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Redlands Community musiC assoCiation

2016 BOwL PReview Return to OKLAHOMA! Community sing

Once more with feeling

Brass at the Bowl

An evening with rising star Bria Skonberg

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Since 1952, when the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition was launched to encourage young talent, many have auditioned but only a select few have made it to the stage each summer during the music festival. Chunyi Zhou, a 10-year-old violinist, is one of seven musicians performing this year.


Retired Redlands High School choir teacher Ken Tuttle, with sheet music in hand, will guide the audience when the long-running Community Sing returns on July 12.



“Oklahoma!” — one of the all-time great American musicals — will return to the Redlands Bowl stage for the first time in 40 years. | spring 2016 44 | | | summer 2016

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A fast-rising star on the jazz music scene, Bria Skonberg launched a crowd-funding campaign to finance her next album. She’ll be playing some of that yet-to-be-released material during a rare SoCal headlining appearance at the Redlands Bowl.



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20 also Welcome to the Redlands Bowl 6 Summer Music Festival sponsors 7 Associates of the Redlands Bowl 16 Festival schedule 18-19 Meet the performers 22-28

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Another wonderful season is here


elcome to the 93rd season of the redlands Bowl summer music Festival! What would summer be without beautiful music playing on warm evenings under the stars at the redlands Bowl? For ninety-three years, the Festival has featured the finest performing arts programs from around the world and this season is no exception! herencia de timbiqui joins us all the way from colombia to share their special fusion of latin music, rock and jazz. Kahulanui, the hawaiian Kings of swing, will delight audiences with their blend of traditional hawaiian songs and Big Band for a truly fun evening. our symphonic performances are not to be missed, opening with a Gershwin spectacular and closing with symphonic Fireworks. We are thrilled to have rising star of jazz Bria skonberg with us this year, and the award-winning a cappella group m-Pact. “oklahoma!” will be our much-anticipated

community musical. and, back by wildly popular demand — rhythmic circus! there is something for everyone at the Bowl this summer! there are some wonderful new things on the horizon for the redlands Bowl. earlier this year, our organization underwent an extensive time of strategic planning which resulted in several key priority areas including a dramatic expansion of our youth music programs from 5,000 to 20,000 children, enhancing the patron experience at the Bowl, embracing a fully professional business model and planning for our centennial celebration — it is only seven years away! While we are revamping many things behind the scenes at the Bowl, what will always stay the same is our commitment to fine, world-class performing arts programming where no admission is charged as established by our founder, Grace stewart mullen. let the music begin!

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Bria Skonberg is a rising star in New York City’s hot jazz scene

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ria Skonberg was all set to take the plunge. a new Jersey skydiving experience was among the incentives offered during a PledgeMusic campaign for “bria,” her first major label album, due out Sept. 23 on Sony Masterworks. Yet east Coast jazz music fans apparently weren’t up for that challenge. “nobody wanted to go with me,” said the award-winning Canadian trumpeter/singer, with a laugh. Still, the crowd-funding platform has been “really wonderful and incredible because it gives you the power to own your own music, find out who’s listening, who’s interested and who wants to support you on the journey. it was a chance for me to connect with people and ask for feedback along the way.” Skonberg took advantage of the interactive element. “it’s something to get people excited about. … i was stuck on a lyric, so i put it out to the community. a bunch of people wrote back | summer 2016 12 | | summer 2016 12|

(with suggestions) and i picked one that i liked. now that person is getting a songwriting credit on the album.” She enjoys fulfilling the rewards for backers. “i’ve been signing trumpet plungers. it’s a shared experience — some people came into the studio and listened to the recording session. There were some private house concerts.” Some musicians might be skeptical about using PledgeMusic, kickstarter, etc., but everything worked out well for Skonberg. “i’ve done it on an as-needed basis. This one was pre-paying for the album: if you give me the money in advance, i’ll have the money to make the album and then i’ll give it to you — as opposed to an artist trying to raise $10,000 or $20,000 on their own and hope for the best to get that money back and get paid for their time. i think it’s a matter of perspective and my audience knows i wouldn’t ask for something unless it’s a really compelling project or i intend to follow through in the best way.” Starting in the early 2000s, the Chilliwack, british Columbia, native led bria’s Hot Five and the big bang Jazz band, co-founded the allfemale Mighty aphrodite Jazz band and then

