Our 19th season is shaping up to be our best yet. We have our favorite local groups returning, along with some exciting new music for you to enjoy. We are in the process of finalizing our line up, and we will update each concert as they are booked.
What comes to mind when you think of the eastern foothills of San Jose? LIVE MUSIC! Well—if you don’t automatically associate live music with east San Jose, you should. Hosted by Foothill Presbyterian Church on McKee Road, the Foothill Community Concert Series (FCCS) will begin its 19th season in August, presenting a treasure trove of concerts, featuring Classical, Americana, World and Early music. And the music is good! Carefully chosen by our concert series committee, the artists who perform are top notch.
Starting out the season in August is our first musical production, Godspell. FCCS is co-sponsoring a local production along with Foothill Presbyterian Church. With advance tickets at $10 and children under 12 admitted free, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children or grandchildren to the wonderful world of musicals.
The backbone of the classical line-up is the South Bay Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by George Yefchak, South Bay’s 60 plus musicians put together three concerts each season. They play everything from Dvorak to Star Wa rs and they play it well. Another regular in FCCS’s classical line-up is the violin/piano collaboration of Andrew Chan and Dr. Dong-Dong Dong. Mr. Chan and Dr. Dong’s performance is technically flawless, but it’s the exquisitely melodic flow of notes from Chan’s bow that will catalyze a miniature rapture in your heart. Joining the Philharmonic and Chan for the 2019-2020 season will be Ensemble Ari The musicians of Ensemble Ari are Korean Americans who embrace western instruments. They perform classical music, plus some modern compositions of their own that honor Korean folk traditions.
In past years Americana has been represented in our line-up by grammy-nominated Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, and Abby Gardner. Rob Ickes has captured the International Blue Grass Musicians Association’s Dobro Player of the year 15 times. Mollie O’Brien definitely gave Linda Ronstadt a run for her money. And Abby Gardner, playing solo while Red Molly was on hiatus, sang her own bluesy lyrics with a smile that could start an epidemic. Well—darn it—you missed those guys, but in the new season, FCCS will present Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter (of Red Molly fame). Contracts with other musicians are in the works, so check wwwfoothillpc.org for additions to the Americana line-up.
Besides being the performance home for the South Bay Philharmonic Orchestra, Foothill Church is home base for the Peralta Consort, an early music group directed by Kraig Williams. If you are partial to the winsome sound of recorders, accompanied by the occasional harpsichord, you will want to attend the Peralta Consort’s performance, as well as Flauti Dolci and Amici I and II, two concerts that will feature early music groups from around the Bay Area. Early music is another genre to keep tabs on, as other contracts are being negotiated.
All FCCS concerts are followed by a reception during which audience members are able to chat with the artists who just performed. Children twelve and under are admitted free and activity boxes for young children are available upon request. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 and you save if you purchase tickets online prior to the concert.
We hope you will enjoy our line-up for the 2019/2020 season. Please feel free to leave comments, or recommend musicians on our "CONTACT" page.
Foothill Community Concert Series was created in 2000 as an expression of Foothill Presbyterian Church's belief that music is a great spiritual gift! Within each season's line-up, you will find a variety of musical genres---jazz, classical, world, folk, and bluegrass. We cordially invite you to sample our fare and enjoy the talents of some amazing musicians.
FCCS (and Beethoven) are looking for a few good volunteers to join our concert committee. The concert series committee is responsible for producing the entire concert series. The committee meets about 6 times a year and depends upon the commitment of volunteers to deliver quality music to the community.
As you may imagine, it takes quite a bit of work to put together each season and, as our concert series grows, we find we need help choosing musicians, hanging banners, getting refreshments on the table and more. Helping "behind the scenes” is exciting and full of good music!
If you are interested in joining, please contact us in the lobby after the concert or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will choose your level of involvement—from dipping in a single toe to jumping in at the deep end.