MAGAZINE THE NOV. '22 V. 13, NO. 3 GALLO CENTER POSTMODERN POP MUSIC IN A TIME MACHINE! LILA DOWNS ENTHRALLING SINGER! ALTAN HOTTEST BAND IN THE CELTIC REALM! ROB LAKE MESMERIZING ILLUSIONIST! ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK THE KING OF ROMANCE!JUKEBOX
15 THREE DOG NIGHT
11/2 WED 7:30 PM
10 LILA DOWNS
11/5 SAT 7:30 PM
7 ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
11/6 SUN 5 PM
16 MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: RACHMANINOFF & SIBELIUS
11/11-12 FRI-SAT 7:30 PM
4-5 SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
11/13 SUN 5 PM
11/15 TUE 7:30 PM
19 END OF THE LINE: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALLMAN BROTHERS TRIBUTE
11/18 FRI 7:30 PM
18 RAMÓN AYALA Y SUS BRAVOS DEL NORTE
11/19 SAT 7:30 PM
3 THE MAGIC OF ROB LAKE
11/20 SUN 5 PM
8 VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
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9 MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO:
A MERRY-ACHI CHRISTMAS
11/27 SUN 5 PM
9 LONESTAR: CHRISTMAS & HITS
11/29 TUE 7:30 PM
ALSO COMING IN NOVEMBER:
THE BOOK OF MORMON
11/15-16 TUE-WED 7 PM
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
11/18 FRI 7:30 PM
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THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR
I recently returned from Calgary, Canada for an international booking conference where I was joined by more than 500 of my industry colleagues to begin programming the 2023/24 season. What a joy to be back in the swing of things and spend time face to face with so many fellow presenters, agents, and artists from around the country, sharing our struggles and successes from the last year, and looking ahead to a more promising future.
There were so many moments during the week where I paused to reflect and be thankful for where we are today, both as an industry and as our Center, compared to just twelve months ago when there was still so much uncertainty.
As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, we truly have much to be grateful for. The Center recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a truly unforgettable gala evening starring Bernadette Peters and honoring the legacy of Marie Damrell Gallo. I’d like to extend a very special thank you to all those who supported this momentous event, making it our highest grossing fundraising gala to date! Your generosity ensures the continued success of the Center’s ongoing artistic programming, arts education, and community outreach initiatives.
We’re also extremely grateful to you—our patrons—for supporting the new season lineup in a big way! Several of our November performances including Three Dog Night (Nov. 2), Engelbert
Humperdinck (Nov. 6), Broadway’s mega-hit The Book of Mormon (Nov. 1516), and the highly-anticipated Gallo Center debut of Frankie Valli (Nov. 18) are either completely sold out or have limited ticket availability, and we have YOU to thank for that! As always, we encourage you to buy early, before all the best seats are gone.
November also brings with it the very best in holiday programming! Starting the week of Thanksgiving, we’ve got several ways you and yours can usher in the season. From the Vienna Boys Choir to A Carpenters Christmas, and from Mariachi Sol de Mexico to Lonestar’s country hits and seasonal favorites, there’s a bit of holiday magic for everyone. We look forward to being part of your festivities!
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EFFIE PASSERO THE TALENTED MODESTO-BORN PERFORMER IS ON TOUR WITH PMJ!
BY DOUG HOSNER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
While many people locally are familiar with the early musical recognition and accomplishments of Modestonative and singer-pianist Effie Passero, my first exposure to her incredible talent was in 2011, two years after moving here to become director of marketing at the Gallo Center. She was performing in the second annual Valley’s Got Talent program (the name was later changed to Valley Talent Project).
Effie won the grand prize, delivering a soaring, soulful vocal of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” accompanying herself on piano. It was an astounding, wholly original arrangement of her own, one that would soon be imitated by others, and I remember thinking then that she was destined for a long career in ‘the business.’
For the next six years Effie supported herself in various jobs while performing music gigs across northern California. By 2017, though, she was ready for a change.
“A friend of mine in Los Angeles, who was from Modesto, hooked me up with a job and I decided to take the chance,” says Passero. Along with the job, she also began performing in area clubs. “Within a month and half, I was discovered by some representatives for American Idol, and I was cast on the show in January 2018.”
