Santa Anita News
SANTA ANITA HOSTS CAL PHIL FINALE ON SATURDAY, LEGENDARY COMPOSERS BEETHOVEN & JOHN WILLIAMS TO BE FETED AS SUMMER SERIES HITS CRESCENDO
ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2012)—The California Philharmonic Orchestra’s popular “Summer Festival on the Green” concert series will draw to a close this Saturday, Aug. 25, as Cal Phil features music from two legendary composers, Beethoven and John Williams.
The six-part series, which has been conducted in Santa Anita’s newly refurbished infield area, has been a rousing success since its debut performance on June 30.
Headed by Maestro Victor Vener, Cal Phil is one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed symphony orchestras and has performed the summertime series for the past 17 years in the Pasadena/Arcadia area.
“The ‘Summer Festival on the Green’ has been a great success and we’re already looking forward to next year,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “The feedback we’ve had from folks attending is that they’ve never experienced better acoustics anywhere and that they’ve thoroughly enjoyed the summertime evenings here at Santa Anita.
“We want to thank Victor Vener and his entire team for bringing world-class entertainment to The Great Race Place and we’re very much looking forward to their performance here on Saturday night. It should be a lot of fun.”
Santa Anita’s spacious Infield, which affords attendees the area’s best unobstructed view of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, will again be supplied with tables, backed benches, and an expansive area for people to relax and enjoy all that Cal Phil provides on a finely manicured lawn.
Among the spectacular music on this Saturday’s program are “Beethoven: Ode to Joy,” from Symphony No. 9 and popular scores from “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Armistad.”
Vener’s world-class orchestra and the Cal Phil Chorale will be joined Saturday by a highly talented group of up and coming young talent that includes Emily Dyer, Danielle Bond, Ashley Faatoalia and Ben Lowe, who have all been acknowledged as Cal Phil Young Artist Award recipients.
“Having Cal Phil here for the ‘Summer Festival on the Green’ series has been a big move forward for us,” said Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special Projects. “We intend to build on this relationship and it’s our intention to offer the community a wide range of entertainment in the future. This has been a tremendous success not only for Santa Anita, but for a wide range of local residents who enjoy first-class entertainment in a beautiful setting.”
Admission gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday 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 Cal Phil at (626) 300-8200, or visit www.calphil.org.