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John Williams and the Rings

John Williams and the RingsCal Phil presents “John Williams & The Rings,” featuring excerpts from Star Wars, E.T., Superman, The Terminal, and Schindler’s List plus Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Howard Shore’s soundtrack for the Lord of the Rings at The Arboretum in Arcadia and Disney Hall. Soloists include cellist Dennis Karmazyn and clarinetist Michael Arnold. Productions at both venues include a laser show by Star Lasers.

SAN MARINO, Calif.  Fortunately for music lovers, cellist Dennis Karmazyn doesn’t keep his artistry to himself. For the past sixteen years, he has performed as the principal cellist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles. However, on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Arboretum in Arcadia and July 25 at 2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, fans of the California Philharmonic will have a unique opportunity to hear Karmazyn – who also serves as principal cellist for Cal Phil – appear as guest soloist when the orchestra presents “John Williams & The Rings.”  Karmazyn will perform the cello solo from Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List.

Yet Karmazyn is not the sole Cal Phil ‘veteran’ to take center stage at “John Williams & The Rings.” Michael Arnold, who has served as Cal Phil’s principal clarinetist since the orchestra was founded in 1996, will appear as soloist in Viktor’s Tale from Williams’ score for the film, The Terminal.

“We’ve always been extremely proud of the high caliber of our orchestra members,” says Cal Phil’s founder and Music Director, Dr. Victor Vener. “There are no better musicians out there, as this concert will prove without question. Dennis, who made his professional debut at the young age of 16 as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has gone on to serve as principal cellist for some of the most acclaimed composers working today in Hollywood, including John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Randy Newman.”

Vener has equally high praise for Michael Arnold. “Michael has served as principal clarinetist not only for Cal Phil but for the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy and the United States,” Vener explains. “I can’t wait for our audiences to hear him because I know they’ll agree with critics who have hailed Michael as a ‘musical wizard’.”

Arnold’s wizardry, however, extends beyond the concert hall…to the courtroom.  The clarinetist, a practicing attorney, not only performs for senior citizens, children and those in the hospital but has volunteered as a mediator for the Los Angeles City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program and the Los Angeles County Bar Domestic Violence Project.

In addition to Schindler’s List and The Terminal, Cal Phil will present excerpts from John Williams’ soundtracks for Star Wars, E.T., and Superman as well as his work, Olympic Fanfare, composed for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Audiences at both venues will be treated as well to a laser show produced by Star Lasers during Star Wars.

“It will be spectacular,” promises Mindy Kernc, Box Office Director. “Glorious sound accompanied by an equally glorious light show.”

Also on the program are excerpts from composer Howard Shore’s score for the film The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

“The Ring Cycle consists of four operas,” says Vener, “and we’ll present some of the most beloved and beautiful music from three of those operas –Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.  Then, in the second half of the program, we’ll juxtapose against this excerpts from Howard Shore’s marvelous score for the film, The Lord of the Rings. Ever since J.R.R.Tolkien penned The Lord of the Rings, people have speculated on whether he ‘borrowed’ from Wagner’s operas; Tolkien, himself, vehemently denied it. But what no one can disagree with is that both works have inspired glorious, great music. Extraordinary music that we look forward to sharing with our audience.”

“John Williams & The Rings” will begin on Saturday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m., when the gates to The Arboretum open for picnicking.  Three vendors – including Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Bristol Farms and Neomeze Restaurant Bar and Lounge – will provide food on site as well. Wine will be provided by redwhite+bluezz. And, as has happened in the past, live jazz performances will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Parking on site is available. The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 626.300.8200.

Tickets for “John Williams & The Rings” at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 25 can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or by calling 800-745-3000.  For downloadable order forms, seating and pricing, visit Cal Phil’s website:

Cal Phil will also present “Talks with the Maestro” at Disney Hall – at 1 p.m. prior to the concert.  Vener stresses that these talks are not lectures but conversations between him and audience members; questions are encouraged. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.


Michael Arnold, Clarinet

Michael Arnold has been the principal clarinetist of the California Philharmonic since the orchestra was founded.  As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, Mr. Arnold is also principal clarinetist with the Burbank Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the West Los Angeles Symphony.  In addition, he performs with many other orchestras, chamber ensembles, as a soloist and recording artist.  He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and served as principal clarinet with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy and the United States.

Critics have heralded him as a “musical wizard” whose “virtuosity and musicality left the audience stunned.”  Others have said his playing “rendered the audience awestruck” and he “blew the crowd away with his unbelievable work.”

Mr. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts.  He is also a practicing attorney and divides his time between his two loves—music and the law.  Mr. Arnold performs for senior citizens, in hospitals and for children.  He volunteers as a mediator for the Los Angeles City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program and has volunteered for the Los Angeles County Bar Domestic Violence Project.

Dennis Karmazyn, Cello

Dennis Karmazyn, California Philharmonic’s principal cellist, made his professional debut as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16.  He went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Paris Conservatory of Music with world-renowned cellist Paul Tortelier.  Mr. Karmazyn has been principal cellist of numerous ballet companies including American Ballet, Jeoffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and accompanied Rudolf Nuryev as a soloist.

Throughout his career, Dennis Karmazyn has worked extensively in Hollywood recording for over 4000 motion picture, television, record and commercial scores. Over the last 20 years he has served as principal cellist for many of Hollywood’s leading composers, including John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Maurice Jarre, Alan Silvestri and Randy Newman, among others.  He performed and recorded with Barbara Streisand and was featured as a soloist on many albums including her religious album.

Managed by Columbia Artists Management, Mr. Karmazyn toured the world as a solo recitalist.  Engagements as a soloist with major orchestras followed, including performances in New York, London, Paris, Vienna and Canada. The New York Times stated, “He played with brilliance and sparkle, subtle tone, command, intensity and breadth. Dennis Karmazyn has one of the more effortless techniques now before the public.”

Currently, and for the past 16 years, Karmazyn sits as principal cello for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles, for Maestro John Mauceri.  The orchestra has toured many countries including Japan and Brazil, as well as performing its annual season at the legendary Hollywood Bowl.  The Orchestra has recorded 16 albums under the Phillips label, and Dennis was featured as a soloist on many of these recordings.

Presenter / Producer: California Philharmonic

Listed Categories
Music > Classical

Event Phone: 626-300-8200

The Arboretum
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia CA 91007

North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale

Performance Dates: 7/24/2010 - 7/25/2010
Saturday, 07/24/2010
Sunday, 07/25/2010

Performance Times
7/24: gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
7/25: Preconcert lecture at 1 p.m. Concert begins at 2 p.m.

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Tickets range from $20 to $98

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