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California Philharmonic’s summer concerts are almost here – are you ready?

Cal Phil at the Santa Anita Track in 2013
Cal Phil at the Santa Anita Track in 2013
Dena Burroughs

Another summer of delightful concerts by the California Philharmonic (Cal Phil) will begin at the Santa Anita Race Track on June 28, when Maestro Vener and his great orchestra will perform a selection of pieces from John Williams’ most memorable scores, including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws and Jurassic Park. On this date concert-goers will also be treated to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Father and son duo, cellist Dennis Karmazyn and violinist Max Karmazyn, will perform a special violin/cello arrangement of the Theme from Schindler’s List and the finale of Brahms’ Double Concerto. To bring even more emotion into the night, the Cal Phil Chorale will join the orchestra for Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This same fantastic show will be reprised the following day, Sunday, June 29, at the Walt Disney Hall, in downtown LA, at 2 p.m.

Cal Phil’s second concert will be held on July 12 with Cowboys & Copland, a salute to the wild west with music from screen classics like The Magnificent Seven, How The West Was Won, The Good and The Bad and The Ugly, plus Copland’s Billy The Kid and Rodeo. And for good measure, there will be a musical detour south of the border to El Salón México, and then Copland’s patriotic masterpiece Lincoln Portrait—with a special guest narrator— will round out the program.

Magic, Fantasy & Adventure will abound on July 26 with the beautiful music from The Lion King, Beauty and The Beast and The Little Mermaid, which stories will be voiced by the Cal Phil Chorale. The magic will continue on this date with Dukas’ fantastical Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor and excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

August 9 will be dedicated to Movie Masterpieces and will celebrate 150 years of music for film and television including themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones and Titanic. Elizabeth Pitcairn will display her virtuosity when she performs John Corigliano’s The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra on the real “Red Violin,” a Stradivarius famous not only for its sound, but for its unique pigment—the actual violin which inspired the story of the film The Red Violin and its Oscar-winning score.

The final concert of the 2014 season will tie together Broadway & Bolero on August 23. Broadway sensations Randall Keith and Joan Almedilla—both known for starring in Les Miz on Broadway and National Tours – will lend their voices to songs from hit shows like Chicago, Evita and Cats. This season finale will also count with acclaimed classical and flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte turning up the heat in a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. And to ensure Cal Phil’s 2014 season ends on several high notes, the evening’s program will include performances of Ravel’s Bolero and Chabrier’s Espana.

The Saturday concerts at the Santa Anita Race Track will start at 7:30 p.m. However, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert dining, for which you can bring your own picnic or purchase food and drink on-site. Every Saturday concert will repeat on Sunday afternoon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 2 p.m., preceded by a “Talk With The Maestro” at 1:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets call 626.300.8200 and check for further details. Tickets for the Walt Disney Concert Hall are available through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at

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