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Oceanside High School Concert Choir performing January 20th, 2017, at OCAF's "In Harmony, Community in Concert” at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church (courtesy photo)

Oceanside Music Festival 2016-17 Series Concert Set for March 12

Oceanside CA— Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s third music event of the Oceanside Music Festival 2016-17 Series is here. “Encore: In Harmony…Community in Concert” will take place 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 609 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Neither political, nor a religious event, it is a bringing together of all segments of our North County community with uplifting, supportive, and inclusive song, instrumental music, and poetry.

Scheduled performers include JROTC, Oceanside High School Concert Choir, Kathy Robbins (Jewish Cantor), Robert Parker and Joni Yribe, (pianists), Bahman Sarram (Iranian violinist), Dr. Merryl Goldberg (Klezmer player), BASE student performers, Tiffany Valkilian and Jazmine Rogers (vocalists), Brad McMurrey and Matthew Maichen (poets).

Tickets at the door are: $15.00 for General Admission, or $10.00 for Students, Seniors, and Military w/ID. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to ‘Oceanside Promise’, a city-wide call to action partnership to ensure that every student graduates high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. See www.OCAF.info for additional information about the music series.

More information about the performers

BASE Programs students – Before and After School Enrichment is a non-profit organization that provides programs and events for Oceanside Unifi ed School District. The mission of BASE Programs is to empower youth to reach their greatest potential by providing them with creative educational experiences.

Kathy Robbins, ‘Community Cantor’ who serves the broader Jewish and Interfaith communities, participating in community events, leading worship services for various congregations. Her versatility has enabled her to perform in Greenwich Village coffee houses, Country Music halls, Manhattan night clubs and Catskills resorts. She has shared the stage with musical greats such as Big Band sensation, Cab Calloway and award-winning composer Alan Menken. Among her recording projects is a contemporary remake of the 1975 Grammy nominated song, ‘Ain’t No Way to Treat A Lady’ written by her friend and colleague, acclaimed songwriter, Harriet Schock. Her public service announcement on YouTube, “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady PSA” is to raise awareness and change attitudes and behavior regarding violence against women.

Brad McMurrey, local poet extraordinaire, has been on the scene for many years and his poetry reflects a wisdom that only comes from a long life well lived. He has performed at the semi-annual poetry slam competition at the La Paloma Theater for several years as well as performing in Canada and Ireland. Several of his poems have been published in the top two San Diego County anthologies: the Magee Park Poets Anthology and The San Diego Poetry Annual.

Jazmine Rogers, an up and coming singer and student at MiraCosta College won the 2016 $5,000 grand prize at the second annual Campus SuperStar singing competition benefiting Hillel of San Diego held at the Irwin M Jacobs Lecture Hall in Sorrento Valley.

D. Merryl Goldberg is a Professor in the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos and Executive Director of Center ARTES. Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band. She is the recipient of numerous grants including Federal Department of Education Arts in Education Program grants, a joint Spencer and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant, Fulbright-Hays Foundation grants, National Endowment for the Arts grant, and California Arts Council grants.

Robert Parker – a highly regarded pianist with a broad range of tastes and experience in jazz, r & b, rock, country, and classical music. Award winning pianist and graduate of the Drake University Instrumental Music Department, Robert Parker has been performing professionally for 4 decades on record as well as in concert. Fond of memorable melodies, dynamics, chord textures and driving rhythms derived from classical and jazz experiences from within the string section of Orchestras (St. Bass, Violin), Big Bands (St. Bass, Piano) and Country (piano), and Concert bands (Bass Horn, St. Bass). Known for a solid left hand and classically fueled cadenzas or a gentle touch when coaxing the heart into ballads, his style is dynamic and memorable. Having performed on and produced and scored (strings, horns, vocals) countless recordings in the field of Country Music, the Iowa native is also known for his ground breaking weekly appearances in the early 80’s on the Country Variety TV show, Ozark Opry.

Again, they will be joined by JROTC, Oceanside High School Concert Choir, vocalist Tiffany Vakilian, poet Matthew Maichen, Iranian violinist Bahman Sarram, and a San Diego favorite accompanist and pianist, Joni Yribe.