Summer is almost over, which means the California Philharmonic’s Festival on the Green is, too: the last show is tomorrow. The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination—there will be Beethoven, and there will be show tunes. Specifics: the concert opens with Beethoven’s Leonora Overture, No. 3 and ends with the Choral Movement of the Ninth Symphony. In between, audience members will hear a medley of Broadway’s most beloved (The Music Man, anyone?) as well as excerpts from a few Disney megahits: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. How many singers in the chorus, you ask? More than 200—enough to blow the doors off the place, if it had doors.
The concert starts at 7:30, but gates open two hours before, with live jazz performances and picnicking in the interim—the Arboretum being a prime picnicking spot indeed. If you don’t pack your own picnic, Robin’s BBQ, Bristol Farms and Neomeze will be on hand with goodies, with redwhite+bluezz supplying the wine.
Cal Phil Presents “Beethoven and Broadway”
Saturday, August 21, 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
The LA Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
$20 – $98; calphil.org/tickets; 626.300.8200