Plans are moving forward for this weekend’s Cal Phil presentation, Center Stage, highlighting some of the most beloved show music ever composed.
Center Stage takes place on Saturday, July 28 at Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track and on Sunday, July 29 there will be a matinee at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Center Stage will have people singing and dancing along to some of the most popular show tunes in history.
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,” “The King & I,” “Carousel” and “West Side Story.” Also on the bill is 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.”
The concert at Santa Anita Race Track starts at 8 p.m. but the experience begins when gates open at 5:30 p.m. 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.
The Sunday matinee performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, known for its acoustic superiority, begins at 2 p.m. with a complimentary pre-concert Talk with The Maestro at 1 p.m.
Center Stage follows an emotional and joyous celebration for Cal Phil, The Association and thousands of fans who attended the July 14 Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track and Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 15.
“Even I had goosebumps,” said Jim Yester of the live concerts that had hundreds of people singing, dancing and lining up for autographs and photos. Yester has been with The Association for close to 50 years. “You could feel the love coming from the audience.”
The iconic band had full symphonic orchestral accompaniment to some of its memorable hits including “Cherish,” “Never My Love,” “Windy” and “Along Comes Mary.”
“It was an honor,” added Yester of the talent the Cal Phil shared with The Association.
The unique program also included 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.
To purchase tickets for Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track or to find out about remaining concerts, call (626) 300-8200 or visit www.calphil.org. Picnic dinners are welcome and there is food available for purchase.
Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.