You have one more opportunity to experience a wonderful music program by the California Philharmonic (Cal Phil) during its last 2015 summer season concert entitled “Postcards From Abroad,” which will perform on Saturday, August 22, at the Santa Anita Race Track and on Sunday, August 23, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The evening will take you to Europe with Capriccio Espagnol and Il Postino, to New York City with Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody (featuring pianist Bryan Pezzone) and to Kenya with Out Of Africa.
Gershwin stated that his Second Rhapsody is “in many respects, such as orchestration and form… the best thing I have written.” And it will be the first time that Bryan Pezzone will perform the piece in concert, of which he says: “You can almost hear Gershwin longing for New York. The Second Rhapsody was very carefully constructed – complex, rich but with accessible orchestration, plus it’s filled with the kind of great tunes and catchy rhythms only Gershwin could write.”
To round up the program with music “out-of-this-world,” Cal Phil will transport you to the fantastical worlds of The Hobbit and Harry Potter.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Track for pre-concert dining. You are welcomed to take a picnic (wine allowed), but there will also be gourmet food available for purchase, full bars and live jazz. The main concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Both table and lawn seating will be available, with prices starting at $20.
The Sunday performance at the Disney Hall will start at 2:00 p.m., with the intimate pre-concert “Talks with the Maestro” at 1:00 p.m. in BP Hall. The pre-concert talk is included in the price of admission.
To purchase tickets to attend the concert at Santa Anita Race Track, call (626) 304-0333 or visit CalPhil.com
Tickets for Walt Disney Concert Hall are available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com
An additional treat for those who attend the concert on Sunday at the Disney Hall, is that Cal Phil will be hosting the KCET 50th Anniversary Community Kiosk prior to and following the concert. A nineteen-year-and-counting proponent of building community through arts, education and entertainment, Cal Phil encourages you to interact with KCET’s Community Kiosk which wants the community to become part in its narrative entitled “Inspiring a Better State” by asking the question: “How do you envision a better state?” So far the kiosk has generated interesting responses and continues to travel to cultural institutions and civic centers to involve as many community members as possible. You can peruse the responses here.