CALIFORNIA PHILHARMONIC’S CENTER STAGE SETS THE STAGE FOR THE FINAL TWO CONCERTS OF THE 2012 SUMMER SEASON

STANDING OVATIONS ALL AROUND FOR MAESTRO VICTOR VENER, CAL PHIL, SPECIAL GUESTS KRISTI HOLDEN, BROADWAY’S DAVID BURNHAM AND PIANO VIRTUOSO GAYLE MARTIN HENRY

July 30, 2012, Arcadia – Center Stage, last weekend’s highly-anticipated – and attended – concert, Center Stage, was a spectacular success for the orchestra, the artists and the audience of thousands who showed their appreciation with standing ovations both at Saturday’s Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday’s matinee at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The concert featured a star-studded bill of special guests joining Maestro Victor Vener and his world-class orchestra including versatile talent Kristi Holden who currently stars as Christine Daae in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Resort Casino and Hotel and David Burnham was last seen on Broadway in the mega-hit musical, Wicked, playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the developmental workshops of the show.

Cal Phil concert goers were transported by beautiful voices backed by beloved music from such renowned musicals as Phantom of the Opera, King & I, Carousel and West Side Story.

The audience was also wowed by world renowned touring piano virtuoso Gayle Martin Henry, the sole American laureate of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, who performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

The 2012 Cal Phil Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, presented by Westfield Santa Anita, and Cal Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall schedules are as follows:

Carmen on Broadway

Saturday – August 11, 2012

Sunday – August 12, 2012

Carmen on Broadway is Cal Phil’s effusive nod to some of the greatest musicals in history including Carmen, Beauty & The Beast, Lion King and Les Miz. Hitting every note during this thrilling and entertaining concert are world renowned powerful featured guests including Bass Baritone Cedric Berry and opera stars Sandra Rubalcava and Christopher Bengochea. Also performing during this fourth concert of the season is 2010 Cal Phil Young Artist Award Winner Emily Dyer and the phenomenal Cal Phil Chorale under the direction Maestra Marya Basaraba.

Beethoven and John Williams

Saturday –August 25, 2012

Sunday – August 26, 2012

The Cal Phil season finale features music from two legendary composers who have left their undeniable stamp on the world of music, Beethoven, arguably the greatest classical composer of all time and John Williams, revered composer of more than 100 feature films. Spectacular music on the bill includes Beethoven: Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 and popular scores from Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan and Amistad. The world class orchestra and Cal Phil Chorale are joined by a highly talented quartet of up and coming young talent Emily Dyer, Danielle Bond, Ashley Faatoalia and Ben Lowe, this year’s Cal Phil Young Artist Award recipients.

The concert at Santa Anita Race Track starts at 8:00pm but the experience begins when gates open at 5:30pm 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.

On Saturday’s 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, begin at 2:00pm with a complimentary with ticket price pre-concert Talk with The Maestro at 1:00pm.

To purchase tickets for Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track, call 626.300.8200 or visit www.calphil.org.

Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

For further information or to schedule a time to speak with Maestro Victor Vener, please contact Lauren Lewis at 818.970.0052 or lauren@pasadena-entertainment.com.