Pasadena Symphony and Pops Brings Broadway Hits to Pasadena City Hall for Free Concert

Published on May 11, 2024

Pasadena Symphony and Pops will present its annual free “Music Under the Stars” concert on Saturday, June 1 at the Centennial Square at City Hall. The event, sponsored by Bank of America, will feature Broadway favorites performed by Pasadena Symphony and Pops, along with guest vocalists Lisa Vroman, Valerie Perri, Jason Graae, and David Burnham.

The concert will include popular songs from musicals such as “West Side Story,” “The Music Man,” “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent,” and “Wicked,” including “Mambo,” “Trouble,” “Memory,” “Music of the Night,” and “Seasons of Love.”

“It’s a Broadway celebration that you and your family won’t want to miss,” said a Pasadena Symphony Association announcement of the event.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with picnicking, food trucks, and a Kids Korner featuring face painting, balloon animals, and a musical instrument petting zoo. At 7 p.m., families will be treated to a special performance by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

Resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank will lead the orchestra and welcome the Donald Brinegar Singers, the JPL Chorus, and some of Broadway’s best vocalists to the stage. Lisa Vroman, known for her role as Christine Daaé in “The Phantom of the Opera,” will add her “sparkling vocals,” as described in the San Francisco Chronicle, to the performance.

Valerie Perri, who launched her career as Eva Peron in “Evita,” and Jason Graae, who has appeared on Broadway in “Falsettos” and “Stardust,” will also perform. David Burnham, last seen on Broadway playing Fiyero in “Wicked,” rounds out the quartet of Broadway stars.

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops performs in two extraordinary venues: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Brett Mitchell, as Music Director, conducts the Pasadena Symphony, while multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein leads the Pops as Principal Pops Conductor, succeeding Marvin Hamlisch.

The Pasadena Symphony Association also serves the youth of the region through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO), which offers music education programs and performance ensembles for students in grades 4-12. The PYSOs have performed globally and on the television show “GLEE.”

As the event’s presenting sponsor, Bank of America maintains arts programs like the Art Conservation Project, Museums on Us, Art in Our Communities and the Masterpiece Moment video series, along with sponsorships and grants, all designed to have a positive impact on economies and societies, and shine a light on diverse cultural traditions.

The concert is also supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture. Admission to the event is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and low-back chairs.

“Music Under the Stars” is free and open to everyone, and no tickets are required. It’s about 75 minutes long. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a jacket as it might get cool. You can also bring a lawn chair or blanket or rent a folding chair. Seats are first-come, first-served.

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