The California Philharmonic Begins its 2015 Season This Weekend

Image courtesy of California Philharmonic

Image courtesy of California Philharmonic

The California Philharmonic and Maestro Victor Vener present their 2015 Summer concert series with Saturday night shows at the Santa Anita Racetrack. “Gates open at 5:30pm to pre-concert family-friendly activities and dining including delicious gourmet food offerings available on-site, full bars and live jazz. Concerts begin at 7:30pm. Table and lawn seating on the lush green grass of Santa Anita Race Track’s infield are available.”

The Saturday night concerts will be followed by a Sunday matinee at the Walt Disney Concert Hall where the orchestra will repeat their performance. There are pre-concert talks with The Maestro at 1pm in BP Hall, and the orchestra’s performance begins at 2pm in downtown’s architectural wonder.

The premiere performance begins tonight. The world-class orchestra will be joined onstage by Beatlemania, known as “the best tribute band on the planet” to perform  “Beatles & Beethoven.” Beethoven’s 7th Symphony “pairs perfectly with Beatles’ hits including Penny Lane, Sgt. Pepper, Hey Jude and more.” Performances commence tonight June 27 at 7:30pm and tomorrow June 27 at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 2pm.

Upcoming performances after the break

Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12

This is the night for everyone who loves show tunes!  Songs from shows like Miss Saigon, The Sound Of Music, South Pacific and Cinderella will be sung by Anthony Fedorov,  a season four finalist on American Idol, and Jennifer Paz, star of Les Miz’ 10th anniversary on Broadway and its national tour. “The concert also includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and highlights from classic film scores.”

Saturday July 25 and Sunday August 2

California Philharmonic once again dazzles you with show tunes. Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber will love Broadway sensations Tracy Miller Schell and Darren Ritchie join the orchestra and the Cal Phil Chorale o perform  highlights from Les Misérables and Phantom Of The Opera. The orchestra will also perform Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique and Fauré’s heavenly Requiem. The Phantom is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy Walt Disney Concert Hall Pipe Organ. Please note that the matinee is scheduled for one week later on Sunday, August 2, instead of the following day.

Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9

“Lights, Camera, Action!” features the music of classic films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Psycho. The concert also includes Korngold’s romantic Violin Concerto, featuring  Armen Anassian, as well as the thrilling finale of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and the world premiere of California Philharmonic Composer In Residence rogerallenward’s 2nd symphony.

Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23

For the big finale, “Postcards From Abroad” brings international flavors with Capriccio Espagnol and Il Postino, Gershwin’s 2nd Rhapsody, featuring consummate pianist Bryan Rezone, Out Of Africa. If the real world isn’t exciting enough, the audience will also be transported to the fantastical worlds of The Hobbit and Harry Potter.

To attend the Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic concerts at Santa Anita Race Track, visit their website or call 626.304.0333.

Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster or 800.745.3000

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