This Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will continue their Singpoli Classics Series with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A powerhouse program from start to finish, the repertoire will open to a great piece of Americana – Copland’s Appalachian Spring, topped off by the Russian folktale – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
The Pasadena Symphony will continue its tradition of showcasing the stars of tomorrow here today with Ray Ushikubo performing Gershwin’s Jazz Age masterpiece. The winner of the first-ever international Steinway Concerto Competition at the Colburn Academy Piano Festival in 2015, Ushikubo has been stunning audiences since the age of 10, when he premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. With performances at Carnegie Hall and on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno under his belt, you won’t want to miss this fifteen-year-old prodigy, who Lockington calls “a remarkable young teenage pianist who has great virtuosity; great maturity.”
Those who want to learn more about the music can join “Insights” – a free pre-concert dialogue with Lockington that begins one hour before each performance. Patrons who plan to arrive early can also enjoy a drink or a bite in the Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, the lounge offers prepared menus from Claud &Co for both lunch and dinner, a full bar, and music before the concert and during intermission.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. This event will have matinee and evening performances at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.
Valet parking is available on Green Street for $15. General parking is available in two locations: next to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave) at the covered parking structure for $10; and directly across the street at the Wells Fargo parking structure (entrance on Terrace at Green St). Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
Photo: Pianist Ray Ushikubo / Credit AUP
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