A Guide to the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

One of the Inland Empire’s most beloved traditions, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival is open to everyone, free of charge.

All programs start at 8:15 p.m. at the Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St., Redlands. Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the Bowl. Refreshments can be purchased at booths manned by local service groups, and food and drinks can be brought into the venue. Goodwill offerings are accepted.

Friday, June 24: The San Bernardino Symphony presents “Pop Dreams 2011,” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta. Recording star James Darren will sing along to some of the great American standards and his own pieces.

Tuesday, June 28: Winners of the 60th Annual Young Artists Auditions. Performers are selected during a rigorous audition process earlier in the year. The Youth Ensemble of Strings, directed by Karen Thurman-Palmer, will perform before the concert.

Tuesday, July 5: Highland Way. Fans of celtic music will appreciate Highland Way, led by Brian Caldwell of Glasgow. The Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band will make a special appearance.

Friday, July 8: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. These young artists will perform spirituals, world folk music, classical and jazz.

Tuesday, July 12: United States Coast Guard Band. Patriotic music and marches are the band’s specialty.

Friday, July 15: Pacifico Dance Company. One of the most well regarded folklorico companies in the state, audiences are dazzled by the group’s vivid costumes and choreography.

Tuesday, July 19: Barrage presents “Sound Track of the World.” These aren’t your grandmother’s violinists; the members of Barrage are young and energetic, mixing music with choreography.

Friday, July 22: Redlands Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven Reveries,” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta. Guest pianist Esther Keel will perform the “Emperor” concerto.

Tuesday, July 26: Dress rehearsal for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Adapted for the stage, audience members will be whisked away to a fantasy world unlike one they’ve ever seen.

Tuesday, August 2: Dr. Jack Foster: A Tribute to Harry James and Friends. Poster is a master trumpet player, who will be joined by singers Troy Clarke and Cassie Miller and clarinetist Ken Dahleen to perform some of the best Big Band era music.

Friday, August 5: A Dreamy Night of Opera, conducted by Frank Paul Fetta. Enjoy the opera under the stars, with solo and ensemble arias accompanied by an orchestra.

Saturday, August 6: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band. The band will perform marches, patriotic songs and more.

Tuesday, August 9: Lisa Haley and the Zydekats. Get into the southern spirit during this concert featuring American, Cajun and Zydeco music.

Friday, August 12 and Saturday August 13: State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara presents “Jungle Book.” The classic tale of Mowgli will be performed by one of California’s best ballet troupes.

Tuesday, August 16: Dallas Brass. Expect lots of Dixieland, swing, Broadway and Hollywood standards during this high energy performance.

Friday, August 19: Redlands Symphony Orchestra presents “Finale Visions,” conducted by Frank Paul Fetta. The season will close with violinist Roberto Cani performing Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy.” Fireworks will go off during the concert’s conclusion.

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