Concerts Benefit Summer Arts Academy

Concerts Benefit Summer Arts Academy

The university's Academy for Literacy Through the Arts has been chosen to benefit from the annual Herbert Hafif Concerts Under the Stars fundraiser. These charitable shows will be held Saturday evenings on July 28 and Aug. 4, 11 and 18 at the Hafif Estate in the foothills of La Verne.

The family-friendly concerts hosted by the Hafif Family Foundation, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, will raise funds for Summer Arts Academy student scholarships.

This academy utilizes visual, performing and digital arts to keep youth engaged in a positive environment during the summer.

“This is truly a wonderful way to spend an evening with friends as well as provide support for an excellent program that makes a difference in the lives of youth,” says Jonnie Owens, community relations program director for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

The July 28 concert will showcase the contemporary jazz and easy listening style of the group Cold Comfort. The seven-piece ensemble will collaborate with R& B and jazz musician Ray Fuller to deliver a lively performance.

The August music festivities begin Aug. 4, with a rock 'n' roll concert featuring former band member of the Byrds, John York, and The Walk-ins.

On Aug. 11, the Latin jazz and salsa style of Susie Hansen will be spotlighted, along with the musical style of Mexican folk artist Napo.

The concert series will conclude Aug. 18, with the classic rock of Australian group DM3 and a string ensemble performance.

All concerts start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $55. Dinner is also provided by Walter's of Claremont, followed by the concerts. For more information, call the Downtown Center at (909)869-4689.