By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
Each Thursday morning, I list five events that peak my interest, including (ideally) at least one with free admission (or, at a minimum, inexpensive tickets. This week I actually have three such events to make up for last week when I had none.
Here’s today’s grouping:
• Today and Tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
In advance of the Phil’s trip to San Francisco next week, Dudamel conducts John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Johannes Moser will be the soloist in the world premiere of Magnetar, Concerto for Electric Cello, by Mexican composer-guitarist Enrico Chapela. “What,” you ask, “is an electric cello?” Yamaha, creator of the instrument, provides details at the following link: Download Electric cello release.
Concert info: www.laphil.com
• Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Greek Theatre
Pasadena Pops; Marvin Hamlisch, conductor. Idina Menzel, vocalist
If you still need a Pops fix, Marvin Hamlisch and the Pops play back up for Menzel, who won a Tony Award in 2005 for her role as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. The program will reportedly include selections from pop, musical theater favorites (including Wicked and Rent), as well as selections from her album of original songs, I Stand. Info: www.greektheatrela.com
And the weekend’s “free admission” programs …
• Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church
This San Diego professional chorale opens the church’s “Friends of Music” series of nine free concerts performing music by its founder and director, Stephen Sturk, with organist Martin Green and the San Diego Harmony Ringers Handbell Choir. Info: www.ppc.net
• Saturday at 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium
The Colburn Orchestra. Yehuda Gilad, conductor
Gilad will conduct Shostakovich’s Festival Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. Colburn student Estelle Choi will be the soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. There’s a wait list available for the free tickets. Info: www.colburnschool.edu
• Sunday at 6 p.m. at Royce Hall, UCLA
American Youth Symphony. Alexander Treger, conductor; Rod Gilfry, baritone
Treger leads another of the region’s top-notch training orchestras in Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Rod Gilfry will be the soloist in selections from Carousel, Trouble in Tahiti, Sweeney Todd and The Most Happy Fella. For my profile on this concert, click HERE. The concert is free (although a $10 donation is suggested); make reservations through the orchestra’s Web site. Info: aysmphony.org
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