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Pasadena Symphony welcomes new music director

30 Oct 2013 10:08 AM
Pasadena Symphony welcomes new music director

While Los Angeles offers its own style of classic entertainment and upscale performances, many individuals living in the area can often be found within the limits of the nearby city of Pasadena, as this municipality has long provided its residents and visitors with a high level of enjoyment through its many traditions. One such time-honored institution is the Pasadena Symphony, which routinely draws enormous crowds that include local business owners, well-known celebrities, successful politicians and area owners of luxury homes.

As the 86-year-old symphony prepares for its upcoming season, the newest music director has been named and welcomed by the community. On the evening of Oct. 29, the public was given the chance to meet David Lockington, the fifth music director ever to helm the Pasadena Symphony, according to Broadway World. The special two-and-a-half hour reception at Jacob Maarse Florist on Green Street featured tunes from a live string quartet and light refreshments, giving all attendees ample opportunity to mingle with Lockington. 

"It is especially fitting for the community to come out for a City of Roses Welcome for David at Jacob Maarse Florist," Paul Jan Zdunek, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association, told the news source prior to the event. "Jacob was an avid music lover, long-time Board member of the Pasadena Symphony Association, had family musical roots, and grew the most beautiful roses in the entire world - the iconic symbol of his business and the City of Pasadena."

Lockington to kick off season with exclusive performances.
The newest music director of the symphony doesn't have plans to rest on his laurels in his luxury real estate after the welcoming party, though.

Lockington and the orchestra will open the 2013 to 2014 Singpoli Classics Series with performances of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium. To commemorate the occasion, acclaimed violinist will perform a special rendition of one of Bernstein's lesser-known compositions, "Serenade."

Upon signing his three-year contract with the Pasadena Symphony, Lockington thanked the organization and its ardent supporters for the opportunity, and promised to work toward reaching new heights - as well as audiences - during his tenure.

"After conducting and getting to know the orchestra, I am excited to begin an extended relationship exploring great music-making," he said. "I am also looking forward to connecting to the fabric of Pasadena and stimulating even more interest in supporting this community's live music."

Tickets for upcoming performances begin at $35, and can be purchased by calling (626) 793-7172 or visiting the symphony's official website.