‘I like a strong melody. As long as that’s there, it gives me a foundation to play with it rhythmically or enhance the harmony.’ released three independent solo albums. The last one, “into Your own,” was more eclectic than usual. it ranged from the Latin jazz-tinged title track with a lush vocal, the smooth and romantic “break My Fall” featuring airy trumpet work and sultry Peggy Lee-styled “Let’s go all in” to a luxurious take on John Lennon’s “Julia,” distorted Dixieland effects of Jelly roll Morton’s “Winin’ boy blues” and a nod to Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” amid the jaunty “Three Little Words.” after recording those songs and delving into pop strains, Skonberg discovered more “interesting people gravitated back. i’m sure i probably lost a few purists along the way. Hopefully they understand i still respect (established jazz syles). it’s been really fun to stretch out.” Previous studio efforts have seen Skonberg offer refreshingly snazzy covers of Joni Mitchell’s “big Yellow Taxi,” Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes benz” and The Cardigans’ “Lovefool.” What does Skonberg look for when choosing covers? “good songs are good songs, no matter what the era or genre,” she said. “Compelling lyrics and beautiful placement of those on top of harmony. i like a strong melody. as long as that’s there, it gives me a foundation to play with it rhythmically or enhance the harmony. “Sometimes you can over-complicate things,” continued Skonberg. “if you take a song from the pop or country music realms, keeping the chorus the way it sounds is the most authentic. There’s a reason the music sounds great that way. if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” While her first two albums contained plenty of sonic exploration, the upcoming release better projects what Skonberg wanted her true sound and voice to be. “bria” includes her interpretations of “Trust in Me” (from the Disney film “The Jungle book”), plus standards like “Que Sera Sera,” “Midnight Sun” summer2016 2016| || | 13 summer 13

(popularized by Ella Fitzgerald) and Cole Porter’s “From This Moment On” (heard in the film and musical “Kiss Me, Kate”). “I love Cole Porter,” she enthused. “His lyrics are incredible; the harmonies, too. It’s really interesting to play his music. He had a good energy.” The rare Southern California headline appearance at Redlands Bowl on Aug. 9 will include jazz musicians from both coasts and previews of the unreleased material. Over the past few years, Skonberg has been involved in high-profile live events and recording projects. In 2012, she co-founded the New York Hot Jazz Festival. The trumpeter sat in with Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band during a gig at NYC’s Café Carlyle (where she’s a regular presence). Referring to the Oscar-winning actor/ director, Skonberg said, “I have a lot of appreciation for anybody of that stature that wants to bring authentic energy and enthusiasm to this style of music.” A previous stint subbing for fellow

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trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso in Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks led to a recording session date with them for the latest “Boardwalk Empire” soundtrack. “I feel really lucky that I had that niche repertoire, the education and (experience in) the sounds of that era. … Time is money and you have to be able to play things correctly the first time. It’s somewhat stressful, but an honor to be asked. Things like that keep me accountable and make me practice every day. That’s why I love being in New York. There’s this constant lean on you to keep producing quality music.” Additionally, Skonberg helped start the New York Hot Jazz Camp for amateur musicians. The first one, funded via Kickstarter, was in May. A frequent music camp participant as a student, where she first “fell in love with music,” Skonberg has been involved in several sponsoring organizations. “I’ve been a camper, alumni and faculty member. It was always a matter of time before I wanted to pay it forward.”


Where: Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St. When: 8 p.m., Aug. 9 Information:,, 909-793-7316

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY As a solo artist “Into Your Own” (Random Act), 2014 “So is the Day” (Random Act), 2012 “Fresh” (Lighter Than Air), 2009

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New voice will lead a Festival tradition By CANAN TASCI


ongtime Redlands High School choir teacher Ken tuttle will be leading the 20-minute community sing this year during the Redlands Bowl Summer music Festival. in doing so, tuttle will assume the role held for decades by Curtiss Allen Sr., known to many as “mr. Redlands.” “He was a true fixture in the city,” said tuttle, who retired last summer after a 37-year teaching career. Ken tuttle With sheet music in hand, tuttle will guide the audience on July 12 at 7:15 p.m., before the “tribute to Benny goodman Live at Carnegie Hall,” which starts at 8. the 63-year-old tuttle hopes to engage everyone with some of the songs that he grew up with, as well as dedicating a couple songs to Allen, who passed away earlier this year from complications of renal failure.

