‘Pop’ goes the American Songbook, in Pasadena, under Feinstein baton

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The Pasadena Symphony and POPS organization practiced what the Chinese call “double happiness” this week, announcing, in one fell swoop, the re-upping of conductor Michael Feinstein’s contract with the POPS (where he started in 2013) and the roll-out of a rich summer menu of American Songbook concerts at their bandshell digs in the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, California.

“Under Michael Feinstein’s direction, the Pasadena POPS is now the preeminent symphonic voice of the Great American Songbook,” asserts POPS chief executive officer Lora Unger.

Let’s let the magic and the moonlight prove whether that it truly so.

RosemaryClooneyFirst Ladies of Song:
Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney & Peggy Lee

Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Soloists Cady Huffman, Lynn Roberts, Madelyn Baillio deliver “Big Spender,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “Fascinating Rhythm”
June 18, 2016
BillyJoelMusic of Billy Joel
Larry Blank, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh to perform “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” “We didn’t Start the Fire,” “New York State of Mind”
July 9, 2016
sinatraSinatra Project Volume 2
Michael Feinstein, soloist
Larry Blank, conductor
Feinstein brings latest installment of his Grammy-nominated “Sinatra Project”
July 30, 2016
cole-porterCole Porter Night
Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Catherine Russell, Nick Ziobro, soloists
“Begin the Beguine,” “It’s De Lovely,” “Just One of Those Things,” “So In Love,” “I Love Paris”
August 20, 2016
gallery_warner-bros-400x400A Salute to Warner Bros.
Michael Feinstein, Conductor
Allyson Briggs, Todd Murray, soloists
“The Music Man,” “Gypsy,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “As Time Goes By”
September 10, 2016

Sierra Auto POPS Summer Series | Pasadena Symphony & Pops | Los Angeles County Arboretum | June 18 thru Sept 10

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It’s criminal to not attend! Jacaranda’s ‘American Crime’ concert

Film · Music

A concert celebration of ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME, f
eaturing the world premiere of American Crime Suite for chamber orchestra by Mark Isham with music that inspires the composer and his series creator/director John Ridley. Those works include Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich, Fratres and Darf Ich by Arvo Pärt, and November by Max Richter.

Staged by our good friends at Jacaranda, and featuring the Lyris Quartet, the evening includes all kind of goodies and extras. In order of importance, there’s a reception at 7 pm; an “Inside American Crime” documentary at 7:30; concert at 8; and finally an artist meet-and-greet at 9.

Looking forward to a super stimulating evening.

Jacaranda’s American Crime concert | Kirk Douglas Theater, Culver City | June 6, free – rsvp here

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arts·meme turns eight, expresses self 18

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arts·meme has been a good little girl. She writes timely blog-posts, publishes them with nice pictures, inserts proper hot-links.

Now it’s her turn to show off. Do-mi-so-do-so-mi-do. Fa-la-la-la.

To celebrate the blog’s eighth birthday (founded on May 24, 2008 by Debra Levine with Mark Levine as talented tech man), arts•meme would like to sing you a song. An aria.

Could she come over to your house and do that right now?


Enjoy our birthday-posts through the years, all eight of ’em:

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Royal Swedish Ballet’s stunning, unconventional ‘Juliet and Romeo’ soon @ Segerstrom

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In Dallas, for SOLUNA Festival, coming apart at the seams

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music
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Irish painting master Patrick Graham in major show @ Rutberg’s

Visual arts
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Sad but beautiful: Highways remembers ‘Dancers We Lost’

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Lilacs to beget roses — and dance — at New York Botanical Garden

Architecture & Design · Dance
Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographer George Faison poses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden last weekend with Naomi Goldberg Haas, artistic director of Dances for a Variable Population. The duo is collaborating on The Phoenix Project, a citywide event that will feature a performance by legendary guest artists staged ...