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elcome to the 92nd season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. We are so privileged to bring world-class music and dance performances to everyone in the region. We have an outstanding lineup this summer, and you won’t want to miss a single performance. From glorious symphonic concerts to down-home bluegrass, big band and more, there is something for everyone. And for the first time in our history, Mary Poppins will fly at the Bowl. Join us and let your spirits soar! If you are a first-time visitor to the Bowl, prepare to be captivated by magnificent performances and to be immersed in the beauty of the Redlands Bowl setting. If you are already a member of the Bowl family, prepare to be delighted by the 2015 season. It is by the generosity of thousands of people who give of their time, talent and treasure that make the Festival a success year after year. Our heartfelt thanks for your love and generosity. Please sit back with your friends, family and community and enjoy music under the stars. Maestro, cue the orchestra. Let the music begin!
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redlands community music association | leadership
Meet RCMA president Jan Hudson Jan Hudson lives in Redlands where she actively supports and is involved in various community groups. Besides being president of the Redlands Community Music Association, she also is a city of Redlands planning commissioner, the 2015-16 presidentelect for the Rotary Club of Redlands and recently has been honored with a 2015 Town and Gown Award of Distinction. In 2011, she was honored by Assemblyman Mike Morrell as a Woman of Distinction. Previously, Hudson served as a 2014 Mt. Baldy BIA board director, 2010-12 president of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, 2012 chair of the Step-byStep Parolee Reentry Board of Directors, 2008-10 executive board member of the Inland Empire U.S. Green Building Council, chair of the USGBC-IE Energy Committee and chair of the city of Redlands Climate Action Task Force. In support of her industry, Hudson is a National Association of Realtors federal political coordinator,
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a California Association of Realtors state director and political key contact, East Valley Association of Realtors (EVAR) director, chair of EVAR Legislative and EVAR Local Candidate Recommendation Committee. Hudson is a trained singer with a long-held love of the arts. She is an advocate of the arts who believes deeply in its contribution to society. She is married to Marvin Hudson and has three sons.
RCMA 2015 Board of Directors Executive committee
Jan Hudson, president Bryan Hartnell, vice president Robert Dawes, treasurer Susan Sequeira, corporate secretary Robin Maupin, member-at-large Tracy Massimiano, program director Board members Paul T. Barich Brenda Bean Marilyn Bunnell Bob Driessnack Ardyce Fowler Patty Holohan Marvin Hudson Susan Irving Richard Larsen Melodee Seccombe Shelli Stockton Lisa Topoleski Robyn Evans, president, Associates of the Redlands Bowl Bea Brown, chairman, Hospitality Ensemble of the RCMA Honorary life members Mary Jane Auerbacher Marsha Croce Gebara Glen T. Noyes Harriet H. Talbert Irene M. Vitt
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Music is for everyone â€” The Redlands Community Music Associationâ€™s Executive and Finance Committees work through the year to ensure the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival continues to offer world class music under the stars with no admission charged. From left are: Bryan Hartnell, Robin Maupin, Tracy Massimiano, Bob Driessnack, Robert Dawes and Board President Jan Hudson.
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arts&culture SUMMER DAY CAMP THROUGH AUG. 7 – Day camps for ages 7-12: “Banish Boredom” has group cooperative activities; “Let Your Imagination Rule” focuses on ar t works, design and construction in various media; “Under Your Feet, Over Your Head and in the Far Beyond” explores fossils, the solar system and points in between; “Animals Around Us” is an introduction to members of the animal kingdom. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 909-307-2669; www.sbcountymuseum.org. Also: “On the Trail of Early Humans” lecture, June 20; “Spider Woman’s Legacy: Navajo Rugs and Textiles,” through Aug. 30. CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT JULY 3 – Pre-1980s cars, hot rods and trucks take center stage during a family oriented event that continues the first Friday of every month. Yucaipa Valley Center, 33600 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa; 6-9 p.m.; free; www.pastpleasurescarclub.com. REDLANDS THEATRE FESTIVAL JULY 10-AUG. 22 – Now in its four th decade, the RTF will be presenting “The Belle of Amherst,” “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “The Grim World,” “Lucky Stiff,” “One Man Two Guvnors” and “Vanya Sonia Masha & Spike” in reper tory
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REDLANDS OPERA THEATRE GALA SEPT. 12 – Four th annual gala also marks the organization’s first formal performance at the Bowl House and the star t of the new Opera at the Gables concer t series. Evening highlights: wine and hors d’oeuvres, live performances of popular opera tunes from some of Southern California’s premier singers and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 each or $80 a couple and include a single drink ticket per person. Mission Gables Bowl House, 25 Grant St., Redlands; 4:30-7:30 p.m.; tickets available star ting Aug. 1 via email, firstname.lastname@example.org; 909-904-3572; www.redlandsoperatheatre.com. CAR SHOW OCT. 4 – 25th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show featuring 1,100 vehicles, a pancake breakfast and other food throughout the day, contests, scavenger hunt, bingo and other
activities. KOLA 99.9-FM remote broadcast. Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, 11201 Benton St., Loma Linda; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; www.veterancarshow.com. REDLANDS SYMPHONY OCT. 17 – Jon Rober tson opens his final season as conductor with a program that includes Shostakovich’s “Cello Concer to No. 1,” what Rober tson calls one of the most challenging pieces ever written for the instrument. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018; www.redlandssymphony.com. FESTIVAL OF QUILTS OCT. 24-25 – Show and bazaar with quilts, challenge quilts, vendors and basket drawings, plus Cathy Kreter and the “Home of the Brave” quilt project. Event presented by Citrus Belt Quilters. Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak
Glen Road, Yucaipa; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; www.citrusbeltquilters.org. HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING – More than 7,000 items — dating from the 1800s to today — made by American glass-makers and ar tists are available for display. Children and Family Day, with music, face-paintng and other activities, returns June 28, noon to 4 p.m. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weekday group tours by appointment; 909-798-0868; historicalglassmuseum.com. MARKET NIGHT ONGOING – One of the most successful cer tified farmers markets in Southern California features more than 150 food and merchandise booths. East State Street (between Orange and Ninth streets), downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; 909-798-7629.
