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Ten years and counting beginning on Sunday June 30, 2013, when the acclaimed California Philharmonic starts the 10th season of its ever-popular Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall concert series.
“We are thrilled that this summer marks our 10th anniversary at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is an honor and privilege to make great music come alive in this incomparable venue,” said Cal Phil Maestro Victor Vener. “We’ve loved sharing music and more with such a loving and loyal audience these past ten years. Our matinee concerts have become a summer tradition that allows the audience to not only hear amazing live performances, but feel their passion. We are excited to commemorate this landmark season with innovative programming and special guests worthy of a tenth year anniversary celebration.”
Special guests that include the one and only Fab Four, who help kick off Cal Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Beatles, Beethoven & Beach Boys. Always a fan favorite, The Fab Four—The Ultimate Tribute, join the party, performing an array of the Beatles most popular hits. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, The Fab Four make you think you are watching the real thing, complete with multiple costume changes that represent various eras of the Beatles ever-changing career.
Cal Phil keeps the music and memories soaring on its opening afternoon with powerful performances of Beach Boys classics including Good Vibrations, I Get Around and California Girls, as well as an unforgettable interpretation of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets Puccini for the season’s second concert, Sunday July 14, 2013. On Sunday July 28, 2013, Cal Phil concert-goers will want to break out their best dancing shoes for Dance Fever. Cal Phil steps it up with a fun-fueled line-up of songs including tributes to Elvis, Abba and Michael Jackson, alongside pieces that highlight members of the orchestra. Rounding out the program are Dance of the Seven Veils, Romeo and Juliet, Hava Nagila and Ritual Fire Dance.
Rodgers, Hammerstein & Gershwin are on the bill for Sunday August 11, 2013. The acclaimed orchestra is joined by in-demand special guests, sensational Broadway stars Kim Huber and James Barbour and mesmerizing pianist Bryan PezzoneCal Phil delivers an incomparable season finale with Les Miz & Bernstein on Sunday August 25, 2013. Singers Randal Keith and Melissa Lyons, stars of Les Misérables on Broadway and the National Tour, join Cal Phil and the Cal Phil Chorale in an enthralling season finale that features powerful performances from selections of Les Miz and Candide as well as On The Town and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
As he has for the last decade, Maestro Victor Vener will conduct his lively and informative Talks with the Maestro in BP Hall at 1:00pm prior to each concert. These intimate talks promote an open conversation allowing patrons the opportunity to learn something special about the music on the afternoon’s bill, ask questions and enjoy the Maestro’s interesting and entertaining musings. The concert begins at 2:00pm.
For those who can’t attend these concerts, Cal Phil’s Festival on the Green, held at Santa Anita Race Track, takes place Saturday evenings prior to each Sunday matinee. Gates open at 5:30pm for pre-concert dining, plus live jazz, a host of pre-concert family friendly activities and gourmet dining options including a full bar. Concerts begin at 7:30pm. Table and lawn seating on the plush green grass of Santa Anita Race Track’s infield concert lawn are available, complete with the area’s best unobstructed view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.
Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
To purchase tickets for Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, call 626.300.8200 or visit www.calphil.org.
-Photo by Terry Miller