This year’s Pasadena Symphony and POPS free “Music Under the Stars” concert will be held on Saturday, July 7, at Pasadena City Hall’s Centennial Square. Presented with sponsorship support from Bank of America, the 2018 Music Under the Stars concert will feature songs penned by iconic American composers John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and more. Join in to celebrate America with old-fashioned favorites like Birth of the Blues, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Hymn to the Fallen, along with Broadway hits Somewhere, Some Enchanted Evening, and more.
Under the baton of Tony Award-nominated, Resident POPS Conductor Larry Blank, the orchestra will welcome three guest vocalists and the JPL Chorus to the stage. Best known for his outstanding renditions of patriotic songs, Maximo Marcuso, the “Tenor of the Americas” will bring his booming voice to classics like “America the Beautiful.” Regarded as a “musical and theatrical marvel” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Lisa Vroman has countless Broadway credits under her belt, most notably starring for over eight years on Broadway, in San Francisco, and in Los Angeles as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. And, returning again this year is Broadway’s Christina Saffran, a true triple threat, who will dazzle and amaze with her powerful voice.
The family fun will begin at 6:00pm with pre-concert activities, family-style picnicking and gourmet food trucks. Families can discover the wonder of creating their own music with the instruments of the orchestra at the instrument “petting zoo,” where kids of all ages can toot flutes, blow trumpets, bow strings and bang on percussion instruments. Families can bring their own picnic along to enjoy at the site, or purchase the offerings of a collection of gourmet food trucks.
The concert will start at 8:00 pm. Admission to this event is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and low-back chairs. Rental chairs will also be available for $3. There will be parking in the surrounding areas, but consider going on the Gold Line Metro.
Photo: “Music Under the Stars” 2016 concert / Dena Burroughs
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