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New heights with ‘Poppins’ Wayne Scott and the RCMA aim for the clouds with ambitious production By Don Sproul
n some ways the build up to “Mary Poppins,” this year’s theater adventure at the Redlands Community Music Association’s summer festival, is like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” — the signature song from the Broadway musical. With the entire company on stage, the song is reprised during “the bows,” the final moments of the performance. With the cast gesturing in a visual accompaniment to lyrics, the song rapidly accelerates until it reaches its final, frantic pace. It’s the iconic moment of the production, and while it appears chaotic, it is the result of months of careful planning, staging, rehearsals and preparation. Wayne Scott, veteran producer /director of theater at the Redlands Bowl as well as at his own LifeHouse Theater, is walking around the seating area of the ampitheater gesturing to where the uprights of the truss will be placed. The first week of rehearsals have been completed. The details of exactly where and how Mary will fly onto the stage haven’t been finalized; there’s a lot to consider. “I liken it a little bit to going to the moon — preparing for a moon landing. … You have to do a lot of pre-planning,” he said. Perhaps most daunting is the truss,
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“Mary Poppins” will go aerial this summer at the Redlands Bowl, says producer/director Wayne Scott. “It’s going to involve a little magician’s trick, some misdirection and redirection, but they’ll see her fly.”
a four-legged 16-by-45-foot apparatus that will enable Mary to fly, serve as a framework for lighting and allow the actors to pull off some of the other magic moments. “Rome may not have been built in a day, but Cherry Tree Lane will need to be built in about that,” Scott added. One of the challenges of theater at the Bowl is the cast and organizers have very little time to install the physical staging and production equipment. The public dress rehearsal, which Scott considers opening night, takes place on a Tuesday. The last concert prior to the musical is on the preceding Friday, a bare four days before the proverbial curtain goes up. “We have to have everything prepainted, prefitted and premeasured to the n-th degree,” Scott said, explaining the preparations. Before the cast has an opportunity to work with the equipment in place, the set is chalked out, Scott factors in sightlines
and elevations. He believes as much as a third of the audience well experience “Mary Poppins” more as a radio drama than a play because they will be so far away they won’t be able to see faces well. Having an uncluttered environment, visible positioning and an emphasis on gestures helps convey the story. This year, the need for the truss means some additional visual obstructions for the audience, particularly for those on the lawn to either side of the Prosellis. Scott is working on a strategy to be sure everyone will be able to see as much as possible. “Hopefully no one will miss out on anything,” he said. Why the truss? Well, for more than just fly the eponymous character, Scott says. Mary will fly with a harness and cables from the truss. But it will also help in the other magical effects — straightening up the entire kitchen, pulling things out of her magic bag. “To create the effects for everyone to oooh
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and ahhh and, hopefully, enjoy,” he added. Scott rates “Poppins” as the most difficult production he’s tried to mount. There’s more dance, more singing, a lot of locations and more effects than anything he’s done to date. It’s stretching for him, the staging team, the cast and the budget. When the decision was made to move forward with putting on “Mary Poppins,” the Bowl team began searching for companies that help set up the flying apparatus. It needed to be safe and believable. The cost was about $15,000 to $20,000 — just for that one aspect, not counting sets, costumes … anything else. Scott had to go to the Bowl Association and say, “This production is going to be rather costly, I was embarassed about that. But we’ve come up with a way to do it that’s not going to be that expensive,” he said. It’s not really any suprise to him that the Bowl organization gets things done. It’s the people. And “it’s a love of the arts and wanting to give back. LifeHouse and the RCMA are united on that front. I think both groups are chartered that way. It’s a really nice synergy, a good relationship. I love the people here. “I consider it great honor and responsibility as well as a matter of stewardship to do the best production we can with harmonious relationships from top to bottom.” When the cast of “Mary Poppins” gathered for the first time for a readthrough, Scott says it was fun to see their faces as they realized how much talent they had together. They had immediate respect for each other. “Hearing them sing as a choral group for the first time was amazing,” he said. “They were like, ‘Ahhh, that sounded pretty good.’ They were among people who were going to be working hard and had talent; (they understood they) had a good shot at being in something excellent, which is what we are striving for.”
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music festival | q & a Frank Paul Fetta Photos by Carla Sanders
Frank Paul Fetta marks his 30th year with the Redlands Bowl By CARLA SANDERS
ressed in a black longsleeved tee and dark trousers, deep purple velvet fringed scarf and jaunty chapeau, his silver mane pulled back in a ponytail, music master Frank Paul Fetta exudes an air of cosmopolitan casual chic. It’s a vibrant contrast to the mid-century orange and green of the uniquely American diner where we are meeting and where, during the next 90 minutes and over coffee and a creamed kale omelet (he’s a vegetarian), he will reveal much about the man behind the music. A New Jersey native with a degree from Ithaca College, Fetta, 68, arrived on the West Coast in the early 1970s as a singer and musician with a small choral group that played the Hollywood Bowl before heading on a European tour. When the tour ended, Fetta returned to the Los Angeles area, and through the years has been at the helm of numerous regional musical groups, including a 20-year stint as musical director
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of Opera a la Carte. That group played at the Redlands Bowl in 1976, offering Fetta his inaugural conducting opportunity at the place where, in 1985, he would embark on a three-decade partnership. He is now artistic adviser and conductor of the annual Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. But that’s not all. Fetta packs more into a day than seems possible. He also is music director and conductor for the San Bernardino Symphony, Culver City Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, Glendale Philharmonic and principal conductor of the Nevada Opera Theatre. For more than a decade, he has played the piano and organ for three masses a week at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, a routine he started long ago as a favor to a friend. He and his artist-inventor wife, Susan, have one son, Raphael, and two grandsons, Gabriel, 5, and Benjamin, 4. Here’s what Fetta, who eschews much of modern technology — he rarely uses his cell phone and does not have a computer — had to say: Question: After 30 years with the
Redlands Bowl, are you surprised to still be here? Answer: Yes. It’s kind of unbelievable; really, it’s remarkable to have that relationship go on for so long through different administrations. Q: Do you pick the music and artists for the symphonic portion of bowl season? A: Yes, I do. We discuss thematic situations and I try to follow that. Q: What type of music do you listen to in your down time? A: What I’ve grown to really like is Cuban jazz. Where my studio is, my next-door neighbor is Cuban. He told me he had a friend who just came from Cuba. He said he’s a Cuban jazz player, but he’s trained in classical music, he’s a virtuoso pianist. So, he brings him over one day and he sat down at the piano and started playing and my mind was just blown. So I got kind of interested in it. And I like film music a lot because many of my friends are film composers. Q: How did you get interested in music? A: My mother was musical and taught me piano at an early age.
