The summer season opener of California Philharmonic’s 2015 is, as the song goes, “guaranteed to raise a smile” (and undoubtedly a lot of singing and dancing as well) when Beatlemania Now, hailed as “the best tribute band on the planet,” joins the world-class orchestra in Beatles & Beethoven. Marking the first time that the world-renowned band shares the stage with the esteemed Maestro Victor Vener and his Cal Phil, this history-making concert is sure to rock-and-roll with audiences both at Santa Anita Race Track on Saturday, June 27 and on Sunday, June 28 during a matinee performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The concert combines revolutionary music from two very different eras with Beethoven’s “7th Symphony” that pairs perfectly with Beatles’ hits including “Penny Lane,” “Sgt. Pepper,” “Hey Jude” and more.
“One of the many things that set our concerts apart is unique programming such as Beatle’s and Beethoven,” said Maestro Vener, who also serves as Cal Phil’s music director and the man behind each creative concert’s plan. “We are thrilled to be performing such fine pieces from these musical icons in an original, inclusive and wildly entertaining modern format that will resonate with people of all ages and renew their perspectives on great music.”
The second concert of the season will be Rodgers & Hammerstein & More on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Special guest Anthony Fedorov, who captivated the hearts of millions as Season 4 “American Idol” finalist, is making his Cal Phil debut as he performs with his wife, Broadway star Jennifer Paz.
Additional concerts on this season’s playbill include Phantom/Les Miz on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, Aug. 2, Lights, Camera, Action! On Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 and Postcards From Abroad, which concludes the season on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23.
A California Philharmonic show is more than just a concert, it is an experience. Saturdays are always right on track with concerts at Santa Anita Race Track. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. to pre-concert dining including delicious gourmet food offerings available on-site, full bars and live jazz. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Table and lawn seating on the green grass of Santa Anita Race Track infield are available. The magic continues Sunday afternoons at the incomparable Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles destination acclaimed for architectural beauty, stunning acoustics and unique seating plans. California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall performances start at 2 p.m., with the intimate pre-concert Talks With The Maestro at 1 p.m. in BP Hall.
To purchase tickets call (626) 304-0333 or visit www.calphil.com.
Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.