Another Schedule Change

Our Canadian artists are encountering unforeseen travel issues this year.

We previously noted that Jaffa Road would be unable to appear Nov. 8, 2015, and have rescheduled for April 10, 2016.

Unfortunately, the Stephanie Cadman Trio will be unable to appear March 13.  In their stead, we’re delighted to present local Celtic music legends Golden Bough on March 6.


Schedule Change

Due to unforeseen travel problems, Jaffa Road will not be appearing Nov. 8, 2015.  They have rescheduled for April 10, 2016.

This means there will be no concert in November of 2015.  Instead, our season will extend a month longer to accommodate this exciting group.



Season 24 Announced

Thanks to all our sponsors, advertisers, and–of course–audiences for making the 2014-15 season such a success.

We hope we can count on you for our 24th season, which will begin in September 2015.

Mark your calendars now!  Our schedule will be:

Marc Atkinson Trio…………….. Sept. 27, 2015

Rabbi Shalom, Rom, & Friends………….Oct. 18, 2015

Jaffa Road………………………….. Nov. 8, 2015

Tom Rigney & Flambeau………Jan. 24, 2016

Grace Lieberman & Friends….Feb. 14, 2016

Stephanie Cadman Trio………..Mar. 13, 2016

Sept. 27, 2015 — Marc Atkinson Trio


Marc Atkinson Trio


Sept. 27, 2015  •  3:00pm


Fiery, Flawless, Melodic Blend of Musical Influences

One of Canada’s most talented musicians, Marc Atkinson takes time off from The Bills to return with his Trio, performing music that is melodically captivating, sensually charged, and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. Marc’s fiery, elegant style is infused with a catchy blend of influences, while he maintains the laidback humor and casual “good time feel” of Canada’s West Coast.



Mar. 8, 2015 — Jessica Leash

Next up….

Sunday Afternoons at CBS presents

Jessica Leash

Mar. 8, 2015  •  3:00pm

Jessica Leash, cantorial soloist, has the inspirational voice of an angel with the power to soar above a thousand other singers.

During the final concert of the 2014-15 season Jessica will feature a snapshot of the times in which Jewish Renewal came to be, some of its influences, and a taste of what Renewal music brings to contemporary Jewish life with a unique global mix of popular folk songs from the 60’s and 70’s, some gospel, Hassidic niggunim, a group of Yiddish songs, Shlomo Carlebach tunes, some call and response chants, and Reform Jewish tunes by Debbie Friedman. She will be accompanied by Fred Ross-Perry on guitar and Ken Mowrey on percussion.

Feb. 8, 2015 — Grace Lieberman

Next up….

Sunday Afternoons at CBS presents

Grace Lieberman & Friends

Feb. 8, 2015


One of our most popular concerts each season, featuring some of the area’s most talented musical performers.  Grace guides and cajoles audiences with her infectious wit and charm through a landscape of romantic and unrequited love songs, an audience sing-a-long, and a surprise or two.

A sparkling Rosè will compliment mouth-watering chocolate and other baked delectables at this Valentine concert’s tea.

Jan. 11, 2015 — River Lights Chorus

Next up….


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

Next up….

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.”