TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Symphony, formerly known as Inland Valley Symphony, presents “Pop Rocks” a tribute to Cher and Elton John featuring Las Vegas tribute artists Gene Sironen and Heidi Thompson. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Golden Bears Theater, 31555 Rancho Vista Road.
Under the musical direction of conductor John Mario, the program will showcase 20 popular songs from the iconic hit library of Cher and Elton John. Sironen will perform favorites by Elton John that include “Crocodile Rock,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and a medley from “The Circle of Life.” Both performers will join together on several selections, including “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Thompson singing as Cher will perform “I Got You Babe,” which calls for a volunteer from the audience, “I Found Someone,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “After All,” “Believe,” the “Shoop Shoop Song,” and a medley of Cher hits including “Take Me Home,” “Half Breed,” and “Dark Lady.”
The symphony will be featured alone on two classical numbers sponsored by patron Barbara L. Anderson in honor of cultural diversity. They will perform the beautiful dance pieces from the second act of the ballet “The Three-Cornered Hat,” by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and “Danse negre” from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s African Suite.
The corporate sponsor for this program is Truax Development, owned and managed by Bernie Truax. He is an avid arts patron and real estate developer in Temecula.
“Pop Rocks will have you dancing in your seats,” Alana Joos, symphony president and artistic director, said. “Come join us for a fun-filled concert full of music we’ve all come to love and enjoy. This is our third season to offer a tribute concert to our patrons, and it has become a favorite on our programming schedule.”
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for active military, $10 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. Call (951) 587-1536 or go online to www.TemeculaValleySymphony.org.