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Welcome to the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena!

Mission

The mission of Levitt Pavilion – Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena is to make live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities, while celebrating the diversity of cultures, promoting appreciation of the arts, and enriching family values through 50 FREE concerts each year per venue.

History

The Friends of Levitt Pavilion - Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena Concerts at the Levitt Pavilion are made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts; Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion are also supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Visit our current supporters page to learn more about the exceptional organizations that support our work.The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena presents an annual summer series of 50 free music concerts, under the stars, at the historic Memorial Park band shell in the heart of Old Pasadena. Summer 2012 marked our tenth anniversary season. To date, we have provided the community with 450 outstanding concerts, bringing people from all walks of life together to enjoy a shared evening of great music, beautiful weather, a warm and friendly ambience, and a true feeling of community. Designed to appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes, our summer festival entertains audiences of over 55,000 each year.

In 2002, the Mortimer Levitt Foundation granted the City of Pasadena funds to transform the neglected Memorial Park band shell into a top-quality venue suitable for professional performances. The historic gold shell had been a beloved site for community gatherings, sing-a-longs, and concerts in the 1930s and 40s, but had not been in use since the 70s. A group of dedicated Pasadena residents, including our founders Douglas Huberman and Barbosa Polverini, soon came together as the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, to see the renovation through and develop an annual concert series for the site.

Click here to view the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Board of Directors.

Background of The Levitt Pavilions

The Mortimer Levitt Foundation (MLF), created in 1966 by New York philanthropists Mortimer and Mimi Levitt, donates funds to support performing arts venues that build communities, support diversity, and enhance access to the arts. Mortimer Levitt, who had a long love affair with outdoor music, grew up in an era when almost every community had a Sunday afternoon concert on the village green. Enjoying outdoor music under the stars felt extremely magical to Mortimer. On his 90th birthday, Mortimer sold the company he had owned for 60 years and decided to replace his 82 custom shirt shops with Levitt Pavilions around the country.

Mortimer Levitt passed away in 2005 at the age of 98. The Mortimer Levitt Foundation lives on to support the Levitt Pavilions for the Performing Arts that Mortimer started over 40 years ago. His wife, Mimi Levitt, is now president of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation and his daughter, Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, serves as vice president and develops the expansion of the Levitt Pavilion program.

The Levitt Foundation has a strong commitment to contribute to the well being of families through the arts in a learning and entertainment environment outdoors. The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Pasadena is modeled after the original Levitt Pavilion in Westport, Connecticut, which has been providing free entertainment for the community there for over 30 years. Since 2007, new pavilions have opened in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, Memphis, Tennessee and Arlington, Texas. The newest addition to the Levitt family opened this past July in Bethlehem, Pennsylvannia.

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Visit the national Levitt Pavilions website to learn more about MLF's mission to provide free music across America.

 

 


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Venue: Memorial Park, Pasadena (between Walnut and Holly on Raymond Ave.-85 E. Holly Street)

Office: 1499 Huntington Dr. Suite 305 South Pasadena, CA 91030 - (Phone) 626-683-3230 - (Fax) 626-683-3225
The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our tax ID is 81-0591705.

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