Music From Around the World Comes to San Diego's Balboa Theatre in 2009

Music from around the world, from the ‘40s Big Band Song and Dance Revue IN THE MOOD, the very funny and entertaining 3 REDNECK TENORS, the ever popular Irish Rovers, Miami's hot Cuban timba band TIEMPO LIBRE, Portuguese fado singer MARIZA along with a newly added performance by the MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS de NATI CANO who will bring the second performance season at the Balboa Theatre to a resounding close!

San Diego Theatres Presents

3 Redneck Tenors: A New Musical Adventure

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 6:00 pm

"The "3 Redneck Tenors" could have been a punch line, a gimmick - if it didn't have so much talent." -Las Vegas Sun "Laughs Galore...They can sing like angels." -Dallas Morning News

In the melodic wake of the three operatic tenors comes a new breed of tenors from more humble origins...3 Redneck Tenors: A New Musical Adventure. The musical comedy, featuring classically trained veteran artists from Broadway and world opera stages John Wilkerson, Alex Bumpas, Matthew Lord and Dinny McGuire, is like Greater Tuna meets Das Barbecu - down home laughs with big city music! Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe, and Billy Billee as they mix NASCAR with Beethoven, lite beer with Puccini and even kick up a little dust with Ave Maria Dixie! You'll travel with three singing cousins from their modest beginnings in Paris, Texas, where they discover that belting out a high C causes pigs to move faster and bar brawlers to scatter; all the way to their triumphant debut at New York's famous Carnegie Hall.

3 Redneck Tenors: A New Musical Adventure

6:00 pm, Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tickets $50/$40/$25

San Diego Theatres Presents in association with Mike Pettite Presentations

In the Mood: A Swinging 1940s Musical Revue

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

"Mobbed by an unexpected outpouring of fans of the swing era, 500 people had to be turned away and hundreds more had swamped the switchboard." - The Washington Post

Swing ‘n sway to the best of the big band era as the music of the 1940s comes alive with In the Mood featuring the In the Mood Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra with arrangements, costumes and choreography as authentic as it gets. Take a look back at life and times of the "greatest generation," as you experience the music that moved a nation's spirit and helped win a war when America was listening and dancing to the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more. In the 1940s, the combination of up-tempo big band instrumentals and intimate, romantic ballads set the mood for a future filled with promise, hope and prosperity. On radio, in theaters and ballrooms, the Big Bands were drawing record crowds. Vocal groups and soloists sang a repertory of great songs, and for the last time in the 20th century, the entire country shared a common popular music. This body of song did much to sustain national morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the era. This was a time like no other in our history, a time when music moved the Nation's spirit. Come experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of this important time. Bud Forrest Entertainment began touring In the Mood in 1994 following an overwhelming response from a performance on the steps of the National Archives in Washington, DC. In the Mood has performed and toured all over the U.S.A., Canada and Europe and also for one of the 2nd Clinton Presidential Inaugural Balls.

In the Mood: A Swinging 1940s Musical Revue

2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tickets $50/$45/$30

San Diego Theatres Presents Tiempo Libre

Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:00 pm

" timba group in the United States."- Denver Post

"One of the year's better timba recordings comes from Tiempo Libre, and its debut Timbiando."-Latin Beat Magazine

"Traditional Cuban classics meet soaring joyful vocals and an impressive horn and percussion section driving a booty-shaking party guaranteed to pick up your mood."

-San Francisco Spectrum
Join the dance party when the Balboa Theatre is transformed into the hottest nightclub in town, featuring Miami's two-time Grammy®-nominated sizzling timba band Tiempo Libre. The newest and most controversial music out of Cuba, timba is like salsa on steroids incorporating Brazilian, R&B, hip-hop and salsa along with an inducing mix of high voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of Cuban "son."

Tiempo Libre, classically trained in Cuba's premiere conservatories (at a time when it was illegal to listen to American songs on the radio), were all enjoying thriving careers performing, touring and recording with such artists as Albita, Cachao, Arturo Sandoval, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Isaac Delgado, when they came together to realize their collective musical dream: to create the first authentic all-Cuban timba band in the United States. Their eagerness to share their music with others led these multi-talented individuals to come together to develop their new style together, hence the name Tiempo Libre (Free Time). Now, the group is a hit in the U.S. and abroad, celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances celebrating Cuban music. No matter where they perform be in concert halls, jazz clubs or dance venues, Tiempo Libre has a mission: to share their musical heritage with as wide an audience as possible.
Tiempo Libre

8:00 pm Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tickets $55/$45/$35

San Diego Theatres Presents in association with Mike Pettite Presentations

The Irish Rovers

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 3:00 pm

"Highly talented...!" -Charleston Gazette

"Still the energetic crowd pleasers that have made them a world trademark."

-Charleston Daily Mail
When all the world is Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Irish Rovers! The Irish Rovers, who are passionate about performing and, like the Unicorn, they are legendary and magical; have delighted audiences for over thirty-two years with their blend of Celtic-flavored traditional, folk and popular music. The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained people around the world and continue to delight audiences with their exciting stage shows. The Irish Rovers have never lost their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will have audiences singing and clapping along.

