Pasadena POPS at the Arcadia Arboretum

The beautiful soloist Lynn Roberts tells her stories as she sings
her songs.

The Pasadena POPs opened their 2016 season at the Arcadia Arboretum last Saturday night against a background of full throated peacocks. But nothing seems to daunt Michael Feinstein, ever.

This first concert named the “First Ladies of Song: Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney And Peggy Lee” all had a personal involvement with Feinstein as he grew up. Feinstein like Conductor Rachel Worby before him, is a walking encyclopedia of musical facts. And what he doesn’t remember, he probably has stashed away in one of his storage rooms.

Soloists like Lynn Roberts appear to defy time. I thought I was doing pretty good at 74, but when Roberts announced that she just had her 81stbirthday, I was floored. Like Feinstein, nothing seemed possible to slow her down as she belted out a medley of Judy Garland songs.

The season continues July 9th with Michael Cavanaugh performing the music of Billy Joel under the direction of conductor Larry Blank.

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