Lockington and Pasadena Symphony open 2014-15 with Bernstein and Gershwin

Posted on: November 4, 2014

In Sunday’s (11/2) Los Angeles Times, Richard Ginell writes, “Right off the bat, it looks as if Pasadena will have a good time with David Lockington,” the Pasadena Symphony’s new music director.  “He cuts a striking figure; some say there is a physical resemblance to Leonard Bernstein, but his graceful, precise right arm motions bring to mind former L.A. Philharmonic Music Director Zubin Mehta.… In Lockington’s first program of the season, on Saturday afternoon … he offered [Bernstein’s] Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’ and a built-in encore, the ‘Candide’ Overture. A natural coupling for that would be something by George Gershwin, so his Concerto in F fit right in. But first, as a greeting prelude, Lockington contributed a little something of his own, a ‘Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare’ that he wrote for the Grand Rapids Symphony (where he remains music director) in 2009, using the letters of Grand Rapids to generate the musical notes. It’s an attractive, festive piece.” Lockington will lead three of five subscription programs at the Pasadena Symphony this season.

Posted November 4, 2014