2017 Program Performances
Gumbo y Sopa
There and Back Again/Ida y Vuelta
Date: March 12, 2017 Time: 4:00 p.m.
Featuring: Munyungo Jackson – Afro-Cuban Percussion
Luis Villegas – Flamenco Guitar
Special guest vocalist
Venue: Metropolitan Baptist Church
2283 N Fair Oaks Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001
“Celebrating Women in Music”
Gender, Genres, and Generations
A celebration of three generations of female vocalists from four different genres.
Date: September 29, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Pasadena City College, Westerbeck Hall, 570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
Gail Deadrick, Music Director
Gail Deadrick, a native of Los Angeles, CA, became the Music Director for Natalie Cole in June 2000. Gail won a Grammy for Ms. Cole’s Still Unforgettable as Co-Producer.
Rita Edmond, Jazz Vocalist
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Rita Edmond remembers growing up around music influenced by sounds of such legendary singers a Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. With a beautiful voice and a four-octave range, Rita is a natural singer, one who can express the deepest emotions through music. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally.
Stephanie Amaro: Latin Pop & Latin Jazz Vocalist
Grammy-nominated recording artist Stephanie Amaro displays a rare musical versatility through the instruments she plays and vocal styles she so brilliantly performs. Ranging from the sounds of Lady Gaga to Natalia LaFourcade, Stephanie brings a graceful stage presence reminiscent of . Mexican Cine de Oro. She has received honors from the Pasadena Arts Society, the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, and the Angel Award. Stephanie performed for President Barack Obama and music producer David Foster.
Madeleine and Melina Adragna, Classical Vocalists
Madeleine and Melina Adragna have shared a passion for music and singing all their young lives. The twin sisters are equally talented, classically trained with exquisite voices. They started pursuing their passion while studying voice with Don Brinegar and Suzan Hanson at Pasadena City College. These phenomenally talented twins will surely make their mark in Opera and the concert stage in just a few years.
“Celebrating the Beauty of Latin American Music”
Date: October 10, 2017 Venue: Eliot Middle School
Featuring: Francisco Ruiz and Pablo Flores
Performance for Eliot Middle School Students Only
Let Music Do The Talking
Date: December 3, 2017 Time: 3:00 p.m.
Jie Ma, Pipa
Jose Garcia, Spanish Guitar
Pablo Medina, Keyboard
Venue: Asian Youth Center, 100 W. Clary Avenue, San Gabriel, CA 91776
This program is being made possible by the generous support of Michael and Eva Jen.