings to us and our audiences is unparalleled in the nation and we are thrilled to support his artistic vision," Zdunek said. "Matching the chemistry between our stellar musicians with Michael at the luxuriant Arboretum is an experience no one will forget."
Feinstein echoed his appreciation of the musicians and association, and explained he is excited to prepare for next year's performances.
"The connection I feel to the musicians and making music with them at the beautiful Arboretum is special," he said. "I'm delighted that our little experiment of bringing a unique brand of pops programming has been met with such enthusiasm from the audience. We are inspired to build something new here and to share this timeless and extraordinary music with the entire community."
Tickets for the upcoming season are currently available online, at the symphony association's official website.
Musicians gear up for a night under the stars
However, just because September marked the end of the orchestra's summer season, doesn't mean the music stopped. The Pasadena Symphony and Pops will perform al fresco for community members on October 5 at Pasadena's City Hall.
According to organizers, the event will include a musical instrument petting zoo for children, and gourmet food trucks. Larry Blank will act as conductor for this occasion, with Susan Egan filling in as vocalist. The bill is expected to feature music from Broadway, popular films and the Great American Songbook.