The California Philharmonic is kicking of its 2010 summer season—code-named Festival on the Green—this Saturday, with a crowd-pleasing program of rousing orchestral numbers: Rhapsody in Blue, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Lincoln Portrait and a medley of Sousa marches. Good stuff. Oh, and did we mention Brian McKnight? That guy who’s been nominated for 16 Grammys without a win? Luckily for him, he has seven platinum records to console him. Though known primarily as a vocalist, he plays nine instruments, so who knows what he’ll be doing. Can Rhapsody in Blue be sung? Sung well? Only Brian McKnight knows for sure.
The concert starts at 7:30, but gates open two hours before, with live jazz performances and picnicking in the interim—the Arboretum is 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. Fireworks afterward, peacocks constantly.
Cal Phil will be back at the Arboretum every two weeks for the duration of what is shaping up to be an excellent summer concert season.
America the Beautiful: A Powerful Patriotic Performance
Saturday, June 26, 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