The Pasadena Symphony will continue this season’s concerts with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for a powerful and romantic Valentine’s program on Saturday, February 13, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. Music Director David Lockington will return to the podium for the Symphony’s ode to romance, which pairs Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 with Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. One of the most-loved violin concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky composed his Violin Concerto during an emotionally turbulent time while on respite on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi will join the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin solo, thought by many to be the most technically difficult work for the violin. The Washington Post has described Frautschi’s performance as “commanding, incisive and absolutely riveting.” An alumna of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra program, Frautschi returns to her roots for this exclusive Southern California engagement.
You can round up your evening by treating your Valentine to a one-of-a-kind occasion with dinner in the Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge. A posh setting at the Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, the Lounge will offer specialized Valentine’s menus by Claud & Co for both lunch and dinner, full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wine Estates, plus music before the concert and during intermission.
Performances on Feb. 13 will take place at both 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and will be accompanied by pre-concert discussions with David Lockington one hour before curtain. The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Ticket prices start at $35 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.
Photo: Violinist Jennifer Frautschi/ courtesy of Pasadena Symphony / used with permission