Pasadena Symphony and Pops Present a Magnificent Evening at Centennial Square for Annual Moonlight Sonata Gala

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 4:12 PM


The Pasadena Symphony Association will host their annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, September 23, 2017, which promises to be an unforgettable night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.


Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the starry night sky in Centennial Square, and distinctive to this year’s Gala, will be the lively dancing that will close out the night. The magical evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to in Centennial Square, where. Claud & Co will provide a curated four-course meal.The program will also feature an exciting live and silent auction filled with alluring items along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. To top off the elegant affair, guests will dance the night away to Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects, a six-piece band who will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook.


If a musical experience weaving throughout the evening is not magical enough, then be prepared to be amazed by guest illusionist David Kwong. A featured TED speaker, Kwong recently published his book, Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrests of Success and has acted as magic consultant for hit-movies Now You See Me, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and many others. “The magician and word game expert has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for tricks” (Wall Street Journal).


The Pasadena Symphony Association is thrilled to honor three Moonlight Sonata luminaries. This year’s Community Luminary is the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, a dedicated group of volunteers who celebrate and support the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Association through the Holiday Look In, an annual fundraising event celebrating its 50th year. Northern Trust will be acknowledged as Corporate Luminary for their generous charitable contributions to the arts, which have encouraged the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to flourish as the region’s premiere source for live symphonic music; Philanthropist Luminary Margaret H. Sedenquist will be recognized for her long, charitable history with the Pasadena Symphony Association and the greater Pasadena community.


Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting or by contacting Scott Vandrick, Chief Development Officer at or (626) 793-7172 ext 45.