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Packed house savors Ripon Arts League concert

Pianist, composer and educator John Hillebrandt plays Trancendental Hymm-Fantasy No. 6 on the piano at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s Ripon Arts League concert

GLENN KAHL/ The Bulletin/

POSTED September 20, 2017 1:18 a.m.

It was a packed house Tuesday night in the Ripon High multipurpose room with the Ripon Arts League hosting the Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band with some 400 in attendence.
One rendition that had the crowd tapping their feet was the “Yorktown Centennial March”  by John Philip Sousa.
The conductor and originator of the band, Ernesto E. Bucio, conducted every concert from 1989 until his death in 2011.  The band has since been carrying on in his tradition with a dedication to quality concert band literature under the direction of Matthew Cover and Ulices Chavez.
Both men shared the maestro position on the stage leading the band separately with the audience showing their appreciation for their mastery of their musical direction.
The concert band is based in Modesto and performed at the opening of the Gallo Center for the Arts. It is sponsored by Gottschalk Music Center – located in Modesto since 1951.
Pianist John Hillebrandt was featured on the piano making the keys come alive beyond expectation.  His numerous and highly acclaimed performances each season include solo recitals, chamber music, concertos and original compositions.
Hillebrandt retired six years ago from the California State University, Stanislaus where his career as a staff accompanist and lecturer over 15 years included more than 500 performances. 
He has been key to the Modesto Symphony Orchestra since 1996, playing with other orchestras including the Sacramento Philharmonic and the “Music in the Mountains” festival orchestra.  Hillebrandt’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was featured by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
Formed in 1989, the band has performed in Golden Gate Park events, the French Quarter in New Orleans and in New York at Carnegie Hall. 
The other selection played Tuesday night included “Always United, Forever Strong” and  “Sheltering Sky” followed by “Lisbon” and “Yorkstown Grange,” followed by “Serenade, Op. 22c” and “Danza Final (Malambo)” from Estancia Dances and the “Yorktown Centennial March” by John Phillip Sousa.
The next Ripon Arts League concert will feature Jim Anderson in “Bringing Elvis to Ripon” on Thursday, Oct. 12 again. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Laura Ellis performs R&B, pop and rock & roll. Other concert is the James Garner Tribute to Johnny Cash on Jan. 23 followed by Golden Bough, Irish and American Folk Music on March 20.
Membership in the Ripon Arts League is $35 for the season’s event series. All concerts are at the Ripon High venue.
Order tickets by calling Jackie at 599-3476 or at the door. For more info- email Kit Oase at

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