Symphony to present ‘A Tribute to Barbra’ tribute show

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Barbra Streisand tribute artist Sharon Owens
“A Tribute to Barbra” featuring the Temecula Valley Symphony and award-winning tribute artist Sharon Owens will perform at Temecula Valley High School’s Golden Bears Theater Saturday, Feb. 1. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Temecula Valley Symphony will present “A Tribute to Barbra” featuring award-winning tribute artist Sharon Owens from Las Vegas Saturday, Feb. 1, at Temecula Valley High School’s Golden Bears Theater.

“Sharon Owens has a warm and engaging personality, a terrific voice, and a striking resemblance to Barbra Streisand,” Alana Joos, managing and artistic director for Temecula Valley Symphony, said. “The orchestra adds spice to the music and people will be taken back to memories of yesteryear as the music transports them to someplace in time that was very special or memorable.”

Owens has been featured on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “Extra” and in ABC’s reality show, “The Next Best Thing.”

The concert will feature Streisand tunes from 1960s through the 1980s.

Songs included on the program include some of Streisand’s biggest hits: “Evergreen,” “Somewhere,” “Woman in Love,” “Guilty,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “The Main Event,” “Papa Can You Hear Me?” “The Way We Were” and more.

“Tribute shows are everywhere but this one is unique because it features a full 55-piece symphony with one of the world’s top Barbra Streisand tribute artists,” Joos said. “Sharon Owens captures the vocal style and essence of Streisand.”

Temecula Valley Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Zun-Hin Woo, will also perform “Music from Guys and Dolls,” “A Salute to the Big Apple” and a John Williams arrangement of “Hooray for Hollywood.”

Joos has been in the entertainment business for more than 35 years and has a large network of performers, singers and tribute artists who are available for corporate events and concerts.

She brings that accessibility to the symphony on occasion especially with regard to featuring tribute artists for symphony concerts. Joos recommended Owens to the symphony five years ago for a concert that featured Owens along with Sebastian Ansaldo as Frank Sinatra.

“The concert was a sellout,” Joos said.

The symphony will present “The Winners,” April 11, with a performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” along with Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 and “Sunrise” from “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” better known as the “Theme from A 2001 Space Odyssey.”

The symphony’s season finale will feature the “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a combined choral and symphonic performance plus Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances a concert titled “Courage,” May 30.

“A Tribute to Barbra” will start at 2 p.m. at Golden Bears Theater, on the campus of Temecula Valley High School, 31555 Rancho Vista Road, in Temecula.

Tickets range in price from $15-$30 and can be purchased at www.temeculavalleysymphony.org or at the door on concert day.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.