The Story so Far…
The Diablo Regional Arts Association is committed to elevating the quality and professionalism of performing arts in Contra Costa County. Its support of drama, classical music, dance, and musical theater at the Lesher Center has enriched the theater-going experience in the region. But missing from the area’s performing arts scene is jazz as performed by instrumentalists and vocalists of the top rank. Now, in its debut as a presenter, DRAA is producing a concert series featuring internationally acclaimed jazz artists.
In July and August 2012, the first outing of the jazz series proved immensely popular; the 8 pm series (originally the only series offered) sold out on subscription within a few weeks of its announcement, and a 5 pm series was then added, which also did very well. Inspired by that success, in 2013 the DRAA is again presenting two series, again at 5 pm and 8 pm.
These artists perform in the intimate (300 seat) Margaret Lesher Theatre, an ideal venue for this highly personal art form. The DRAA is proud to bring to the community this concert series, that celebrates America’s great gift to world culture: jazz.
2012: Arturo Sandoval, John Pizzarelli, Jane Monheit and Wycliffe Gordon.
2013: Cyrus Chestnut, Stacey Kent, Eliane Elias and a Stride Summit with Dick Hyman, Mike Lipskin and Stephanie Trick
2014: Karrin Allyson, John Pizzarelli, Clayton Brothers Quintet and Roy Hargrove
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We at the Diablo Regional Arts Association are seeking partners for our Jazz series. To make this concert series viable we need your help to sustain the best in Jazz at the Lesher Center for seasons to come. We invite you to play an instrumental role by showing your support of this new and exciting project with your financial gift. No amount is too small. For gifts of $2,500 or more you will enjoy special perks that provide you with a more intimate experience.
If you have any questions or to discuss your donation, please contact Peggy White at 925.295.1457.