Pasadena Symphony Presents Rachmaninoff And Tchaikovsky Program on February 18

Join Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony for a romantically Russian program on Saturday, February 18 with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony –No.6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work “as a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”

This concert marks Natasha Paremski’s debut with the Pasadena Symphony. With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, the Moscow-born American pianist reveals astounding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. The American Record Guide states that “[c]omparisons with Argerich should not be given lightly, but Paremski is so clearly of the same temperament and technique that it is unavoidable here.” A recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists prize at age of 18 and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010, Natasha continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over international audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique.

The Pasadena Symphony provides a quintessential experience combining great music with a festive social atmosphere. To learn more about the music, join us for Insights, a free pre-concert dialogue with David Lockington which begins one hour prior to each performance. Patrons who plan to arrive early can also enjoy a drink or a dinner in the lively Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge— yet another addition to the carefree and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, the lounge offers uniquely prepared menus from Claud & Co. for both lunch and dinner, a full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.

All Symphony Classics concerts take place at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 with matinee and evening performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Subscription packages start at $99; regular individually priced tickets start at $35. These packages may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.

Valet parking is available on Green Street for $15. General parking is available in two locations: next to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave) at the covered parking structure for $10 and directly across the street at the Wells Fargo parking structure (entrance on Terrace at Green St). ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash-only.

The Sierra Auto Symphony Lounge is lcated on the plaza at Ambassador Auditorium. The lounge opens at 12:30 p.m. before the matinee and 6 p.m. before the evening performance.

The pre-concert discussion with Conductor Nicholas McGegan begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders at no cost.

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