After battling the Pasadena POPS over the right to continue performing at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, the California Philharmonic Orchestra caps off a drama-filled year and a 15-year relationship with the Arboretum Saturday with its final Festival on the Green concert, “That’s Entertainment.”
The popular orchestra will share the stage with guest violin virtuoso Lindsay Deutsch as maestro Victor Vener conducts musicians through some of the most popular tunes of the past century.
The night’s musical selections will span the spectrum from George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for violin to “Fiddler on the Roof,” and from Mahler’s epic composition “Titan” to themes from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “My Fair Lady.” It’s that type of eclecticism and spirit of fun that has helped the CalPhil thrive throughout its 15 years at the Arboretum.
While the POPS eventually won the dispute and will take over the Arboretum next summer under the guidance of its own high-profile conductor, Marvin Hamlisch, the show will go on for CalPhil when it moves to the lush infield lawn of the nearby Santa Anita Park Racetrack.
The hope is that everyone in this battle of the orchestras can feel they won, with more music being performed at an array of intriguing and historic venues, providing area fans with musical memories to last a lifetime.
But for now, head out to the Arboretum on Saturday and give the maestro and CalPhil the grand send-off they deserve for taking the time and effort to establish greatness over 15 years.
The CalPhil will present “That’s Entertainment” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Tickets are $20 to $98. Call (626) 300-8200 or calphil.org.