The re-birth of Paradise, California now includes a benefit concert of beautiful guitar music on Saturday May 25, from 6 to 8 pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, which miraculously survived the Fire untouched. Seven of the USA’s most famous classical and flamenco guitarists will be performing, including world renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The goal of this benefit concert is to help bring the music community of Paradise together again, to raise much needed funds to re-build Norton Buffalo Hall, and to support the Paradise Performing Arts Center. This benefit concert event will announce to the world that the music & arts community of Paradise is back, and ready to be more creative than ever.
Recuerdos de Alhambra (Memories of Alhambra) is a most popular piece of classical guitar music, and seemed a most fitting theme for this concert, where a beautiful past will be remembered, and a more beautiful future will be imagined. The magnitude of this Paradise-Camp Fire disaster is difficult to comprehend by anyone who did not experience this personally. Many persons who did experience this disaster will be at this benefit concert to share, to perform and to heal. And many others of us will travel far and wide to attend this magical musical event, and show our support for the recovery of Paradise & it’s music community.
In addition to the main event featuring the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, plus Adam del Monte, Berto Boyd, and Jack Cimo, there will be music performed by local Paradise musicians prior to the 6 pm start time. Any ticket holder who arrives early will be treated to a festival of beautiful music from Paradise California musicians followed by the classical & flamenco expertise of del Monte, Boyd, Cimo, and the Quartet.
All musicians are performing for free, many businesses are offering financial and logistical support, and many other persons are volunteering to help with the organization and promotion of this fabulous benefit concert. All proceeds, after the most minimal expenses, will be donated to the re-building of Norton Buffalo Hall as a performance and multi-use facility in Paradise, and for the ongoing support of the Paradise Performing Arts Center.
The world came together to help the citizens of Paradise California in the weeks immediately after the November 8 Fire, and now the world will come together again to celebrate the re-birth of Paradise California. The Paradise Performing Arts Center is one of the few public gathering spaces left in the city of Paradise after the Fire, and it is fitting that the local music and arts community can lead the way forward for recovery of the “Heart & Soul of Paradise”.
Please join us on Saturday May 25, in person, via live streaming , or just in your hearts & prayers, to remember that which has been lost, and to support all that can be saved and re-built.