Redlands Bowl mourns the loss of Maestro Frank Fetta | Culture & Leisure

Venetian singer Giada Valenti and Frank Fetta, artistic director of symphonic programming, share an aerial kiss during the premiere performance at the Redlands Bowl this year.

Maestro Frank Paul Fetta will long be remembered for his warmth and creativity, which transcended the Redlands Bowl audience and everyone he worked with. Fetta, artistic director of the Redlands Bowl’s symphonic programming, died on Thursday, October 21, 2021, of a long illness.

He made his Redlands Bowl debut 42 years ago in 1979, producing and directing the opera “Romeo and Juliet”. He became conductor and director of the Redlands Bowl Symphony Orchestra and accompanist of guest artists in 1985.

Fetta has conducted dozens of symphonic performances and has produced and conducted many fully staged bowl operas. He oversaw the transition from the acclaimed Young Bowl Artist Competition to a full concerto competition format.

Although his health precluded him from directing the Bowl Finals last summer, he provided vision and creative leadership for the season finale performance, “From the Heart,” starring Lana Love and the Cool. Classics Ensemble.

At the finale, Beverly Noerr, Executive Director of Redlands Bowl Performing Arts, announced that Frank has been named 2021-2022 Hero of the Arts, the association’s highest honor bestowed on an individual.

“I cannot adequately express Frank’s influence at the Redlands Bowl and how much he will be missed,” Noerr said. “He was one of the first performers I met when I came to the bowl, and I loved him instantly. He was fun, creative and unique. My family and I will be sadly missed.

Kristi Marnell, Director of Operations for Redlands Performing Arts, said: “One remarkable thing about Frank was his youthful spirit. He was such a gifted musician, always able to reach his audience, young or old, because he shared his knowledge. For me, it’s his bowl scene stories and his engaging laughter that I will never forget.

Program Director Valerie Peister said: “It’s such a deep loss for the Redlands Bowl. Frank loved the bowl and he loved to bring the joy of music to everyone who gathered with him under the stars. I have been honored to work with him and am very grateful for the many amazing years we have spent with him. His friendship will be sorely missed.

Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Fetta’s passion for music led him to the piano and organ. He has coached, accompanied and guided the careers of numerous singers and instrumentalists.

Living in Los Angeles, he was for many years organist at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades.

Now an important and shining star in Redlands history, the artistic spirit of Maestro Frank Paul Fetta will continue to shine through the Redlands Bowl Music Festivals… especially on opening nights and season finals.

Maestro Frank Fetta

Who else has Frank Fetta worked with?

In addition to Maestro Frank Fetta’s tenure at the Redlands Bowl, he has served as director and conductor of the Culver City Symphony, Torrance Symphony, and Marina Del Rey Symphony.

From 2012 to 2016 he was conductor and artistic director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.

He was also the principal conductor of the Nevada Opera Theater.

He also enjoyed a long tenure as conductor for the grand finale of the prestigious Zachary Foundation International Singing Competition.

n As a conductor, Fetta has collaborated with:

• Sinfonia Mexicana.

• The Los Angeles Opera House.

• The Riverside Symphony.

• Indoor dance theater.

• Fresno Ballet, Symphony and Opera.

• State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara.

• The Pasadena Symphony.

• Opéra à la carte.

• The Toledo Opera House.

• San Diego Symphony.

Bowl is looking for entries for the Concerto Competition for Young Artists

The Redlands Bowl is seeking applicants for the 2022 Young Artists Concerto competition. The deadline to apply is Wednesday January 17th. A semi-final of the competition will take place on Saturday March 12.

Maestro Roger Kalia will lead the completion grand finale in a performance at the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival on Tuesday, June 28.

The scholarships, sponsored by the Associates of the Redlands Bowl, will offer $ 2,000 for the first prize, $ 1,500 for the second and $ 1,000 for the third.

Two honorable mention prizes of $ 500 will also be awarded.

The Young Artists Competitions have been a Redlands Bowl tradition for 70 years. The late Maestro Frank Fetta oversaw the program’s transition to a full concerto competition format.

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