The story of the Irish Rovers began in 1963, when the 16-year old George Millar and 23-year old Jim Ferguson, both new emigrants from North Ireland, met in Toronto at an Irish function. They ended up singing together ‘til dawn; and so the Irish Rovers were launched. The Rovers then headed off to "Americay." Landing at the famous folk club, The Purple Onion in San Francisco, they ended up headlining for an unprecedented 22 sold-out weeks. The folk clubs of California became the learning grounds for the young Rovers, and (through old-fashioned hard work and a wee bit of Irish luck) they were offered a recording contract with Decca Records. In 1966, "The First of the Irish Rovers", a live album was released. It generated enough excitement to warrant another album, and from this release came the million selling single "The Unicorn", the band's signature song to this day. The Rovers once again soared to the top of the pop and country charts with "Wasn't That a Party". This real-life celebration was written by their friend, U.S. folk singer Tom Paxton, after he witnessed one of the band's famous post-show parties. It went on to become an international anthem of good cheer. The band recorded "Grandma Got Run-Over by a Reindeer" in 1982, which has become a seasonal hit.

The Irish Rovers

3:00 pm, Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tickets $50/$45/$30
San Diego Theatre Presents

An Intimate Evening with Mariza

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:30 pm

"...she sang an old fado, with her voice swelling to reach climaxes that were just short of tears." -New York Times

"Mariza gave a stunning performance...fully in command of a rich array of vocal timbres and a subtle sense of timing." -Los Angeles Times

Fado singers rarely find fame beyond Portugal's borders, and then along came Mariza who flung open the window in her modern take of the traditional form is propelling her on an international career. As the poet wrote, fado makes its way in the world through the transparency of its lyrics, and these Mariza sings with all her heart. Mariza is a Mozambican whose soul was forged in the old Mouraria district of Lisbon. It was there that she first heard fado singers. Even when experimenting with other rhythmic forms she has always sung fado.

Mariza sees the stage as her "living-room where she entertains her friends" and audiences feel this warmth. In Portugal, Mariza emerged as one of the best-loved artists in her homeland. She has been lauded by the Kingdom of Denmark and shared the stage with Sting. Mariza's passion for singing the word of poets makes them her own through her emotional interpretation.

An Intimate Evening with Mariza

7:30 pm, Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tickets $60/$50/$35

San Diego Theatres Presents


Sunday, May 31, 2009, 3:00pm

As featured in the PBS special Fiesta Mexicana...
MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS de NATI CANO gained international renown after performing on Linda Ronstadt's double platinum album Canciones de mi Padre and the follow-up album Mas Canciones.
The 11-member ensemble has established a unique reputation for technical brilliance and musical nuance. They are recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship and also of Mexico's highest award for mariachi, the Silvestre Award.

Tickets $65.00/$45.00 *On Sale Date TBA

3:00 pm, Sunday, May 31, 2009


Classics 4 Kids
Culture Crossroads

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 2:00 pm

Engaging children through concert programs where young children will experience the excitement of the performing arts. The Classic's Philharmonic presents a great family afternoon of music, art, dance and education that is fun for kids (and adults) of all ages!

Broadway San Diego
Rain: the Beatles Experience

April 21-26, 2009

From Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road follow the Fab Four from their earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60's and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. A multi-media, multi-dimensional experience fusing historical film footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960's, with all music and vocals performed live-- it's the next best thing to seeing the real thing!

Tuna Does Vegas

May 5-10, 2009

Starring the dynamic duo JASTON WILLIAMS and Tony®Award- nominated JOE SEARS, your favorite citizens of the "third smallest town in Texas," are back in their first new show in 10 years.
California Ballet

First View

Friday, May 1, 2009, 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2009, 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm

Premiering new works by local, emerging and guest choreographers, this annual dance event always has delivered fresh and creative pieces that showcase classical and contemporary ballets.

The San Diego Men's Chorus
Blonde Ambition

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 8:00pm

San Diego Men's Chorus wondered, "Do blondes REALLY have more fun?" So they invited along a very special guest (to be announced in December) and put together their sassiest, sexiest, sauciest show ever.
La Jolla Music Society

Yo-Yo Ma (Sold Out!)

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 8:00 pm

One of the most sought-after musicians of our time, Yo-Yo Ma has explored the farthest musical reaches of the globe with his Silk Road Project. In this recital he returns to his classical roots, performing three of the unaccompanied Bach Cello Suites, seminal masterpieces of the cello repertoire.

Mainly Mozart Festival **

June, 2009

The 21st Annual Mainly Mozart Festival will be conducted by David Atherton. Following their critical and audience acclaim of their inaugural use of the Balboa Theatre for their 20th Annual Festival, plans are underway on the dates and programming of their Summer Festival for June 2009.
** Performance dates TBD

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