In Janet Klein’s world, everything old is new again—from her perfectly coifed 1920s-era bob to her musical repertoire of historic ballads from the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s.
The historical preservationist and seasoned songstress of Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys is happily at home in a bygone era reclaimed as her own. She invites the Claremont community to join her on the journey at this year’s Claremont Folk Festival, to be held at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Saturday, June 15.
“Nowadays [artists] don’t spend much time setting up the story. They just get to the hook of the song and are too busy with fancy instrumental sections and showing off musical prowess, " she said.
Claremont Symphony Orchestra and Spectrum present "A Tribute to Motown and R&B." Nationally known Las Vegas-based vocal quartet will perform its unique adaptations of 22 familiar Motown songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The concert on Sunday, June 9 begins with the Claremont Symphony performing selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Spectrum harmonizes favorites by the Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Four Tops, Supremes and Stevie Wonder.
You might think fitting the folk orchestra Round Mountain—a gypsy swirl of accordion, trumpet, guitar, bouzouki, kora, bagpipes and drums—on stage at the Claremont Folk Festival would be a logistical nightmare.
In fact, the group is just a duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist brothers Char and Robby Rothschild. They will be stopping by the festival, set for Saturday, June 15 at the Rancho Santa Anta Botanic Garden, as part of a tour in support of their fourth album, The Goat.
As is the case with many good things, it all began with Willie Nelson.
The Claremont Chorale presents “Thirsting to Sing” with a repertoire about life’s great appetites. This performance is an exploration of songs about food, wine and love. The event features guest soloists form the Repertory Opera Company production of La Traviata. Catch the performance at Bridges Hall of Music on Saturday, June 8.
Tuesday night at Bridges Auditorium epitomized the musical theater experience.
At the first dress rehearsal for their season finale, Claremont High School theater students attempted to wrest perfection from the chaos of an in-the-works production. They entered stages left and right, sang, pirouetted, listened for cues and occasionally flubbed a line.
Despite the perennial question—“Can we make this happen?”—that looms before the opening of any show, it is clear that the musical, with its spot-on period costumes, elaborate set and dozens of enthusiastic performers, will charm audiences. Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are set for Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
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The Claremont Chorale presents “Thirsting to Sing” with a repertoire about life’s great appetites. This performance is an exploration of songs about food, wine and love. The event features guest soloists form the Repertory Opera Company production of La Traviata. See them perform on Saturday, June 8 at Bridges Hall of Music.
The latest Claremont High School theater production has something in common with their last presentation: It features CHS teens starring as schoolchildren.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centered on the aspirations of a bunch of academically precocious misfits. The new show, by contrast, focuses on kids who are perennially popular, if not among their peers, at least among audiences worldwide.
On Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, the students will perform You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which follows the misadventures of Charles Schultz’ Peanuts gang. Protagonists include hapless Charlie Brown, bossy Lucy, blanket-toting Linus, feisty Sally, musically-minded Schroeder and, of course, a dog named Snoopy.