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Symphony to celebrate with a “Spring String Fling” Concert will feature acclaimed pianist Steven Vanhauwaert

San Bernardino, CA – The up-coming fourth installment in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s 88thconsecutive season, “Spring String Fling,” will be presented on March 18, 2017, at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts. The baton drops at 7:30 p.m. on a concert inclusive of compositions by Bach, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.

“After all the rain we have experienced this year, an evening full of light and lovely music is clearly what we need,” said Symphony Maestro Frank Paul Fetta, adding, “We hope this concert will serve to uplift the spirits of all in attendance!” >>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony gets into the swing of spring

The San Bernardino Symphony's next concert is at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 18.
By Sherli Leonard / Correspondent

Audience members at the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra concert of March 18 should not be alarmed when they see only string players on stage. The orchestra for the concert, titled "Spring String Fling," deliberately chose to present works composed for strings only, featuring music by Bach, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.
"It's not the numbers of players on stage, but the dynamism and the impact," said conductor Frank Fetta in a recent interview. "And the impact of these works is big."

The strings are the heart of an orchestra, Fetta said. "They are the only orchestral section that can make a complete sound by themselves, with all the levels, depth, range and color of a full orchestra. I've done many string-only concerts before, and there are always people who come up to me afterwards and say, 'I didn't miss those other instruments.'" >>> Read full article

 

Symphony Fine Arts Lunch Breaks

 The San Bernardino Symphony presents three Fine Arts Lunch Breaks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each month (one at the Superior Court Plaza, one at the breezeway at the city hall complex, and one at the Third Thursdays Food Truck Fest).

Participating musicians include both Symphony musicians and others from the local area, many contracted through The Arts Connection. The Fine Arts Lunch Breaks are funded through a two-year grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

The project is designed to be a social experiment to test whether public perception about our area can be improved through the arts. As such, these are not "marketed" concerts; they are, instead, designed to be "serendipitous surprises" for the people working and transact business in downtown San Bernardino. >>> Read full article

 

Symphony aims to amaze with ‘Symphonic Surprise’

The up-coming third installment in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s 88th consecutive season, “Symphonic Surprise,” will be presented on Feb. 11, 2017, at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

The baton drops at 7:30 p.m. on this concert which will feature acclaimed young violinist Usha Kapoor performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. Also on the playbill are Stravinsky’s Puccinella Suite and Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G major, also known as the “Surprise Symphony” for its use of unexpected musical elements.

“We encourage everyone to come out and share this marvelous concert with us,” said Symphony Maestro Frank Paul Fetta, adding, “It was lovingly designed and is, in a sense, our Valentine’s Day gift to the community.”

This concert will be presented, in large part, through a grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. >> Read full article

 

Fine Arts Lunch Breaks debuts with live music in downtown San Bernardino

By Michel Nolan, The Sun
Fine Arts Lunch Breaks Just imagine — leaving your office in downtown San Bernardino and walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch, when you hear the rich dulcet tones of a cello-violin duo.

The beautiful live music seems to be coming from the open-air plaza at the Justice Center on Third Street.

OK, you say, “but how can this be?”

The music is a free gift to passers-by — a downtown midday arts experience to go with your soup and sandwich.

A welcome break in your busy day.

The San Bernardino Symphony is spearheading the new program, Fine Arts Lunch Breaks, which provides a fine arts experience in San Bernardino during workweek lunch hours. >>> Read Full Article

 

 

Hear holiday classics and decorate holiday cookies at San Bernardino Symphony concert

Annual concert returns to the California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Dec. 17.
By SHERLI LEONARD  / CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The holiday season is the time for traditions and soon the San Bernardino Symphony will celebrate one of its own – the annual “Home for the Holidays” concert at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts on on Saturday, Dec. 17.

