This first show will feature the sizzling big brass sounds that defined the feel of the era with hits such as Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” and Duke Ellington’s “Harlem Nocturne,” along with rare gems like Jimmy Dorsey’s “Green Eyes” and Harry James‘ “Trumpet Blues and Cantabile.”
The timeless songs of that period will spring to life with Marilyn Maye and her over 80-years of talent [Ella Fitzgerald proclaimed her as the “greatest white female singer in the world”] and award-winning vocalist, Michael Andrew, [praised by Larry King Live “as one of the great singers of all time”].
“At the POPS, you’ll enjoy definitive performances of music that personify the Great American Songbook in so many ways,” says Conductor Michael Feinstein, adding: ” I’ve chosen the guest artists because they are master entertainers who will add exciting panache to the show – it’s a rare chance to experience music performed this way at one of the most beautiful outdoor venues anywhere.”
The series of concerts will continue on July 11 with CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR, August 1 with THE SINATRA PROJECT, August 22 with TO ELLA & NAT WITH LOVE, and wrap up on September 12 with A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS.
Every concert will be held at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds will open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The audience is welcome to bring food and drink or purchase it from the booth vendors that will be set up for the event. Table seating can be reserved or you can bring a blanket or low-back chairs to enjoy the show.
Audiences can expect the ultimate outdoor concert experience: large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound quality and high-quality production. All concertgoers will enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. Tickets (start at $20) are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, or online at http://www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the concerts.
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