Q: Are you introducing your grandchildren to music? A: They’ve been to several different concerts and they seem to like it. My son plays the piano and guitar and he’s got a beautiful voice. He’s teaching Gabriel to play a little bit of piano and a little bit of guitar. And Gabriel has a beautiful singing voice. He phoned me on my birthday and sang “Happy Birthday” and it was so pretty. It was perfectly in pitch with this beautiful little soprano 5-year-old voice. It was gorgeous. Q: You don’t rely on technology like many people today. How is that? A: I work with a lot of younger performers. I can relate to them. We kind of excite one another. They all see me as kind of a … a ...well, they said, “How does your mind keep track and seem to know everybody’s name and the music and the schedules and you don’t have a computer?” I said, “Because I use my mind. I know where I’m going and what time and where I have to be and with whom.” Sometimes people are doing computer exercises to improve their minds. I just keep using my brain. When I’m talking to people from the San Bernardino Symphony they’ll say, “Oh Frank, we heard you got a cell phone and a computer.” And I’ll say, “Who did you hear that from?” It’s really funny. Q: What’s on your reading list? A: Mostly nonfiction. I’m not a big fiction reader. I like philosophy books, metaphysical books. There’s a group of books written by Jane Roberts, The Seth Books. She’d go into these trances and she spoke with this spirit, this entity called Seth, and she wrote thousands of words — maybe 20 books. Her husband would sit there with both a
tape recorder and in longhand and would record these and write notes of these sessions. She also wrote metaphysical novels as well. The books that are really interesting are these trance sessions she was in. Q: Tell me about your hair. A: I’ve had it long for about 12 or 13 years. About 20 years ago I used to dye my hair black and finally I looked at it and thought, “This looks terrible.” Some people said, “Oh no, dye your hair, it makes you look younger.” Then I thought about all that black dye, you know. I used to have to go like every two weeks. So, I went to my wife’s hairdresser and said, “Just cut it all off, right down to the nub.” Then my hair was all gray and it just kept getting longer and longer … and then I thought, “You know what… I’m saving a lot of money by not going to the hairdresser!” As it got longer and longer some people would say, “It looks pretty cool. It’s white, it’s long.” So I’ve just kept it that way. Q: You’ve traveled a great deal. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? A: I’m beginning to think Italy or Mexico. Mexico reminds me of Italy — and it’s closer! I’ve grown to really love the Mexican spirit. I like the family life; I love the music. Every region of Mexico has a different kind of music and they are really different. The rhythms are all different, the instruments are all different. And yet you can sort of tell that it’s Mexican. But the Mexican classical music for symphony orchestra — unbeliev-able. They have some of the greatest composers, so I’m sort of steeped in that. And the art in Mexico, the architecture in Mexico — it’s
unbelievable, both in public buildings, private houses. A lot of people don’t know it’s that great. And then of course, for obvious reason, Italy, because of the tremendous history and the fact that I love opera and Italian music in general. And it’s a big ancestral connection. Q: You mentioned the Italian music. Is there a composer whose work you love to conduct? A: They are all my favorite, but I think that there is no symphony of Beethoven I would ever tire of conducting. I love Brahms’ 1st and 3rd Symphony, Mahler 1, I love all the Tchaikovsky symphonies for example. They’re thrilling and complicated and the passion of the writing is so extreme. I love the music of Richard Wagner. Every time I can conduct Wagner, I always adore it. I love Debussy. Q: Do you get excited about introducing new or perhaps lesser-known pieces to audiences? A: Yes, yes, I do. I don’t get that opportunity often, but I do. Q: When you are in Redlands, do you have favorite shops you frequent? A: One of my favorite restaurants in Redlands is Isabella’s. They have so many things that can be done vegetarian style. I do a lot of shopping in Redlands when I’m there, and each year it becomes better. Another favorite is a little store called West of Texas. Q: Do you see yourself at the Redlands Bowl for many years to come? A: From my point of view, I’d like that. I don’t feel any sense of slowing down. Each year it seems I’m busier.
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Come fly away! Step back in style at this July 11 Bowl fundraiser
he 1950s and ’60s. It was a time that saw the first credit card, seat belts, color TV, atomic submarines, Disneyland, Coco Chanel, Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, hula hoops, NASA, JFK and the peace symbol. And the dapper Rat Pack — Sinatra, Dino, Sammy Davis Jr. & Co. — were wowing the house at the Vegas Strip. This year, the Associates of the Redlands Bowl invites arts supporters and folks who just want to have fun to “Come Fly Away,” the group’s 52nd annual gala event to raise funds for Bowl programming. The event at a glance: Key Facts Date: July 11, 2015 Time: 5:30 p.m. — until Location: Esri, 380 New York St., Redlands Tickets: $110 per person; patron tables of eight, $1,200 (Patron guests are treated to high tone extras, including a VIP reception and reserved parking.) Information: Contact Mary Churchill at 909-793-4393 or email@example.com. Food & Drink Details: Specifics still under wraps, but prepared by Esri’s own catering team. Hors d’oeuvres will be followed by fine fare — with a ‘50s-’60s vibe, of course, and dessert. Cash bar What to Wear Classy cool: Think “Mad Men” and Rat Pack. No wild costume required. The Associates pick the themes that both men and women can enjoy without resorting to the outlandish. Men: Have fun. Sharp tailored suits, cuffs, slim ties. For the bold, maybe a dab of Brylcreem. Ladies: Pull out your petticoat, your bright red lipstick and your hats.
