Star-studded 17th season at Santa Anita Race Track – June 29, 2013
Summertime is Cal Phil time—and if it’s Cal Phil, it is guaranteed to be more than a concert, it’s an unforgettable experience.
Cal Phil’s revered Maestro Victor Vener and his world class orchestra are tuning up for another highly-anticipated season of top tier live music and original programs, every other Saturday evening, beginning June 29, 2013, at Santa Anita Race Track.
The 2013 summer season kicks off with Beatles, Beethoven & Beach Boys. Always a fan favorite, The Fab Four—The Ultimate Tribute, join the party as the evening’s special guest, performing an array of Beatles 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 opening night 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, Saturday July 13, 2013. Singers Lori Stinson, Christopher Campbell and Cedric Berry, along with the Cal Phil Chorale, who are prepared by Chorus Maestra Marya Basarba, lend their impeccable voices to such acclaimed musical masterpieces as Phantom of the Opera, La Boheme, Evita, Sunset Blvd. and Tosca. as well as Nessun Dorma from Turandot.
On Saturday July 27, 2013, Cal Phil concert-goers will want to break out their best dancing shoes for Dance Fever. Dancing With The Stars sensation Derek Hough, fresh off the heels of his most recent Mirror Ball Trophy victory, takes center stage with the orchestra during a fun-fueled line-up of songs including tributes to Elvis, Abba and Michael Jackson. More surprises are on tap for the don’t-miss program that also includes Dance of the Seven Veils, Romeo andJuliet, Hava Nagila and Ritual Fire Dance.
Rodgers, Hammerstein and Gershwin are on the bill for Saturday August 10, 2013. The acclaimed orchestra is joined by in-demand special guests, sensational Broadway stars Kim Huber and James Barbour and mesmerizing pianist Bryan Pezzone. The spectacular San Gabriel Mountains will come alive with the sound of sensational music including highlights from such classics as Oklahoma!, Sound Of Music, South Pacific and Carousel, as well as performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and An American in Paris.
Cal Phil delivers an incomparable season finale with Les Miz and Bernstein on Saturday August 24, 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.
“We are excited about our 17th season of Cal Phil’s Festival on the Green,” said Vener. “What a fantastic partnership we have—and a summer of original programming with phenomenal special guests to match! Santa Anita Race Track is Southern California’s premiere outdoor concert venue and we look forward to sharing the unique experience that our partnership affords with old and new fans for many many years to come.”
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.
For those who can’t attend Cal Phil’s Saturday concerts, Sunday matinees at the incomparable Walt Disney Concert Hall are the perfect option. Celebrating its 10th anniversary at Los Angeles’ premier music venue, Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall Sunday performances start at 2:00pm, with the standing room only pre-concert Talks with the Maestro beginning at 1:00pm.
To purchase tickets for Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, call 626.300.8200 or visit www.calphil.org.
Tickets for Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
For further information or to schedule a time to speak with Maestro Victor Vener, please contact Lauren Lewis at 818.970.0052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Photos by Terry Miller