PCO enriches the community by providing fine music free of charge as well as a setting where amateur & professional musicians alike can perform classical music. Consider donating to the orchestra today!

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Meet the Conductor

This fall, the Pasadena Community Orchestra continues with Bethany Pflueger as music director.

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About Us

In 1983, a group of local musicians, led by Conductor Wayne Reinecke, made their dream a reality with the founding of Pasadena Community Orchestra.

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Pasadena Community Orchestra Foundation
P.O. Box 92917
Pasadena, CA 91109-2917
(626) 445-6708

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Annual Family Concert in the Park – Free


Join Pasadena Community Orchestra for a relaxing evening of “user-friendly” classical music on the grass.

Saturday, June 11, 6:30 p.m., Sierra Madre Memorial Park, Sierra Madre

Pasadena Community Orchestra’s summer Concert in the Park presents a rare opportunity for the whole family to enjoy accessible orchestral music for free in an easygoing environment. Long-time Sierra Madre resident Bethany Pfleuger leads these accomplished amateur musicians in a program of marches, light classics, film scores and Americana in the band shell of Sierra Madre Memorial Park. Picnics on the lawn, kids playing or taking a close-up look at the musicians on stage, and even a kid-centric “children’s march” around the park mean there’s something to please everyone. It all happens in the band shell at Sierra Madre Memorial Park at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th.

New this year, visual entertainment will accompany one of the pieces: the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents a stunning presentation to accompany that classic horseback ride, Franz Von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture.” Not your childhood puppet show, the Guild’s artistry combines the grace of ribbon dance and flag twirling with the drama of The Lion King-style giant puppets to illustrate the music’s story. Learn more about the Guild’s shows at http://laguildofpuppetry.org/.

This year’s concert has another “first” — the orchestra presents the world premier performance of a work by young, local composer Richard Bruner. “The Dark Journey” will remind listeners of John Williams and other great film composers: you’ll have bragging rights when Mr. Bruner becomes a household name SoCal!

The concert retains everything that has made it a cherished summer tradition: you can picnic and lounge on the grass with family and friends while enjoying live music. Kids can get up and “get the wiggles out” whenever they need to, and can also get a casual introduction to classical music (they – and you — can even talk with the musicians afterwards). The venue is easy to get to, and parking and admission are free: sort of a Hollywood Bowl done easy and local.

For 33 years, PCO has been bringing fine classical music to the community free of charge (donations are welcome). Well-trained musicians provide a high-quality musical experience. Sierra Madre Memorial Park is located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block east of Baldwin Ave. Street parking is free (arrive early for closest parking). Bring your own picnic, and chairs or blankets for sitting.

For further information, please contact PCO at 626.445.6708 or publicity@pcomusic.org.

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