Music, Martinis & the Maestro

Feb 6, 2017

dry-martini-1937475_1920In Noor’s Sofia ballroom, 240 guests will sip martinis and enjoy an intimate performance by members of the California Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by an interactive discussion with maestro Victor Vener.

Now sipping martinis at 2 p.m. may not be on one’s regularly scheduled Sunday, but if one plans accordingly, it could be a delightful near-end to the weekend.

Four Sunday events are scheduled: February 12, March 26, April 9, and May 14.





February 12: Mozart Magic conducted by Victor Vener

Mozart Oboe Quartet
Mozart Divertimento K.251 for oboe, two horns, and strings


Photo source: CalPhil

Photo source: CalPhil


March 26: Virtuoso Strings

Dennis & Max Karmazyn
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio
Mendelssohn Piano Trio




April 9: Brilliant Brass: 500 Years of Brass Music

California Philharmonic Brass Quintet
Music of Gabrielli, Holst, and Lennon/McCartney


Bryan Pezzone; photo, CalPhil

Bryan Pezzone; photo, CalPhil


May 14: Pezzone & Friends

Pianist Bryan Spezzone with violin, brass, and drums
Music selected by Mr. Pezzone, both classical and jazz


Noor Sofia Ballroom; photo source, Noor Pasadena

Noor Sofia Ballroom; photo source, Noor Pasadena


Food may be pre-ordered as food availability will be limited at the event. Each table seats ten and three areas have tables, while best seats are assigned based on time of ticket purchase. Peruse and pay for selections here.

Noor, Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101.

Event cost: $23-85.

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Questions? Call Cal Phil at 1.626.304.0333.


Photos and text, below, courtesy of CalPhil:





Leader Of The Pack
California Philharmonic Founder and Music Director Dr. Victor Vener possesses the unique vision, energy, experience and passion necessary to create the one-of-a-kind concerts that have set Cal Phil apart from other orchestras for more than 18 years. A man of immense talent and singular purpose, Maestro Vener is committed to creating the perfect balance of the greatest formal classical music with the greatest popular music and then sharing it with an ever-expanding audience. Quite a feat, but one that the Vener has been doing successfully for decades.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Vener, who conducted his first professional performance at 25 years of age, has garnered a well-deserved reputation as a masterful music director, conductor and academic who exudes infectious enthusiasm and wit as he effectively merges entertainment with musical enlightenment. His conducting prowess has taken him around the globe, leading concerts in China, Europe and throughout North America. Among his many distinctions, Vener was awarded the Fromm Fellowship to Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, the Gold Medal of Special Merit from the Austrian Federal Capitol of Vienna, the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award, California Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence for the City of Pasadena, as well as commendations by the U.S. Congress, California’s State Senate and Assembly and the County of Los Angeles.

Vener has traveled the world studying with some of the greatest conductors of all time such as Herbert Von Karajan and other luminaries. Maestro Vener’s conducting lineage stems back to legendary conductors Arturo Toscanini and Karl Orff, among others. Vener earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from USC. A Pasadena native, Vener has founded numerous high-profile musical institutions and concert series throughout the region, including California Philharmonic, the Pasadena POPS, Chamber Orchestra of Pasadena and the Burbank Symphony. A pioneer in creating outdoor concerts, Vener has established music venues in local destinations including Santa Anita Race Track, the Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, the Rose Bowl and the steps of Pasadena City Hall.

Arguably the “father” of the outdoor (admission charged) park concerts in Los Angeles County, Vener began 26 years ago with the Pasadena Pops, which he founded. The Maestro is also responsible for creating music performance venues at the Pasadena City Hall, Rose Bowl, Descanso Gardens, Burbank Starlight Bowl and the Arboretum. Attracting enthusiastic crowds of 4,000 to 5,000 music lovers per performance, Vener’s Cal Phil is known for its dynamic original concerts, as well as its special guests ranging from classical performing and recording artists to pop sensations.

Dr. Vener has electrified audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia, conducting exciting performances of a wide range of repertoire with his unique blend of outstanding musicianship and personalized audience engagement. Under Maestro’s direction, Cal Phil concerts have become recognized for their high-quality professional performances of music by notable composers from the diverse genres of jazz, pops, Broadway and opera. Also, with a strong commitment to new music and to expanding the symphonic repertoire, the orchestra has presented nine world premieres and four Southern California premieres of orchestral works and three world premieres of chamber works.

Maestro Vener’s personal mission of always including his “Four Essential Elements”—entertainment, enlightenment, education and excitement—in each performance he conducts has led Cal Phil to develop an enthusiastic and loyal following that eagerly awaits each new concert. Audiences are attracted to the exciting and innovative programming and then delighted to find they’re thoroughly entertained. Whether aficionados or novices, everyone is enlightened, educated and informed through Maestro Vener’s engaging talks—joyfully learning something new about the music, instruments, composers, musicians and/or featured artists.








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