tuttle is no stranger to music, live performances or the stage. As a teenager, he decided to pursue a career in choral music. After graduating high school, tuttle attended the University of nevada, Las Vegas, for a year then transferred to Chapman University in orange County, where he received a degree in music education. “i’ve only retired from teaching, not music. it’s part of who i am,” said tuttle, who spent the last 24 Photo by Eric rEEd years as the choir director at RHS, where he and his students performed in front of thousands over the years. A sing-along, though a little different, is something tuttle says is definitely worth coming out of retirement for. “i’ve done church choirs for 22 years, and any kind of voice you can name, i’ve worked with it,” he said. “to me, as long as it’s a joyful noise, i’ll take it, especially in this kind of atmosphere.”



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he cool of a summer evening, friends greeting friends, a good cause, great food, sweet desserts … Please accept this as a personal invitation. The Associates of the Redlands Bowl requests your presence for this year’s White Gala, as we put our spin on a hamptons tradition while raising money for the Redlands community Music Association. each year the gala, along with other Associates’ events, raises funds to help support the summer music festival, children’s workshops, the young artists’ competition and other enrichment programs. It will be an evening of food, silent and live auctions, dancing, music and, of course, great fun. Time & Date: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9 Pre-Event: 5 p.m., for patron ticket holders, champagne reception and VIP parking Location: The Grove event center, 1275 e. Pioneer Ave., Redlands Fare & Notes: Dinner catered by the esri cafe, music from the Buffalo Blues Band Tickets, Single & Table of 8: Regular, $110, $880; Patron, $165, $1,320, patron table of 12, $1,980 To purchase tickets contact Mary churchill,, Jenny Dyerly, or call 909-792-1503.

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The 2016 Summer Music Festival


HE REDLANDS BOWL Summer Music Festival fills the historic venue with music, dance, Broadway theater and entertainment for the whole family. Since 1924, the series has been presented by the Redlands Community Music Association — always without an admission fee.

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The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra: Gershwin Spectacular, conducted by Frank Paul Fetta

An Evening of Bernstein and Sondheim with Frank Paul Fetta

The Redlands Symphony Orchestra: Strings with Zing, conducted by Frank Paul Fetta

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Nathan Prince and Steve Simons: Learn to sing and dance to “Oklahoma!” favorites. Tuesday, Aug. 2 • Herencia de Timbiqui: Celebrating rhythms and sounds all the way from the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Saturday, Aug. 6 • Stars of Tomorrow in Wonderland: Navigate through Wonderland, and learn acting skills along the way. Tuesday, Aug. 9 • Bria Skonberg: She sings and plays the trumpet. Learn all about jazz from one of its brightest rising stars. Saturday, Aug. 13 • Opera with Frank Paul Fetta: How do you sing a story? Workshops, for ages 4-12, meet at: • 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

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hen “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway in 1943, the musical was an instant boxoffice smash, leading to national and international tours, revivals, community theater and high school productions. Much of the success was due to the memorable songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar hammerstein II, including “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the title song. In July, the beloved piece of theater will be returning to the Redlands Bowl for the first time in 40 years, as part of the 2016 Summer Music Festival, | summer 2016 20 | | summer 2016 20|

about to begin in its 93rd season. “The passion and caliber of music created by Rodgers and hammerstein back in the day is so moving and powerful,” said nathan Prince, who directs and co-produces the production with Steve Simons. “I feel like a lot of newer shows are more simplistic when it comes to orchestration. The older shows really move you. “I’m a family person for sure. ‘Oklahoma!’ represents that — a family group coming together during more simple times and working hard, plowing and hoeing crops. There was no Starbucks and cellphones.” Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, “Oklahoma!” is about the struggling romance between Curly, a cowboy, and farm girl, Laurey. In the backdrop is a rivalry

between cowboys and farmers, and romance complications caused by a farmhand named Jud. Music and dancing are integral parts of the production. “The music transports you away from our busy life, to the plains and the blue sky, somewhere that’s not now. You create a picture in your head,” said Prince, adding that the variety of dancing also is a draw, with tap, the two-step, one-step, ballet and a good, old-fashioned hoedown all part of the show. Most of the actors hail from the Inland empire, and all had to audition for their parts. The all-volunteer cast is a mix of semi-professional actors, community theater folks and local students. “They put in a lot of hours and a lot of

