Santa Anita News
CAL PHIL SET FOR JUNE 30 OPENING 0F SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT SANTA ANITA, STATE OF THE ART NIGHT-TIME VENUE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN TRACK’S INFIELD AREA
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2012)—The California Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Santa Anita Park, is readying for its highly anticipated “Summer Festival on the Green” concert series which will begin Saturday, June 30 at The Great Race Place.
The “Festival on the Green” will consist of a series of five night-time concerts which will be performed for the first time ever at Santa Anita.
“We’re very excited and so are the folks at Cal Phil,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “This is a world-class orchestra headed by Maestro Victor Vener and our infield area is a perfect venue for what is going to be an unforgettable series of concerts under the stars. We’ve constructed a retractable concert clam shell for the orchestra that will provide tremendous acoustics for all attendees. This will be Cal Phil’s 16th summer season and we all expect it to be their best ever.”
The summer concert series will start with a bang, as the Cal Phil Orchestra will be joined on stage by A Thousand Miles pop sensation and three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton beginning at 8 p.m. on June 30.
Vener and his orchestra will also enthrall their audience with such classical masterpieces as Respighi’s Pines of Rome.
Additionally, Cal Phil will be accompanied on opening night by the platinum- selling USC Trojan Marching Band, “The Spirit of Troy.”
“Victor Vener has lined up an incredible array of talent to accompany his orchestra throughout the summer,” said Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special Projects Pete Siberell. “Our second concert, on Saturday, July 14, is going to include The Association, which is absolutely huge. This is world-class entertainment and we expect this entire Festival on the Green series, which runs through Aug. 25, to be a huge success.
“In addition to great entertainment, we know fans of Cal Phil are going to be happy to discover we’re offering jumbo video screens, gourmet food options, full-service bars and permanent restrooms.”
The Association, world-renowned for pop classics such as “Cherish,” “Windy,” and “Never My Love,” first performed these mega-hits in the ’60s.
The remaining summer concerts will all start at 8 p.m. on July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25.
Santa Anita’s spacious infield, which affords attendees the area’s best unobstructed view of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, will be supplied with tables, benches with backs, and an expansive area for people to relax and enjoy the concerts on a finely manicured lawn.
Mezzanine seating and a corporate barbeque pit area are also available.
Admission gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and ample, convenient parking will be available by entering Santa Anita’s infield parking lot via Gate 6, north of the track, on Colorado Place.
For more information on Cal Phil’s Festival on the Green summer concert series at Santa Anita, call (626) 300-8200, or visit www.calphil.org.