Think ‘50s and ‘60s fashion, hair, make-up ... accessorize! Need reference points? How about bouffants, Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Margaret and Brigitte Bardot. Don’t forget your pearls. The Cause The ARB raises more than $100,000 annually for the Redlands Community Music Association’s Summer Music Festival and the Young Artist Scholarship Awards. The gala accounts for more than 60 percent of the total. Don’t Miss ... • Martha Green! Redlands’ own celebrity chef has been known to push the envelope showing up as Madonna at a ‘90s party and as a Vegas showgirl at another. • The auctions, both live and silent, as well as a special raffle. Look for destination trips, sports tickets, and more — for fun and a great cause. • Music and dancing. With entertainment from Las Vegas Rat Pack impersonators featuring Frank, Dean and Sammy.
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Days of hi-fi … After live music, relaxing at home was all about high fidelity as FM radio had not arrived on the scene. Cheryl Towers switches a record as she models an understated black sheath-style Sabrina by Signature dress ($46) that’s embellished with a spray of faux pearls set in a layered necklace pattern. Accents are a pearl bracelet and shoes from Bandolino ($59).
Retro runway Rat Pack? Sixties fashion? When we learned the theme of this year’s Associates of the Redlands Bowl gala, there was only one course of action: fashion shoot. So with styled hair and accessories to match, the three event co-chairwomen dolled up to promote the evening. Nathan Gonzales and Todd Loza graciously allowed us use of their Mid-Century Modern décor home as the setting. Here’s a walk back in period fashion. All dresses are vintage.
Making an entrance ... Suzi Billdt arrives for the party dressed in a stylish blackand-white print A-line dress with cap sleeves. Bows and petticoat complete the look. Vintage Three Seasons party dress ($40); earrings and necklace are family pieces with a vintage purse from Precious Times Antique Mall ($10).
Shaking it up … Michelle Church plays bartender with the period cocktail shaker and bar cart setup in the Gonzales-Loza Home. She’s styling a polka dot halter-top dress from Paul Jones ($35) and Vince Camuto shoes ($100). Photos by Eric Reed Hair and makeup by Dani Tygr
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The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival will fill the historic venue with music, dance, Broadway theater and entertainment that everyone in the family will enjoy. Since 1924, the series has been presented by the Redlands Community Music Association — always without an admission fee.
Tuesday, July 7 • Presidio Brass: Five funny guys who will blow you away
Friday, June 26 • San Bernardino Symphony: “Mosaico Music Festival,” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
Friday, July 31 • The Singing Cinema
Tuesday, June 30 • Winners of the 64th annual Young Artists Auditions
Friday, Aug. 7 • Redlands Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
Tuesday, July 7 • Presidio Brass
Tuesday, Aug. 11 • Glenn Miller and Harry James tribute featuring the Tex Beneke Orchestra starring Mary Lou Metzger and String of Pearls
Saturday, July 11 • Johnny Boyd: Learn how to jump and jive Tuesday, July 14 • A.J. Croce: Lessons on being effortlessly cool Saturday, July 18 • Rhythmic Circus: The language of tap and tap dancing basics Tuesday, July 21 • Didi Pelev: Stars of Tomorrow: How to act your way to stardom Saturday, July 25 • Wayne Scott, “Mary Poppins” producer/director: “Step in time” and sing “Poppins” classics Tuesday, July 28 • Run Boy Run: Stomp your feet to some rip-roarin’ bluegrass music Saturday, Aug. 1 • Frank Paul Fetta on Opera: What it takes to be an opera singer Tuesday, Aug. 4 • The New Hot Club of America: Be transported to the sounds of Paris Saturday, Aug. 8 • Frank Paul Fetta on the Symphony: How musical instruments work and sound, then conduct a magic invisible orchestra Workshops are for ages 4-10 and meet at these locations: • Mission Gables Bowl House, 168 S. Eureka St., Redlands; 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays • Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., Redlands; 10-10:45 a.m. Saturdays
Friday, July 10 • Johnny Boyd Tuesday, July 14 • A.J. Croce Thursday-Friday, July 16-17 • Rhythmic Circus Tuesday, July 21 • “Mary Poppins” rehearsal Thursday-Sunday, July 23-26 • “Mary Poppins” Tuesday, July 28 • Run Boy Run
Tuesday, Aug. 4 • The New Hot Club of America
Friday, Aug. 14 • Incendio Tuesday, Aug. 18 • Navy Band Southwest Friday, Aug. 21 • Redlands Symphony Orchestra Summer finale with fireworks
Driving and parking The Redlands Bowl is situated off Brookside Avenue, between Eureka and Grant streets. The best parking area is at the Redlands Mall, a short walk to the Bowl. Parking there is free of charge. For handicapped parking, drive onto Eureka Street all the way to the police barricades near the Bowl. You will be directed to the available parking areas. Space for handicapped parking is limited. Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.; it’s best to arrive at least one hour early.
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Audience participation has always been part of the festival experience. The music often prompts many to get up and dance, as it did during one of the performances last year, left. The Community Sing, a tradition that will end on Aug. 4 this year, has been another way everyone gets involved. Maj. Fred Pierce and his family, below, raised their voices for a Community Sing in the 1950s.
