Live music is back this summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, where Pasadena POPS and Principal Conductor Michael Feinstein will present five concerts in the popular Sierra Summer Concert Series from July 10 to Sept. 11 for fully vaccinated audiences.
The series features a stellar line-up that includes Thelma Houston, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, Liz Callaway, and Jordan Donica.
Entry to all concerts will require proof of receiving a fully completed COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to the concert date.
“The feeling of anticipation and joy bubbling up in all of us is palpable as we prepare to return to the experience of sharing live music,” Feinstein said. “I have missed the connection of creating acoustic sound with an audience present, because as grateful as I am for virtual music-making, it is simply not the same as hearing live music played by a symphony in a beautiful natural setting. I know I can speak confidently for our orchestra when I say that we have missed you, and we will perform with everything we’ve got.”
The outdoor concert setting at the L.A. County Arboretum has been uniquely redesigned with spacious round table seating allowing ample distance between audience members, plus an expansive lawn area for socially-distanced seating on blankets and low back chairs. The venue plans to limit capacity this summer to provide even more spacing and support a safe concert-going experience for everyone.
Feinstein kicks off the summer series on July 10 with “The Road to Motown,” honoring the Supremes’ Mary Wilson, who was originally slated to perform before her recent passing. Wilson’s “Mississippi Sister” Thelma Houston will pay tribute to the legend and celebrate the greatest hits of the Motown era with the Fifth Dimension’s Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, and the premiere Motown singing sensation Spectrum.
The music of Fleetwood Mac lights up the stage on July 24 with “Fleetwood Mac: A Tribute,” featuring special guests Landslide performing “Rhiannon,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and many more chart-topping hits from the band.
On Aug. 14, Feinstein takes the stage as soloist to bring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ biggest hits on Aug. 14, with “Michael Feinstein Sings: Sinatra’s Songbook.”
“Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles” brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life on Aug. 28 with a fresh set list including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Imagine” and many more.
Feinstein returns to the podium to close the season on Sept. 11 with “100 Years of Broadway,” covering the best shows from each decade, performed by ”Hamilton’s” Jordan Donica and Emmy-winner Liz Callaway.
For this summer concert series, grounds at the Arboretum will be open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be 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 family and friends with 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.
Subscribers may purchase pre-paid onsite parking at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers can purchase guaranteed and convenient parking at Santa Anita Park, with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the main entrance.
Single tickets start at $25. Season subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale online at www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org, by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, or at the Arboretum on concert days.
The L.A. County Arboretum is at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.
For the most up-to-date venue safety protocols and ticketing requirements, visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org/