The VICTOR of Outdoor Concerts Announces California Philharmonic’s Final Outdoor Season; Orchestra To Continue Performing At Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Maestro Victor Vener returns to conduct the 2016 Cal Phil line-up boasting three spectacular Saturday evening concerts outside and Under the Dome at Santa Anita Race Track and four cool Sunday afternoon matinées at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 


Pasadena's own Maestro, Vener has been electrifying audiences throughout the world for 54 years; 20 of them right here in the Southland with his acclaimed orchestra, the California Philharmonic. 

 
Their heralded one-of-a-kind concerts and awe-inspiring performances have become a summer tradition to many; whether beneath the stars on a Saturday evening at beautiful Santa Anita Park or during a Sunday afternoon at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, California Philharmonic summer seasons are always memory-making experiences for everyone!
 
An absolutely can't/won't/don't miss this year, Cal Phil's 2016 Summer Season promises to be one of its most memorable yet – while also marking California Philharmonic's final three outdoor concerts. Cal Phil will continue to perform matinée concerts at The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall each summer, as they have since the landmark music destination's first year.
 
While this season's schedule has a few less shows, there will definitely be no shortage in the type of exhilarating, enlightening, star-studded and awe-inspiring entertainment that has become synonymous with Cal Phil.
 
Cal Phil's 2016 Summer Schedule is as follows:
 
AT THE MOVIES 
Sunday July 10 – This concert is only at Walt Disney Concert Hall!
Music makes movies magical. Maestro Victor Vener and Cal Phil make magical movie music come to life like nobody else. So, Cal Phil has assembled selections from some cinematic masterpieces such as The Mission, Adagio For Strings—Platoon, Titanic, Beauty & The Beast, Rocky, Star Trek and Beethoven's 9th Symphony—Ode To Joy to create a blockbuster concert.
 
GREATEST HITS
Saturday July 23 at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday July 31 at WDCH
Greatness will ensue when Cal Phil performs such classical masterpieces as Scheherazade, The Mikado and Haydn's Miracle Symphony alongside a touching tribute to some of pop music's fallen legends including Prince, Queen, David Bowie and the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.
 
CENTER STAGE
Saturday August 6 at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday August 7 at WDCH
Broadway, opera, music and more collide in an explosively entertaining concert as California Philharmonic takes center stage to perform popular pieces from Porgy & Bess, Grease, Frozen, Aida, The Lion King, Carmen and Samson & Delilah.
 
GRAND FINALE
Saturday August 20 at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday August 21 at WDCH
Be sure to buy your tickets early for this history-making celebration concert with Maestro Vener and Cal Phil as its 20th Anniversary Season concludes – and they take their final bow at their last outdoor concert!  Filled with favorites, the grand finale soars with music from Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Harry Potter as well as the 1812 Overture and Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.
 
"If only the trees, bushes and ample green grass could talk, and maybe a Peacock or two, the stories they could tell," teased Vener who, known for his pioneering spirit, limitless talent and fierce commitment to bringing the best possible music to the widest possible audience, created the unique outdoor concert venue concept more than three decades ago. "I am proud and humbled to be ending Cal Phil's outdoor concerts on such a high note at what has become Southern California's premiere outdoor concert venue, Santa Anita Race Track. Beneath the magical San Gabriel Valley Mountains and in front of a fantastic audience of thousands of fans, friends and family. While ending our outdoor concerts is bittersweet, we are thrilled to continue to present inspired and enlightening concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall for many many more years."
 
In addition to working with Santa Anita to turn the lush outfield of The Great Race Place into Cal Phil's luxurious summer home for the past five years, Vener is the masterful mind behind the founding or re-opening of many of the area's most acclaimed concert venues, with a specialty in turning outdoor locales into music destinations. The Arboretum in Arcadia, Descanso Gardens in LaCañada, the Starlight Bowl in Burbank as well as multiple landmarks in Pasadena including the Ambassador, the Rose Bowl and the outside steps of Pasadena City Hall, are among the many local destinations that Vener had a hand in transforming into beloved concert spaces. 
 
Concerts at Santa Anita Race Track. Gates open at 5:30pm. Concerts begin at7:30pm.  Table and lawn seating on the lush green grass of Santa Anita Race Track's infield are available, complete with the area's best unobstructed view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.
 
Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall performances start at 2:00pm, with the intimate pre-concert Talks With The Maestro at 1:00pm in BP Hall.
 
The California Philharmonic is supported by the California Philharmonia Society, a non-profit community benefit organization whose main emphasis at this time is to support the California Philharmonic.
 
To purchase tickets to attend the California Philharmonic's final three outdoor concerts at Santa Anita Race Track, call 626.304.0333 or 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

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