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Liza Minelli Saves the Day with Backup Baton at Pasadena POPS Concert

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 12:11 pm

Famed singer and actress Liza Minnelli made a spontaneous appearance last Saturday with the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to save the day after conductor Michael Feinstein’s baton broke as soon as he got on stage. Feinstein, a pianist, music revivalist and five-t... More »

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Coldplay Impresses in Rose Bowl Performances

Monday, August 22, 2016 | 10:58 am

Reese Witherspoon, Matt Damon, Chloe Moretz and Pasadena’s very own Chief of Police, Phillip Sanchez, were just a few well-known faces spotted Saturday night at Coldplay’s concert at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Chief Sanchez, who warned attendees about heavy traffi... More »

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“Angels Vocal Arts Reminds Us Why We Love Opera”

Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 1:10 pm

Opera is a multi-layered experience that combines story with staging, vocal performance and orchestral music. Angels Vocal Arts showcased the depth and variety of opera with their Gran Gala di Verdi. The concert celebrated the compositions of Verdi including f... More »

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Madonna Wins Appeal in Pasadena Courtroom

Monday, June 6, 2016 | 4:50 pm

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena has ruled that Madonna did not infringe on copyright and her producer did not copy a small segment of horns in her song “Vogue” from another song. Plaintiff VMG Salsoul LLC had alleged that one of the song’s pr... More »

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Michael Feinstein Renews Contract with Pasadena POPS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 1:54 pm

Pasadena Symphony and POPS Board Chair Kay Kochenderfer Toomey and Chief Executive Officer Lora Unger are proud to announce a contract extension for Michael Feinstein through the 2019 season. His original contract as Principal Pops Conductor commenced in June ... More »

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Springsteen: Still Magic in the Night

Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 5:07 pm

Somewhere, just about twenty feet back from the front of the stage at the Sports Arena, a middle-aged couple hold each other, swaying slightly. He hums along to “Drive All Night,” Bruce Springsteen’s ode to eternal love, from his 1980 album, “The River.” A you... More »

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Stephanie Spruill: Giving Back While Flying High

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 2:29 pm

The first time she went into the studio to sing background with Tina Turner, Stephanie Spruill was eager to show how well she could mimic the legendary artist’s style. But after the first couple of takes, Tina stopped the session and gave Spruill a priceless p... More »