– The Pasadena Symphony Association was invited to submit a response to a (RFP) sent by the Los Angeles County Arboretum in February 2011 as a part of the Arboretum’s review of its long-term summer entertainment offerings. Over the course of the next several months, the Pasadena Symphony Association met with the Arboretum representatives to discuss the contents of its proposal.
After a three month competitive process, based on the merit of its submission, the Pasadena Symphony Association was informed that the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors voted to give the opportunity to begin negotiations of an agreement to the Pasadena Symphony Association.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to produce not only a Summer POPS Series at the Arboretum beginning in 2012, but at the prospect of presenting an entire summer of entertainment offerings for the summer season of music-making on the Lawn adjacent the Rose Bowl. We remain committed to offering free music to Pasadena through our annual Music Under The Stars concert on the steps of City Hall. The move to the Arboretum will allow the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to share its artistic resources to an even wider audience and confirms our commitment to serving the entire San Gabriel Valley community,” states Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association.which will include concerts for children and families. We have greatly enjoyed our partnership with the Rose Bowl and our ongoing relationship with the City of Pasadena . This summer we look forward to another successful
As one of the many non-profit organizations within the vast community of Arts ensembles that make up theSouthern California collective, the Pasadena Symphony Association remains supportive of all of our colleagues who serve this community. It looks forward to working with a variety of performing organizations as it presents its Summer Series in partnership with the Arboretum beginning in the summer 2012.
About the Pasadena Symphony and POPS
The Pasadena Symphony Association was founded in 1928 by Conductor Reginald Bland. Originally named the Pasadena Civic Orchestra, its first members were mostly volunteer musicians, many of whom were students of Bland. The annual operating budget was a$3,500, which was funded entirely by the City of Pasadena .
The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Southern California ’s most talented, sought after musicians. With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.
In the fall of 2007, the Pasadena Symphony incorporated the Pasadena POPS into its Association under the new name Pasadena Symphony and POPS. This merger created an expanded Classics and POPS series providing the community with a full spectrum of live symphonic concerts year-round. The Pasadena POPS’ summer home is on the Lawn adjacent the Rose Bowl and the Pasadena Symphony provides a musical experience like no other at the Marvin Hamlisch this season as its new Principal Pops Conductor beginning in summer 2011. – known as the of the West. Internationally recognized, Presidential Medal of Arts Recipient, , serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Artistic Advisor. The Pasadena POPS welcomes
A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region since 1972 through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra comprised of over 160 gifted middle school students from more than 40 schools all over the Southland.
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