Optimists concessions Members of the Redlands Optimist Club have an important role during the Summer Dieterich Music Festival, operating the concession stand that members of the organization built a decade ago and donated to the city. While the fare — hot dogs, popcorn, coffee, sodas, water — may be typical of most snack bars, 100 percent of the proceeds raised from every sale will be used to support youth programs, says John G. “Greg” Dieterich, the nonprofit group’s president. Some of those programs, including scholarships, essay and oratorical contests and sporting events, are organized by the Optimists. In other cases, they may support other organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside and Redlands Junior All American Football and Cheer. Details at www.redlandsoptimistclub.org
Red Shirt Ushers, other volunteers Red Shirt Ushers are an assembly of about 40 men and women who volunteer and are responsible for the enjoyment and safety of everyone who attends the Redlands Bowl concerts. They hand out programs, guide and assist all patrons, especially those with special needs. Red Shirt Ushers also supervise the guest usher groups who are responsible for the freewill offering taken during each intermission. Guest ushers are volunteers from various service clubs, churches and other community organizations. Also helping is the Redlands Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Corps, which includes the Citizen Volunteer Patrol and the Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers. They provide traffic control for special events, among other duties.
music festival | meet the performers SAN BERNARDINO SYMPHONY: Mosaico Music Festival Frank Paul Fetta, conductor Friday, June 26 Sponsored by Clara Mae Clem
he San Bernardino Symphony’s Mosaico Music Festival concert will celebrate the richness and romance of timeless Latin American classics. Evening highlights include: • A tribute to the works of the incomparable Augustín Lara culminating in a performance of his beloved “Granada” by tenor Gustavo Hernández. • Amorous vocal renditions of timeless classics “Bésame Mucho,” “Sabor a mí,” “Amorcito Corazón” and “Cielito Lindo” featuring mezzo-soprano Ana González with Hernández. • Colorful folklorico choreography by the Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, under the direction of Kareli Montoya. With both traditional and sweeping beauty and an unexpected lyrical edge, the choreography is set to the charismatic “Huapango.” The famous “Zacatecas March,” a piece often considered the second national anthem of Mexico, also is on the evening’s program. • The tantalizingly rhythmic final movement of Carlos Chavez’s “Sinfonia India.” • The Redlands Bowl debut of the Mateo Oliva’s beautiful “Mosaico Nacional,” a symphonic celebration of folk music themes from throughout the regions of Mexico. Creation of the Mosaico Music Festival program was made possible by a James Irvine Foundation grant to the San Bernardino Symphony. It was developed under project directorship of Valerie Peister and music directorship of Maestro Frank Fetta.
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Ana González de Jorgenson, mezzo-soprano, was born in Mexico into a family of musicians. She studied at the University of Guadalajara School of Music and later at the School of Sacred Music in Toluca, Mexico. She is a member of Ensemble XXI of Redlands and a frequent performer of traditional Mexican music at private events.
The acclaimed Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles was founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya. It has performed in well-known venues such as the Nokia Theater, the Greek Theatre, John Anson Ford Amphitheater, Disneyland, StubHub Center, and the Los Angeles County and Orange County Fairgrounds, where it has captivated audiences with its energetic stage presence and dramatic interpretation of traditional folklorico dance.
Gustavo Hernández, tenor, began his singing career through the Young Musicians Program of UC Berkeley. Hernández has sung lead tenor roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Norma, as well as tenor solos for Mendehlsson’s Elijah, The Messiah, and The Mozart Requiem. Hernández has a bachelor’s in music from the San Francisco Conservatory and a master’s in vocal arts from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Winners of the 2015 Young Artists Auditions Tuesday, June 30 Sponsored by Associates of the Redlands Bowl
The winners of the 64th annual Redlands Bowl Young Artists Auditions are a talented group. They were selected from 42 contestants, who performed in preliminary auditions at the University of Redlands in April. The finalists were called back for a second round later that same day to perform their First row, left to right: Kevin Miura, Claire Elias and “best five minutes” for the panel of judges. Bradley Bascon; second row, left to right: Siyuan Liu, Leonard Chong, Justin Brunette and Jonathan Mamora Baritone Justin Brunette and pianist Jonathan Mamora were the senior division winners; junior division kudos went to pianist Siyuan Liu, harpist Claire Elias and violinists Bradley Bascon, Leonard Chong and Kevin Miura. Mamora is a two-time honoree, after winning in 2011 as a junior contestant. The Associates of the Redlands Bowl present awards of $1,000 to the senior division winners and $500 to the junior division winners at the concert.
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music festival | meet the performers Presidio Brass Tuesday, July 7 Sponsored by University of Redlands & University of Redlands Town & Gown
ince forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has enjoyed success as the face of a new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, the San Diego ensemble has crafted a unique trademark sound. In a touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, “Sounds of the Cinema,” these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor. Audiences and music critics describe “Sounds of the Cinema” as a two-thumbsup, must-see evening. Presidio Brass has performed internationally and in more than 40 states, has conducted master classes at colleges and universities, and has appeared on National Public Radio. Each member of the ensemble began his musical career in a school band. Inspired by the dedication of their music
teachers, Presidio Brass members have made it their mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. Performances are often coupled with a master class or school program for which the quintet volunteers their time. Members of the Presidio Brass have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
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music festival | meet the performers Johnny Boyd Friday, July 10 Sponsored by Norma J. Nesbitt
f Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash had a love child, it would be Johnny Boyd.” — NPR He’s singer, swing lover and songwriter. Johnny Boyd seamlessly blends swing, jazz, pop, country, gospel and rock to weave nostalgic charisma from bygone eras. He has the romanticism of a crooner, the good looks of a golden-era matinee idol and the passion of a renegade artist. But it’s his highly distinctive, smooth as silk vocal style that truly defines him. He’s Johnny Boyd — and like Sinatra, he does it his way. Long-acclaimed as one of the most versatile vocal performers of today, Boyd seamlessly blends a range of styles while taking risks with his arrangements that show confidence in his talent. With 20-plus years experience, the former Indigo Swing front man doesn’t miss a beat. A highly prolific singer-songwriter and
resident road dog known for his extreme work ethic (performing more than 300 gigs a year in the U.S. and Europe), Boyd can move an audience from smiles to tears Johnny Boyd in one sitting. Boyd’s highly acclaimed 2012 full-length album, “Never Been Blue,” flexed his musical muscle and moved into territory never explored with Indigo Swing, all while staying true to his crooning roots. Says Boyd: “I’m a romantic. I try to be optimistic. My songs have always involved classic themes about everyday life: dreams, disappointments and sacrifices … and hope for better days.” Perhaps critic Chris Jorgensen best sums up Boyd’s appeal: “In the hands of lesser talent, it would have felt like a novelty. But Boyd clearly loves each song he performs, and he reinforces the old musical maxim that no matter how strange the music seems, if it feels good, it is good.”