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the space. It’s gorgeous.” Singer then went to work on his audition video. “I said, ‘I’ll just do some rope tricks on the tape, sing ‘Oh, what a Beautiful Mornin’’ and see what happens.’” During his free time in between “Oklahoma!” rehearsals and performances, Singer plans to do some sightseeing in Los Angeles. He also hopes to bring “a genuine

energy and a love for the Oklahoma Territory” to the Redlands production. Said Prince, “There’s no question in my mind he’s perfect for the role.” “OKLAHOMA!”

When: 8 p.m. July 26 for a public dress rehearsal performance; show dates are July 28-31 Cost: Free admission, but donations are welcome. Information:


Leading cast: Clay Singer (Curly), Melissa Smith (Laurey), Jeffrey Ricca (Jud Fry), Jenn Blanck (Aunt Eller), Michael Skrzek (Will Parker), Coco McKown (Ado Annie Carnes), Adrian Rosales (Ali Hakim) and Emily Prince (Gertie Cummings). Choreographer: Dustin Ceithammer Music director and conductor: Nolan Livesay Production facts: 44 cast members, 23 orchestra members and 23 rehearsals. The set: Stage set and the moving surrey are from the 1998 London revival cast, which starred Hugh Jackman as Curly.


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enOwned international pianist steven Vanhauwaert will perform Gershwin’s Concerto in F Major with the san Bernardino symphony Orchestra. The evening will include other Gershwin favorites, such as “strike up the Band,” “Promenade” and “an american in Paris.” while adept at performing popular works, Vanhauwaert also is passionate about discovering the less familiar jewels of the classical repertoire and sharing them with audiences. he has presented the U.s. premiere of eric Tanguy’s “Piano Trio” and also the west Coast debut of Messiaen’s “Fantasie” for violin and piano at Grace Cathedral in san Francisco. Vanhauwaert regularly collaborates with other talented musicians, and is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals around the world including Musik Zentral in austria, Jerusalem Music Center, the Chicago duo Piano Festival and the Mammoth lakes Music Festival. his discography includes a solo album with works by schumann, schubert, liszt,

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Chopin and debussy. In May, Vanhauwaert released his latest solo disc, “dispersion,” which includes the world premiere recording of Raymond Moulaert’s “Piano sonata” in addition to Paul hindermith’s “In einer nacht,” erwin schulhoff’s “5 Grotesken” and louis Vierne’s “le Glas.” Vanhauwaert has a penchant for wowing concert audiences, much as he did during a sold-out performance in Qingdao, China. a reviewer praised him for displaying “innate musicality and a superb devilish technique. his personal introduction to every piece in the program revealed a thoughtful and intelligent musician.”

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he TalenTs of gifted young musicians — chosen via a rigorous competition — will be on display during what promises to be an inspiring concert. The performers: Matthew Lee Chang, violin: at age 11, Matthew is a veteran of the stage, appearing as a soloist with the Palisades symphony and the Palos Verdes Regional symphony Orchestra. he also has won the american string Teachers association’s los angeles regional and the antelope Valley symphony Orchestra Bach competitions. | summer 2016 22 | | summer 2016 22|


2016 Young Artists: front row from left, Chunyi Zhou, Matthew Lee Chang; second row, L. Anthony León, Jocelyn Chen, Elaine Huang, Marc Soong and Julie Oh.

