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In “Postcards from Abroad,” Maestro Victor Vener and the orchestra act as travel agents of the imagination in a program of melodies that summon faraway, and in some cases fictional, lands. Pianist Bryan Pezzone helps stamp this musical passport with a rousing Gershwin rendition.
- Rimsky-Korsakov—Capriccio Espagnol: This five-movement piece for full orchestra is a lively celebration of Spanish folk music, in which violins, violas, and cellos trill through dance-like melodies and imitate the sounds of a Spanish guitar. (Spain)
- John Barry—Selections from Out of Africa: Barry landed an Academy Award for his sweeping score to the Best Picture of 1985, and made moviegoers believe that somebody could fall in love with Robert Redford. (Africa)
- John Williams—Selections from Harry Potter: The prolific composer crafted enchanting melodies for the first three films of the franchise, enhancing the story of a magic boy doing magic with magic friends and fighting people who do bad magic. (The Wizarding World)
- Gershwin—Second Rhapsody: “In many respects, such as orchestration and form, it is the best thing I have written,” said Gershwin shortly after completing this piece, which was originally known as Rhapsody in Rivets. After massive edits lopped off limbs from his original vision, Gershwin’s full score disappeared from the public ear for decades until a 2008 restoration. (New York)
- Mendelssohn—The Hebrides: Inspired by a visit to Fingal’s Cave in the titular Scottish islands, Mendelsohn’s symphonic overture subtly evokes the eerie atmosphere of the vast, sea-filled chamber of stone. (Scotland)
- Luis Enríquez Bacalov—Selections from Il Postino: Bacalov earned an Academy Award for his wistful score, which blends Mediterranean rhythms, trilling piano, and reedy accordions into a breezily romantic pastiche. (Italy)
- Howard Shore—Selections from The Hobbit: Without Howard Shore’s bombastic, yet emotional score of the Tolkien epics, Bilbo’s journey to the Lonely Mountain would be considerably less thrilling, even with that dragon. (Middle Earth)
The mission of the California Philharmonic and its founder, renowned conductor Victor Vener, is simple: to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music. Their method, however, is anything but traditional—instead of staging events in formal halls or black-tie stairwells, the ensemble presents their crowd-pleasing concerts at the Santa Anita Race Track and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Combining pop music, Broadway standards, and legendary symphonies, Vener creates dynamic programs that aim to catch the imagination. Along with engaging performances and tuneful collaborations, the Cal Phil also hosts family nights to encourage children’s symphonic education.