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Pasadena, CA  – The Pasadena Symphony Association will host their annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, September 23, 2017, which promises to be an unforgettable night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.

Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the starry night sky in Centennial Square, and distinctive to this year’s Gala, will be the lively dancing that will close out the night. The magical evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to in Centennial Square, where. Claud & Co will provide a curated four-course meal.The program will also feature an exciting live and silent auction filled with alluring items along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. To top off the elegant affair, guests will dance the night away to Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects,  a six-piece band who will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook.

If a musical experience weaving throughout the evening is not magical enough, then be prepared to be amazed by guest illusionist David Kwong. A featured TED speaker, Kwong recently published his book, Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrests of Success and has acted as magic consultant for hit-movies Now You See Me, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and many others. “The magician and word game expert has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for tricks” (Wall Street Journal).

The Pasadena Symphony Association is thrilled to honor three Moonlight Sonata luminaries. This year’s Community Luminary is the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, a dedicated group of volunteers who celebrate and support the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Association through the Holiday Look In, an annual fundraising event celebrating its 50th year. Northern Trust will be acknowledged as Corporate Luminary for their generous charitable contributions to the arts, which have encouraged the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to flourish as the region’s premiere source for live symphonic music; Philanthropist Luminary Margaret H. Sedenquist will be recognized for her long, charitable history with the Pasadena Symphony Association and the greater Pasadena community.


Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting or by contacting Scott Vandrick, Chief Development Officer at [email protected] or 626.793.7172 x 45.



  • What: The Pasadena Symphony and POPS 2017 Moonlight Sonata Gala
  • When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 5:30 – 10:00pm
  • Where: Centennial Square | 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Cost: Individual tickets $250 each; Patron level: $1500 includes two individual tickets and listing in the event program book. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunity are available.



Founded in 1957, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association is a dedicated group of volunteers who celebrate and support the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Association through the annual Holiday Look In. Over the past six decades, the Women’s Committee has donated over $3 million to the Pasadena Symphony Association. This past season the Women’s Committee was pleased to donate $118,000 in proceeds from its 2016 Holiday Look In Home Tour and Boutique.

The volunteers of the Women’s Committee have put their talent, organizational know-how and sheer determination to the service of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS by conceiving and producing the annual Holiday Look In Home Tour & Boutique, an extraordinary fundraising event, now celebrating its 50th year. Each year these amazing volunteers provide significant funding for Pasadena Symphony and POPS’ programs and services, and we’re so honored and thrilled by the support. Join us December 2 & 3, 2017, and discover for yourself the magic of the Holiday Look In!


Margaret H. Sedenquist serves as president of Mohawk Management Corporation in Pasadena, California and was formerly president of Sedenquist-Fraser Enterprises, Inc., which owned and operated a plastics factory. Sedenquist founded Commercial Pacific Bank in Santa Cruz, California, where she served as board chair. She has served on the board of trustees of the University of La Verne since 2010.

Sedenquist has served as Board President of the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, and is currently on the board of the Pasadena Symphony Association. Sedenquist has also served on the board of the Pasadena YWCA, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the Institute for Religion and Wholeness at the Claremont School of Theology, Pasadena Playhouse and the Arcadia Methodist Hospital Foundation. She served on the City of Pasadena’s Finance Committee, the Endowment Advisory Committee, and as chair of the City Hall Restoration Finance Committee.

In her capacity as a real estate developer and broker, Sedenquist served as president of the Pasadena Association of Realtors, the Society of Exchange Counselors, and the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate. She also served on the board of directors of the California Association of Realtors. In 2011, the Women’s Civic League named Sedenquist as the Woman of the Year.


For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building their legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, they now have more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. Northern Trust serves the world’s most-sophisticated clients – from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.

Northern Trust has burnished its reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, Northern Trust has continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.

For years, Northern Trust has been a major supporter of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, providing substantial dollars to keep the music thriving in the community. Northern Trust is the exclusive sponsor of the Pasadena Symphony’s Conductor’s Circle reception.


Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS
“The Pasadena Symphony signals a new direction…teeming with vitality…dripping with opulent, sexy emotion.” Los Angeles Times.

“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” –Pasadena Star News.
Formed in 1928, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Hollywood’s most talented, sought after musicians.  With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS performs in two of the most extraordinary venues in the United States: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the luxuriant Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Internationally recognized, Grammy-nominated conductor, David Lockington, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Music Director, with performance-practice specialist Nicholas McGegan serving as Principal Guest Conductor.  The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, is the Principal Pops Conductor, who succeeded Marvin Hamlisch in the newly created Marvin Hamlisch Chair.

A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region for over five decades through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO) comprised of five performing ensembles, with over 250 gifted 4th-12th grade students from more than 50 schools all over the Southern California region.  The PYSO Symphony often performs on the popular television show GLEE.

The PSA provides people from all walks of life with powerful access points to the world of symphonic music.

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