“We're featuring music that reflects the overall season, the sense of peace and brotherhood that all of the holiday celebrations manifest,” Conductor Frank Paul Fetta said in a recent interview. “No other piece embodies these ideas more than the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the choral movement we know as ‘Ode to Joy.’” >>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony Brings Holiday Music Close to Home

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Above Photo: Maestro Frank Paul Fetta conducts the San Bernardino Symphony at last season’s “Home for the Holidays” concert. Photo Credit: Steve Brown

San Bernardino, CA – As part of its 88th consecutive season, the San Bernardino Symphony will reprise its popular “Home for the Holidays” concert at San Bernardino’s historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts on December 17, 2016.

The concert will feature a number of holiday favorites including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor“Ode to Joy,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Berlin’s White Christmas, Biegel’s Hanukah Fantasy and more. Four soloists and a 125-voice choir will join the orchestra.

Special pre-concert activities, including strolling carolers and holiday cookie decorating will lend a little extra sparkle to the evening’s festivities. As with all concerts this season, attendees may also attend the Symphony’s “Meet the Composers” pre-concert talk courtesy of the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre Company. All pre-concert events begin at 6:30 p.m. and are included with your ticket. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. >>> Read full article

San Bernardino Symphony’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ concert to bring joy to audiences

By Michel Nolan, The Sun
As they say in the song, “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” and on Saturday evening all that holiday cheer will resonate as favorite songs of the season performed by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.

As a part of its 88th consecutive season, the Symphony will reprise its popular “Home for the Holidays” concert, a selection of holiday favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature beloved holiday music including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Ode to Joy;” selections from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite;” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Jeffrey Biegel’s “Hanukah Fantasy” and more. Four soloists and a 125-voice choir will join the orchestra.

Special pre-concert activities, including strolling carolers and holiday cookie decorating will lend some festive sparkle to the evening’s magic. >>> Read full article

 

How the San Bernardino Symphony is getting theatrical for 88th season opener

The San Bernardino Symphony will open its season at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 15.

By SHERLI LEONARD  / CONTRIBUTING WRITER - Press Enterprise
The debut performance of a commissioned work, a nod to Halloween and a collaboration with a local theater troupe are among the highlights of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s season opening concert at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Titled “Autumn Magic,” the concert program features “Dancing Man Overture,” the new piece by composer Libby Larsen that symphony conductor Frank Paul Fetta said is a five-movement work constructed like a violin concerto.
>>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony announces 88th season line up

San Bernardino, CA – The region’s longest-running professional symphony is preparing to open their 88thseason October 15 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts. Themed “A Season of Firsts,” the music chosen will include pieces performed for the first time by the orchestra, debuting guest artists, and selections numbered one by great composers. www.sanbernardinosymphony.org The season will begin with “Autumn Magic” featuring the Southern California premiere of composer Libby Larsen’s Dancing Man Rhapsody. >>> Read Full Article

 


2015-16 Season in Review

San Bernardino Symphony will close season with May 28 concert featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, directed by Frank Fetta, will close its season with “Finale Bravura!,” a concert featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak and David Popper.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. May 28 in the California Theatre, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

For tickets, go to www.sanbernardinosymphony.org or call 909-381-5388.

“We have been likening the selections this season to a celebration of the diverse flavors of symphonic music. So in this final course of the symphonic feast, we will serve up four of the most beautiful symphonic pieces ever written,” Fetta said.

Cellist Ruslan Biryukov will solo in Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68. >>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony closes 87th season with "Finale Bravura!"

Posted By Staff — inlandempire.us

Cellist Ruslan Biryukov returns for the stirring conclusion of this season's symphonic feast

San Bernardino – On May 28, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will perform "Finale Bravura!" a classical
concert featuring works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Popper, and Dvorak.

"We have been likening the selections this season to a celebration of the diverse flavors of symphonic music. So in
this final course of the symphonic feast, we will serve up four of the most beautiful symphonic pieces ever written,"
said Music Director and Conductor Frank Paul Fetta.

The concert will open with what Fetta describes as a "wonderful and delightful masterpiece," Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart's Magic Flute Overture from the opera of the same name which premiered on September 30, 1791, just two
months before the composer's untimely death. Although ill at the time, Mozart conducted the premier, writing to his
wife shortly thereafter about his excitement with the growing crowds attending the two-act opera. First recorded in
1937, the work has inspired numerous books, films, art works, and musical adaptations.

"Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's romantic interpretation of the Rococo period and then David Popper's virtuosic fantasy
complete the first half of this repast which will be served by a good friend of the Symphony, cellist Ruslan Biryukov,"
explained Fetta. >>> Read full article

 

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Opportunity tickets will be available at our March 26, 2016 "Masterwork Melange" concert featuring pianist Rufus Choi to be held at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 4th Street, San Bernardino.

Tickets may also be obtained by visiting our box office at 198 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, or by mailing a check to the Symphony box office at 198 N. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408, or by calling the box office at (909) 381-5388 to purchase a ticket using your credit card. >>> Read full article

 

 

High school reunion special donation

High School Reunion special donationHigh school reunions and a shared love of music helped bring about a very special reconnection for Highland resident Barbara Pike and William “Bill” Jones, who after not seeing each other for over 30 years, reunited to attend the 65th San Bernardino High School Class of 1950 reunion together in October 2015 in what proved to be the start of new romance.

Bill, class of 1950, and Barbara, class of 1951, had been friends playing togehter in the school’s band. Both married their first spouses soon after graduation and for a few years the two couples shared a home as the men joined the Navy and spent much of their time overseas during the Korean War.

After the war their lives took different paths as Bill built a career in technology working for IBM in New York and later Hughes Aircraft in California while Barbara remained in the San Bernardino area and became a teacher. >>> Read full article

 

Symphony benefits all ages

Symphony Benefits all AgesThe Highland Area Kiwanis Club learned of the San Bernardino Symphony’s active efforts to introduce the community’s students, children and families to the entertainment and culture of symphonic music through a variety of programs aimed at attracting and educating young audiences. San Bernardino Symphony Executive Director Anne Viricel, club member and Highland resident, shared that attracting young audiences is beneficial to the symphony, the community and its young people.

“This can make a big difference because kids who participate in the arts outperform their non-participating peers three-to-one in their academics,” Viricel said. “The arts tend to open up students’ world views.” >>> Read full article

 

 

SAN BERNARDINO: Masterwork concert to feature masterful pianist Rufus Choi

‘Masterwork Mélange’ concert on Saturday, March 26, will feature three master composers: Humperdinck, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

By SHERLI LEONARD  / CONTRIBUTING WRITER
For pianist Rufus Choi, performing a concerto is almost a duty.

“I want to communicate my love for music, which gives me a purpose in life,” he said in a recent interview. “It's my duty to make the composer's notes come alive, to help realize the vision of the composer. So I bring something, add something new – my own brand, my own character. I work to help the audience see the composer's vision through my lens.”

Choi will be the featured soloist at the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterwork Mélange” concert at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino on Saturday, March 26. >>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony conjures up a ‘Masterwork Melange’

By Michel Nolan, The Sun
A melange of gorgeous music — fantastic elements from the whimsical to the sublime — will fill the historic California Theatre Saturday night as the San Bernardino Symphony presents its “Masterwork Melange.”

And voila, you have a feast for the senses.

Symphony Director and Conductor Frank Paul Fetta promises a performance to please palates.

“We’re serving up a very accessible gourmet program,” said Maestro Fetta, who chooses the symphony programs. >>> Read full article

 

Rufus ChoiSan Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will have concert on March 26

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 3:07 pm

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will perform “Masterwork Mélange,” a classical concert featuring works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Humperdinck, on March 26 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

“This is a concert that combines some fantastic elements and will take the audience on a musical journey from the whimsical to the sublime,” said Symphony Music Director and Conductor Frank Paul Fetta.

The concert will open with the prelude to 19th-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece >>> Read full article

 

Redlands Bowl announces Summer Music Festival lineup

By Michel Nolan, The Sun   2/27/2016
It must be spring fever.

Although we need the rain, we’re already wanting to do summer things — like spending an evening under the stars, enjoying an awesome show at the Redlands Bowl.

