Help us Support the Victims of the Southern California Fires

Help us Support the Victims of the Southern California Fires


Our hearts go out to everyone currently being impacted by the devastating fires threatening our state. Schools are closed, roadways are shut and nearly 200,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes. California Philharmonic is reaching out to ask you to join us in supporting our fellow Californians by donating.

There are several ways to give. Below are just a handful of ways we urge you to give to help support those in need.

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We are Thankful for you!


2017 has given all of us at the California Philharmonic a lot to be thankful for!

We are thankful for an amazing Summer Concert Series this past season.

We are thankful for the newest additions to our conducting and writing team.

We are thankful for all the opportunities we have had to serve our community

We are thankful for all the amazing music out there that fills our hearts.

But most of all, we are thankful for you!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving!

Introducing Volunteer Writer, David Wiener

Introducing Volunteer Writer, David Wiener

The Cal Phil is starting a new monthly segment where listeners can dive deep into the beautiful monologues given by Maestro Dr. Vener. These segments will be incredibly insightful, rich with history, and - of course - filled with Maestro Dr. Vener anecdotes. Our first segment will be led by David Wiener who will be interviewing Dr. Vener on specific pieces accompanied by our YouTube videos of each concert.

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DAVID WIENER is a playwright with a Minor in Music from the University of California. He has had over 90 productions in the U.S., England, India, Australia, Wales, Ireland, and Mexico. After completing a Literary Internship at La Jolla Playhouse, he worked as their Dramaturgy Associate during the 07/08 season.

David has been a Board Member of Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation and has been involved as performing arts advisor/developer at several nonprofit arts organizations, including the San Diego Shakespeare Society.

Publication credits include cover and feature articles in American Cinematographer,Producers Guild Journal, Cahiers du Cinema, The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, California Magazine and a book on Hollywood stunt performers: Burns, Falls, and Crashes (McFarland Press, 1996, Entertainment Book of the Month Club selection).


Check us out on YouTube!


Check us out on YouTube!


Why wait!? You can watch videos of our past concerts on our YouTube page !

We have videos from our previous Summer Concert Series available for your enjoyment! You can watch a video of the entire concert, or just a clip of your favorite pieces! Perhaps you missed the Talks with the Maestro? We have videos of those as well!

We even have playlists so you can relive your favorite concert all over again!

Wagner At The Movies

Rodgers, Hammerstein & The Organ

Shakespeare in Love

World's Best Marches

An Afternoon in Old Vienna with Judith Hill




By Christina Linhardt
Cal Phil Staff Writer 


When I was about your age" Maestro Victor Vener addressed an audience of youth and their parents " I liked baseball. ...I played drums for fun..." Then his brother, 15 years his senior, took him down to the Pasadena Central Library, put headphones over his years and played him a recording of the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. "I went 'wow! I love this stuff!' ". And that was young Victor Vener's first introduction to classical music which started him on the path of career musician and current conductor (for a decade and a half) of the California Philharmonic Orchestra. And so, wishing to give back, and possibly recreate his life altering experience so many years ago for a new generation of classical music lovers, the Maestro personally gave an interactive talk at the South Pasadena Library on October 13, 2017, sponsored by the Friends Of The South Pasadena Library, Inc.


Held in the Library Community Room, which once was the entirety of the Library, bequeathed by Andrew Carnegie funds, the atmosphere of the high beamed wood ceilings and Spanish-Craftsman Art-Deco mix unique to South Pasadena, set the stage for Dr. Vener's workshop on music, conducting and the orchestra. He first asked the audience who had been to a live orchestral concert. Much to my relief everyone in the audience, which consisted mainly of kids 8 to 14 and their parents, (though the youngest was 6 months old) raised their hands. In this modern day and age of pop culture and reality tv, being a firm believer in "the Mozart effect" and the positive influence of classical music on developing brains, I worry that younger generations are not exposed enough. Hence, the importance of outreach programs and funding for the arts.

After sharing his story of his first real contact, the Maestro had his associate, Aline Sardao, a conductor originally from Brazil, show a youtube clip on the large screen of the Cal Phil playing the Figaro Overture. The audience was entranced. Context is everything. I don't know how many hundreds of times I've heard that overture, and yet at that moment, it seemed to come alive, bounce off the screen and dance about with us in the historic hall. To further create a connection with the music, Maestro Vener then asked the audience (yes, the entire audience, he did not let parents off the hook, advising them to "never let your kids do something you wouldn't do") to get up and go to tables where Aline had laid out crayons and paper.


As a piece of music was played he asked everyone to draw what it made them feel. The first piece, though he didn't tell the audience, was the 4th movement of Beethoven's 6th. Abstract colors, expressionistic designs, blues and purples appeared on the pages. I even saw a few skull and cross bones. Quite appropriate, for those that don't know, the 4th movement is titled "Tempest & Storm". Then, again not announcing the piece, the William Tell Overture was played. Squeals of recognition rang out in the air, some kids sang along, others danced while they drew or tapped the crayons in rhythm onto the paper. It was a synergistic experience of the music, reminiscent of Wagner's term "Gesamtkunstwerk" meaning "total art work". After, he asked some kids to get up and share their images of what the music evoked for them. "A guy falling off a boat and drowning and then getting run over by the boat." Declared an otherwise sweet looking young lady. A testimony to the transformative power of music. "Mary Poppins", "Santa Claus", "the Statue of Liberty", "a man shooting an apple with a arrow" were all impressions from the William Tell Overture. The Maestro then showed his baton, explaining it means "stick" in French, and clarified how it was indeed different from a magic wand which led to his statement that being a conductor is "the easiest part of the orchestra, second to the triangle, but the hard part is knowing what you want.'s all in the imagination of the conductor and having to know all about all the instruments" shedding light on what a conductor actually does.

