The Pasadena Symphony kicks off the new year with Mendelssohn & Mozart on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Ambassador Auditorium. Located just a few blocks away from Old Pasadena, enjoy a lovely dining experience before or after the concert or grab a quick coffee or snack. Acclaimed conductor Joseph Young, who serves as Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony among other major posts across the US, returns as Artistic Partner to lead the orchestra on an aural journey through the Italian countryside with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian”.
The highlight of January’s concert will be Mozart’s superb Piano Concerto No. 20, performed by the “electrifying and unforgettable” Vijay Venkatesh, a young pianist “blessed with it all: transcendent technique, unbridled passion, and irresistible charisma. He breathes with an oxygen of imagination” (Washington Post). The Composer’s Showcase will open the concert with Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne’s Sound and Fury. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth soliloquy and Haydn’s 60th Symphony, this opening piece will leave the audience invigorated by its ferocious string gestures and reflective with its haunting melodies.
Subscription packages start at as low as $99, with single tickets starting at $40.
The Pasadena Public Health Department recommends all guests either be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry to Ambassador Auditorium, but it is not required. Masks are strongly recommended but not required. As conditions in the community evolve, the Pasadena Symphony reserves the right to update policies with a focus on public safety. For the most up-to-date venue safety protocols, visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org/symphony-covid-safety.