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Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library

2018-2019 Classical&Jazz Concerts

The Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library Proudly Announce the 2018-2019 Concert Season

The Orvieto trioPlease mark your calendars for eight thrilling concerts, all to take place on the 4th Wednesday on each month (except December). For this coming season, we are reverting to our previous practice of presenting one concert a month – featuring various styles of music, including classical and jazz. As before, the emphasis will be on classical, with  two high-level jazz performances.

Aviara TrioWe have been extremely selective for this season, issuing invitations to the best of the best. Most will be familiar faces, but with one group making their first performance for this series. Two groups are out-of-town trios who are putting our series on their travelling schedule.

I am also pleased to announce a new co-host for the series, who will be sharing the production activities with me. Cara Geils is no stranger to our music community. Cara is a violinist with the Poway Symphonette (just back from a European concert tour). She has produced chamber concerts in Poway, and has previously handled public relations for the Friends concerts. Cara is also a docent at the Museum for Making Music, in Carlsbad.

Don Bunin, who made our popular jazz series possible, has had to retire from that role. We are indebted to him for his service to our library community as well as to the local jazz community. Don and I decided that it would be best to integrate the jazz concerts into the classical series (which had been our earlier practice), but we will be evaluating the options once we get the new season underway. Your feedback is welcome.

As usual, admittance to these concerts does not require tickets. However, we need to recover the expense of engaging these top-notch professionals and ask that each attendee make a free-will donation.

All concerts are held in the 2nd floor community room at the Rancho Bernardo Branch Library. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concerts run from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm.

A reminder e-mail is sent to subscribers about a week before each concert. To sign up, send an email to rbconcerts@earthlink.net.

Hoping to see you at a concert,
Cara and Harvey

Here is our hand-picked, high-powered line-up for 2018-2019, selected for your listening pleasure:

9/26 Fred Benedetti, Guitar Fred is the leading all-genres guitarist in the area. He has performed at the RB Library several times with the Peter Sprague Group and with George Svoboda. I have invited Fred to perform solo, with a program of romantic classical and flamenco works for Spanish Guitar.

10/24 Masters of Muisc, Alyze Dreiling (violin) & Magdoina Bornemisza (piano) For their premier performance in our series, the duo will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens & Bartok. Many of you may know Alyze as Director of the SD Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists Ensemble.

11/28 Jeremy Kurtz-Harris (double bass) with Ines Irawati (piano) Jeremy is the principal double bass with the San Diego Symphony. He has excelled in developing the double bass as a solo instrument. I have been trying to get Jeremy and Ines back to RB for about five years – since they opened our eyes (and ears) to the possibilities of this unique pairing.

1/30 The Neave Piano Trio This outstanding trio brings their emotional presentations to the RB Library for a return treat. I was able to adjust our schedule to get them to put us on their tour schedule.

2/27 The Peter Sprague Group with vocalist Rebecca Jade How could we have a jazz schedule without Peter and his quartet (with Tripp Sprague, Duncan Moore and Gunner Biggs). I have been enjoying what the group has been doing with a vocalist, and they have song stylist Rebecca Jade lined up to make it happen. There previous visit to the RB Library was SRO.

3/27 The Orvieto Piano Trio The trio is making their annual visit to San Diego in March this year, and we were able to slot them in. They never miss surprising us with their level of play.

4/24 Holly Hofmann (flute) and Mike Wofford (piano) With only two jazz concerts this season, I held out for the very best. Holly is an extraordinary jazz stylist with her C flute and alto flute. I love her pairing as a duo with creative pianist Mike Wofford. Her recent CD release “Low Life” showcases the Alto Flute and is one of the most pleasing jazz discs that I have ever heard.

5/22 The Aviara Piano Trio Yes, we love piano trios. And the Aviara, with Erin Breene on cello, Ines Irawati on piano, and Rob Schumitzky on violin, is as good as they come.

For information on individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities click here.

You can send inquiries and comments to our Concerts Director.


Because of the Fire Safety Code, seating is limited. The limit will be enforced so please arrive early to assure yourself of a seat.

Please be aware that the parking lot often fills up at that hour. You may find additional parking alongside the library on the 2nd level. For your personal comfort, you may wish to bring a padded seat cushion, and a sweater for when the A/C overshoots the thermostat.

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator, and author (1902-2001)