Pasadena Symphony

In 1928, conductor Reginald Bland decided that a city as vibrant as Pasadena ought to have its own orchestra. Seventy-seven years later, the orchestra under the direction of its current Music Director, Jorge Mester, is renowned throughout the nation for its inventive programming and innovative education programs.

The Pasadena Symphony presents programs at its evening concerts that contemplate man’s relationship to nature, dramatize that relationship and celebrate it. In November, the orchestra collaborates with Art Center College of Design to produce a juried exhibition of artworks inspired by The Firebird.

Musical Adventures
The Musical Circus programs, which take place the morning of each concert day, are for children under the age of ten. In October, the program entitled Gobo Gobo—The Sounds of Nature offers children the opportunity to experience the music of Japan while the trio Kokin Gumi accompanies a visual presentation of the enchanted Japanese forest Yakushima. The Symphony’s Tender Land partner, Caltech, presents Reel Science, when Kokim Gumi again performs, providing accompaniment for the films La Mer and Form of Forest, Color of Forest. In November the Musical Circus presents Plop! Swish! Boom! The Rhythms of Nature with the LA Percussion Quartet. Musical instruments bring nature’s nuances to life, recreating the sound of thunder, lightning, rain and even birdcalls. The December Musical Circus introduces A Natural Genius—Mr. Beethoven Comes to Visit! The man whose nicknames include “Thor,” “the Thunderer,” and “the Heaven Stormer” spins stories that include excerpts from some of his famous works. This program features popular actor and storyteller David Prather, accompanied by a trio of musicians.

The Nature of Music
The Symphony encourages families with children of all ages to join them for the Musical Circus performances. During these hands-on performances, children can think about how music makes them feel, what it helps them to imagine, and how nature can influence the creation of a musical piece.

A Link to Our Partners
Southwest Chamber Music presents more music inspired by the natural world. For another experience of the culture of Japan, visit the Pacific Asia Museum to see the collection and enjoy a relaxing moment in their beautiful courtyard garden.

[General information]
The Pasadena Symphony
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

October 9, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, 8 p.m.
November 13, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, 8 p.m.
December 11, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 8 p.m.
Box office open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Free pre-concert lecture series, 7 pm.
Musical Circus, 8:30 a.m. each concert date - Free, no tickets required.
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