Jocelyn Chen, piano: Introduced to the piano 12 years ago at the age of 3, Jocelyn dedicated herself to playing the instrument

UsIC is in Frank Paul Fetta’s dna. The conductor and artistic advisor of the Redlands Bowl summer Music Festival since 1985, Fetta stays busy year-round as the conductor and music director of the san Bernardino symphony, Culver City symphony, Torrance symphony and the Marina del Rey summer symphony. Frank Paul Fetta he also is the principal conductor of the nevada Opera Theatre and conducts the grand finals of the prestigious Zachary Foundation International Vocal Competition in los angeles. Fetta’s zeal for new music has found him conducting several premieres, including “sinfonia Concertante” by damion Montano, music by Kentaro sato, and “Pacific west” by sir John dankworth when sir John and his wife, dame Cleo lane, appeared with Fetta’s Marina del Rey summer symphony. Other highlights include a concert of all women composers with the Culver City symphony. notable ensembles throughout the country have collaborated with Fetta, including sinfonia Mexicana and los angeles Opera.

and twice has performed at Carnegie hall, after winning the aFaF Golden era of Romantic Music Competition and the american Protegé International Competition of Romantic Music. Elaine Huang, piano: a third-year member of the Pacific symphony Youth Orchestra, elaine has been playing the violin for nine years and the piano for 11 years. she also is a veteran of the Carnegie hall stage, performing there after winning the american Protegé Piano and strings Competition. L. Anthony León, tenor: a freshman music major at la sierra University, anthony enjoys many styles of music and has extensively studied piano, saxophone and voice. earlier this year, he made his stage debut as Frederic in the “The Pirates of Penzance.” Julie Oh, flute: as a young musician, Julie


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CCOMPanIed on the piano by Maestro Frank Paul Fetta, soloists Ralph Cato, Brooke deRosa, haqumai waring sharpe and nandani Maria sinha will perform beloved classics by two of the most iconic composers of musical theater, leonard Bernstein and stephen sondheim. The evening will include selections from “west side story,” “Candide,” “sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “Follies,” “a little night Music” and other favorites. a graduate of UCla, where he studied musical theater with Paul Gleason and John hall, Cato has performed with many renowned ensembles including the los angeles

Opera, los angeles Master Chorale, san Bernardino symphony and the Pacific symphony. when not performing, Cato teaches applied voice and diction for singers at UC Riverside and los angeles Valley College. deRosa has made a name for herself as a composer, songwriter and vocalist, performing with the los angeles and Center stage operas, and the Pacific symphony. a Chicago native, sharpe earned a bachelors of music in vocal performance from Butler University and continued his graduate studies in vocal arts at UsC. he has performed with Opera Pacific, san diego state University and the Utah Opera Festival. sinha, a lyric coloratura mezzosoprano, has been a frequent soloist at st. Patrick’s Cathedral in new York City, the Franz liszt Chamber Orchestra and a recitalist in london, France, austria and Germany.



Angel Blue, where are you now? Since its inception in 1952, the RCMA Young Artist’s Competition has honored many budding talents, among them Angel Blue. The University of Redlands and UCLA graduate garnered praise for her smoky operatic soprano and has gone on to perform with the likes of Placido Domingo in Moscow and contemporary artists including Brian McKnight, Jewel and Donna Summer. Performances this past year have included stops in Dublin, Ireland; Stift Gottweig, Austria; Milan, Italy; Dresden, Germany, and here in Redlands. The former California beauty queen now makes her home in London. summer2016 2016| || | 23 summer 23

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nown as the “King of swing,” Benny Goodman led an orchestra in the 1930s that was one of the most popular music groups ever to perform in the U.s. one concert in particular, on Jan. 16, 1938, at new York’s Carnegie Hall, gave jazz music a certain legitimacy by being performed in a major venue. That show will be recalled at the Redlands Bowl by the Benny Goodman Tribute orchestra. also on the program are Polly Podewell, the last vocalist to perform with Goodman and his big band; The Lindy sisters, a vocal trio styled after The andrews sisters; and Gina notrica, a Tex Beneke orchestra vocalist. Performing as music legends will be Kim Richmond as Goodman, Don Clarke as Harry James and Dick weller as Gene Krupa.

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aCK by popular demand, Rhythmic Circus delivers a family friendly tap extravaganza featuring dancing feet like you’ve never seen before. They tap, shuffle, and stomp — all to a swingin’ seven-piece funk band. add a human beatbox and you’ll be jumping out of your seat! since starting in 2007, in the early days performing in a small Minneapolis theater, they have become a sensation, touring to more than 100 cities worldwide. The troupe features 11 internationally renowned artists and the creators of “Feet Don’t Fail Me now!” Reviews — much like the performance itself — are upbeat: “They bring the furious funk … and tap their way into everyone’s hearts,” wrote the Minneapolis star Tribune, while the new York Times praised them for “an entertaining display of music and tap-dancing.”

