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Scripps offers Friday night easy listening

Nolasco Pesina
Staff Writer

Offering a relaxing environment and good music, Scripps College presented Levitt on the Lawn on Oct. 1.

“This is such a chill atmosphere,” Samantha Vasquez said, while she enjoyed her evening.

People walked around with food and sat on the grass with their mats and lawn chairs while taking in the musical performance of Darla provided by Levitt Pavilions, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor performance venues with great sound and lighting.

“What I want is to make sure young bright minds have somewhere to come with a positive environment, which will make them want to keep coming out to Levitt Pavilions,” Elizabeth Levitt Hisch, vice president of the Levitt Pavilion, said.

Levitt Foundation plans to provide about 100 free concerts to colleges and communities around the nation.

These concerts are open to students and families in the nearby area who want to come out and enjoy good music.

“I think it’s great we expose these students to good music,” Suzanne Zetterberg, director of Malott Commons, said. “We have five colleges within walking distance in Pomona, Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont and Scripps along with the families in the area which came out to the event which is very good.”

Friday night’s performance featured easy listening music of Darla, who performed songs off all three of her CDs.

“Our performers are of good quality, some are up and coming artist like Darla, others are grammy award winners,” said Hisch. “Our musicians are all of different types of genres from Latin, world, children’s and jazz. We are trying to appeal to different audiences in hopes they will return to Levitt Pavilion.”

The event provided something different for people to experience. The music was the perfect way to set up a social environment that allowed people to sit where ever there was room creating a place of every background to connect.

“What we do is so inspiring, I know what we are doing has an effect on so many people and brings joy to them,” said Laurel Edison, administrative coordinator of Levitt Pavilions.

Levitt Pavilions has venues in Arlington, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Westport, Conn.; Pasa­dena, Calif.; and MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. A sixth pavilion is set to open Memorial Day weekend 2011 in Bethle­hem, Pa., and a seventh will open in 2012 in Tempe, Ariz.

“We are in talks with cities all over the country to open more pavilions,” said Edson.

“We have served about 300,000 people this year, which is good but our overall goal is to serve 1 million people by 2015.”

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