It will take more than COVID-19 to stop the Pasadena Symphony and POPS from offering fans its annual holiday candlelight concert. “We’ve sold out every year and would never dream of letting the community down as we all look towards how to make the best of the upcoming holiday season,” says CEO Lora Unger. “We’ve renamed this year’s concert, ‘Home for the Holidays.’”
The concert will stream on Saturday, December 19 at 4 p.m. (available for 48 hours of viewing via the Symphony’s website/YouTube account), with David Lockington curating, hosting, and likely playing the cello for a special song. Songstress Lisa Vroman will perform treasured holiday favorites with members of the Donald Brinegar Singers and the JPL Chorus, Linda Krantz, handbells, and members from the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.
“We promise to deliver everything you love about our holiday concert,” says Unger. “It’s going to feel like a fully produced television special delivered intimately to your home.”
The annual Holiday Look In-Home Tour will also be presented virtually from Dec. 5 to 31 featuring Pasadena’s magnificent architecture, along with music by talented musicians. “Audiences will tour four exquisite homes designed with stunning floral decor that will delight your senses and really get you in the holiday spirit,” says Unger. “The tour is also accompanied by an online boutique. All proceeds support the Pasadena Symphony’s concerts and music education programs.”
The Pasadena Symphony has been hit hard by COVID-19, which forced it to reschedule the Sierra Summer POPS Series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum to 2021. Audiences have stood by the organization; only about 5% of subscribers asked for refunds.
“Like all performing arts organizations, it’s been devastating to be unable to provide the community with live music when everyone needs it the most,” says Unger. “We were able to retain our core staff of eight and spent the summer thoughtfully planning out how we could successfully change our business model of concert performances and music education. We have proven our resiliency and learned that the digital space still connects us together, and that music is essential.”
For more information and tickets, visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.