Music Director David Lockington will return to the podium this Saturday, Feb. 17, for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite at the Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. The Pasadena Symphony arrives just in time to celebrate your Valentine’s weekend with the impassioned music of Stravinsky, Dvořák’s tribute to a long-lost love in his rapturous Cello Concerto, and a world premiere Pasadena Symphony commission by up-and-coming Pasadena composer Dale Trumbore, entitled Infinitely and Without Apology.
Dale Trumbore’s newest work was written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association. Her subject is timely, with the piece being written as the #metoo movement came to the fore. This ambitious piece explores the idea of developing confidence, particularly—but not exclusively—as a woman. Trumbore addresses how women develop the kind of resilience it takes to share and project their voice in a world where they are often socialized to be quiet and take up minimal space.
Following her premiere, Israeli cellist Inbal Segev will perform Dvořák’s emotionally charged Cello Concerto. Having premiered with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic led by Zubin Mehta, at only 17, Segev has risen to international acclaim bringing interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.
You can make this evening one to remember by treating your Valentine to dinner in the luxurious Lounge, a wonderful addition to the delightful and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, the lounge will offer specialized Valentine’s menus at each concert by Claud &Co, fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.
You could also arrive early to learn more about the music with Insights, a pre-concert discussion with Music Director David Lockington and composer Dale Trumbore, which begins one hour prior to curtain.
Both concerts will be held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA.. Tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.
A note about parking: Valet parking is available on St. John Ave 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). ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
Shelter from the Storms: Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter open through March 1
Thanks for reading our post on Pasadena Symphony Valentine’s weekend! On another matter, the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter is open during the current bad weather season, on nights with a forecast of 40 degrees or below and/or 40 percent chance of rain until March 1. During the 2015-2016 winter, the last season with available records, the BWS was open a total of 33 nights. It served a total of 1,941 guests — 1,423 men and 518 women.
To find out if the shelter is open each night, call the BWS Hotline at (888) 915-8111. For all other questions, call(626) 797- 2402.