Following an explosive opening night featuring everything from fireworks in the sky -- and on the stage courtesy of the California Philharmonic, Vanessa Carlton and the USC Trojan Marching Band -- the Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track concert series continues with Cal Phil Rocks, another wildly entertaining show, on Saturday July 14, 2012.
Concert-goers will cherish an array of memory-making moments as Maestro Victor Vener conducts his world-class orchestra alongside The Association, one of history’s most prolific rock bands to emerge from the 1960’s. The one-of-a-kind concert will feature many of the original band members performing live with full symphonic orchestral accompaniment such timeless classics as Cherish, Never My Love, Windy and Along Came Mary.
The unique program also includes the classical masterpieces: Hector Berlioz’ dazzling Symphonie Fasntastique, a gothic tale of love and delusion and Richard Strauss’ orchestral gem Don Juan, a thrilling musical portrait of romance, intrigue and just rewards.
The concert starts at 8:00pm but the experience begins when gates open at 5:30pm with pre-concert family friendly activities that include a musical instrument petting zoo, face painting, chair massages, live jazz and a food court featuring an assortment of gourmet food options and full bars.
The festival-like experience takes place on the renovated infield (not in the grandstands) of the famed Santa Anita Race Track and surrounded by the area’s best unobstructed view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Seating options on the infield include tables, benches with backs and a lush area for people who prefer to relax on the grass. There is also mezzanine seating and a corporate BBQ pit area.
Sunday matinee performances will continue at the incomparable Walt Disney Concert Hall, known for its acoustic superiority. Performances begin at 2:00pm with a complimentary with ticket price pre-concert Talk with The Maestro at 1:00pm.
The 2012 Cal Phil Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, presented by Westfield Santa Anita, and Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall schedules are as follows:
Saturday – July 28, 2012
Sunday – July 29, 2012
Joining Cal Phil and Maestro Victor Vener center stage during the third concert of the 2012 season are the multi-talented Kristi Holden from Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular and David Burnham who recently starred in Wicked on Broadway. Cal Phil concert goers will be transported by beautiful voices backed by beloved music from such renowned musicals as Phantom of the Opera, King & I, Carousel and West Side Story. Also on the bill, world renowned touring piano virtuoso Gayle Martin Henry, the sole American laureate of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Carmen on Broadway
Saturday – August 11, 2012
Sunday – August 12, 2012
Carmen on Broadway is Cal Phil’s effusive nod to some of the greatest musicals in history including Carmen, Beauty & The Beast, Lion King and Les Miz. Hitting every note during this thrilling and entertaining concert are world renowned powerful featured guests including Bass Baritone Cedric Berry and opera stars Sandra Rubalcava and Christopher Bengochea. Also performing during this fourth concert of the season is 2010 Cal Phil Young Artist Award Winner Emily Dyer and the phenomenal Cal Phil Chorale under the direction Maestra Marya Basaraba.
Beethoven and John Williams
Saturday –August 25, 2012
Sunday – August 26, 2012
The Cal Phil season finale features music from two legendary composers who have left their undeniable stamp on the world of music, Beethoven, arguably the greatest classical composer of all time and John Williams, revered composer of more than 100 feature films. Spectacular music on the bill includes Beethoven: Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 and popular scores from Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan and Amistad. The world class orchestra and Cal Phil Chorale are joined by a highly talented quartet of up and coming young talent Emily Dyer, Danielle Bond, Ashley Faatoalia and Ben Lowe, this year’s Cal Phil Young Artist Award recipients.
To purchase tickets for Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, call 626.300.8200 or visit www.calphil.org.
Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.