The venerable Bowl, now in its 93rd summer season, is at the heart of Redlands, bringing a kaleidoscope of world-class performing arts to local audiences.

This year’s entertainment is no exception. The eclectic series of performances ranges from the hang-onto-your seats Rhythmic Circus to the Big Band music of Benny Goodman; from award-winning trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg to Broadway favorite “Oklahoma!,” the summer’s musical production. >>> Read full article

 

Redlands Bowl announces Summer Music Festival lineup

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
REDLANDS >> The music of Gershwin will help set the mood of the 2016 Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, as the San Bernardino Symphony tackles the composer’s work to kick off the season June 24.

Redlands BowlThe Redlands Community Music Association announced the festival’s lineup Thursday night during its annual dinner at the Redlands Country Club.

The new season — the Bowl’s 93rd — continues on select dates through Aug. 19 with performances suitable for all ages and a few surprises along the way.

“We’re always looking for things that are new and different and (acts) that the community would like to see,” said Beverly Noerr, executive director of the Bowl. “We are anchored with the classics and always want to have good symphonic programs, but we are always looking for new things.”

Following the San Bernardino Symphony’s Gershwin Spectacular, >>> Read full article

 

SAN BERNARDINO: Orchestra to celebrate American music

By SHERLI LEONARD  / CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s concert of Feb. 6 will be all about U.S. composers and the music they wrote about and for this country. Titled “Echoes of America,” the concert will be held at the California Theater for the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.

“People should know that Americans have written fantastic music, and that a symphony concert doesn’t have to be just about old European composers,” said Music Director and Conductor Frank Fetta in a recent interview. “Much of the music has never been heard by the general public, and it’s up to us to present it.” >> Read full article

 

‘Echoes of America’ resound through San Bernardino

By Michel Nolan, The Sun
Candace Bogan“Echoes of America” will resonate through San Bernardino on Saturday evening as the city’s extraordinary symphony performs music to lift our spirits.

The patriotic concert, at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theatre, emphasizes the Southwest and brings home beautiful music that tells the story of America.

“ ‘Echoes of America’ is stunningly beautiful and will resonate well with our audience and school kids as well,” said symphony music director and conductor Frank Fetta.

A champion of the San Bernardino Symphony, as well as the city it represents, Fetta remembered renowned violin professor Robert Lipsett attending a concert last year and commenting that the San Bernardino Symphony is “one fantastic orchestra.”

“I just hope that city council members, the community and the county board of supervisors know that this symphony has been in the heart of San Bernardino for 83 years,” Fetta said. >> Read the full article

 

Another Magnificent Arrowhead Arts Concert with San Bernardino Symphony

Mountain Top Concert 2015Extraordinary young violinist William Hagen had the audience spellbound by his talent and the sound of his exquisite violin. He (and it) were, to put it mildly, magnificent!

Each year since 1982 as summer ebbs into fall the Arrowhead Arts Association presents a classical concert in the magnificent setting of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Crest Park and this year’s astoundingly beautiful concert was no exception. Local residents and visitors packed each and every pew in the magnificent church to hear and enjoy this annual concert that is always thrilling.

From the moment the conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Maestro Frank Fetta,  tapped his baton and led the orchestra in the Stars Spangled Banner at the beginning of this year’s program it was apparent to everyone that this was going to be a very special event. It was! But then, since the first concert in 1984, this musical afternoon “treat”  has been a match made in heaven for music lovers. >>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony to begin 87th season October 3

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015
By Anne Viricel Executive Director San Bernardino Symphony

Will Hagen“Mosaico Latino” to feature Hagen, Hernandez

The San Bernardino Symphony will open its 87th season on Oct. 3 with “Mosaico Latino,” a captivating and sophisticated evening of music and art from Latin America.

In keeping with the season’s emphasis on highlighting the future of symphonic music, the concert will feature two celebrated young performers, violinist Will Hagen and operatic tenor Gustavo Hernández. Also performing will be the students of the Mariachi Youth Academy of Sinfonia Mexicana which originated with the San Bernardino Symphony 30 years ago this month. In addition, an exhibition of works by members of the Latino Arts Association will be featured at the event.