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HIs woRLD-REnownED a cappella vocal group from Los angeles brings the smooth soul of stevie wonder; the percussive power of “stomp!”; the funk and drive of Earth, wind & Fire; the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band; the moves and soul of Motown, and more — all created by the human voice. Hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the san Francisco Chronicle, M-PaCT is widely respected as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. since starting in 1995, M-PaCT has performed with many pop and jazz superstars including Boyz II Men, Ray Charles, natalie Cole, sheryl Crow and Bobby McFerrin. The ensemble’s signature sound has been used in both TV theme songs and Disney feature films. Their discography includes “signed, sealed, Delivered: I’m Yours,” “american Hit Parade,” “I wish — For all Time” and “white Christmas.”


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Conducted by Frank Paul Fetta Soloist: Claire Brazeau, oboe Friday, July 22 Sponsored by Glenn Vernet

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he Redlands symphony will perform Benjamin Britten’s simple symphony and Tchaikovsky’s timeless serenade. The evening also will feature oboist Claire Brazeau, who will perform ennio Morricone’s stunning “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the 1986 movie “The Mission” and Cimarosa’s beautiful Oboe Concerto. Brazeau, who also plays english horn, is one of the newest members of the los angeles and santa Barbara chamber orchestras. she also is a co-founding member of claw, a new music woodwind quintet, as well as the Claire Brazeau recently formed conductorless Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing this summer at the Bowl with the Redlands symphony, Brazeau also has concerts with the California Philharmonic, Commonwealth Opera Company, long Beach Opera and Pasadena symphony on her resume, along with appearances at the los angeles Bach Festival, new York string Orchestra seminar and lucerne Festival academy.

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ne OF america’s best-loved musicals returns to the Redlands Bowl stage after a 40-year absence. set in the Oklahoma Territory right after the turn of the century, dashing cowboy Curly pursues farm girl laurey. however, they both have trouble admitting their feelings for one another due to their stubborn natures. Blending storylines woven into the backdrop of singing and dancing farmers and cowboys makes this musical fun and full of romance for all ages. Featuring classics like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will say We’re in love” and the title song, “Oklahoma!” Director: nathan Prince Producers: nathan Prince and steve simons Choreographer: dustin Ceithamer Musical director and conductor: nolan livesay Show preview on Page 20.

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rought to the united States by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the 11-member herencia de timbiqui celebrates the musical traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia by combining traditional Colombian percussion instruments with energetic vocals, brass, keyboards and guitar. the timbiqui region’s musical heritage is a rich fusion of Latin music, rock, jazz and funk. the group started in 2000, and during the early days they performed primarily the music of their homeland. Later, other musical influences were incorporated, along with additional instruments including the saxophone, trumpet and electric guitar. For their most recent album, the ensemble worked with English producer William holland, aka “Quantic,” and the legendary African guitarist, composer and singer Ebo taylor. In concert, herencia de timbiqui has performed in 27 countries and often receives enthusiastic reviews, including this from Sound and Colors Magazine: “It is a mouthwatering pot of flavors and sounds, like the lapping of the Pacific ocean on sandy beaches.” ozy Magazine hailed the ensemble for its “marimba influences of salsa,


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AMES gArnEr’S tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the legendary “Man in Black” with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits and tell personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century, and certainly one of the top-performing musicians of all time, selling more 90 million records during his career. his biggest hits include “I Walk the Line,” “ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “A Boy named Sue.” garner became a fan of Cash at an early age, and when he was 14 he met Cash backstage following a concert. garner’s backing band also is made up of Cash fans: nick Auriemmo (drums), Denny Colleret (guitar) and rick Duncan (bass). Colleret also met Cash, during a | summer 2016 26 | | summer 2016 26|

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screening of the music legend’s 1973 film, “the gospel road.” the show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime band, the tennessee three. It’s the closest experience to seeing Johnny Cash perform today.

