Jan. 11, 2015 — River Lights Chorus

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Sunday Afternoons at CBS presents

A Capsule of Irving Berlin:

His Life, Music, and Influence on the American Musical Theater

River Lights Chorus, the Modesto Area’s award-winning women’s choral group, will highlight the life, music, and influence of Irving Berlin in their performance January 11 at 3:00pm.

The concert will also feature the men’s award-winning groups, Golden Valley Chorus and Velocity Quartet, as well as Young Women in Harmony (young women from Oakdale and Ripon High Schools), and the Temple Singers from Congregation Beth Shalom.

The River Lights segment will be narrated by Rabbi Susan Leider, senior rabbi of Congregation Kohl Shofar in Tiburon.  It will explore the Jewish roots of Irving Berlin and how they influenced his 1500-song body of work. The accompanist will be pianist Dan Warshawer, a native of Tel Aviv currently residing in the Sacramento Area.

A chili and cornbread dinner will follow the concert, and the singers invite audience members to enjoy the dinner and a sing-a-long afterglow.  Those interested can sing and learn more about participating in the fun of singing contemporary 4-part harmony, no longer limited to straw hats, gartered sleeves, or old-timey sounds.

For more information or tickets contact CBS weekdays from 10:00am-1:00pm at 571-6060. Individual tickets are $15 for seniors and students with valid ID, $20 for adults, $7 for children, and $12 each for groups of 15 or more (only if arranged prior to the weekend of the concert). Individual tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Dinner tickets are $10 each or $5 for children and can be purchased through the Office or at the door, and dinner reservations would also be appreciated.

“Winter hiatus”

After a wonderful first half, our season takes its traditional December break.  All best wishes to you for your holiday season.

[That doesn’t mean CBS is bereft of musical treats to tempt you out–Latkes & Vodkas is back on Dec. 6, featuring Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame.]

Come on back Jan. 11, when we’ll feature a cappella goodness in the form of the River Lights Chorus.


Nov. 9, 2014 — Joe Craven with Mamajowali

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MamajowaliSeamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities, Mamajowali is Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, and Walter Strauss–three veteran musicians who have found common ground in a new and unique sound.

Their blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter’s harp) with six-string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin, and singing is traditional, innovative, and uncommon–all at the same time. Mamajowali overlays West African music, old-time Americana, and spirited originals with hoppin’ high energy grooves and tons of improvisational trialogue.  Come listen to a sound you’ve never heard–“Afromericana!”

Hattie Craven

Also appearing is Hattie Craven, Joe’s 13-year-old daughter–already an accomplished actor,singer, songwriter.


Learn more at and get a feel for their sound at their websites:


Hattie Craven

Oct. 12, 2014 — Cradle Duende

Those lucky enough to be here in July 2013 let us know how much they enjoyed Justin Ancheta and Morgan Nilsen, lead members of Cradle Duende, when they were here for a special summer concert. You asked to have them back, and we listened. On Sunday October 12 at 3 pm Nilsen, Justin, and the full 6-piece Cradle Duende Band will “bring the party” back when they take the stage at Sunday Afternoons at CBS.  Words like Klezmenco, Klezmer, Balkan and Latin rhythms, with eco-conscious hip-hop lyrics don’t begin to explain the experience these global musicians bring.

So mark your calendars for 3:00pm Sunday, come on over, leave your everyday “have to’s” and “shoulds” behind, enjoy the party, then go home recharged and “whistling a happy tune.”


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