“We have brought together some of the most exciting talent available to showcase music that epitomizes the region’s rich cultural heritage,” said Symphony Maestro Frank Fetta who has begun his third year as the Symphony’s Conductor and Music Director. “Our goal is to dazzle the audience with a one-of-a-kind experience they will long remember!”
>>> Read full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony Season Offers “Tasty” Programming and an Open Door to All Ages

Although the San Bernardino Symphony has long been known for performing more than just the standard classical fare, Maestro Frank Fetta and the Symphony’s Artistic Committee have created their 87th season with an ever wider menu of beautiful orchestral music.

Themed “Orchestral Accents: Celebrating the Diverse Flavors of Symphonic Music,” the season will guide audiences through a veritable banquet of selections sure to delight most every musical palate. “Our goal is to pay homage to composers whose work evokes emotion… joy, sorrow, introspection, pride, love… we want people to realize orchestral music is foundational to the classics, but not limited to them,” said Maestro Frank Paul Fetta who is preparing to begin his third season as the Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor. “We hope the audience will recognize the concept of musical flavors as more than clever marketing,” quipped the Maestro, “You may love a certain food, but you need a variety of foods to stay healthy. The same can be said for music. If you enjoy a healthy diet containing a variety of music and you will surely live a healthier life!” >>> Read the full article

 

San Bernardino Symphony to present a variety of musical ‘flavors’

POSTED: 08/15/15,

SAN BERNARDINO >> Although the San Bernardino Symphony has long been known for performing more than just the standard classical fare, Maestro Frank Fetta and the symphony’s Artistic Committee have created their 87th season with an ever wider menu of beautiful orchestral music.

Themed “Orchestral Accents: Celebrating the Diverse Flavors of Symphonic Music,” the season will guide audiences through a veritable banquet of selections, according to a symphony news release. “Our goal is to pay homage to composers whose work evokes emotion… joy, sorrow, introspection, pride, love… we want people to realize orchestral music is foundational to the classics, but not limited to them,” said Fetta beginning his third season as the symphony’s music director and conductor.

“We hope the audience will recognize the concept of musical flavors as more than clever marketing. You may love a certain food, but you need a variety of foods to stay healthy. The same can be said for music. If you enjoy a healthy diet containing a variety of music and you will surely live a healthier life!”

The schedule: >>> Read the full article

 

Opera from the movies takes center stage at Bowl

BY SHERLI LEONARD / CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Published: July 27, 2015 - PE.com
The last time you heard "Nessun Dorma," the well-known tenor aria from the opera "Turandot" might have been at
the movies–"The Witches of Eastwick," to be exact. The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival will celebrate the
influence of opera music in cinema on Friday, July 31, with "The Singing Cinema" program.

"It's really interesting that opera, which is not written for film, is frequently part of the music score in the most unlikely movies," said Frank Fetta, music director and conductor for the program. "I wanted to bring that to the attention of the audience."

Fetta will conduct the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and eight professional opera singers in the program that
will match famous arias to sometimes infamous movies. >> Read full article

 

SBSOSan Manuel gives to symphony

Published: July 24, 2015 - PE.com
SAN BERNARDINO – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $75,000 to sponsor two concerts in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra 2015-16 season.

The San Manuel-sponsored holiday concert on Dec. 12 will include classical and popular pieces, as well as music from around the world, according to a news release from the symphony. The tribe sponsored last year’s holiday concert.

 

Changing of the guard at Historic Guthrie Music Library

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015
By Anne Viricel

Dr. Dorothy (Dotti) Garcia will soon step down as Chair of the Guthrie LibraryHighland shed once held valuable music collection

July 1 will mark a historic changing of the guard as longtime Guthrie Music Library Chair Dr. Dorothy (Dotti) Garcia will relinquish her leadership position to San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Cynthia Ludvigsen.