AILIng from Chilliwack, British Columbia, and now living in new York City, award-winning trumpeter/ vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg is poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation. In 2013, she earned the Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year and was included in DownBeat Magazine’s rising Star Critics’ Poll. Featured as one of Vanity Fair’s young virtuosos of jazz, she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, the Iridium and Dizzy’s among the likes of nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe gordon, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott robinson. “Bria Skonberg plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream,” Will Friedwald reported in the Wall Street Journal. “her album, ‘So Is the Day,’ reveals that she’s also a very capable bandleader and composer.” her sophomore album, “Into Your own,” includes a mix of classics and original music. It was released in 2014 by random Act records. Artist profile on Page 12.

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young naïve geisha believes her marriage with a visiting American naval officer is loving and permanent. giving her heart to a man undeserving of her loyalty, the abandoned bride must make a painful decision. The evening features the soaring vocal beauty of soloists Daria Somers in the role of Butterfly, Christian Quilici as Pinkerton, Ralph Cato as Sharpless, Brooke deRosa as Kate Pinkerton, Haqumai Sharpe as goro, and nandani Maria Sinha as Suzuki. The cast also includes Candace Bogan, Patrick Blackwell, natalia Ferreiro, Jeffrey goldberg, Jamie Esteban Perez and Cynthia nitrini Stary. Somers’ resume includes performances with L.A. opera outreach, Pacific opera Project and the new york City opera


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Renaissance. She once was described as an “incredible talent,” by Jennifer Berry Jacobson with Stage and Cinema, who added, “When Ms. Somers enters the stage, it is as if the opera has only begun, as the audience is

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HaT better way to conclude the Bowl’s 93rd season than with fireworks? in this case, with the 1812 Overture conducted by Frank Paul Fetta, the Ruslan Biryukov charismatic cellist Ruslan Biryukov and actual pyrotechnics. The evening will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s capriccio Espagnol, stravinsky’s Firebird suite, and features Biryukov, who will perform excerpts from Lalo’s cello concerto. at home on stages around the world, Biryukov is a native of azerbaijan who studied at the Tchaikovsky moscow conservatory in Russia and later at usc’s Thorton school of music. Today, he makes his home in Los angeles, and plays more than 100 dates a year at concerts and festivals around the world. Details of Biryukov’s career are at “Ruslan is a charismatic performer who brings audiences to their feet,” said Eleonore schoenfeld, Piatigorsky chair at the Thornton school of music. “His artistry is both sensitive and passionate and his technical command of the instrument is stunning.”

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love buyIng houses: the dreams, the possibilities, the fresh start. I don’t love selling them. I would rather swallow live worms. I have a house for sale in Colorado. It has been on the market for several months. At this point, if someone said, “Here, swallow this worm and your house will sell tomorrow,� I’d swallow two. I detest selling houses for many reasons: 1. No freedom — you’re a house hostage. While you wait for the house to sell, you often can’t buy a new place, and your cash is tied up like a felon in a squad car. 2. Rejection — Hearing buyer feedback about why they don’t like the house you

poured your heart and soul into feels like sitting in a live beehive. 3. No control — you can stage your house like a broadway show, and price it perfectly, and it can sit. And sit. While you fret and sweat, because you are at the mercy of the market and your agent. Raise your hand if you’ve ever blamed your agent for why your house wasn’t selling. yep. Warranted or not, that’s most of us. our biggest asset, for a listing agent, is just another deal. With so much at stake, it’s hard to not start sounding like a kid on a road trip, “How much longer?� That’s because listing your house with an agent is like saying, “Here is my liver. My life kind of depends on it. Would you please handle with care?�

“Sure,â€? they say with a Jim Carrey smile. Then they stuff your vital organ in a black canvas bag with 10 other livers and their laptop. For someone whose home is on the market, spring means hope. In fact, real estate experts say buyers, especially those with kids at home, like to shop in spring, so they can move in summer, and start kids in new schools in fall. With the market wind in our sales, what we need now is the right agent. To get a reality check, I asked Realtor Samantha Debianchi, founder and Ceo of Debianchi Real estate in South Florida, and who’s appeared on bravo Tv’s “Million Dollar listing.â€? Though her average-priced listing is just FATHER R energeticc     the fu f n. n M



