The Jets and the Sharks had their rumble on Friday, but it wasn’t on Broadway. The warring gangs from “West Side Story” showed up in the middle of Descanso Gardens as part of the Pasadena Pops Summer Season.
Titled “I Hear America Singing,” this third concert in the four-part series featured musical selections, poetry and dance with dancers from the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Some 1,500 music lovers gathered under the oaks at tables and benches for the concert, featuring artists Eric Owens, bass-baritone; Khori Dastoor, soprano; Heather Henderson, mezzo-soprano; David Gagnon, tenor; and Douglas Masek on saxophone.
Glendale residents came out in force and included members of the Altrusa Club of Glendale — Julie Vagts, Janet Santiestevan, Helen Jones and Donnalee Monninger. Joining Altrusa members at their picnic table full of salads and watermelon were Descanso volunteer Mary Grizzle and Beulah Reeves. The six are looking forward to Altrusa’s bingo party and dinner fundraiser at Monninger’s Glendale home this Saturday.