Laughing, she remembers that time “as a whirlwind experience. No one moves to Los Angeles expecting anything like that. It was like a fairy tale, luck-of-the-draw thing.” Though she didn’t advance to that show’s season finals, she once again left judges, including Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, in awe.
Soon Passero started getting session work in L.A. recording studios. “I connected with a man named Tim Davis, one of the most prolific and successful music directors who casts for album background vocals, commercials, choirs and other gigs. Through him I got to sing back up on Barbra Streisand’s last album.”
Then she would meet jazz singer-songwriter Spencer Day, and they began performing together in Los Angeles.
“He’s an amazing person, very special,” Passero says. “Spencer has a lot of contacts in Mexico, and that’s how I came to be in Puerto Vallarta by 2020.” She arrived just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “We were sidelined for a while, but by 2021 we were singing again in clubs and restaurants. It was about then that I realized I wanted to stay, and I’ve been in Puerto Vallarta ever since.”
Soon other friends brought Passero to the attention of arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee, the founder of the rotating musical collective Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), with whom she has been on tour for the past year. She was hired without having to audition. She also was asked to record a PMJ video singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which now has well over half a million views on Facebook.
Passero says working with PMJ is the highlight of the past five years.
“A lot of people think that being on television and having that exposure is the be all and end all,” she commented. “But I’m not chasing fame. Postmodern Jukebox has given me the opportunity to travel, and to work with such amazing musicians. We don’t compete with each other; we just love performing together.
On a recent break, stopping over in Modesto before resuming a tour that has taken the band through Europe and would then move on to Australia and New Zealand, the effervescent Passero was asked if she found touring to be the tough, exhausting grind people imagine it to be.
“I personally enjoy the tour bus life. It’s fun. It’s like summer camp!”
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022, 5 PM
In a career spanning over 50 years, Engelbert Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, as well as four Grammy nominations and a Golden Globe. He exploded onto the music scene at the same as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and along the way he has performed for Queen Elizabeth four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. Engelbert's unique voice, along with an endearing sense of humor and self-deprecating jokes, continue to charm millions of fans around the globe.
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The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. This extraordinary program features Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.
A CARPENTERS CHRISTMAS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2022, 7:30 PM
Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping The Carpenters' traditions alive by showcasing their unforgettable Christmas songs. Based on The Carpenters' extensive holiday catalog, this show features “Merry Christmas Darling,” the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,” and a whole lot more!
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BEHIND THE SCENES AT CATS
Gallo Center Center Circles members were treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes presentation and Q&A prior to two performances of CATS on September 17. Following coffee and morning treats, the group learned more about the production from cast and crew, who had arrived in Modesto weeks before for extensive rehearsals and technical preparations using the Center’s state-of-theart facilities. Helping to launch a new North American tour for the iconic Broadway musical was a first for the Gallo Center.
DO G NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2022, 7:30 PM
Legendary band Three Dog Night claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than they did. The hits weave through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures.
Songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),”
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The spirit and sound of Altan comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native County Donegal. On one of his many visits to the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, Belfast born flute player Frankie Kennedy met fiddler and singer Maire´ad Ni´ Mhaonaigh, sparking off a deep musical connection, marriage in 1981, and a journey that took them everywhere. Their vision was to bring the unique repertoire of Donegal music to the world and that mission is still as strong as ever. Though Frankie Kennedy passed away in 1994, his vision, artistry and sense of fun is still at the heart of Altan and his legacy is carried and celebrated in every note.
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RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
Conductor Nicholas Hersh will lead the MSO for the Rachmaninoff & Sibelius concerts. This program gives us the opportunity to hear Hersh’s arrangement of the second movement of Schubert’s famous string quartet, and the Maiden. be featured on Rachmaninoff’s a Theme of Paganini finish with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. This breathtaking beauty captures 16 soaring swans when the strings mimic the fluttering of wings and a glorious, arching theme played by the French horns.
UPCOMING IN DECEMBER: A CROWD FAVORITE!
