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The Valley Line: Events hit all the right notes

August 12, 2010|By Jane Napier Neely
  • The Cal Phil Orchestra, under the direction of Victor Vener, presented "Frank, Tony & The Maestro" at Disney Concert Hall last Sunday afternoon.
The Cal Phil Orchestra, under the direction of Victor… (La Canada )

At this time of the year I'm usually complaining about the heat and how we are experiencing the dog days of summer. However, capricious Mother Nature has decided she was bored with the same old fare and is giving us what is up to now one of the coolest beginnings of August on record. Last week I was looking for my fuzzy slippers and this week I was donning a sweater in the early morning because I was shivering!

I have been listening to the weather people patter on and on about how disappointing it is that summer hasn't arrived in Los Angeles yet. Yep, I've been liking things just the way they are. I just hope that those dog days don't hit us in September and October.

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Recently it seems that music, music and more music is what it is all about in and around our community.

On Sunday evening folks were dancing an Irish jig at Memorial Park with lively Celtic music. Although not as crowded as other Sundays, it was a delightful evening of traditional music from Ireland performed by the musical group "Wake the Bard." When I closed my eyes, it sounded like I was back in a pub in Dingle — all I needed was a pint of Guinness.

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It was clear that many people have figured out what to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon before evening events like Music in the Park get started — they go to see Victor Vener conduct the Cal Phil Orchestra at Disney Concert Hall.

Attending a concert at Disney Hall is always exciting for me. I've visited a lot of concert halls all over the world. Each has its own architectural style, but Disney Hall is so beautiful that it never fails to thrill me. The best is right here in our own backyard — hmm, or is it our front yard.

It was a packed concert hall Sunday when the Cal Phil presented their program "Frank, Tony & the Maestro." Singing the music that these two men made famous were baritones Kevin Early and Michael B. Levin — both were "on top of their musical game." The audience loved hearing the classic songs, such as "A Summer Wind," "Luck be a Lady Tonight," "As Time Goes By" and other faves.

The show stopper came when renowned violin virtuoso Daniel Shindarov was featured on Saint-Saens "Introduction and Rondo Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 28."

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