See five separate artistic groups on tour beginning October 21 with Marie-Josee Lord, an accomplished soprano from Montreal at the fabulous new Ridgeview High School auditorium.
Her concert, titled Jambalaya, consists of a variety of popular and favorite Broadway tunes mixed with classical music. “Ms. Lord has a strong classical background and artfully entwines it with popular songs to appeal to a wide audience,” according to Alyce Jantzen, president of RCCA.
On December 2, Presidio Brass, combining a brass quintet with piano and percussion, will include Redmond on its touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema. This group of young men from San Diego perform with major symphony orchestras, tour internationally and teach music at local universities. “We’re fortunate to have not only top quality musicians, but their teaching background is ideally suited for our outreach to the Redmond schools,” said Jantzen. RCCA has an on-going music enrichment program whereby they bring touring artists into the local public schools.
Beatles music interpreted through ballet will feature the Eugene Ballet dancing their production titled All You Need Is Love. This performance, scheduled on February 24, is part of the dance troupe’s 25-city tour. Jantzen said, “The stage of RCCA’s new venue, Ridgeview High auditorium, has a flexible dance floor which is preferred by dance companies. We can now bring professional dance groups to Central Oregon.”
Later in the season on March 17, pianist Liana Forest and her Swinging Quintet will perform her concert titled From Moscow to Manhattan, from Bach to Broadway. This recording artist, originally from Russia, is classically trained and has performed in recitals in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa in addition to appearing on National European Television. She blends a wide variety of music including classical, popular and jazz.
The season will close with guitarist Jesse Cook and band on April 14. Always popular with audiences, Cook will return to Central Oregon featuring his Rumba Flamenco style that has made in internationally famous. Cook, from Toronto, has numerous recordings, tours extensively and has opened for such legends as B.B. King, Ray Charles and Diana Krall.
All concerts are on Sunday afternoons, with curtain times at 2pm and 6:30pm in the new Ridgeview High School auditorium. Season subscriptions are $50 adults, $20 students, and $105 for families with children at home. RCCA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which allows them to bring high-quality, live music to the community at affordable prices.