'Music Under the Stars,' Sunday, May 25
Family Festival, Concert Attracts Thousands to Pasadena City Hall
The Pasadena POPS, under the direction of Maestra Rachael Worby, presents its annual kick off to summer, "Music Under the Stars," a free community concert event on Sunday, May 25, at Pasadena City Hall.
Sponsored by Parsons Corporation, Target, Bank of America and the City of Pasadena, "Music Under the Stars" begins at 5:30 p.m. with a family festival featuring face painting, stilt walkers, a youth jazz band and more fun. Attendees can set up lawn chairs or blankets, bring their own picnics or enjoy offerings from Pasadena's top restaurants at the festival Food Court.
"City Hall is an irreplaceable setting for an event with a live orchestra, a chorus and soloists," says Worby. "It's a tribute to the city that a concert of this magnitude is not only supported, but embraced."
"Music Under the Stars" is indeed embraced, attracting thousands to enjoy an afternoon under the sun during the family festival and under the stars for The POPS' performance.
"It means so much that when I walk over to City Hall the morning of the show, I see people already staking out their spot," said Worby.
The free community concert, beginning at 7:30, features young singers and musicians from the Pasadena area and special guest, soprano Shana Blake Hill.
This year's event during Memorial Day Weekend features a musical salute to America's armed forces, as well as patriotic favorites such as America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Stars and Stripes Forever.
Man's exploration of space will be celebrated by a tribute to that day's landing of The Phoenix exploration spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be guest speaker at the tribute that includes John Williams' Star Wars Theme.
Pasadena City Hall is located at the corner of Holly Street and Garfield Avenue, Pasadena.
For more information about "Music Under the Stars," call (626) 793-7172.