Maestro Victor Vener. Photo courtesy California Philharmonic Orchestra

Everyone enjoys positive news and the beloved California Philharmonic has some to share! This year, the musical magic begins early as Maestro Victor Vener returns with the immensely popular Music, Martinis and the Maestro chamber music series beginning on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

A perfect prelude to the California Philharmonic’s highly anticipated 2017 summer concert series, Music, Martinis and the Maestro offers music lovers an exclusive opportunity to join Vener, on a Sunday afternoon in February, March, April and May, and experience intimate chamber music performances by members of the world-class orchestra.

Taking place at the beautiful Sofia ballroom at Noor in Pasadena, each concert only allows for 240 guests so people are encouraged to purchase tickets, now, before they sell out. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Each concert begins with an in-depth discussion with Vener; characteristic of the pre-concert Talks With The Maestro that have been wowing people for close to two decades during California Philharmonic’s summer series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The interactive experience offers audience members the chance to participate in an up-close-and-personal conversation with the Maestro as he shares fascinating facts and stories about the music and instruments as well as their history.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of Music, Martinis and the Maestro. One of California Philharmonic’s most popular events, our uniquely entertaining and enlightening chamber music series is another fantastic way to experience captivating music that is performed by world-class musicians, in a more intimate setting than our larger concerts allow,” said Vener whose singular style, vast knowledge and quick wit has become a much-appreciated staple in all of California Philharmonic concerts. “Since this series is designed for small groups of people, we encourage attendees to participate in a collective dialogue, with myself and the musicians, about the music featured in the program of the day.”

“People always want more after experiencing a California Philharmonic concert,” continued Vener. “Now there are four concerts, one in February, March, April and May, that people can attend before we kick off our 2017 California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall summer concert series which takes place in June, July and August.”

The upcoming 2017 season for Music, Martinis and the Maestro is as follows:

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Mozart Magic
Mozart Oboe Quartet
Mozart Divertimento K.251 for Oboe, two horns and strings
Schubert Quartettsatz
Dvorak American Quartet

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Virtuoso Strings
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio for violin, cello and piano
Mendelssohn Piano Trio for violin, cello and piano
Virtuosic pieces for violin and cello

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Brilliant Brass: 500 Years of Brass Music
California Philharmonic Brass Quintet
Music of Gabrielli, Holst and Lennon/McCartney among many more

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Pezzone and Friends
Pianist Bryan Pezzone with violin, bass and drums
Music selected by Mr. Pezzone both classical and jazz
Music, Martinis and the Maestro previously took place from 2004 to 2008, and again in 2011.

Seats are available at tables; with prices ranging from $50.00, $70.00 or $90.00. Noor has a full bar and offers concert-goers the opportunity to pre-order food from the Noor menu at The Sofia Ballroom in Noor is located at Paseo Colorado, 260 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Tickets are available for purchase now at

For questions regarding the series or to purchase tickets, you may also call the California Philharmonic office at (626) 304-0333 or visit

The California Philharmonic is supported by the California Philharmonia Society, a non-profit community benefit organization whose main emphasis at this time is to support the California Philharmonic.