“First Wednesday” at the CCA Starts on January 6

Head to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on January 6, for the “First Wednesday” of the New Year, a free community concert featuring Besos de Coco.

Besos de Coco is stirring up a great deal of excitement with their fresh and intense sound that maintains its roots in the romantic music of the old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Vorce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos make up this musically magnetic trio. Each of the women are compelling and masterful artists in their particular musical disciplines and, collectively, Besos de Coco presents stunning musical performances destined for the world to experience.

Experience the power of performance at First Wednesdays, a free community concert series that happens the first Wednesday of every month from September through June. Choose from two showtimes, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the show are free. However, they are handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open one hour prior to show time, and shows fill up fast, so early arrival is strongly recommended. If you’d like to beat the line, reserved seats are also available for $12 ($10 for Center members) and can be purchased on the Center’s website. Reserved seats must be purchased a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

On the day of the event stop by Dominic’s Italian Gourmet and mention First Wednesdays to receive 10% off your bill.

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities ready to host corporate gatherings, weddings and other special life events.

The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, 4th of July celebration, Day of the Dead Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting and WOW First Wednesdays performances.

The Center’s activities are guided by a board of trustees and an administration and staff who are dedicated to furthering arts entertainment and arts education in the community, by sustaining and expanding programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

The creation of the Center was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized how vital arts and arts education is in a community. In June 1985, the voters of Escondido approved the building of a $73-million arts center that would bring music, dance, theater, education and the visual arts together on one dynamic campus as part of an overall redevelopment project.

Since its founding, the Center has been dedicated to its mission to promote the arts and their power for community building and enhancement, and to enrich the lives of all within its reach, by providing artistic and cultural opportunities of the highest quality. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, the Center is looking ahead to a bright future with a better-than-ever roster of performances and events that will inspire, educate, entertain, and engage the local community as well as the many visitors who flock to the region each year.

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