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Michael Feinstein’s ‘Favorites’ kick off Pasadena POPS summer series

Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS kick off their one of a kind, popular outdoor summer concert series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday, June 7, 2014 with “Feinstein’s Favorites.” A POPS trademark, Feinstein brings a wealth of rare musical gems and premieres from his personal treasure hunts from archives found in basements in Brooklyn, garages in Hollywood and the personal family collections of Peggy Lee, Leo Arnaud, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle and more.

Michael Feinstein kicks off Pasadena POPS summer series with his 'Favorites.'
Michael Feinstein kicks off Pasadena POPS summer series with his 'Favorites.'Courtesy of the Pasadena POPS

Guest artists include Laura Osnes (“Cinderella” and “Bonnie and Clyde”), Richard White (“Gaston,” in the critically acclaimed animated feature film, “Beauty and the Beast”), pianist Armen Guzelimian, Julia Goodwin (2013 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador), and violinist Geneva Lewis.

Concert highlights include pianist Armen Guzelimian in “Disconcerto” by Jacques Press. This piece was composed in Hollywood in 1948 and premiered on radio with Meredith Willson (“Music Man”). After a five year search in a basement in Brooklyn, Feinstein discovered it in the possession of the composer’s nephew. Geneva Lewis will perform “Brahmasiana for Violin and Orchestra”, written in 1941 by Constantine Bakaleinkoff and written for the Fay Wray movie “Melody for Three”. This musical gem was also a lost treasure found in a Hollywood garage in 2013.

Guest Laura Osnes will sing “Lover,” arranged by Gordon Jenkins for Peggy Lee, which Feinstein reconstructed from the surviving orchestral parts. Osnes will also perform the classic Judy Garland routine of “Get Happy,” taken from a 1964 arrangement created by Mort Lindsey for Garland’s TV series. Two Nelson Riddle charts will be heard, a swinging version of Oklahoma, courtesy of the Riddle family, and a luscious arrangement of “Some Enchanted Evening".

A rare Mancini miniature called “Cameo for Violin and Orchestra”, an exceptional arrangement of Jalousie by Leo Arnaud in 1953 and recorded by Carmen Dragon, will complement a Gordon Jenkins premiere, “The Girl On The Rock.” Jenkins lost his life’s work of music in the 1970’s Malibu fire, but Feinstein discovered this work in a garage owned by Jenkins’ granddaughter.

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” will be heard in an arrangement by Hollywood legend Herbert Spencer and recorded by Alfred Newman. The June 7th concert will be the first time this arrangement will be publicly performed.

The family-friendly concerts will be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets starting at $20 and season subscriptions starting at $100. Call 626-793-7172 or visit www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org.

The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.