By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
Michael Feinstein has been named the new Principal Conductor
of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, replacing Marvin Hamlisch, who died suddenly
Aug. 6 at the age of 68. The announcement was made today by Pasadena Mayor Bill
Bogard at a media conference in the rotunda of the Pasadena City Hall with
Feinstein; Paul Jan Zdunek, CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association; and
Melinda Shea, PSA President, in attendance.
Feinstein, who turns 56 next month, will be the first person
to hold the newly created Marvin Hamlisch Chair. He will lead three concerts in
next summer’s season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. It will be his first
experience conducting a symphony orchestra.
More to come later this afternoon.
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