The wonderful outdoor summer concerts by Pasadena Symphony POPS at Arboretum continue on Saturday, August 18, at 7:30 pm, with a momentous tribute to Leonard Bernstein. The concert is presented as part of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial being celebrated around the globe, but Feinstein has something more in store for this special performance. Having been lucky enough to know and spend time with Bernstein, Feinstein will recount first-hand stories and will give an intimate look inside the legend’s friendships with Copland, Sinatra, and more.
Feinstein says of the evening’s program: “It was his full embrace of the world of music that made him unique in what he did. It seemed necessary to all of us to create something that would reflect that nature. The concert is not exclusively Bernstein; it also is music that influenced him, music written by his contemporaries, and music he influenced.”
Three guest soloists will join the orchestra for this concert – Julian Ovenden, Ali McGregor, and Finn Sagal.
Ovenden will reprise many of the songs he’s performed from Bernstein’s cannon throughout the years. He has an exceptional voice and is particularly adept at the music of Leonard Bernstein, though most know him for his many screen credits, notably Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, and Smash.
Australian soprano and cabaret star Ali McGregor will nicely complement Ovenden. With her multi-octave range, she sings music of every stripe with ease and is perfectly suited to the eclectic nature of what it means to celebrate Leonard Bernstein.
La Cañada native Finn Sagal rounds out the pack as a young and charismatic singer and winner of the 2017 Songbook Academy® Award, who now serves as the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador.
The concert will be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds will open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 pm and the performance will start at 7:30 pm. You can purchase space in a circular table with fine linens, or you can bring a blanket and low back chair for lawn seating. You are welcome to bring a picnic, or you can purchase from the food trucks and full beverage centers that will be available in the premises.
The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. There is free parking at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping center (across the street) with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
Single tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.
This is a fantastic way to cool off as the warm day turns into evening. Food, family, friends, and spirited music… what else can you want from a Saturday evening in the San Gabriel Valley!
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