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Bentley/Pasadena Hosts ‘Celebrating Sounds of Excellence’

by Terry Miller
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Photos by Terry Miller

Exclusive Event Fetes California Philharmonic’s 19th Season
Recognizing The World-Class Orchestra’s Vast Contributions To The Southland’s Cultural Landscape

Driving home the importance of quality, commitment and community, Bentley/Pasadena held Celebrating Sounds Of Excellence, an exclusive affair in honor of the acclaimed California Philharmonic and its upcoming 2015 Summer Season.

The prestigious two-hour event featuring California Philharmonic Founder and Music Director, the esteemed Maestro Victor Vener, was the brainchild of Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, Vice President of Public Relations, Rusnak Auto Group and Honorary President of the California Philharmonia Society, which supports the California Philharmonic.

“A large part of the Rusnak Auto Group philosophy is to give back to our communities,” said Rusnak Arizmendi. “Rusnak has been a long-time corporate sponsor and friend to California Philharmoinic and is proud to work alongside Dr. Victor Vener and his team to further raise awareness and funds for this wonderful orchestra.”

“Bentley/Pasadena is delighted to host the Celebrating Sounds of Excellence and to have the opportunity to recognize California Philharmonic as the leader and innovator that is, has and continues to be,” continued Andrew Arizmendi, General Manager of Bentley/Pasadena.

Rodney Moore, Regional Manager of Bentley Motors agreed. “We take great pride in leadership and innovation at the Bentley brand and appreciate others, such as California Philharmonic, which possesses those qualities as well.”

The feelings are mutual.

“California Philharmonic is honored to be aligned with Rusnak Auto Group, which is not only known for providing superior quality automobiles and customer service but for contributing significantly to the enrichment of the communities they serve,” noted Maestro Vener. “We greatly appreciate Bentley/Pasadena hosting this spectacular event on our behalf. Rusnak Auto Group and Bentley are synonymous with luxury…Together we are working to make the magic and wonder of great music, which is a vital component of our collective humanity, a luxury afforded to everyone.”

“Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic have cemented their position as a one-of-a-kind treasure that has enriched, educated, entertained and enlightened audiences for close to two decades,” said Board Member and Guest Speaker Dr. Kelvin Davies. “It is through the support of Board Members, Corporate Sponsors, donations and concert-goers that they are able to present their special gift with us season after season.”

The 85 guests attending the event shared all of these sentiments as they enjoyed an intimate performance from cellist Dennis Karmazyn and pianist Ayke Agus, members of the California Philharmonic and artists known worldwide for their virtuosity. Smith Brothers Restaurants, who have sponsored the California Philharmonic from the beginning of its outdoor concert series, catered the event with delectable hors d’ouvres from their acclaimed Parkway Grill.

As always, people will have two opportunities to enjoy each of the California Philharmonic’s five summer concerts: Saturday evenings at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday afternoons at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Advance tickets are available for purchase. Call 626.304.0333 or visit www.calphil.com.

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