Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS jazz up the Los Angeles County Arboretum stage with an evening devoted to one of America’s most beloved musical icons for Gershwin & Friends on Saturday, Aug. 19.
No one is better equipped to honor the Jazz-Age stylings of Gershwin than Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein, who got his start as Ira Gershwin’s archivist. Working under Ira’s tutelage for over six years, Feinstein had access to rare, unpublished sheet music and recordings, some of which he will dust off for this special occasion for once in a lifetime renditions.
Celebrate under the stars as Feinstein uncovers treasures from his personal archives with “Someone to Watch Over Me, “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” plus gems from Gershwin’s contemporaries like Kern, Bernstein and Copland. For the evening’s program, Feinstein will review a whole genre spun by Gershwin, that brought together the worlds of symphonic and popular music.
All Pasadena POPS concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss the best outdoor dinner party in town with 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 your family and friends with Pasadena’s premier POPS orchestra! Among many venue amenities, concert goers can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup just steps from their table from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The food court hosts mouth-watering food trucks plus specialty ice creams by Choctál, and the venue now offers the convenience of two full beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.
The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Subscribers may pre-purchase parking on-site at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers enjoy free parking at the adjacent Westfield Santa Anita shopping center with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
Single tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org, or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.