Gerswin and Dvořák Lead The Pasadena Symphony’s Tribute To The American Sound

PHOTO: Chris McGuire Photography | South Pasadena News | Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 2021-22 season with “Rhapsody in Blue” on Saturday, November 13th at Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Concertgoers will experience the music that defined the American sound with iconic works by Gershwin and Dvořák. The effervescence of Gilmore Young Artist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner will delight on Gershwin’s Jazz Age masterpiece, and audiences will get lost in one of the most popular symphonies of all time, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “New World”— a tribute to the American spirit.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Pasadena Symphony | South Pasadena News | Nkeiru Okoye

The Pasadena Symphony’s second annual Composer’s Showcase returns with Nkeiru Okoye’s “Voices Shouting Out” to open the show. Written as an artistic response to 9/11, Okoye’s piece honors our determined unity as a nation, a voice of affirmation for those fighting for our safety, and a sparkling celebration of life. Artistic Partner Anna Rakitina, Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and only the second female to hold this position, will lead the orchestra for this colorful program exploring the American sound.

In order to provide the safest possible experience for all concertgoers, entry to all Pasadena Symphony concerts will require proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. For a list of accepted forms of proof and the most up to date venue safety protocols, please

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Pasadena Symphony | South Pasadena News | Anna Rakitina, Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Pasadena Symphony provides a vibrant experience specially designed for the music lover, the social butterfly or a date night out and the inner epicurean in us all. Make your time at the symphony a special occasion by dining at the outdoor Rusnak Symphony Lounge. A posh setting along Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, patrons enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert by Claud & Co, a full bar and fine wines from the Michero Family serving Riboli Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission. In order to provide the safest possible experience, all food must be pre-ordered. For more information, visit:

All concerts are held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA. Subscription packages start at as low as $99. Single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.