The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated music festival in the United States at which no admission is charged.
The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival was founded by Grace Stewart Mullen, whose vision was that “music is for everyone” and should be accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay admission. Mullen’s dream of bringing professional quality, classically-oriented performing arts to her community has been carried on in today’s Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, held from June through August each year and still open free to the public. Since its inception in 1923, an estimated four million people have attended an evening of entertainment under the stars at the Redlands Bowl.
2016 Concert Season
The San Bernardino Symphony: Gershwin Spectacular
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will perform Gershwin's Concerto in F Major, featuring world-renowned pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. The evening will also include other Gershwin favorites, such as Strike Up the Band, Promenade, and An American in Paris.
"Vanhauwaert is a marvel. Possessed of dazzling fingers and an innate musicality, his contributions are invariably clean, crisp and to the point." - Jim Ruggirello, Gazette, May 2015
Winners of the 65th Annual Young Artists Competition
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Chosen by rigorous competition, these gifted young musicians display their extraordinary talent in a superb recital performance. Come and support these talented young locals as they begin their sure-to-be-illustrious careers, and you'll always be able to say you were there when. We will have more information on the competition winners closer to the performance date.
Navy Band Southwest
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy’s finest and oldest continuing musical organizations.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Dark for the national holiday.
An Evening of Bernstein & Sondheim with Frank Fetta
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Soloists Brooke DeRosa, Haqumai Sharpe, Nandani Maria Sinha, Ralph Cato perform favorites by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein with Maestro Frank Fetta at the piano.
A Tribute to Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Considered to be one the most important jazz concerts in history, Benny Goodman’s revolutionary concert in 1938 at Carnegie Hall created a new place for jazz on the American cultural scene. Starring the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra and features:
Polly Podewell, the last vocalist to perform with Benny Goodman and his big band.
Gina Notrica, Tex Beneke Orchestra vocalist
The Lindy Sisters, award winning vocal trio
Kim Richmond as Benny Goodman
Don Clarke as Harry James Dick Weller as Gene Krupa
Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16 - 8:00 PM
They’re back! Tap-dancing like you’ve never seen it before. This troupe of internationally renowned artists hits the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage. “Heatbox” the human beatbox, joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat!
“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour-and-a-half of music and dance!” –Theatermania“A family-friendly tap extravaganza!” –New York Post
“Fast, furious footwork! Amazing beatboxing…an entertaining display of music and tap-dancing!” – New York Times
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:00 PM
The smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and drive of Earth, Wind, & Fire, the hip licks of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band…
All created by the human voice alone!
Hailed “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice.
The Redlands Symphony Orchestra: Strings with Zing
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
The Redlands Symphony performs Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s timeless Serenade.The evening also features Oboist Claire Brazeau who will perform Ennio Morricone’s stunning Gabriel’s Oboefrom the 1986 movie The Mission, and Cimarosa’s beautiful Oboe Concerto.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016
Produced & Directed by Nathan Prince & Steve Simons
Set in the Oklahoma Territory right after the turn of the century, dashing cowboy Curly pursues farm girl Laurey. However, they both have trouble admitting their feelings for one another due to their stubborn natures. To make matters worse, Jud, the lonely farm-hand tries to get between the two of them. In the meantime, Laurey’s friend Ado Annie tries to pick between her fiancé, Will, and Ali Hakim, a peddler who has no intention of marrying her. These blending story lines woven into the backdrop of singing and dancing farmers and cowboys makes this musical fun and full of romance for all ages. The show features classic songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love” and the title song, “Oklahoma!”
Herencia di Timbiqui
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Brought to the US by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the 11-member Herencia de Timbiqui celebrates the musical traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia by combining traditional Colombian percussion instruments with energetic vocals, brass, keyboards, and guitar. The Timbiqui region’s musical heritage is a rich fusion of Latin music, rock, jazz, and funk. Their sound is brought to the Bowl stage in a powerful live performance full of energy!
“…The marimba influences of salsa, jazz and even funk meet folk roots ….” OZY Magazine, USA
“It is a mouthwatering pot of flavors and sounds, like the lapping of the Pacific Ocean on sandy beaches…” Sounds and Colors Magazine
James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 8:00 PM
James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the legendary ‘Man in Black’ with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits and present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.
This is the closest experience to seeing Johnny Cash in person today.
Don’t miss it!
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” She has earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and is included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll for 2013.
Featured as one of Vanity Fair’s young virtuosos of jazz, she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, and Dizzy’s among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson.
“Bria Skonberg… plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream. Her new album, “So Is the Day” reveals that she’s also a very capable bandleader and composer.” – Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
The San Bernardino Symphony: A Portrait of Madame Butterfly
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
A young, naïve geisha believes her marriage with a visiting American naval officer is loving and permanent. Giving her heart to a man undeserving of her loyalty, the abandoned bride must make a painful decision.
Frank Fetta, Musical Director and Conductor
Zeffin Quinn Hollis, Production and Stage Direction
Timothy León, Chorus Master and Associate Conductor
Cast: Daria Somers as Butterfly, Nandani Maria Sinha as Suzuki, Brooke DaRosa as Kate Pinkerton, Christian Quilici as Pinkerton, Ralph Cato as Sharpless, Haqumai Sharpe as Goro, Adrian Rosales as Yamadori, Jaime Esteban Perez as Yakusidé, Jeffrey Goldberg as Il Commissario, Constance von Briesen-Kamm as Il Madre, Cynthia Nitrini Stary as La Zia, Natalia Ferreiro as La Cugina
2014 Grammy Award Nominees Kahulanui
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM
2014 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES
There is a new wave coming from Hawaii, a blend of traditional music and the Big Band Swing brought to the Aloha State by U.S. servicemen during World War II. Its leading exponent is Kahulanui, a nine piece band—four horns plus guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and steel—whose energy and dynamic arrangements have caused a sensation throughout the Islands. Their debut CD, Hula Ku’I, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the Regional Roots category, and soon Hawaii’s Kings of Swing will be bringing their unique style to audiences across America.
The Redlands Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Fireworks
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Conducted by Frank Paul Fetta
End the 93rd season with the 1812 Overture and fireworks! The concert also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and excerpts from Lalo’s Cello Concerto with cellist Ruslan Biryukov.