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By Jeff Pack

Temecula Presents unveils 15th season


Last updated 8/8/2019 at 11:34pm

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State Street Ballet who will present "The Jungle Book" in February as part of the dance series of 2019-2020 Temecula Presents.

According to Temecula Community Services Supervisor Chariss Turner, the 15th edition of Temecula Presents will continue to provide a standard of entertainment experience that patrons have come to expect.

"The city of Temecula is committed to providing world-class, affordable and accessible cultural experiences," Turner said. "We continue to have successful seasons. We have a host of season ticket holders and patrons that return every year to enjoy our programming."

This season offers music, dance and theater lovers performances close to home that won't break the bank, provide cultural diversity and expression that is so important to a community.

"The theater brings people together to share a cultural experience," Turner said. "For a few hours, we become one big family sharing the same space with performers for a temporary cultural escape from reality. Our performances allow our patrons to appreciate the hard work and dedication of the actors, dancers, musicians, directors, set designers and production staff that bring amazing shows to our community time and time again."

Turner took the time to highlight some of the standout performers that she thinks will thrill audiences, including the State Street Ballet which will present "The Jungle Book Ballet" in February, guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas who visits in March, Pat Travers who will take the stage in October and the TEDx Temecula live talks that will take place in September.

According to the Temecula Presents brochure, State Street Ballet is a vibrant, innovative, professional ballet company based in Santa Barbara and founded by former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rodney Gustafson, who will choreograph "The Jungle Book."

The ballet will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. For more information on State Street Ballet, visit

The remainder of the Dance portion of the season will include performances by Jon Lehrer Dance in April and Backhausdance in May. As always, free master dance classes are available to students that coincide with each dance group's visit to the theater.

Sáinz-Villegas has been acclaimed by the international press as the successor of Andrés Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world, according to his biography. He is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid with beloved tenor Plácido Domingo who has hailed him as "the master of the guitar."

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020. Learn more about the guitarist at

The rest of the classical season includes performances by Thalea String Quartet in February and Jeffrey Siegel in January.

Travers, performing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, is a legendary blues-rock guitarist and is well-known for his hits that include "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)," "Snortin' Whiskey" and "I La La La Love You" from the "Valley Girls" soundtrack. The Pat Travers Band is a three-piece trio that delivers a full show of blues-rock classics and radio hits. Learn more at

Performances by Bill Champlin in November rounds out the heroes series.

The Dennis Jones Band will fill most of the entire blues series, just added this year, and he will bring his guitar licks, smooth and soulful vocals, high-energy stage performance to town at 8 p.m. April 25, 2020. Learn more about Jones and the band at

Kahulanui, dubbed "The Hawaiian Kings of Swing," is a nine-piece Hawaiian swing band from the Big Island of Hawaii. Known for their innovative and creative arrangements, the group will highlight the aloha portion of the season.

Performing at 7:30 p.m. March 4, the band will "take you on a trip back in time when Hawaiian music blended with American jazz, creating a genre known as Hawaiian swing." Visit

Kaleo Phillips in October and Amy Hanaiali'i round out the aloha season.

There's also an extensive list of tribute bands that will perform during the season, including Queen Nation, the Long Run, Styxology, Bee Gees, Gold, Led Zepagain, Dragtown Dan, Petty and the Hearthshakers and more.

"We like to present artists that the community will enjoy," Turn said. "Our resident curators help us develop a compelling and exciting line-up each season. In addition, performers and agents from all over the world share their info with us on a continual basis, which allows us to keep and maintain an extensive artist database."

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Thalea String Quartet is another classical series performer that will visit the theater in February 2020.

Temecula Theater's resident companies will deliver productions such as "A Christmas Carol," "Annie," "Bonnie & Clyde," "Christmas In The Air," "Cinderella," "Let's Hear It For the Girls," "Mamma Mia," "Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka," "The Hunchback of Norte Dame" and "The Nutcracker Ballet."

The Temecula Youth Musical Theater Program presents "Shrek the Musical" and "Disney's The Lion King JR." Other Community Theater groups will perform "Disney's Freaky Friday" and other family-friendly productions.

Download the entire season's brochure at

Season tickets went on sale July 17, and individual tickets for each performance will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1, and can be purchased at, by calling (866) 653-8696 or by visiting the theater box office at 42051 Main Street in Temecula.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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