Free Family Concert at Pasadena City Hall Set with Pasadena Symphony and POPS for October 5

Free Family Concert at Pasadena City Hall Set with Pasadena Symphony and POPS for October 5

The stars will appear on the stage and in the sky when Bank of America presents the free annual Pasadena Symphony and POPS Music Under The Stars concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Pasadena City Hall Centennial Square. Under the baton of multiple Tony Award-nominated conductor Larry Blank, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS orchestra will welcome stars of Broadway, television, and film, Susan Egan, Vicki Lewis, and David Burnham, who will sing a collection of hits from Broadway to the Great American Songbook. The JPL chorus, under the direction of Donald Brinegar, completes the line-up for this sensational evening of Music Under the Stars.

"Music Under The Stars is an incredibly fun outdoor music celebration for the entire region. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Bank of America and the City of Pasadena to present this annual event that has become such an important part of the cultural fabric of our community," said Paul Jan Zdunek, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association.

The family fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with pre-concert activities, family-style picnicking, and gourmet food trucks. Families can discover the wonder of creating their own music with the instruments of the orchestra at the instrument "petting zoo," where kids of all ages can toot flutes, blow trumpets, bow strings, and bang on percussion instruments. Families can bring their own picnic along to enjoy at the site, or purchase a variety of offerings from a collection of gourmet food trucks.

"It is wonderful to see how many people have made Music Under The Stars one of their annual family traditions," Zdunek said.

This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Guests stars Susan Egan, Vicki Lewis, and David Burnham represent a power-packed collection of Broadway, film, and television credits.

Egan, best known and loved as Broadway's Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" and the voice of Meg in Disney's animated feature, "Hercules," is a powerhouse performer who holds the record as Broadway's longest running Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," and the original leading lady of "Triumph of Love" and "State Fair."

Lewis is best known for her role as Beth in the NBC hit series, "Newsradio," as well as recurring appearances on shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Bones," and "Grey's Anatomy." Her film credits include major motion pictures with stars such as Angelina Jolie and Bruce Willis, as well as providing the voices of Deb and Flo in Pixar's hit animated feature, "Finding Nemo."

Burnham was last seen as Fiyero in the Broadway sensation, "Wicked," a role he originated in the developmental stages of the production. He is an original cast member of the Broadway production of "The Light in the Piazza," and the recipient of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for best actor for his portrayal of Fabrizio on the National Tour.

"Bank of America is proud to play a role in bringing these quality vocal talents to the stage for our community. As a major supporter of the arts, Bank of America is committed to strengthening cultural legacies like the Pasadena Symphony and POPS as both an important educational channel for youth, and an economic driver for the region," said Craig Colbath, resident director for Merrill Lynch Pasadena.

Bank of America's arts program supports nonprofit arts presenters from community-based organizations to leading world-class arts entities. Other programs include theMuseums on Us program, which offers Bank of America customers free access to 150 of America's finest cultural institutions, and the Art in our Communities program through which the company shares its corporate collection with museums throughout the world.

"Like the other arts programs we continually support, this free Music Under The Stars concert for families is our way of giving back to the Pasadena community where so many of our employees live and work," Colbath said.

Admission to this event is free, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and low-back chairs. Rental chairs will also be available at the event. For more information, visit www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call 626.793.7172.

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