Opera Modesto

Opera Modesto


Opera Modesto (formerly Townsend Opera Players) makes its Sunday Afternoons at CBS debut to sing music of the Celtic Diaspora, including the Northern Celtic Fringe (Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), and the sounds of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).  [operamodesto.org]

This concert has been postponed until further notice.

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Duo Gadjo

Duo Gadjo

Jan. 12, 2020

French music for the soul….

Cuddle up on a cold January afternoon with Duo Gadjo, jazz with a French Flair, invoking the style of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Swing with a touch Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and others who composed under the spell of French musical charm.  [duogadjo.com]

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Hot Club Faux Gitane

Hot Club Faux Gitane

Nov. 17, 2019

An acoustic swing band like no other, Hot Club Faux Gitane* draws inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. The group’s unique instrumentation features mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with occasional clarinet and melodica. Inventive and witty arrangements augment traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, Latin tunes, and hints of Eastern European Klezmer. This is upbeat, toe-tapping music that will have you bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!    [fauxgitane.com]

[* Roughly translated, our name means “Hot Club of the Fake Gypsies.” Yes, we know it’s not proper French.]

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The Ronstadt Brothers

The Ronstadt Brothers

Sept. 8, 2019

The Ronstadt Brothers carry forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda Ronstadt and their musician/composer father, Michael Ronstadt. The brothers, Michael Gilbert and Peter Dalton, with drummer Aaron Emery, present a new fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of the Ronstadt family’s heritage along with innovative originals for millennials discovering the treasure of roots music.

These outstanding young musicians are committed to “preserv[ing] and redefin[ing] a century-plus family tradition, integral to the diverse tapestry of American music.” (Stephanie P. Ledgin, author, Discovering Folk Music).  [facebook.com/RonstadtBrothers]

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Mar. 10, 2019

A Children’s Chorus in size and age…professional and adult in talent and performance.

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Artists’ site.

Golden Bough

Golden Bough

America Bound

April 11, 2021  •  3 pm

Season 29 continues with Golden Bough, who will take the audience on a musical journey from the Emerald Isle to the New World—and do so remotely, via the magic of Zoom.

Margie, Paul, & Kathy will perform music from the Celtic Lands along with classic American Folk Songs and favorites from the American Folk Revival of the 50’s and 60’s.

The beautiful Irish ballad “The Bard of Armagh” (written in the 1600s) came to America and evolved into the cowboy classic “The Streets of Laredo.” “Isle of Hope” is a song about Annie Moore; at the age of 15, she became the first immigrant to come to America through Ellis Island in 1892.

Their program also features great American classics, with traveling as a theme. These include such songs as “This Land is Your Land”, “Red River Valley”, “Sentimental Journey,” and “Walk Right In”.

These songs are the backbone of American folk music and invoke a simpler time. You’ll be singing and humming along to the songs America loves!

Tickets are $25 for this online event. Links to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the concert. However you decide to purchase—please make sure we get your email address!

There are two ways to sign up:

  1. Mail checks to:  Congregation Beth Shalom, PO Box 85, Modesto, CA 95353.  Include “Concert Series” in the memo area. Please make sure they arrive by April 8, so we can get Zoom invitations out in time.
  2. Tickets may also be purchased through PayPal.

Valentine Concert & Tea

Grace Lieberman Tribute/David Bradford Memorial

Valentine’s Day Concert & Tea

Christine Capsuto Shulman & Elizabeth Neff

Feb. 14, 2021    3 pm

Sunday Afternoons at CBS is excited to finally begin Season 29 with our very popular Valentine Concert & Tea featuring multi-talented Christine Capsuto Shulman and Elizabeth Neff, performing Love Songs Through the Genres.

As with most performances during these times, this wonderful concert will be virtual via Zoom. The full Afternoon Tea will include tea sandwiches, scones and jam, Valentine pastries and chocolates—as well as teas—packaged for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Because of COVID challenges, your participation in this special season-opening fundraiser will help us keep the concert series alive. We hope you will purchase early and often. Tickets for this event only are $50 each.

UPDATE Tickets are still available, but only online via Brown Paper Tickets (the big button below).  Instructions on connecting to the concert will be printed in your “goodie box,” and we will email them as well.

Drive-thru pick-up of Tea goodies will be available 11am – 1pm on the 14th at CBS, 1705 Sherwood Avenue. Please bring your BPT or PayPal proof of purchase or receipt to insure your proper number of tea servings—one serving per confirmed reservation.

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Partial program for this Romantic Musical Love Fest


  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Evita)
  • Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Love Changes Everything (Aspects of Love)
  • Dodi Li (Jewish marriage song, “I Am My Belovéd’s, and My Belovéd is Mine”)
  • Song Cycle (Yiddish Set by Viktor Ullman)
  • Will He Like Me? (She Loves Me)
  • If I Loved You (Carousel)


  • Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
  • Vedrai carino (Don Giovanni)
  • Ach, ich fühls (The Magic Flute)
  • I Want Magic (A Streetcar Named Desire)
  • Je dis que rien ne m’èpouvante (Carmen)

Have a song request or questions?  Leave a message at 209 571-6060.


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Valentine Cabaret & Tea

5th Annual Grace Lieberman Tribute Valentine Concert & Tea

Christine Capsuto Shulman & Elizabeth Neff

Feb. 9, 2020

Our multi-talented Sunday Afternoons at CBS Valentine, Christine Capsuto Shulman, will grace the stage once again with her equally amazingly talented friend, Elizabeth Neff, as they carry forward our supremely entertaining and fun-filled afternoon tea cabaret in the tradition established by our original Valentine, Grace Lieberman.

This year’s tea will honor the memory of our dear friend and unparalleled pastry chef, David Bradford, who sadly left us in early 2019. David’s proteges, The Riverbank H.S. Culinary Class, will continue to carry on the delicious tea tradition David initiated several years ago.

Please purchase early, as there are a limited number of tables for this special event.  Special pricing for this event:  $25 for Season Ticket holders, $35 for individual tickets.

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Valentine Cabaret & Tea

Christine Capsuto & Elizabeth Neff

4th Annual Grace Lieberman Tribute Valentine Concert & Tea

Feb. 10, 2019

Our Valentine tradition has gone Cabaret, thanks to the musical wiles of Christine Capsuto and Elizabeth Neff.

Christine has graced the CBS stage in the past; she commands the room with her effortless dramatic vocal prowess, quirky humor, and graceful poise.

Both our special Valentine Tea event and the performance are included with a season subscription; otherwise, there is a special $35 single ticket price for this event.

[Online sales have ended for this concert; call (209) 571-6060 for any remaining seats.]