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over $1 million, she has listed the largest penthouse in Fort lauderdale — an 11,000-square-foot beachfront listed at just under $5.5 million. “I’m always bugging my agent,” I told Debianchi. “Any showings? Any interest? Are you advertising? When’s the next open house? Why weren’t you at the showing? Am I asking too much?” “I can get Tv coverage for a property and the owner still asks what I’m doing to market,” she laughed, then affirmed me: “Sellers are right to expect some real effort from listing agents. We all know those agents who simply throw a house on the multiple listing service and wait for a buyer. listing agents are paid to sell your property not just list it.” To help me, and others in the market, Debianchi provided this list of what we should expect a good listing agent to do: • Help get your place market ready. A lazy agent will simply tell you to list the house “as is” to get the listing quickly.

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An agent who wants to help you get the best price, will tell you what needs to be done, and send over the experts — painters and handymen — to do it. • Have a strategy. Sellers need to ask agents how they plan to make their houses stand out. Your agent should have ideas for identifying your prospects and marketing to them. “For a single family home on four acres, I’d reach out to the horse community and polo clubs,” said DeBianchi. • Spring for great photos. More than 90 percent of buyers first see a property online and make their decision to see it based on pictures. Because photos are so important, agents need to invest in good professional photography, DeBianchi said. “It irks me when agents use pictures they took themselves on their camera phone.” • Advertise. A good listing agent spends part of her anticipated commission on a compelling

marketing flier, open houses and advertising. They write copy they know sells. According to a Zillow study, listings that included one of the following words sold for as much as 8 percent more than expected: Luxurious, captivating, impeccable and upgraded. • Show up. Regardless of a house’s price, your agent should attend every showing, said DeBianchi. “To not show up is lazy.” If your agent has a conflict, a designated substitute familiar with the house should be there. The agent should arrive 30 minutes before a showing to spiff up the house, turn on lights and music, and set the stage. They should tell buyers anything unique about the property that they wouldn’t otherwise know, like an all-new sprinkler system was just installed, then get out of the way while buyers look around. • Ditch the lock box. “Agents who put their houses on a lockbox, and don’t go out and meet the

other agents and buyers aren’t doing their job,” she said. • Communicate. Selling agents should give sellers a report every week detailing what they’re doing to sell the house. • Add a perk. Give a languishing listing a bump by offering a perk. For her penthouse listing, DeBianchi is throwing in a free one-year membership to a luxury club worth $12,000. Of course, the perks should be in line with the sales price, but a family membership to the local YMCA could sweeten the deal. • Be accountable. If a property isn’t selling, and sellers aren’t holding their brokers accountable, they are just as much at fault, said DeBianchi. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of two home and lifestyle books, and the newly released, “Downsizing the Family Home — What to Save, What to Let Go,” Sterling Publishing 2016.

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Backyard balance By JOAN MORRIS


racticing permaculture to save the Earth is a big undertaking, but we can do our part by creating gardens built on the principals of diversity, stability and resilience. contra costa Master gardener Marian Woodard says backyard gardeners focused on permaculture — a practice that seeks permanent cultural changes in how we interact with nature — can lead the way toward bringing the planet back into balance. Permaculture is a concept that looks beyond a single plant, garden or agricultural endeavor, and instead looks at the whole circle of life and what

is needed to sustain it. in backyard gardens, that means growing plants that help each other as well as feeding the gardener, and recycling water, eliminating waste and working with instead of against nature. Here are her tips for creating a balanced garden: • Be clear about what you want your garden to be and do, and when making decisions ask yourself three questions: is it good for the environment? is it good for people? can your reinvest the dividend? if the answer isn’t yes, rethink your plan. • Take a long walk in your garden, looking at it as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Look at what is working and what isn’t.

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• Research the problems in your garden and the solutions. • Sketch out a plan noting the sectors and vectors — all the things that affect your garden, both positively and negatively. Sectors are the energies that move through and to your garden, such as wind, rain, sun and hardscape. Vectors are negatives or restrictive things. think about how you can work with the sectors and mitigate or address the vectors. • Think about zones. The first zone would be the area closest to your backdoor. In this zone, you would grow plants that need the most attention. the farther out,

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