“We’re trying to make sure we hit everyone’s hot spot,” said Jan Hudson, president of Redlands Bowl Performing Arts. “But on the flip side of that we want to expose young people to different eras of the arts.”
According to Hudson, the festival looks to achieve several goals each year, but organizers work especially hard to introduce audiences to the music of today and yesterday.
Thursday evening, supporters got a sneak peek of the 2017 Bowl season at the RBPA’s annual announcement dinner, held this year at the Redlands Country Club.
Thursday’s dinner also included a preview of “Tarzan,” the family musical announced by the Bowl earlier this month, and recognized Jerry and Brenda Bean, named this year’s Heroes of the Arts.
“Our 2017 season is spectacular,” said Beverly Noerr, executive director of the Redlands Bowl. “I believe that each concert has such broad appeal that attendees won’t want to miss a single performance.”
The 2017 season begins June 30 with a performance by the San Bernardino Symphony titled, “76 Trombones and More.” Maestro Frank Paul Fetta leads the orchestra opening night, and, according to a news release, the performance is a collaboration with the 2017 International Trombone Festival, hosted by the University of Redlands.
The Bowl is dark on July 4, but the season continues with a performance by the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast on July 7.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
• July 11: Grand Finals of the Young Artists Concerto Competition with full orchestra and guest soloist Angel Blue.
• July 14: The Modern Gentlemen, “an all-star vocal group,” which pays homage to classic vocal groups in music history.
• July 18: Villalobos Brothers, a group of contemporary high-octane Mexican fiddlers.
• July 21: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, a tribute to The Beatles.
• July 25, 27-30: Tarzan, the stage musical based on the Disney film, produced and directed by Paul Jacques.
• Aug. 1: Redlands Symphony Orchestra’s “The Brandenburg Concertos,” conducted by Ransom Wilson.
• Aug. 4: Mystic India: A Bollywood Spectacular.
• Aug. 8: Keith David’s Tribute to Nat King Cole.
• Aug. 11: An Evening of Opera directed by Frank Paul Fetta.
• Aug. 15: Pete Jacobs and his Wartime Radio Revue (with a tribute to the Andrews Sisters).
• Aug. 18-19: State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara presents “Cinderella.”
• Aug. 22: Celtic Spring, a group of six siblings on fiddle and step-dance, backed by their parents on keyboard and percussion, respectively.
• Aug. 25: The Redlands Symphony’s “From Score to Screen Fireworks” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta and fireworks finale.
The Summer Music Festival is “America’s longest continuously running summer music festival at which no admission is charged,” according to the Bowl’s website. Performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Bowl, 25 Grant St. The festival is made possible through sponsorships, grants and donations from supporters year-round.