On Saturday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., Pasadena Community Orchestra kicks off the summer with a free outdoor concert at Sierra Madre’s Memorial Park.
Just like at the Hollywood Bowl, concertgoers will enjoy a concert of light classics, patriotic marches, movie music, and musical theater tunes, while eating a picnic dinner. But this evening improves on the Hollywood Bowl experience: the venue is local, the picnic happens on a beautiful expanse of lawn (choose sunlight or shade), the parking and the concert are free, and both the music and the venue are suitable for concertgoers of all ages. (It’s a perfect way to introduce kids to classical music: they can sit right in front of the players to get a good look at the instruments, and even talk to them afterwards, or play on the lawn when they get restless!)
This concert is Music Director Bethany Pflueger’s first concert in the park (it’s the last concert of her first season with the orchestra). Pflueger, a Sierra Madre resident, is following the programming traditions established by PCO’s previous two music directors, and perhaps starting some new traditions of her own as well. This year’s program includes three patriotic marches, classics like Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz and that “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” theme (name that tune), along with music from The Pink Panther movies, The Sound of Music, and the theme from the old TV series, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
In between pieces of music, raffle prizes will be given out, with this year’s raffle featuring new and bigger prizes. If you’ve always wanted to conduct a symphony orchestra, enter the “conductor’s raffle”: one lucky winner will lead the orchestra in one of the pieces at the concert (free lessons from the Music Director included!). As always, the orchestra will play a “children’s march,” welcoming every child in the audience to get up and get the wiggles out. Altogether, it’s an evening of the best of what Southern California summer has to offer: friends and family sharing a meal, great weather, and fine art in a casual setting.
For over 30 years, PCO has been bringing fine classical music to the community free of charge (donations are welcome). Well-trained musicians provide a high-quality musical experience. Sierra Madre Memorial Park is located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block east of Baldwin Ave. Street parking is free (arrive early for closest parking). Bring your own picnic, lawn chairs, and blankets, and don’t forget to buy raffle tickets!
For further information, please contact PCO at (626) 445-6708 or email@example.com,
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