Michael Feinstein and The Pasadena Pops Kick-Off the Summer with Broadway Hits from Gershwin to Sondheim

Published : Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 12:44 PM

Liz Callaway (Soloist). Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony & Pops

Michael Feinstein (Conductor). Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony & Pops

Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein opens the 2018 Pasadena POPS Sierra Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 23rd with That’s Entertainment: Gershwin to Sondheim. The POPS season opener will cover the gamut of the Great American Songbook from jazz standards to Broadway hits, and vintage charts that can’t be heard anywhere else. Hear your Broadway favorites from Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris to Company and Follies, plus popular standards and vintage archival surprises with Nice Work if You Can Get It, S’Wonderful, and Being Alive just to name a few.

To start off the season with a bang, Feinstein will be premiering three arrangements for orchestra that have never been performed for a public audience. These archival gems include an arrangement by Irwin Kostal of Gershwin’s Second Prelude and a vintage orchestration by Frank Comstock of André and Dory Previn’s Has He Come Too Late. Feinstein himself will take the mic to sing a never-before heard Tedd Firth arrangement of St. Louis Blues to round out an evening full of surprises.

Two Sondheim alum will be joining the POPS orchestra for this Broadway showcase, with Emmy Award-winner Liz Callaway, who got her Broadway start in Merrily We Roll Along and went on to star in Miss Saigon, Baby and Cats among others; and Aaron Lazar, another Sondheim alum who starred in the recent west coast production of Merrily We Roll Along. You may also know Lazar from his leading Broadway roles in A Little Night Music, Mamma Mia!, and Les Misérables, for which he received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Up-and-comer Brighton Thomas will also make an appearance as the former Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador.

All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30pm and performances begin at 7:30pm. Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends with Michael Feinstein and Pasadena’s premier orchestra! Among many venue amenities, concert goers can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from their table from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The venue also hosts mouth-watering food trucks and the convenience of two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.

Audiences get the ultimate outdoor concert experience with large LED video screens to see the artists and orchestra up close, superior sound and the high-quality production value that is a signature of the Pasadena POPS. For those who want to make a night of it, exclusive hotel packages are available for POPS patrons at Pasadena’s landmark Hotel Constance.

The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.

Single tickets start at $25. Season subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale and available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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