Music, Martinis and the Maestro at the Noor Sofia ballroom in downtown Pasadena
Sunday, April 17th Victor Vener, music director of the California Philharmonic, welcomed media and a group of classical music enthusiasts to appetizers, Martinis and tastes of Shimmering Strings at the beautiful Noor Sofia Ballroom in downtown Pasadena.
Celebrating a colorful summer season including future concerts at the Festival On The Green at the Arboretum and performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the afternoon started in a casual but very intimate setting where old and young could enjoy sandwiches, salads, desserts and spirits before hearing Verner elaborate on the lives of Schubert and Dvorak.
Played by a selective group of musicians the maestro called “family”, Verner gushed about his orchestra and led the audience into a question and answer setting through a bit of musical history. Among the musicians of the California Philharmonic werepianist Bryan Pezzone, violinists Pavel Farkas and Irina Voloshina. Eugene Mechtovich on the viola, Kevan Torfeh playing the chello and Peter Doubrovsky on the bass.
On the menue were: “American Quartet” by the music genius Dvorak, a Czech composer and “Trout Quintet” by the famous Austrian composer Schubert.
Should you want to enjoy another afternoon to take a sneak peak of the California Philharmonic before the summer, hurry and get tickets for another Music, Martinis and the Maestro Sun. May 15th with Beethoven, Poree and Pezzone on the program. Listening to the music you may find yourself drifting onto the moving river Danube, traveling with the fish of the water in harmony through the cities of Prague and Vienna. Don’t miss a note!
Tickets are available at 626-300-8200 or www.calphil.org
Tickets$ 30/45, section A/B, table of 6 or 10 available as well. Discounted rates w/ purchase of concert series (3 concerts).