One of today’s most prolific modern musical theater composers and one of the most prolific composers in the history of opera.
Webber and Puccini.
The California Philharmonic‘s Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets Puccini-themed concert with Maestro Victor Vener is hitting the racetrack this Saturday, July 13th.
Soprano Lori Stinson, dramatic tenor Christopher Campbell, and bass baritone Cedric Berry will join Cal Phil and the Cal Phil Chorale in works from Phantom of the Opera, La Bohème, Sunset Boulevard, Tosca, Evita, Nessun Dorma, and the finale to Turandot.
The gates open as early as 5:30 so concert-goers can dine, picnic, listen to live jazz, let the kids get a pony ride or their face painted, and visit a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo (set up by Lee’s Music Store in Arcadia).
With the majestic San Gabriel Mountains unobstructed before your eyes, we can’t imagine why some people would opt for this, but Cal Phil performs Sunday matinees of the same concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Okay, we can imagine why people might prefer this option, because, yes, our knees are getting creaky and it’s not so easy to get down onto the grass (though “proper” seating is available and you can bring lawn chairs), let alone heaving ourselves up, and our skin is getting thinner and more susceptible to a chill in the air. Oh, and the fact that Disney Hall is very impressive, too.
Either way, indoors or out, this weekend would be well spent listening to the works of The Right Honourable Lord Lloyd-Webber and Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (we kid you not).
Cal Phil on the Green: Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets Puccini
Saturday, July 13th; gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Santa Anita Racetrack
For complete details and ticket purchase, visit CalPhil/concerts/festival-on-the-green
Sunday matinee, July 14th, 2 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
For complete details and ticket purchase, visit CalPhil/concerts/walt-disney-concert-hall