At 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday evening during the summer, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival draws thousands to its world-class performances. Since its inception in 1924, the Bowl has been a special place in Redlands for families, friends, and music-lovers of all ages and backgrounds to gather and enjoy its superb programs.
For almost a century, the Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA), now Redlands Bowl Performing Arts (RBPA), has served the city of Redlands and the Inland Empire region by providing quality performing arts to the community free of admission charge via our core program, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Other programs include: The Children’s Summer Festival Workshops, Young Artists Auditions and Music in the Schools Programs. In 2010 RBPA launched the Arts Education Impact Initiative to address the needs of under-served youth. And in 2015 began the “Eight-Eight Keys for Youth” program to increase the scope of RBPA’s youth music programming.
The Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA) was founded in 1923 by a woman with a vision – Grace Stewart Mullen. The first Bowl season was in 1924. Mrs. Mullen believed that the performing arts should be accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay for admission. Her dream of bringing professional quality, classically-oriented performing arts to her community has prospered for over 90 years. The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously running summer music festival in the United States where no admission is charged.
Since its inception, an estimated eight million people have attended an evening of entertainment under the stars at the Redlands Bowl. RBPA’s programming is family-friendly and serves a multi-generational audience. We are non-sectarian and non-political, bringing people together through the profound power of the performing arts. Each year the programs for the Summer Music Festival include a broad base of cultural programming including symphonies, opera, dance programs and musical theater. World-famous names have appeared on the Bowl stage including: John Raitt, Isaac Stern, Marilyn Horne, Grace Bumbry, Percy Grainger, Andre Previn, Leontyne Price, Jerome Robins, Howard Keel, Marni Nixon, Claramae Turner, Lotte Lehmann, Rudolph Friml, Eugene List, Ruth St. Denis, George London, Ruggiero and George Ricci, Camilla Williams, Roger Wagner and his Chorale, Shirley Verrett, Glenn Dicterow, Lola Montes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and many more!
RBPA’s board of directors and staff work year-round to produce the Festival and outreach programs. In addition, each summer over 1,000 volunteers come together to make the Summer Music Festival possible through the Associates of the Redlands Bowl, the Red Shirt Ushers, the Hospitality Ensemble of RBPA, and volunteer ushers from various community groups.
Redlands Bowl Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
It isn’t an Inland Empire summer if you don’t enjoy marvelous performances here!- Judith, Redlands
Gives me hope for the arts in America. Thank you people of Redlands and surrounding, RCMA, staff and crew for one of the most rewarding events we’ve ever experienced!! – Johnny Boyd, Performer
Thank you for an amazing experience and memories we will cherish forever! – Melanie, Redlands