AN EVENING WITH A.J. CROCE Tuesday, July 14 Sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs of Redlands & the Redlands Daily Facts
inger-songwriter A.J. Croce’s music encompasses the raw, real sounds of roots, blues, folk, pop and jazz. Seven of his albums have charted on the radio in Top 40, Americana, independent, blues, jazz and Radio 1. During his 20-year career, he has shared the stage with an eclectic group of artists, from Lyle Lovett to Ray Charles, Béla Fleck to James Brown, Lenny Kravitz to Morphine, and Rod Stewart to Dave Matthews. Croce also has been on shows hosted by David Letterman and Jay Leno. “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands,” said Willie Nelson. For more on Croce’s career and musical family ties, see the story on Page 30.
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music festival | meet the performers RHYTHMIC CIRCUS Thursday and Friday, July 16-17 Sponsored Thursday by Robert & Paula Driessnack, the Intermec Foundation; and Friday by David & Robin Maupin of Maupin Financial Advisors to celebrate the children of Micah House
inneapolis-grown hoofers Rhythmic Circus bring hardhitting percussive dance and live rock music to the stage in an evening that’s guaranteed to enthrall audiences with positivity and infectious rhythm. Three guys and a gal combine rapid-fire tap talent with the funky styling and original lyrics of a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound. Add vocal percussionist Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, and it’s easy to see why this show earned a 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award. From an a cappella singing and tap number to a percussive chair routine (think “STOMP”) to the stripped down “Dream Song,” an acoustic number inspired by a front porch jam session back home in
Minneapolis, the group’s “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” show is a genre-hopping hour-and-ahalf of rock, blues and soul. Brilliant staging and integrated choreography are most evident in “Circus,” a crowd-pleaser in which the dancers, decked out in colorful marching band attire, join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns. “We created ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!’
out of the desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The show helps remind our audiences that there is always a reason to get up, let go and dance,” said co-creator Nick Bowman. “The name of our show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the early 1900s — a time when they literally had parades every Sunday just to celebrate their lives and community. “Rhythmic Circus has adopted the chant as more of a rallying cry. We have been ecstatic to see it strike a chord with people everywhere from our hometown to Off-Broadway and all the way across the globe,” he added. As “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” continues to spread the Rhythmic Circus positivity with audiences everywhere, the group remains true to its mission to provide inspirational experiences through a sensational blend of theater, music and dance. Information: www.rhythmiccircus.com
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music festival | meet the performers ‘MARY POPPINS’
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veryone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and
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music festival | meet the performers RUN BOY RUN Tuesday, July 28 Sponsored by Ken and Judith Stanford
xisting comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run’s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. The group’s music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century. From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Run Boy Run has been making friends and fans alike with its open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence. “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band’s debut CD. Run Boy Run emerges from Tucson, and
was tagged by Paste magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” The band is comprised of brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen. With three strong female voices, singing
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music festival | meet the performers The Singing Cinema Frank Paul Fetta, conductor Friday, July 31 Sponsored by Esri
ome and enjoy an evening full of cinematic excellence in opera. Whether opera is used in a movie’s score to support the story or a film is created to give an operatic piece new life, opera has played a large role in the history of cinema. The evening’s soloists — Begoña Bilbao, Matteo Bitetti, Candace Bogan, Ralph Cato, Brooke deRosa, Nandani Maria Sinha, Haqumai Sharpe and Erin Wood — will perform famous arias and duets from operas such as “La Boheme,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Carmen,” “The Magic Flute” and other pieces that have inspired movie creators over the past century. A Venezuelan soprano and pianist, Bilbao made her operatic debut in 1993 and is currently the lead soprano at the Casa Italiana Opera Company in Los Angeles. Bitetti is a veteran of the Redlands Bowl stage and also was a regular with the New York City Opera in the 1990s. An elegant lyric-soprano, Bogan routinely holds recitals in Southern California. She has a master’s in vocal performance from San Diego State University. Cato’s rich baritone has fronted concerts
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by symphonies and ensembles overseas in Estonia and Germany as well as in Chicago and Los Angeles. He also teaches applied voice and diction to singers at UC Riverside. DeRosa has performed with L.A. Opera, Center Stage Opera, Redlands Symphony and The Pacific Symphony. She has also sung on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Hailed by opera legends as “one of the most promising young American tenors,” Sharpe received his bachelor’s in vocal
performance from Butler University. Sinha’s resume includes appearances with the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pasadena operas, and the Repertory Opera Company. She studied voice at the Juilliard School of Music and Cornell University. Wood had her San Francisco Opera debut as Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” and other recent engagements include “Verdi Requiem” with the London Symphony Chorus.
and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His music is infused with traditional jazz and music of Buenos Aires to forge a new style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. He began playing professionally at age 16
in Buenos Aires. By 17, Bergara was fronting his own blues trio on national television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America which led to his worldwide gig with John Jorgensen Quintet. (The evening also will feature the Bowl’s last Community Sing which is being retired after this summer.)
