The faux Fab Four were as fab as always with the California Philharmonic orchestra June 29, providing a special opportunity for attendees to see “The Beatles” doing things they never did for real, such as performing the group’s later hits live on stage, and in concert with a full orchestra. Also unreal: watching the other “Beatles” perform with each other on their solo hits such as John Lennon’s Imagine and Paul McCartney’s theme from the James Bond 007 movie “Live and Let Die.”
<Review/story continues below the following 2-min. video highlights at Chamber’s YouTube channel — if you are unable to access YouTube, click here for Flash video version at ArcadiasBest.com …>
Arcadia Chamber Chamber YouTube channel…
The sizable crowd was even more remarkable given the unprecedented competition literally across the street at the L.A. County Arboretum where the Pasadena Pops was staging its second outdoor concert of the summer at the exact same time with Broadway singer/actress Bernadette Peters, likely its most high-profile program of the season, which drew an audience variously estimated at somewhere between 4,000 – 6,000.
No complaints were heard from attendees or City officials about traffic issues getting to the venue or entering and leaving the parking lot, which costs $15 per vehicle at Santa Anita. The Pops concert apparently ended earlier than CalPhil, with Pops attendees reporting they heard the Beatles songs still playing as they were leaving that program.
The two orchestras face off again with dueling programs this Saturday evening, July 13, when the Pops’ conductor Michael Feinstein presents a program of MGM movie music, and again Aug. 10, when the Pops presents its own “Classical Mystery Tour” tribute to Beatles music.
Full review at ArcadiasBest.com.
CalPhil’s next program July 13 is called “Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets Puccini” and features singers Lori Stinson, Christopher Campbell and Cedric Berry, along with the Cal Phil Chorale, who are prepared by Chorus Maestra Marya Basarba. They will provide vocals to such acclaimed musical masterpieces as Phantom of the Opera, La Boheme, Evita, Sunset Blvd. and Tosca. as well as Nessun Dorma from Turandot.
- July 27: Concert-goers will want to break out their best dancing shoes for Dance Fever. Dancing With The Stars sensation Derek Hough, fresh off the heels of his most recent Mirror Ball Trophy victory, takes center stage with the orchestra during a fun-fueled line-up of songs including tributes to Elvis, Abba and Michael Jackson. More surprises are on tap for the don’t-miss program that also includes Dance of the Seven Veils, Romeo and Juliet, Hava Nagila and Ritual Fire Dance.
- Aug. 10: Rodgers, Hammerstein and Gershwin. The acclaimed orchestra is joined by in-demand special guests, sensational Broadway stars Kim Huber and James Barbour and mesmerizing pianist Bryan Pezzone. The spectacular San Gabriel Mountains will come alive with the sound of sensational music including highlights from such classics as Oklahoma!, Sound Of Music, South Pacific and Carousel, as well as performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and An American in Paris.
- Aug. 24 Season Finale: Les Miz and Bernstein. Singers Randal Keith and Melissa Lyons, stars of Les Misérables on Broadway and the National Tour, join Cal Phil and the Cal Phil Chorale in an enthralling season finale that features powerful performances from selections of Les Miz and Candide as well as On The Town and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.