Pasadena Symphony and Pops Hosted An Enchanted Evening at Centennial Square

Rebecca Shukan, left, Phil Swan, Lora Unger, and Kathryn Barger.Ken Hill and David LockingtonIlene Marshall, left, and Barbara SteinwedellFrom left, Joe Grosso, Loren Escandon, Deborah Lewis, Tony Foster and Jonathan RosPam Ackrich, left, and Kathryn BargerFrom left: Polly Sweeny, Tink Cheney, Barry Jones, Andy Wilson, and Liz WilsonYolanda Ramirez, left, and Cora BarriosLora Unger greets guests during the Moonlight Sonata Gala benefiting the Pasadena Symphony and Pops.Janice Wong, left, June Wang, and Mickey HsuDon and Jenina GarrettCity Hall

From STAFF REPORTS | Photos by James Carbone

12:22 pm | September 24, 2018

On a sultry Saturday evening the Pasadena Symphony and POPS hosted over 400 guests for an elegant soiree that lit up Centennial Square, set against the iconic rotunda of Pasadena City Hall. A whopping $360,000.00 was raised for the Symphony and POPS.

Guests enjoyed a festive reception in the courtyard of Pasadena’s City Hall and dined under the stars in a transformed Centennial Square by Jacob Maarse Florists with a luxe dinner by Claud Beltran. Music Director David Lockington and members of the orchestra serenaded the audience and the 2018 Luminaries Barbara Steinwedell and the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw were honored for their longtime support.

True to the organization’s mission, a variety of musical experiences were woven throughout the evening. Guests were surrounded by live performances from PSA musicians, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the soulful melodies of Nina Lares and her jazz ensemble. Music Director David Lockington hosted the evening’s program as guests enjoyed a succulent four-course meal courtesy of Claud & Co.

Throughout dinner, David and members of the Pasadena Symphony orchestra showcased a sampling of chamber music selections that highlighted the artistic mission of both the Symphony and the POPS – including a world premiere work by PYSO musician Sydney Wang, a 2017 BMI Student Composer Award winner.

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