The Community Concerts of RSF readies for new season

Gail Kendall, President of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Ranch residents and those in neighboring communities have begun to purchase their season tickets for the first show premiering on Sept. 29.

On stage for the 2017-2018 season are acclaimed performers 3 Redneck Tenors, Two on Tap, Side Street Strutters and The Four Freshman.

According to Gail Kendall, who is serving her sixth year as the president of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe, attendees will be thrilled with the new season.

“Each season gets a little more special because the artists themselves are finding out how advantageous it is for them because there are approximately 90 concert groups similar to us across the nation,” Kendall said. “Live on Stage is our agency, and they book these artists.”

Every summer, Kendall travels to Nashville to select musical performers for the next season. While Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe is competing with roughly 90 groups, Kendall said it is because of their donor base that they are receiving their top first choices of performers.

Kendall shared while they sometimes offer a classical music performance, the nonprofit does not concentrate solely on this genre of music since it is available throughout San Diego.

“Classical music is available with Mainly Mozart,” she said. “It’s available in La Jolla. There’s lots of classical to be heard around here.” 

Overall, Community Concerts wanted to do something different.

“We start out with a party,” said Kendall, adding that guests are having a glass of wine, appetizers and chatting with friends before show time.

Kendall pointed out that Northern Trust provides wine for the pre-party reception.

“Northern Trust has been with us since day one when our first concerts were at the Garden Club back in 2000,” she said.

Today, concerts are at Village Church Fellowship Hall with excellent acoustics.

“Our mission is to provide good music to our local residents and surrounding communities, and we accomplish this,” Kendall said. “On the educational side, we want to educate people about the music, and we do that with our outreach programs by going to our local schools.”

Kendall pointed out that MiraCosta College was included this year and chose the Four Freshman. Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe pays for the artists to attend a school, play a 45-minute concert, and take part in a Q&A session.

Kendall reported that ticket sales for the 2017-2018 are strong.

“I’m excited to say that looking through all of the people who have subscribed there are just a ton of new names,” she said.

Ticket prices for all four concerts are priced at $225 per person whereas single show prices are $75 each. 

For more information about the Community Concerts of RSF 2017 -2018 series including ticket purchase, visit CCRSF.org.

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