You have a chance to experience Beethoven’s “painting” of the great outdoors this Saturday, March 21, during the Pasadena Symphony’s performance of his Symphony No. 6, also known as the “Pastoral Symphony,” at the Ambassador Auditorium.
Did you know that Beethoven loved nature so much that he often took long walks in the countryside? (Today, he’d be a hiker!) Those walks inspired him to compose this symphony, of which he is quoted saying that it is “more the expression of feeling than painting.”
The “Pastoral Symphony” includes themes of spiritual renewal, landscapes, dramatic storms and natural beauty. The pre-concert discussion with Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan, one-hour before curtain, will help you pinpoint those themes during the performance.
Also part of the concert will be Geneva Lewis, a young, yet top, violinist originally from Auckland, New Zealand, who is a merit scholarship student at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. She was recently selected as one of the world’s top 20 young violinists in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. She plays on a Terry Borman violin (1991) and during this concert will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.
Matinee (2 p.m.) and evening (8 p.m.) concerts are scheduled. If you want to round up the evening into a dinner outing, the Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge will have a special menu created for the occasion and will be open before the performance and during the intermission.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St.John Avenue in Pasadena. Ticket prices start at $35 and may be purchased online at http://www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172. General parking is available next to the Auditorium at the covered parking structure for $10. Valet parking with wheelchair access is available on Green Street for $15.