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Love at the heart of Kindred Arts Concerts Association’s longevity

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Golden Bough will be playing the Manteca Kindred Arts concert on Dec. 21.

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POSTED September 4, 2013 12:21 a.m.

Love is at the heart of Manteca Kindred Arts’ longevity.

Established in 1986 at the prodding of an impassioned column by the late retired educator and writer Robert Camden in the Manteca Bulletin, the 501 (c)(3) organization, which means all donations are tax deductible, the incorporated concert association has managed to offer classical music programs for the community every year without fail since its inception without scrimping on the quality of the artists and performances highlighted at every concert season.

The performers are of national and international caliber. Witness, for example, the 27th Anniversary Season line-up which features the Sacramento Baroque Soloists ensemble, the Felici Piano Trio, the Golden Bough which is back by popular demand with its “Christmas in a Celtic Land” after its sold-out appearance here last year, and Dr. Kent Cook who is professor of piano and head of the keyboard department at Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

“Their heart, really, is in classical music. They are not commercially driven so they are willing to come (and perform for Kindred Arts in Manteca) for under their (regular) fees,” said the organization’s artist selection chairman Don Peterson, a retired music teacher who has played the violin for many symphonies, including the Stockton Symphony, for many years, revealing the biggest secrets behind Kindred Arts’ resilience and continuing popularity.

The main funding for the concert programs are donations from generous individuals in the community and season-ticket revenues, said Peterson who has been with Kindred Arts for as long as it has been in existence. Door tickets may also be purchased at every program. All presentations are held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on the corner of Powers Avenue and East North Street in Manteca.

The only fund-raising event held during the year to benefit the non-profit organization is the Great Options drawing held during spring, usually in February or March.

But one thing that has helped the association in large part in recent years is the establishment of a Kindred Arts auxiliary group made up of a small, but staunch army of 12 to 15 avid supporters.

“They do anything” to help the organization and the concerts, Peterson said of the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly, from putting on the post-concert receptions and posting flyers at storefronts in the business district, to handling the mailing of correspondences and concert brochures.

Opening up the 2013-2014 season will be the Sacramento Baroque Soloists who will be performing Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m.

Season tickets are based on type membership: $45 each for adults; $55 for one adult plus family (under 18), $100 for two adults plus family (under 18). Donations, which are tax deductible, may be made beyond the regular ticket prices and may be sent to: Manteca Kindred Arts, PO Box 4201, Manteca, CA 95337.

For more information, call (209) 239-2194 or send an e-mail to More information can also be obtained about the organization and the performances at

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