Friday (8/14) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Diane Haithman writes, “The Pasadena Symphony Assn. will unveil today the design concept and details of a new outdoor concert venue for the Pasadena Pops, to be located on a lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Pops, under the music direction of Rachael Worby, will take up summer residence at the new stage beginning June 19 with a fireworks concert including the splashy William Tell Overture and music from Star Wars. For more than 10 years, Pasadena Pops has performed its summer concerts at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge … In an interview Thursday, Pasadena Symphony Assn. chief executive officer Paul Jan Zdunek said that in the new location, the Pops will also be using a rented band shell for its concerts that will be dismantled after each weekend. As at Descanso Gardens, dining tables will be set up around the stage. … But the Rose Bowl-adjacent space—20 acres owned by the city of Pasadena and used for a variety of events—is larger than the space available at Descanso Gardens, allowing for seating capacity of 4,000 as a first goal, with the ability to accommodate as many as 10,000 patrons in future seasons, the executive said.”

Posted August 14, 2009