Long before the Gallo Center for the Arts opened, Modesto’s Congregation Beth Shalom was hosting eclectic worldbeat concerts.
The 22nd season of the Sunday Afternoons at CBS concert series in Modesto kicks off next month with diverse artists skilled in everything from gypsy styles to folk music.
Concerts are held in the intimate Jewish synagogue. As usual, tickets are affordable with an adult series pass to all six concerts priced at $60.
The lineup:• Sept. 29 – Singer Shawnette Sulker, who performs everything from world beat to opera. She performed in the 2009 Townsend Opera staging of “The Magic Flute.”
• Oct. 20 – Murasaki Ensemble. East meets West in a sound weave of Far Eastern, Near Eastern and Latin American sounds and improvisational jazz.
• Nov. 17 – Cafe Musique. This quintet performs a rich mixture of gypsy, tango, classical, Balkan, Eastern European and klezmer styles. The group combines powerful vocals with accordion and violin.
• Jan. 19 – Home Grown. Modesto favorite featuring Patrick Durr, Michael Lingg and Bruce Johnson, who have been performing together since 1973. This show will be followed by a jam session for concert attendees and some “down home grub.”
• Feb. 9 – Grace Lieberman and Friends offer their annual musical valentine to the community. The beloved Modesto entertainer and her talented friends perform popular love songs.
• March 9 – Perla Batalla, a Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger, will sing Leonard Cohen favorites (she is a former backup singer for Cohen) and Latin love songs.
Concerts begin at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave. Series subscriptions for all six concerts are $60 for adults, $50 for students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students and $7 children. Visit www.cbsmodesto.org or call (209) 571-6060.