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At the Center September 11th, 2008

Center for the Arts, Escondido

“Celtic Spring,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Finalists to Appear in Escondido this Sunday

photoThe new season begins on Sunday, September 14 with NBC "America's Got Talent" finalists and family, Celtic Spring. Together the six children, ranging from seven to 22, plus both parents play traditional and contemporary Celtic song sprinkled with award-winning Irish and Cape Breton step dancing. Celtic Spring is just the beginning to a full season of performances, which includes 33 acts from both near and far.

Ultimate Broadway (Sunday, September 20, 2008 at 4 p.m.) recreates the best Broadway moments with full orchestra and guest singers. Together they demonstrate the importance of classical music to create atmosphere in such famous shows as "The Sound of Music," "The King and I," "Oklahoma," "Evita" and more.

All new this season, thanks to an initiative set to inspire families through the arts, three of the Center's family shows in the 2008-2009 season will be presented at the low cost of $10 per ticket. "We strive to make the arts accessible to all at the Center and know developing arts appreciation among children, especially as it is cut from school budgets, is increasingly important," said Vicky Basehore, California Center for the Arts, Escondido president. "We are proud that we can offer this new three-performance series for families to enjoy the arts together."

The new Family Series includes three performances for the whole family to enjoy:

Moscow Cats Theatre (Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) is an entertaining introduction to the circus, complete with clowns, 35 performing cats and one dog.

Golden Dragon Acrobats performing Cirque D'Or (Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 4 p.m.) with a full team of Chinese acrobats and a repertoire of dazzling stunts.

Triple Threat (Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) brings together comedian Dana Daniels with his psychic parrot Luigi, Mad Chad Taylor, the Guinness World Record holder for juggling chainsaws, and comic musician Doug Mattocks for one crazy show.

Other performance series continue in the 2008-2009 season. The Center's Alternative Stage, Center Pops Concerts, and Spirited Song series, each of which was initiated in the 2007-2008 season, all continue.

Alternative Stage brings lesser known theater to San Diego North and aims to inspire conversation.

Eenie Meanie (Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2008 at 8 p.m.) is a stunning one woman play that intimately looks at a Caucasian woman's life experience with conditioned racism.

Queen of Bingo (Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.) is the story of two sisters on the other side of 50, played by two guys, who add a little fun and excitement to their lives with a crazy night out at a Bingo game.

The Mortified Guide to...Epic Romance (Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, 2009 at 8 p.m.) comically shares tales of adolescence from old journals, letters, poems and more as told by the original authors.

The Center Pops Concert series, generously sponsored by Jean Will, brings Jung-Ho Pak and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra to the Center and makes classical music interactive and more accessible to audiences.

Operatic Delights (Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 4 p.m.) presents a sampling of the most famous arias and orchestral operatic masterpieces including music from "Carmen," "Madama Butterfly," "Aida," and more.

The Spirited Song series, introduced last season as Wine and Song, offers complimentary tastings from local wineries, breweries and more to ticket holders an hour before select performances.

Linda Purl and Lee Lessack sing the Songs of Johnny Mercer (Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4 p.m.) give the ultimate tribute to the great Johnny Mercer including such favorites as "Jeepers Creepers," "Blues in the Night," "Moon River" and more.

GrooveLily (Friday, December 12, 2008 at 8 p.m.) brings together elements of rock, folk, jazz, pop and Broadway to create lush musical textures and soaring vocals with classical music backgrounds.

Ahn Trio (Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 4 and 8 p.m.) is comprised of sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella. Together they redefine the art and architecture of chamber music and classic piano trios.

"We aim to bring the highest quality and most entertaining performers to all of San Diego North," said Christian Wolf, California Center for the Arts, Escondido performing arts director. "The new season is full of variety and old favorites that we hope will attract an evermore diverse audience to join us at the Center throughout the new season."

These featured performance series are all in addition to the Center's popular dance series, traveling Broadway performances, special engagements from performers such as Vince Gill and the Smothers Brothers, and the quality programming brought to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido throughout the full 2008-2009 performance season. For more information, including the full line-up of shows, on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 2008-2009 performing arts season, please go to or contact the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. The 2008-2009 performing arts season is generously sponsored by Angelo Damante and Mercedes-Benz of Escondido.





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