Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe to start season Nov. 18


Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe opens its 12th concert season at the Fellowship Hall of the Village Presbyterian Church the evening of Nov. 18 with jazz sensation, Anna Wilson. (All shows start at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. for wine and appetizers). Wilson is a critically acclaimed jazz artist and songwriter. Her most recent album, Yule Swing!, reached No. 12 on the Billboard jazz chart. Her decadent and powerful voice, which Jazz Times likens to “crème de cocoa,” has earned her shared billings with Josh Grobin, Al Jarreau, and countless others. Additionally, she is a successful songwriter with lots of energy and depth as her style reflects the two musical genres that have defined her career – jazz and country. Prior to the concert, Wilson will be performing an abbreviated concert for faculty, students and their families (supporting the mission of CCofRSF as part of their outreach program) at North Terrace Elementary School in Oceanside.

Following this energizing season opener the season continues at the Village Presbyterian Church through April with the next concert on Jan. 25, 2012 with Intersection, a classical string quartet, then onto March 21, 2012 with The Water Coolers, a musical comedy group. The final concert is on April 13, 2012 with vocalist, Christiane Noll. Complimentary catered hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, coffee, soft drinks and wine (the wine is donated by Northern Trust Bank) are served at each concert. In support of encouraging children’s musical interest children less than 18 years are admitted without charge. Following each concert individuals who have contributed to the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe at the Sponsor, Benefactor or Patron Levels of charitable giving are invited to a private reception with the artists at a private residence in the area.

The Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe, a community service organization and a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, previously announced the creation of a performing arts student scholarship. Sharon McDonald, President of the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe, announced the creation of the Holly Wilson Performing Arts Student Scholarship. Ms. Wilson was the founder of the CCofRSF 11 years ago. The scholarship is for $2500/year for 4 years and is for pursuit of an education in the performing arts. Ruby Edman, EDD, is the Scholarship Chair for Community Concerts of RSF. She is the former principal in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Dr. Edman will be following procedures as outlined by the San Dieguito High School District for administration of the scholarship. Her previous experience of working with the Del Mar Rotary and Maega Community Organization on scholarship projects is an asset to the administration of the project.

Funding for the Student Scholarship will be provided from proceeds from the Community Concerts of RSF Endowment Fund, which is held by the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. The fund originated at the onset of Community Concerts of RSF by visionary patrons to insure continuation of this organization. The development of the scholarship was a result of the CCofRSF expanded mission of developing talent for the future.

To be eligible recipients are to be graduating seniors at either Torrey Pines or Canyon Crest High Schools who have demonstrated academic excellence with a minimum grade point average of B+ and are pursuing a career in either the vocal or instrumental performing arts. For more information, call Dr. Edman at 858 755-1414.

Other activities of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe’s include outreach programs for various schools and community organizations. Additionally, the CCofRSF, has created a forum for benefit concerts in support of local organizations, such as the Performing Arts Center at Rancho Santa Fe on the R. Roger Rowe campus.

For information on attending either as a season ticket holder ($175/season) or for individual concerts ($75/concert) visit

, e-mail or contact Sharon McDonald at 858-922-4440 or Denise Bohlkin, membership chair at 760-917-1773.