June 23, 2006
Cabaret diva Andrea Marcovicci helps launch the 13th season of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra at Descanso Gardens under the baton of music director and conductor Rachael Worby in an evening extolling the virtues and pitfalls of love in its many guises, in twin concerts Fri., June 23, and Sat., June 24. The POPS summer concert series is held in the lush botanical grandeur of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert dining.
July 21, 2006
The stirring patriotic sounds of the Pasadena POPS Orchestra under the direction of Rachael Worby and the largest fireworks display in Southern California highlighted the 80th AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl. The POPS was joined by guest artists The 5 Browns, singer Cynthia Sikes and narrator Holland Taylor. Musicians from Pasadena's Willard and Longfellow elementary schools also participated in a joyous full day of activities, food, entertainment and music. VH1 Save the Music Foundation partnered with the Rose Bowl and Charter Communications to raise funds to restore music programs in Pasadena public elementary schools.
June 21, 2004
As music director and conductor of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra, I had the pleasure of auditioning Anna Harutyunyan, violin, and Jackson Van Amburg, cello, from Glendale High School; and Erin Kelly, cello, Jesse Buensuceso, trumpet, and Daniel Eun, flute, from Crescenta Valley High School. Auditions took place at La Canada High School on May 22. Your community should be very proud of these students. As a result of Anna, Jackson, Erin, Jesse and Daniel's hard work and determination, they have been chosen to participate in The Pasadena POPS Orchestra's Side by Side Symphony program.
September 15, 2006
Young musical geniuses were saluted by conductor Rachael Worby and The Pasadena POPS Orchestra in the summer season finale "Prodigy Power" at Descanso Gardens last Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9. Featured were the works of musical geniuses from Mozart and Liszt to Little Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. Presenting these masterpieces were solo performances by accomplished artists of today including 7-year-old pianist prodigy Marc Yu, violinist Ilana Setapen and cellist Andrew Shulman.
July 15, 2005
The Pasadena POPS Orchestra - utilizing dancers, magicians and a dazzling light show to complement its own melodious musings - presents a musical portrait of classic children's tales in twin concerts July 15 and 16 at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada. Featuring the vocals of international cabaret star Anna Bergman, "Fairy Tales Can Come True" explores the fantasy realm of enduring tales from everyone's childhood, bringing to life music from "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Pinocchio," "Peter Pan," "The Wizard of Oz" and others.
May 30, 2001
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! PASADENA -- If Rachael Worby sounds a bit tired over the phone from her Pittsburgh hotel room late on a midweek night, it is with good reason. She has just spent a 12-hour day in the recording studio, finishing up production work on a new compact disc by one of the musical groups she leads, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Early the next morning, she will be jetting out to Los Angeles, where her other group, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, is readying the start of its new season with a gala free "Music Under The Stars" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the steps of Pasadena's City Hall.
July 31, 2002
Paul Andersen It all began in a photographer's studio. "I was having some publicity pictures being taken by Charles Bush, one of our board members who is a world famous photographer," said Rachael Worby, musical director and conductor for the Pasadena POPS Orchestra. "I was leafing through his albums, looking at his amazing work, and came across a picture of John Tesh." When Worby commented to Bush how much she had always admired Tesh's music, Bush replied that they were close friends.
July 6, 2007
As July temperatures soar, Pasadena POPS audience members will dive into refreshing evenings at concerts dedicated to wet and wonderful H2O. Water, Water Everywhere on Friday, July 20, Saturday July 21 and Sunday, July 22 will feature audience favorite baritone Nmon Ford . Music Director Rachael Worby and the orchestra will explore "water-inspired" music by some of the world's greatest composers past and present. Planned for the program: Georg Frederich Handel's Hornpipe from Water Music , Johann Strauss, Jr.'s By the Beautiful Blue Danube , James Horner's Titanic Theme , Tobias Picker's Old and Lost Rivers , Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront and more.
June 27, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum When Rachael Worby talks about the Pasadena Pops Orchestra summer concert series at Descanso Gardens, her voice is full of enthusiasm. Worby, the group's conductor, talks about her musical programs with the passion of a proud mother whose baby just took its first steps -- she thinks the five Pops concerts at Descanso this summer could be just as exciting. "We want to make sure that our audience goes away feeling sated, and their appetite for great music has been deeply satisfied," Worby said.
October 6, 2007
Rachael Worby , music director and conductor of The Pasadena Pops, will receive a Red Carpet Award for her support of the performing arts in Los Angeles The Women in Theatre will present her with a Red Carpet Award at a luncheon on Oct. 20 at The Castaway in Burbank. The event is held in honor of National Arts Awareness Month. Award presenters will include director and choreographer Cate Caplin , actress Wendie Malick and singer Marianne Murphy . The judging committee selected her to receive the award this year because she exemplifies the spirit of the mission of Women in Theatre, said Talmadge Ragan , president.