Pasadena Symphony Extends Music Director David Lockington's Contract Through 2021-22 Season

The orchestra concludes its 90th season on May 5 with an all-Beethoven finale

Published : Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 3:41 PM

The Pasadena Symphony Association on Thursday announced the contract renewal of Music Director David Lockington through the Symphony’s 2021-22 season.

Lockington renews his role which began in 2013. Since then, the orchestra has shown tremendous growth, cementing the Pasadena Symphony as the area’s premiere destination for live symphonic music.

“I am delighted to continue leading this orchestra and build on the growth we have achieved together by performing beautiful music that inspires us all,” Lockington says, adding “Working with the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony is really refreshing. They are extremely musical; they are sensitive ensemble players and meticulously detail-oriented, and the level of excitement that they bring to the stage for every performance is rare for both me and the audience. I have also enjoyed being part of the community, and always look forward to meeting more people who want to experience live orchestral concerts!”

“David has been such a gift to the Pasadena Symphony,” said Lora Unger, CEO, adding “under his brief tenure, this 90-year-old orchestra has experienced unprecedented artistic growth. Our musicians and patrons feel it — after every concert we collectively know that he’s building something very unique and special for this community. There is a genuineness to his personality and musicianship that just draws everyone in; the orchestra is in its prime under his direction. Simply put, he’s redefined the sound and culture of the Pasadena Symphony and we’re just so excited to see what’s next.”

Lockington and the orchestra will conclude their 90th season on Saturday, May 5th with Beethoven! Beethoven! at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 pm and 8 pm. The program opens with Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition winner Angelo Xiang Yu bringing his “stupendous technique” (Art Fuse) to the composer’s stunning, virtuosic Violin Concerto, while Lockington will lead the orchestra on Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” to close out the season.

The Pasadena Symphony provides a socially vibrant experience specially designed for the music lover, the social butterfly or a date night out, and the inner epicurean in us all. Patrons can plan to arrive early for Insights, a pre-concert discussion with Music Director David Lockington that begins one hour prior to curtain. The luxurious Symphony Lounge provides yet another addition to the delightful and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, audiences enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert from Claud &Co, fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.

All concerts are held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave, Pasadena, with both matinee and evening performances at 2 pm and 8 pm. Single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172. A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.








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