The Pasadena Symphony has rescheduled its upcoming March 21 “Mozart and McGegan” concert at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena to May 23.
The decision was in response to a directive by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to ban gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31, said Lora Unger, thre Symphony Association’s Chief Executive Officer.
Stressing that the community’s health and well-being are of the “utmost importance,” Pasadena Symphony and POPS said people who have purchased tickets to the March 21 concert are advised to hold on to their tickets; these will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled date, the association said.
Another concert – a Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 performance planned for April 18 – is currently scheduled to proceed, Unger’s statement said.
“As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and will provide updates via email, social media channels and our website, www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org,” the association said. “We look forward to bringing our Pasadena Symphony and POPS community together again when we resume our performance calendar.”
The association added its Pasadena POPS Summer Series at the LA County Arboretum starting on June 20 “will proceed as scheduled.”
The Pasadena Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1928 by Conductor Reginald Bland. Originally named the Pasadena Civic Orchestra, its first members were mostly volunteer musicians, many of whom were Bland’s students.
The association’s initial annual operating budget was $3,500, funded entirely by the City of Pasadena. Because of the tremendous support from the local community, the Pasadena Symphony steadily grew into a nationally recognized, fully professional orchestra.
In 2007, the Pasadena Symphony incorporated the Pasadena POPS into its Association under the new name Pasadena Symphony and POPS. The merger resulted in an expanded Classics and POPS concert series, providing the community with live symphonic classical concerts and POPS concerts year-round.
Concerts are conducted at the historic Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena and at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.