Iridescent peacock feathers decorated each table last Saturday night at the Pasadena Pops concert, “Marvin Does Movies.” Of course this was a clever way to tell the audience that next year the Pops will be presenting its concerts at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
The Arboretum’s famed peacocks will no doubt be combining their voices to accompany the Pops orchestra, which is very exciting because it is such a beautiful setting. I know that the gorgeous feathers that we took home with us Saturday from the concert venue on the Rose Bowl lawn weren’t plucked from the fine feathered friends at the Arboretum because it just wouldn’t do to have naked peacocks on opening night.
Conductor Marvin Hamlisch brought his whole bag of wondrous musical tricks, plus some surprises, to the Pops audience Saturday. There is no way of getting around it, Hamlisch does have an endearing way with the audience. Not only does he give them fabulous music, but laughter, too. He can tell stories like nobody else and the audience just eats it up. Some people call him “Uncle Marvin.” He is just the kind of guy you want to have at the family party to liven things up.