The New Hot Club of America Tuesday, Aug. 4 Sponsored by The Hospitality Ensemble ot the RCMA
odeled after the original instrumentation of The Hot Club of France, the New Hot Club of America is a triple-violin ensemble comprised of some of the top gypsy jazz artists performing in North America. NHCA pays particular attention to recapturing the sound, style and spirit of the Hot Club of France by performing music composed and performed by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The ensemble is the latest project by Argentine jazz and gypsy swing guitar virtuoso Gonzalo Bergara, and includes the four members of his Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer
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music festival | meet the performers Redlands Symphony Orchestra Frank Paul Fetta, conductor Friday, Aug. 7 Sponsored by Glenn Vernet
uitar virtuoso Tim Callobre joins the symphony in performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto De Aranjuez.” The program also will include excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” and Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony.” Callobre comes to Redlands after establishing a varied resume that began with acclaim as a child prodigy gifted at both
A Tribute to Glenn Miller and Harry James Featuring the Tex Beneke Orchestra and starring Mary Lou Metzger and String of Pearls Tuesday, Aug. 11 Sponsored by Carol Baker: Baker’s Drive-Thru
elebrate some of the greatest music of all time in a salute to band leader Glenn Miller and trumpeter Harry James. The evening will feature the Tex Beneke Orchestra, former Lawrence Welk co-star Mary Lou Metzger and the popular vocal group String of Pearls. A singer, tenor saxophone musician and band leader, Tex Beneke was a distinctive artist who sang lead vocal on what was to become the first gold record in history,
piano and classical guitar. At age 10 in 2010, the Pasadena native was featured with his mother on KNBC in Los Angeles; the
“Chattanooga Choo Choo.” He later took the helm of Glenn Miller’s orchestra after the band leader’s plane vanished over the English Channel in 1944. The band now plays the Mary Lou Metzger greatest hits of the Miller era along with hits of their own String of Pearls under the direction of Jim Snodgrass. As bubbly as champagne music itself, appearances and as hostess of several PBS Metzger was the “pet” of the Lawrence Welk television music programs. musical family. A young woman of many String of Pearls combines the innovative talents, she appeared in the film “Cycad,” vocal jazz stylings of Perry Hart, Katheryne with Gary Merrill and Sammy Davis Jr., High and Warren Adams to create and on stage with the national company a new dimension in popular music. of “Music Man.” Their unprecedented musical candor Metzger continues to perform in concerts, and thunderclap energy may be heard in on cruise ships, in television guest original songs by gifted new songwriters.
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his fusion guitar group, whose name means “fire” in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, has a timeless sound that is all about energy, exploration and passion. At the heart of Incendio’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar, which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images; the group refers to its style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion.” Averaging more 150 shows annually during the past 15 years, Incendio’s live performance has become an explosive, improvisatory journey, garnering
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performance can be found on YouTube. His resume also includes White House appearances for George and Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, scoring films and performances on NPR and PBS’s “From the Top — Live From Carnegie Hall.” Callobre also has served as a studio pianist for “America’s Got Talent” and received the USC Thornton Music Faculty Award, a full merit scholarship. He has played at the Kennedy Center, for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences “Grammy Salute to Classical Music,” and with numerous orchestras on radio and TV shows.
tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, Millpond Festival, Catalina Jazztrax, California World Festival and many more across the U.S.
The core trio is comprised of Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar, guitar synthesizer) and Liza Carbe (bass, guitar). The three principals started the group in 1999; their first CD, “Misterioso,” was released in 2000. For the Redlands performance, the trio will be joined by longtime cohorts, drummer Tim Curle and percussionist Nicole Falzone. Incendio’s eight CDs have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Their latest release is 2013’s “The Shape of Dreams.” Information: incendioband.com
music festival | meet the performers Navy Band Southwest Tuesday, Aug. 18 Sponsored by Paul and Joann Barich
ne of the U.S. Navy’s oldest and finest military bands takes command of the evening with a salute to some of America’s favorite patriotic music. Under the direction of Lt. Jane E. Hoffman, the band serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Southwestern United States and is a strong proponent of music education. From its home at Naval Base San Diego, the 45-member organization calls upon its Ceremonial Band for the majority of its work. But the band also has a variety of other ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Showband West, SeaBreeze (the band’s reception combo), Brass and Woodwind Quintets, a Brass Band and the popular music group, The Destroyers. Averaging 600 performances a year, the band supports Navy retention and recruiting initiatives and regularly performs in community concert series, including with
the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops and at professional sports events. As a strong proponent of music education, Navy Band Southwest proudly participates in the Navy’s “Partnership in Education”
program through educational concerts and clinics for school music programs. More information about Navy Band Southwest is available on Facebook and at http://1.usa.gov/1G0S4mo.
REDLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Friday, Aug. 21 Sponsored by Montessori in Redlands Celebrating 40 years of Montessori Education in Redlands
he Bowl’s fireworks grand finale program of the summer includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Alexander Agate, the Andante Cantabile movement from Tchaikovsky’s 5th Alexander Agate Symphony and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Now 20, Agate began learning the piano at age 11 and two years later was accepted into a music scholarship program at Moorpark Community College. Currently, he is a junior majoring in piano performance at Cal State Northridge.
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in time A.J. Croce turns back the clock to find inspiration for his latest release By GEORGE A. PAUL
hen A.J.Croce made his latest studio album, “Twelve Tales,” it was with an old school mindset. Recalling the early rock and soul music eras, when Croce’s music influences Ray Charles, Little Richard and Fats Domino thrived, he came up with a unique concept: record a dozen songs as if they were 45 vinyl records with an “A” and “B” side. “It was a lot of work; I spent a year trying to make it happen,” admitted the acclaimed singer/pianist. “I had a list of legendary producers and everyone was busy, so I traveled to the studios they like to work in. That was a challenge. I played with their musicians and engineers. So every place I went, I was just as much a sideman in a sense as the rest of the guys.” The impressive producer roster included veteran New Orleans R&B master Allen Toussaint, late Sun Records staffer “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Mitchell Froom, Tony Berg, Kevin Killen and Greg Cohen. Froom and Berg “both work with such diverse artists. Mitchell was the most surprising because he and I played live together, switched instruments and his [methods] really inspired me. You go into his studio and there’s every kind of old guitar and keyboard you can imagine. His
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idea is to make those things sound like they never have before. That totally changed my perspective.” Several tracks were recorded, mixed, mastered and offered for sale in less than a week on iTunes. Then they were all compiled onto “Twelve Tales” in 2014. “What ended up gelling it together was that almost all of it was recorded live. Had that not been the case and the producers had a week for each song, it would’ve been a different story because you would’ve really seen a more extreme example of their production styles,” he said. “I like and appreciate the old style of recording. I think it shows a good, capable player when you hear a live recording. It’s honest.” Clement was the first to sign on. “That was his last session [before passing away]. I had known him since I was 17, so it was a thrill to finally be able to put something down and know that it was going to come out. Working with Allen Toussaint was a thrill. He’s one of my heroes. As a piano player, composer and producer, he just does everything. A great songwriter.” Croce, 43, comes from a musical family. He is the son of folk/rock artist Jim Croce (best known for the mid-1970s pop hits “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “I Got a Name,” “Time
‘I like and appreciate the old style of recording. I think it shows a good, capable player when you hear a live recording. It’s honest.’ in a Bottle”) who died in a private plane crash in 1973 right before A.J. turned two years old. Soon after, his mother Ingrid (Jim’s recording partner on a 1969 LP) moved them to San Diego, where she later opened Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar in 1985, a mainstay in the Gaslamp Quarter for nearly three decades. Although an optic nerve disorder blinded A.J. at age 4, his left eye vision was gradually restored and he learned to play piano by studying Charles, Domino, Randy Newman and others. Having played gigs since his early teens, Croce’s professional music career really kicked nto gear after opening shows for B.B. King, who was impressed by the youngster’s piano style.
