One of Pasadena’s finest summer traditions returns this weekend when the Pasadena Symphony and POPS presents its annual free “Music Under the Stars” concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Pasadena City Hall in Centennial Square, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
Featuring conductor Larry Blank and special guest solo vocalists Amick Byram, Valerie Perri and Finn Sagal, along with the JPL Chorus, the night will feature music from Broadway and Hollywood classics as well as the Great American Songbook. Byram is a two-time Grammy nominee who also is a regular voice on the popular animated TV series “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” in addition to having sung the role of Moses in the animated feature film “The Prince of Egypt.”
Perri recently starred in the lead role of “Hello Dolly” on a national tour and also toured America playing Evita Peron in the Broadway show “Evita.” Sagal was the winner of the 2017 Songbook Academy competition and served this past year as the Songbook Youth Ambassador. He is a recent graduate of La Cañada High School where he performed with the award-winning LCHS Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jeff Brookey.
This concert, which will last about 75 minutes, is free, with no tickets or reservations required. Attendees are asked to dress comfortably and bring a jacket or sweater for the evening. The concert is performed on the plaza in front of City Hall, so a lawn chair and/or a blanket are recommended. Folding chairs may be rented for a small fee, and seating is open and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Feel free to bring your own picnic dinner, but please note no alcohol is permitted. Gourmet food trucks will also be available.
Several parking options are located near City Hall, including Plaza Las Fuentes structure (enter on Union Street and Los Robles Avenue); the parking structure at 330 E. Union (between Euclid and Garfield avenues); and Paseo Colorado’s subterranean garage (entrances on Colorado Boulevard and Green Street). Metered street parking is also available on nearby streets.
The show serves as a prelude to the POPS’ annual Sierra Summer POPS series, which kicks off on June 22 with “The Great American Songbook: Icons from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood,” before continuing with the “Rhapsody in Blue” show on July 13. On Aug. 3, POPS head conductor Michael Feinstein will take a turn as the lead vocal soloist for the “Michael Feinstein Sings Cole Porter” show, and on Aug. 24 the POPS will provide the backing for some of rock’s greatest hits in the “Music of Elton John Featuring Michael Cavanaugh” show.
The season closes out on Sept. 14 with “MGM Movie Classics: Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary.”
The POPS are also performing a special show on June 15 called “Dwight Yoakam at the Arboretum.” The country music icon will perform such hits as “Streets of Bakersfield,” “Fast As You,” “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars, Cadillacs” and many more.
All of these shows are held at the LA County Arboretum, located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.