“The Guthrie Music Library is one of San Bernardino’s hidden treasures,” said Garcia, who with San Bernardino Symphony Guild members Donna Uhl and Jan Bell formed the original Guthrie Library committee at the request then-President of the Symphony Board, Highlander Mary Schnepp.  >>> Read full story

 

Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival kicks off 92nd season

Redlands Bowl Opener 2015By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
POSTED: 06/27/15
REDLANDS >> The 92nd season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival is now underway with a variety of acts lined up to play the historic venue on select dates through Aug. 21.

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra kicked off the season Friday night with Latin American flair during the Mosaico Music Festival.

“Everyone I talk to is very excited about the season, especially for ‘Mary Poppins,’ (July 21 and July 23 through 26)” said Beverly Noerr, executive director of the Redlands Community Music Association. >>> Read full story

 

San Bernardino Symphony receives Bank of America donation

POSTED: 06/25/15

BOA DonationSAN BERNARDINO >> The San Bernardino Symphony was the recent recipient of a $4,000 donation from Bank of America in support of programs benefitting local youth.

The grant was presented to members of the symphony’s Funds Development Committee last week by Mortgage Servicing Unit Manager Danny De La Mora, on behalf of Al Argüello, Bank of America Inland Empire Market president.
Funds will be used to support symphony programs that benefit local teens under Bank of America’s Workforce Development and Education Priority. These programs include the Symphony Debs and Red Tie Associates, a certificated youth volunteer initiative which provides job skills training to high school students interested in the arts.

Funds will also support Maestro in the Schools which brings Symphony conductor Frank Paul Fetta into middle and high school orchestra classrooms to work directly with students. >>> Read full story

 

REDLANDS: Mosaico Music Festival opens Redlands Bowl season

Mosaico Music Festival featuring the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles opens the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival on Friday, June 26.

BY SHERLI LEONARD / CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Published: June 23, 2015

SBSOThe Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival opens its 92nd season with a festival within a festival. On Friday, June 26, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, directed by conductor Frank Fetta, will present the Mosaico Music Festival on the historic Prosellis stage at the venue.

According to Fetta, the program is a synergy of material that the audience will recognize, including folklórico music, presented in a symphonic context.

"The program's roots and base are in the Mexican culture, with the symphonic presentation as a priority," Fetta said. "It's vocal, dance, and symphony, all in one event." >>> Read full story

 


 

San Bernardino Symphony

2014 - 15 Season

San Bernardino SymphonySymphony celebrates virtuosity — in music, public safety
By Michel Nolan, The Sun
POSTED: 09/30/14, 7:07 PM PDT 

Under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta the San Bernardino Symphony opens its 86th season Saturday with a spectacular display of “Virtuosity,” a musical experience beyond the imagination.
So hang on to your seats.

“Virtuosity” takes center stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at San Bernardino’s California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
It is especially fitting that the music to be performed is some of the most beautiful ever written, requiring considerable mastery.

Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” one of the most … >> Read complete article

 

Symphony brings audience to its feet
Posted: Highland Community News, Monday, October 6, 2014 9:32 am

San Bernardino SymphonyThe audience stood, cheered and gave extended applause to the San Bernardino Symphony Saturday, Oct. 4, at the conclusion of the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak.

It was no surprise.

The selection is an audience favorite, and the musicians under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta performed it to perfection.

“I don’t know if that was the best it has ever been done,” said one concertgoer, “but it was the beast I have ever heard.”

That sentiment seemed to be universal among the ... >> Read more

 

The San Bernardino Symphony will be performing at the grand re-opening of the San Bernardino Valley College
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 10:49 am

... at 7:00 that evening the San Bernardino Symphony will perform for the Grand Reopening of the college’s renovated Auditorium. >>> Read more

 

Big entertainment, small price for Holiday concert
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 10:36 am

The San Bernardino Symphony has big plans for its Holiday concert this year with no increase in prices. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 20.

