The Redlands Symphony returns to live performances after more than 18 months of silence due to the COVID pandemic on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Maestro Ransom Wilson will conduct. Single ticket prices begin at $18.

The concert, featuring internationally known guitarist, Rene Izquierdo performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, also includes Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, Magic Flute Overture by Mozart, and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. The concert is sponsored by a generous gift from Marilyn Solter.

Highlighting the Symphony’s historic return to live concerts will be a special salute to regional first responders who will attend as the orchestra’s guests for the performance.

Appearing as guest conductor for the symphony’s traditional performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the top of the concert program will be Helen Staples-Evans, DNP, RN, NE-BC, who is Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO at Loma Linda University Health Hospitals. Staples-Evans was nominated by her peers as someone who was constantly on the front line of patience care delivery throughout the pandemic.

“Maestro Wilson, our musicians, board members and staff are all eager to welcome our audience back to this return performance of the Redlands Symphony,” according to Paul Ideker, the organization’s president and CEO. “We are also privileged to have as our guests, representatives of the men and women who worked tirelessly to help keep us safe during the dark months of the COVID pandemic. This is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’”

First responders from Beaver Medical, Redlands Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Health Hospitals, Kaiser, the Redlands, Banning, Beaumont, and Yucaipa-Calimesa school districts as well as the Redlands police and fire departments, and the San Bernardino and Riverside county sheriff departments were all invited to attend the concert.

All concert goers – including musicians and symphony staff -- will be required to be fully vaccinated and wear face coverings at the concert. Vaccination status and identifications will be checked at the door. The symphony’s complete health and safety guidelines are available at redlandssymphony.com/experience.

Full season subscriptions for Redlands Symphony’s 21-22 season are still available and start at $98. Pick-Four subscriptions begin at $69 and single tickets start at $18. Full details are available on the symphony website at redlandssymphony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 587-5565.

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