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RYAN MURRAY, CONDUCTOR NIKKI RENÉE DANIELS, GUEST VOCALIST MSO CHORUS DANIEL R. AFONSO JR., CHORUS DIRECTOR
Start the holidays on the right note! This season, acclaimed Broadway actress, Nikki Renée Daniels, fresh from her run as Jenny in the 2021 Broadway Revival of Sondheim's Company, joins the MSO and the MSO Chorus to perform all of your holiday favorites.
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del Acordeon”—The Accordion King—is returning as one of the two most popular repeat performers—jazz great Dave Koz is the other—to ever appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts. And of course he should be coming back! Ramón Ayala always sells out, always delivers a rousing good time, and always gives his diehard fans the experience they crave. Since 1971, Ramón Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte has virtually defined much of modern norteño music with his lyrics and distinctive accordion playing, while winning a lot of Grammy Awards and many, many fans along the way. He's an icon, pure and simple.
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END OF THE LINE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2022, 7:30 PM TICKETS: $29/39/49
End of the Line is the premier Allman Brothers Tribute Band making a name for themselves with a sound as classic and heavy as the original brothers themselves. Endorsed by the Official Allman Brothers Museum and former Allman Brothers band members and collaborators, End of the Line carries on the legacy of the Allman Brothers with poise and power. Come experience the soul, jam, and spirit that lives on through each note hit. In this all-new show for 2022/23, the band pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Allman Brothers album Eat a Peach. The show will include the band playing the album live from beginning to end, followed by a second half with a selection of Allman Brothers hits as requested by the audience.
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ALEX MARI, M.D., CHAIR OF THE BOARD
MARIE D. GALLO, PRESIDENT EMERITA† EVAN PORGES, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
JUNE ROGERS, VICE PRESIDENT
CHRISTINA GOMEZ, TREASURER & CHAIR ELECT
GINGER JOHNSON, SECRETARY
JOE SWAIN, MEMBER AT LARGE
CLARKE FILIPPI, D.D.S.
JUAN SÁNCHEZ MUÑOZ, PH.D.
STEPHANIE GALLO TYLER
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
DANIEL DEL REAL
PAUL MICHAEL EGER
RYAN ROTH GALLO
KIMBERLY CLAUSS JORRITSMA
RICHARD OGLE, PH.D.
ROSE MARIE REAVILL
BRANT SCOTT KT STAAK
PHILIP TROMPETTER, PH.D. ANN M. VENEMAN
ROY LEVIN, M.D.
JEANNE PERRY JOHN C. PFEFFER, M.D. NORM PORGES
SUE ELLEN RITCHEY DELSIE SCHRIMP
FRED A. SILVA
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TONGE, M.D.† TOM VAN GRONINGEN, PH.D. CAROL WHITESIDE† JEREMIAH WILLIAMS ALICE YIP
The Gallo Center for the Arts is a unique public/private partnership. Construction was funded jointly by the County of Stanislaus, which owns the facility, and contributions from more than 4,000 individuals and businesses given to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which today operates the Center. DECEMBER 2022 2-3 MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY POPS 9-11 GALLO CENTER REPERTORY COMPANY: A CHRISTMAS STORY 9-17 CENTRAL WEST BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER 16 CENTRAL WEST BALLET: NUTCRACKER IN JAZZ 20 DIONNE WARWICK & THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS 20 MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CONCERTST. STANISLAUS CATHOLIC CHURCH 21 A JOHNNY MATHIS CHRISTMAS 23 DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS TOUR JANUARY 2023 5 R.E.S.P.E.C.T. A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF ARETHA FRANKLIN 7 ANA BARBARA WITH SPECIAL GUEST LUIS CORONEL 13 DRUMLINE LIVE 14 REO SPEEDWAGON 15 CARROT TOP 17 ITZHAK PERLMAN 19 LES BALLETS TROCKADERO 20 BRIAN MCKNIGHT 22 LUCY LOVES DESI 27 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR 28 KRISTIN CHENOWETH 29 THE PEKING ACROBATS NICOLE LARSON, SCF NEXTGEN FELLOW BOARD OF DIRECTORS † IN MEMORIAM
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