Producer Joyce Wonderly established The Wrightwood Classical Concert Series in November of 2015 with the inaugural concert at the home of Lora Steinmann in Wrightwood, CA. In 2016 she produced 3 concerts and in 2017 three are planned. It is Ms Wonderly's plan to showcase local talent and guest artists from Southern California.
The first concert of the 2017 season featured guest artists Christa Stevens (soprano), Marco Antonio Lozano (tenor) and poet Wendy Jo Arnott. Teachers from the Keyboard Art School of Music Stephanie Santos-Owens, Rodger Whitten, Tim Benge and Chet Noll also performed. The audience was moved to three standing ovations with arias from well know operas to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Jeremiah Gonzales was the featured student artist.
Wrightwood Classical Concert Series 2017 March 19
Chet Noll, Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven
Poetry and improvised piano - Chet Noll and Wendy Arnott
Jeremiah Gonzales, Waldstein by Ludwig van Beethoven
Christa Stevens and Marco Antonio Lozano, "O soave fanciulla" from La Boheme
December 11, 2016 Concert
Carols, Cantatas, and Candles…Oh My!
This concert, which offered music in the spirit of the season, was serene and magical. The musical instruments of harp, piano, organ, harpsichord, flute, clarinet and contrabass clarinet resounded nicely in the church, which was decorated for the holidays. With the addition of operatic vocalists and trumpet, the performance ascended to a level of joyous dynamics. (Quoted from the Mountaineer Progress, December 15, 2016).
Scottish Highland Dancing, Pheobe Snow, Chloe Copland and Jerry Ripley
August 6, 2016 Concert
Jazz, Fine Wine and a View...oh my!!
Walter K Foley, Program Director for this concert, put together a top notch jazz ensemble, including world renowned jazz bassist Marshall Hawkins and saxophonist Wynell Montgomery. Local jazz drummer Alan Winkel and pianist/vocalist Lynn Davison rounded out the talented ensemble. The energy between the band and the audience was electric and emotional, to the degree that it brought tears to the eyes of more than a few audience members. The caliber of the music was world class. The audience was on their feet before the last note of the first song faded. The wine pairing dinner which followed, was catered by Kim Vodden and was delicious in every way. Tables settings were created by Collette Budd and were lovely to behold. Alex Peterson was host for the event, which was held in her home. The attendees were able to view the desert floor from one vantage point and the forest from another. It was a fabulous evening for all!
Wrightwood Classical Concert Series August 6, 2016
April 24, 2016 Concert
Strings and Hammers and Cords...oh my!
More than 100 classical music enthusiasts enjoyed an afternoon concert April 24th in the Wrightwood United Methodist Church. The performance was presented by Joyce Wonderly, director of the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series, and featured Rodger Whitten as program director and pianist, guest cellist Karen Linkletter, soprano Stephanie Santo-Owens, violinist Tristan Sherman, pianist Chet Noll and pianist Seth Northway, a student of Keyboard Art School of Music.
The performers received 3 standing ovations from the enthusiastic audience.
Rodger and Karen
Chet and Stephanie
Tristan and Rodger
Thanks to musicians and volunteers
November 21, 2015 Concert
Concerto in A min, Op 3, No. 6, 3rd Mov A. Vivaldi
Humoresque A. Dvorak
Mountain House J. Ungar
Concerto No. 5 in D maj, Op 22, 3rd mov F. Seitz
Tristan Sherman - Violin
Two Minuets from the A. Magdalena Bach Notebook J.S. Bach