“Students are only $11,” said Dr. Anne Viricel, executive director of the San Bernardino Symphony as she reported on the program for the Kiwanis Club of Highland on Thursday, Nov. 20. “That’s less than it would cost to go to the movies next door (to the California Theater).”

There is also a family pack for a big family called “Six for $60.” That’s even cheaper than the student price. >> Read

 

San Bernardino Symphony receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 2:36 pm

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that the San Bernardino Symphony is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. Each will receive $10,000. The Symphony’s award will support “Music for All Ages,” a community engagement project designed to stimulate the imaginations of diverse audiences.

“It is very rewarding to be nationally recognized for the efforts that we have been making toward reaching the diverse audiences in our communities,” said Symphony Board of Directors President Dr. Judith Valles. >>> Read full article

 

SAN BERNARDINO: Orchestra spreads abundant holiday joy
BY SHERLI LEONARD / CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Published: Dec. 23, 2014

Freude, Freude; Joy, Joy. In a word, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra summed up the spirit of the holiday season at its first holiday concert in recent memory. The Saturday night concert at the California Theatre in San Bernardino featured a 75-member chorus singing works by John Williams, Handel and Beethoven, and glorious performances by all.

Highlights abounded, most notably the programming. Classical orchestral seasonal works are limited, while choral works are plentiful; hence, the chorus, members of Mountainside Master Chorale and Moreno Valley Master Chorale. Pleasantly surprising, three pieces from the movie “Home Alone,” full of composer John Williams’ distinctive style, brought ... Read full review

 

San Bernardino Symphony celebrates Black History Month

By Michel Nolan, The Sun
POSTED: 01/20/15
San Bernardino SymphonyHere is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in some of America’s greatest music.
San Bernardino Symphony launches its celebration of Black History Month with a three-day tribute Feb. 5, 6 and 7 to the musical contributions of African-American composers.

Beginning Feb. 5, the tribute kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. event to honor local arts and education supporters, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown and her husband, newsman Hardy Brown Sr. at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The uniquely American music harmonizes perfectly with the current symphony season theme, “By Request: The Music You Want to Hear.” >>> Read full article

 

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A string trio from the San Bernardino Symphony greeted the crowds touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center during their second anniversary celebration on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

 

McVay to be Honored with Golden Baton

Dean McVayPosted: Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:56 pm

The San Bernardino Symphony Guild has selected ten-year Board Member Dean McVay, Esq., as their most recent recipient of the Golden Baton.

The Golden Baton Award recognizes those rare individuals whose contribution to the Symphony have far surpassed the norm. Such individuals are felt to exemplify what it means to be a champion of the arts both for the organization and in the broader community. While many contribute to the long term success of the organization, only a few contribute to extent of a Golden Baton awardee. In fact, in the Symphony's 86-season history, less than 15 individuals have been selected for this honor. >> Read full article

 

‘Beethoven, Brahms and Bartholdy’ symphony concert in San Bernardino

Redlands Daily Facts 4/02/15
San Bernardino SymphonyThe San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of music and art in its “Beethoven, Brahms and Bartholdy” concert Saturday in the California Theatre, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

“We wanted to present a concert that honored three much-loved classical composers in a way that simultaneously appeals to a wide cross-section of our community,” said Frank Fetta, the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director.
“Our ongoing goal is to create a concert experience that engages diverse audiences in new and exciting ways, and I think audiences will be delighted with this event,” Fetta said.

The evening will begin one hour earlier than usual, with a 6:30 p.m. performance by Symphonie Jeunesse, a local youth string ensemble, under the baton of conductor and founder Michele Tacchia. >>> Read full article

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SAN BERNARDINO: Mosaico Arts and Music Festival set at park

Press Enterprise April 29, 2015

The San Bernardino Symphony and the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will present the Mosaico Arts and Music Festival from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino.

Opening the free festival at 2 p.m. will be a performance by the students of CKC Music and a visit by the character Cri Cri ("The Singing Cricket"). At 3:30 p.m. ensemble Milpa Music will take the stage. >>> Read full article

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San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present season finale May 23

5/15/2015 - Redlands Daily Facts

San Bernardino SymphonyThe San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale concert at 7:30 p.m. May 23 in the California Theatre, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

The concert will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, featuring horn soloist Joseph Ognibene.