A self-titled major label debut disc emerged in 1993 and successive forays into jazz, blues, pop and Americana earned plenty of acclaim and radio airplay. In the 2000s, Croce launched his own record label, Seedling, which has put out some of his efforts as well as ones by fellow San Diego acts Gregory Page and Steve Poltz and others. Willie Nelson is a big fan of A.J. Croce. A friendship with the country legend led to Croce meeting Leon Russell and the two quickly formed a musical bond. “Rollin’ On,” their spirited, soulful New Orleans-inspired collaboration from the latest Compass Records album, was the result. “We went to Willie’s studio in Austin, hung out and did some writing and playing together. We had written ‘Rollin’ On’ and on the heels of that, we wrote four other songs immediately.” Now they’ve done “almost an album’s worth of stuff.” One standout on the album is “Keep the Change,” which recalls vintage Billy Joel, touches upon commercialization and was co-written by Brian Karscig of Louis XIV and Dirty Sweet (whose album was on Seedling). Elsewhere, Croce’s fast fingered piano work is on full display amid “Call of Love” and the playful Lee Dorsey-esque “Easy Money,” while the lovely “What is Love” features backing vocals from Berg’s daughter.
The liner notes to “Twelve Tales” go into great detail about exactly what instrument model years were used — right down to a 1933 Gibson LO acoustic guitar once owned by Jim Croce on “What is Love.” A self-described “gear nut,” he said “playing that guitar makes anything special. It’s the most beautiful and balanced instrument you can imagine. I inherited two material possessions from my father when he died — one was the Gibson LO and the other is a rhyming dictionary.” Croce will play his first San Bernardino County concert at the Redlands Bowl. “It’s a real historic place, so I’m looking really forward to it.” He expects to play with a full band there. In recent years, the artist — now based in Nashville — has relented to occasionally playing a song or two by Jim after not doing so for most of his career. “There were a couple things that happened. First, I started playing guitar when I was around 30 and got to the place where I could pull off the songs confidently. Second, since I had not played his music in any of the twentysomething years of performing, I thought it would be fun and unexpected. It’s not at every concert, but I think both the audience and I enjoy it.”
A.J. Croce Where: Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St. When: 8:15 p.m. July 14 Admission: Free Information: www.redlandsbowl.org, www.ajcrocemusic.com, 909-793-7316
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rcma | volunteers Bowl Associates The Associates of the Redlands Bowl is a fundraising organization that works year round in support of the RCMA. The board of directors are: front row from left, Suzi Sternberg, Alexis Spencer, Randi Taube, Lisa Davis, Penny Lundgren, Eleanor Oden and Michelle Churchill; back row from left, Chris Gallacher, Denise Hertel, Susan Martinez, Lorie Byers, Robyn Evans, Julie Byers, Mary Churchill, Becky Shook, Barbara Bray, Jennie Dyerly, Lisa Topoleski, Suzi Billdt and Cheryl Towers; not shown, Barbara Oâ€™Keefe and Chelle Heinze.
Hospitality Ensemble The Hospitality Ensemble of the RCMA, among other duties, makes sure artists have a cold lemonade and snacks prior to shows and hosts post-event receptions. The board of directors are: from left, Kristi Marnell, Christine Nicoloff, Bea Brown, Caroleen Cosand, Melinda Stevens, Kathy Cencirulo, Joyce Heitmeier, Beth Allevato, Kaye Sheffield, Cynthia Cervantes and Lori Powell.
RCMA Advisory Committee From left: Allan Griesemer, Lorene Wilson, Alex Ranciglio, Jan Weder, Marvin Hudson, Stephen Boone, Liz Sillers, Maria Whitaker-Saucedo, Barbara Oâ€™Keefe, Molly Burgess
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Sources: “Music is for Everyone” James K. Guthrie; “Bowl Recollections 1924-1999” Gretchen A. Lohnes; Redlands Bowl Archive
6. Name at least two famous opera singers who have performed at the Bowl. 7. When was the Prosellis built? 8. What does the word “Prosellis” mean? 9. Which first lady gave a lecture at the Bowl in 1940? 10. A Florida visitor presented Grace Stewart Mullen a check for $1,000 to not have a certain band perform at the Bowl. Name the group. Eleanor Roosevelt, right, visited Grace Stewart Mullen on April 3, 1940, and later described Mullen as the “moving spirit” of the RCMA.
1) Aug. 8, 1924 2) Grace Stewart Mullen 3) “Music is for everyone” 4) “Brigadoon” in 1963 5) Howard Keel 6) Grace Bumbry, Jerome Hines, Marilyn Horne, Lotte Lehmann, Leontyne Price 7) 1930. It was financed by Clarence and Florence White and designed by architect Herbert J. Powell, a University of Redlands graduate. 8) “Before the seats” 9) Eleanor Roosevelt. Her lecture was entitled “The Relationship of the Individual to His Community.” Grace Mullen was unable to attend due to a fractured hip so Roosevelt visited Mullen at her home. The first lady also invited Mullen to have tea at the White House in 1941. 10) The Beatles
1. What year did the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival start? 2. Who founded the Redlands Community Music Association and started the music festival? 3. What is the Redlands Bowl’s motto? 4.What was the first Broadway musical ever performed at the Redlands Bowl? 5. In the 1940s, which famous star of stage and screen performed in “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Bowl? Hint: Famous movies include “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Calamity Jane,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Show Boat.”
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