Opening it up to final questions at the end, one girl asked if he ever made a mistake. Maestro Vener answered "It's not about making a mistake, which will happen, but how do you fix it." He concluded with the sage wisdom "I'm not going to tell anyone I made a mistake, except my puppy, but he'll lick me anyway, so it's ok." Revealing that through it all, the Maestro knows what truly matters in life. 

After having their paparazzi pictures taken with Dr. Vener, the kids skipped away, in an excited mood, having just had an internal spark lit, a flicker that will hopefully turn into a flame, a torch for classical music that they will carry the rest of their lives, passing onto to yet another generation.

Introducing Christina Linhardt!


Introducing Christina Linhardt!


Christina grew up in the classical music world, commuting between Los Angeles, Vienna, Frankfurt and Zurich during childhood. She was fortunate enough to attend her first opera at Bayreuth at the tender age of 12 (as Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of Richard, was a close friend of her father). Christina attended Hamilton Music Academy during High School, while playing flute/piccolo for the California Junior Symphony (Peter Meremblum), the LA Philharmonic and the All-State Honor Band. She graduated from USC with a Bachelor's in Music Vocal Arts and works as a chanteuse locally (LA Opera Ring Festival, The Grove, Hollywood Magic Castle) a well as in Dresden, Germany.

As a writer Christina has written concert reviews for SoCal papers and journals, has been published as a playwright for Applause Publishing and wrote and produced the Hollywood FAME Award winning documentary "Guantanamo Circus". Believing in the healing power of the arts, Christinateaches writing and improvisation as therapy workshops to PTSD Veterans at the VA, Alzheimer's patients and At-risk youth through the Imagination Workshop (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience) and the BRIDGE Theater Program. 





A Note From Aline Sardao


On September 28, 2017, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a field trip to Blair High School in Pasadena. Blair High School holds a program to teach music to severely disabled children. It was through the amazing Valerie Loskota, who volunteers her time to bring joy and hope through music to those kids, that I was able to share this experience with Blair High School’s wonderful students.

I spent one hour teaching the students about how an orchestra works. We did dynamics, accelerandos and ritardandos. I even had a concertmistress. The children sang, danced and smiled while the music carried them away. At the end of our performance there was an explosion of clapping and celebration.

It is incredible to see how powerful music is and the emotion it evokes. I watched as these kids, with very low capability of movements, dance to the sound of me tapping the tambourine. I saw a child, who could barely control the movements of his arms, focus on playing the bell at my cue. It was heartwarming.

I am humbled to have had this opportunity to teach such amazing young students and look forward to more opportunities to help make a difference in these kids’ lives.


Music History with Maestro Dr. Vener


Music History with Maestro Dr. Vener

The Cal Phil is starting a new monthly segment where listeners can dive deep into the beautiful monologues given by Maestro Dr. Vener. These segments will be incredibly insightful, rich with history, and - of course - filled with Maestro Dr. Vener anecdotes.
More information coming soon.

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California Philharmonic Welcomes You!

California Philharmonic Welcomes You!

Throughout the years, Cal Phil has built a strong core of more than 400 active volunteers, many who have been with the orchestra for at least a decade. Since 1997 more than 3400 individual volunteers have logged over 147,500 hours of community service. California Philharmonic also offers leadership positions for its youth volunteers, giving them the supervisory experience that will contribute to their success after high school.

Volunteer Opportunities

Grant Writer

Take leadership in helping the Executive Director raising funds for the orchestra.

Staff Assistance

Helps the Cal Phil staff with mailings and other administrative duties.

Librarian Assistant

Helps our Assistant to the Music Director with organization of the library.


Take leadership in helping the Executive Director / Music Director in procuring events to help raise funds for the orchestra.

For more information please call our office at: (626) 304-0333 
or e-mail us at

Introducing Senior Conducting Fellow, Aline Sardão


Introducing Senior Conducting Fellow, Aline Sardão


Give a warm welcome to the newest member of the California Philharmonic Orchestra, Aline Sardão.

Ms. Sardão will be fulfilling the role of Assistant to the Music Director, working alongside Maestro Vener for our upcoming seasons.

Aline Sardão was selected this past year to be a Senior Conducting Fellow of the California Philharmonic Orchestra staff. Ms. Sardão holds a Master of Music in instrumental Conducting from the Azusa Pacific University. Not only was she the Music Director and Conductor of Orange County Symphony, Northkirk Presbyterian Church, and Music Director of the Performer's Academy of Orange County, Aline has also conducted orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Brazil and United States.

We look forward to having her on our team!


Help us Support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Help us Support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts go out to those who were impacted by the devastation of Hurrican Harvey these past couple of weeks. California Philharmonic is reaching out to ask you to join us in continuing to support the families who were effected most by donating to theRed Cross.

The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

You can donate on their website by clicking here, or copy/pasting the link below.