“We wanted to honor the many requests we have received for a concert that focuses on the horns,” said Frank Fetta, the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director.

“Our ongoing goal is to create a concert experience that engages the region’s diverse audiences in new and exciting ways, ... >>> Read Full Article


 

 

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2013 - 14 Season

 

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Review: San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra concert Sax and Strings on March 1, 2014
by Sherli Leonard, Press Enterprise
March 2, 2014

Thank you, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, for a delightful concert on Saturday night at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts.  An evocative mix of the fresh and the familiar introduced the audience to what Conductor Frank Fetta referred to as the orchestra's heart: the string sections.

Thirty string players, and only string players, performed Bach, Barber, Britten, Glazunov, and Mozart, beating together as one strong, solid and inspired heart. >>> Read the Whole Review

 

Review: SAN BERNARDINO: Symphony’s family concert charms and educates
The Press-Enterprise, by Sherli Leonard
Published January 29, 2014

San Bernardino's 80-year-old symphony orchestra is in good and youthful hands judging by the youthful appearance of most of the orchestra's soloists and by the enthusiasm of music director and conductor Frank Paul Fetta.
The orchestra presented the annual family concert Sunday afternoon to an almost full house, and through fine musicianship and careful programming, most likely brought thousands to classical music. Read More >>>

 

 

Review: San Bernardino Symphony - Beyond Gravity
The Press-Enterprise
, by Sherli Leonard
Published September 30, 2013

Almost literally, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra took its audience out of this world for a season-opening concert on Saturday night at the California Theater for the Performing Arts.  Titled "Beyond Gravity," the program featured works of universe-sized dimensions, and the orchestra showed off its immense capacity to fill a hall with a glorious sound. >> Read More


 

San Bernardino Symphony

2012 - 13 Season

Review: ‘Treasures of the Americas’ brought families together

By Deb Karalun
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:10 PM PST
The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra brought families a little closer to the music this past Sunday afternoon at “Treasures of the Americas.” 

The popular Family Music Fair, reprised from last year’s matinee event, was held prior to the performance. Patrons of all ages were invited to listen to performances from a string ensemble from Rialto’s Kucera Middle School, the Redlands Christian School Jazz Ensemble, the CKC Music String Ensemble, and Haley Manutai, a piano student of Dr. Lily Diehl... Read More
Highland Community News (USA) January, 2013

Review: French classics in a diversity of moods

The prospect of an entire program of classical music by French composers seemed a bit scary, but the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s Nov. 10 concert proved to be enlightening, edifying, and eminently satisfying.

Music of Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, and Bizet, spanning the mid-19th to early 20th centuries, presented a wonderful diversity of moods, from somber to bright, a challenge the orchestra’s musicians met and then some... Read More
Press Enterprise (USA) November, 2012


 

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2011 - 12 Season

Review: San Bernardino Symphony gives the gift of Orchestral Treasures

Last Friday and Saturday evenings, the San Bernardino Symphony presented two interrelated musical events that both showcased guest artist Jesús A. Morales and reinforced the beauty of the selected musical pieces.

If you only attended the concert, you probably had a lovely time, but missing Friday evening’s Musicale was like, well, missing one of Michael Tacchia’s pre-concert lectures. You love and appreciate the music, but much of the musical back story is missed. Read the complete review
Highland Community News (USA) March, 2012

 

Review: SAN BERNARDINO: Symphony plays for young people

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra introduced young people into the symphonic music scene with its Sunday afternoon concert, “Marvelous Mozart,” at the California Theater in San Bernardino.

A full house, with plenty of well-dressed, well-behaved children, watched young people perform in a string ensemble, heard the captivating interpretation of “Tubby the Tuba,” and heard four soloists from within the orchestra perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major.” All this marvelous music followed a busy pre-concert program ... Read the complete review
Press Enterprise (USA) January, 2012