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Pasadena Pops return to the Arboretum for summer concerts

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To attend Pasadena Pops concerts at the Arboretum, audience members must be fully vaccinated

Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops are returning for live in-person concerts this summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The 2021 Sierra Summer Concert Series will present five concerts from July 10 to Sept. 11, 2021 for fully vaccinated audiences. The series will feature a line-up of stars including Thelma Houston, Billy Davis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, Liz Callaway, Jordan Donica and more. Entry to all Pasadena POPS concerts will require proof of receiving a fully completed COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to the concert date.
The Pasadena POPS outdoor concert setting at the LA County Arboretum is designed to allow for socially-distanced tables and blankets or low back chairs on the lawn. The venue plans to limit capacity this summer.

Feinstein kicks off the summer series on July 10 with “The Road to Motown,” honoring the Supremes’ Mary Wilson, who was originally slated to perform before her recent passing. Wilson’s “Mississippi Sister” Thelma Houston will pay tribute to the legend and celebrate the greatest hits of the Motown era with the Fifth Dimension’s Billy Davis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, and the premiere Motown singing sensation, Spectrum. The music of super group Fleetwood Mac lights up the stage on July 24 with special guests Landslide performing “Rhiannon, Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and many more chart-topping hits for “Fleetwood Mac: A Tribute.”

Feinstein takes the stage as soloist to bring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ biggest hits on Aug. 14 for “Michael Feinstein Sings: Sinatra’s Songbook.” Back by popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life on Aug. 28 with a fresh set list of Beatles’ favorites including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Imagine” and many more. Feinstein returns to the podium to close the season on Sept. 11 with “100 Years of Broadway,” covering the best shows coming out of The Great White Way from each decade leading up to the present performed by “Hamilton’s” Jordan Donica and Emmy-winner Liz Callaway.

“The feeling of anticipation and joy bubbling up in all of us is palpable as we prepare to return to the experience of sharing live music,” says Feinstein. “Personally, for me, I have missed the connection of creating acoustic sound with an audience present, because as grateful as I am for virtual music-making, it is simply not the same as hearing live music played by a symphony in a beautiful natural setting. I know I can speak confidently for our orchestra when I say that we have missed you, and we will perform with everything we’ve got. We’re going to have a brilliant season!”

The POPS Covid-19 safety procedures and protocols are evolving along with public health guidelines. For the most up to date venue safety protocols and ticketing requirements, visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org/covid-19-safety-protocols-pops.

All 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. Among many venue amenities, concert goers can enjoy pre-ordered box dinners for on-site pickup just steps from their table or a variety of food truck options.

The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Subscribers may purchase pre-paid onsite parking at the Arboretum, and all concertgoers can purchase guaranteed parking at Santa Anita Park, with complimentary non-stop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.

Single tickets start at $25. Season subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale, and are available by calling the box office at (626)-793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on concert days.  

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