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BRAVO – Children in Music
February 9 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm$130 – $1300
WITH SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE
Luncheon with hosted wine and champagne
Please call (760) 341-4130 or Purchase Online Below
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Ron Celona was born and raised in Philadelphia and has produced, directed and choreographed over 70 productions. He began his career as an actor, dancer and singer and worked for several years in New York and Philadelphia prior to moving to California in 1984. After years of performing on stage, television and film, he became the founder and Producing Artistic Director and Producer of the American Musical Theatre Repertory in Los Angeles, CA, a company which produced workshops of new musicals.
Ron moved to the Palm Springs area in 1999 and was the founder and Producing Artistic Director for the Joslyn Players at the Joslyn Center Theatre (now named The Arthur Newman Theatre) from 1999 through 2007. During his tenure, he created an award winning Theater Company and venue, supported and respected by the community. After a year of planning, in August 2008, Ron’s dream of creating a professional regional theatre was established with the formation of the Coachella Valley Repertory. After several years of continuous sold-out shows in a 86-seat storefront theatre, in 2019 the new CVRep Playhouse expanded to a larger theatre in Cathedral City.
Captain Robert Lee “Hoot” Gibson, USN Retired, graduated from California Polytechnic University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served as a Navy fighter pilot, and astronaut, flying five missions aboard the Space Shuttles, Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis and Endeavor, once as mission pilot and four times as the mission commander.
He was awarded numerous decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003, the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2011, the Space Camp Hall of Fame in 2012, and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013.
Also an accomplished musician, Gibson is lead guitarist for NASA’s all-astronaut rock band “MAX Q” which still performs together. His wife, Dr. Rhea Seddon, was one of the first 8 female astronauts selected by NASA. Together, Hoot and Rhea promote the concept of adding “ARTS to S.T.E.M.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), turning STEM to “STEAM.” They help to encourage children to “Reach for the Stars” and Hoot will be performing LIVE with the Steinway Society band of young musicians and “Ukesters” at this year’s BRAVO Children’s Concert!