California Philharmonic continues its summer concert series on Saturday, July 11 at Santa Anita Race Track when Rogers, Hammerstein & More is presented under the stars. For those who cannot attend Saturday night, a second concert will take place on Sunday, July 12 during a matinee performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Not only will the audience be enchanted and moved by a world-class orchestra under the direction of esteemed Maestro Victor Vener, but they will also feel first-hand the deep love that special guests Anthony Fedorov and Jennifer Paz have for performing – and for each other.
The talented duo will be performing songs from “South Pacific,” “In My Own Little Corner” and “The Sound of Music.”
“This will be a couple of ‘firsts’ for me,” said Fedorov of Saturday’s performance. Many might remember him when he captured the hearts of millions as a finalist on the fourth season of “American Idol.”
“It’s the first time I will be performing with the California Philharmonic and the first time ever doing a concert like this with Jen. I love the rush of singing with a live orchestra.”
Paz, whose silver-toned voice mesmerized Cal Phil audiences last year, is equally excited to return to the Cal Phil stage this summer, this time with her husband.
“I had such a blast performing last year with Maestro Victor Vener and the orchestra. I especially enjoyed [the] playful banter Victor had with his audiences. It’s truly something special,” said Paz who is currently a soloist with Boublil/Schonberg’s “Do You Hear the People Sing” concert tour. She has starred on stage in such masterpieces as Les Miz’s 10th anniversary on Broadway and the national tour of “Miss Saigon.”
Paz said she is looking forward to re-visiting some of the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The love story of Paz and Fedorov is as captivating as their voices. They first met in 2009 when they were performing together in a regional production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” They continued being cast opposite each other in a few more productions throughout 2009-11. Because both were involved with other people they ignored their romantic feelings for each other, remaining friends. In March 2011, while on tour with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” they were caught in the tragic earthquake-tsunami in Japan. It was after that experience that they realized their feelings for each other. A year later they were expecting, engaged and are now married and parents.
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.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. to pre-concert dining including gourmet food offerings available on-site, full bars and live jazz. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Table and lawn seating on Santa Anita Race Track’s infield are available.
Sunday afternoon concerts take place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Cal Phil 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 to attend to see Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic concerts at Santa Anita Race Track, 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.