Pasadena Symphony and POPS Kicks off Summer Concert Series June 29

Published on May 26, 2024

Pasadena Symphony and POPS will host its 2024 Rusnak Summer Concert series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum from June 29 to Sept. 7, Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein announced. The six-concert lineup features multiple award-winning guest artists spanning genres.

Grammy winner Catherine Russell, jazz vocalist and trumpeter Byron Stripling and Feinstein will pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance on June 29. “Harlem Nights: Duke, Ella and the Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance” honors Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday.

On July 13, Larry Blank will conduct “Waterloo: A Tribute to Abba,” performing the Swedish group’s hits like “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.” Feinstein returns July 27 for “Michael Feinstein sings Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.”

Other concerts in the series: Aug. 10, “Michael Cavanaugh: Singer-Songwriters” with “The New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” performing music of Paul Simon, James Taylor and Neil Diamond; Aug. 24, “California Dreamin'” featuring music that shaped California from the Gold Rush through the ’60s; Sept. 7, “Oscar Meets Tony” with two-time Tony Award winner Victoria Clark and Emmy, Tony and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Norm Lewis performing award-winning music from stage and screen.

In other Pasadena Symphony and POPS news, the symphony will present a free “Music Under the Stars” concert on Saturday, June 1, at Pasadena City Hall’s Centennial Square. Blank will conduct Broadway favorites alongside singers Lisa Vroman, Valerie Perri, David Burnham and Jason Graae. The family event also includes kids activities starting at 6 p.m.

Pasadena Symphony and POPS has a mission to provide orchestral performances of the highest quality and to benefit the community through its music.

All Pasadena POPS concerts are held at the LA County Arboretum at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia,. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

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