Principal POPS Conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone for one night only to sing a full concert devoted to Gershwin for Michael Feinstein Sings Gershwin on Saturday, July 9 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. An old-fashioned crooner with luxuriant vocals that meld the traditions of old and new, Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for his preserving, presenting and interpreting of that seminal body of work. The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer has curated an evening celebrating Gershwin as only Feinstein can with “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Porgy and Bess, ”“I Got Rhythm” and much more.
Presenting this body of work is especially poignant for Feinstein, who is the undeniable expert on the Gershwins, having started his career as Ira Gershwin’s archivist. In typical Feinstein fashion, the program will share not only the music of Gershwin, but personal anecdotes recalling the life and times of George and Ira.
“Mr. Gershwin (Ira) taught me most of what I know about interpreting these classic songs and also introduced me to many of the other songwriters whose work I love to interpret both through song, and now by conducting this wonderful orchestra. I’ve done a few other Gershwin concerts with the Pasadena POPS, but this one will be different in that I’ll be singing some classic arrangements that haven’t been heard in many years, some new approaches to pieces and also a few premieres.”
– Michael Feinstein.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30pm and performances begin at 7:30pm. Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket – each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with your family and friends listening to the San Gabriel Valley’s premier orchestra! Among many venue amenities, concert goers can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet box dinners for on-site pickup just steps from their table or a variety of food truck options.
The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Subscribers may purchase pre-paid onsite parking at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers can purchase guaranteed and convenient parking at Santa Anita Park, with non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
Single tickets starting at $25. Season subscription and single tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on concert days.