By Gail Kendall, President
The 2012-13 season for Community Concerts of RSF has come to a close, and in early August an all-volunteer group will already be traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to select the 2014-15 season concerts. But, right now, we are in the midst of selling the 2013-14 season.
This past season unquestionably was one of our most popular seasons to date. CCRSF is known for our eclectic variety of music, meaning music pleasing to most of the people most of the time, with a focus on light-hearted, fun, and top caliber performers. Thanks to the generosity of our advertisers and donor support, CCRSF has been able to book our first choices the last few years. In keeping with our eclectic choices, this next season — our 14th! — will be totally different from last season, but equally superb in talent and musical skills.
The season begins Nov. 15 with Anthony Kearns, a founding member of platinum-selling vocal sensation “The Irish Tenors,” and recognized in 2010 as the “Best Irish Tenor” in the U.S., UK and European Union. Accompanied on piano, the strength and tenderness of his voice captures the spirit of classic opera, popular song, and the music of his homeland. He will make you cry when he sings Danny Boy.
Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101 follows on Jan. 17. Jesse has played piano for popular veterans Daniel Rodriguez (who also performed for CCRSF) and The American Tenors and has wowed his own audiences playing everything from Beethoven and Bop to jazz and contemporary compositions. Jesse has an extensive professional history in jazz and classical music and his trio will lead our audience on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media presentation. Jesse was one of the top presenters and we feel fortunate that RSF is on his tour!
Locust Street Taxi comes to RSF Feb. 28. “Taxi” is definitely in the eclectic category! You’ll be knocked-out and kicked-in-the-pants with their musical genius, outstanding musicianship, well-crafted, memorable songs, and, especially, their infectious exuberance. Locust Street Taxi makes grandmothers smile, children laugh, baby-boomers dance, and every audience groove. They have been compared to the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. Totally fun!
Going the opposite direction musically, on March 21 we conclude our season with the virtuosic talents of husband and wife duo Yang and Olivia Liu, on violin and piano. Each has won gold medals in Chinese national competitions, and Mr. Liu earned honors in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. They have appeared at top venues internationally and in the U.S. We feel very fortunate to have them entertaining our CCRSF audience here in RSF. This concert will be especially delightful being performed in the Sanctuary of the Village Church.
All concerts, except for the Liu’s Classical program, will be performed as usual in the Village Church Fellowship Hall and all concerts are once again on Friday evenings.
A concert evening with Community Concerts is all about fun, as well as superb entertainment. It’s a party! The evening begins when the doors open at 6:15 p.m. with a delicious variety of light supper selections that can be enjoyed with a glass of wine, so generously donated to CCRSF by Northern Trust. Intermission is a time for more treats, coffee, or maybe another glass of wine. And all this fun and entertainment only minutes from your home for most of you, and shared with so many of your friends and neighbors.
Our Early Bird season ticket price is $200 for four concerts – only $50 per concert for all this fun and entertainment – and is still available through June 30. After June 30 the price is $225. A single concert is $75. CCRSF has open seating; however, as a thank you, reserved seating is offered for donations of $500 and above. Donors of $1,000 and over are invited to our post-concert parties in a private residential setting where, quite often, we have the opportunity to meet and enjoy that evening’s concert entertainers.
Please check our website for more information: www.ccrsf.org. Ticket purchases and donations may be ordered online or by mail at P O Box 2781, RSF 92067.