Christopher Cross with Jenn Grinels

Friday, August 19, 2011, 8PM

VENUE: Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre

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Christopher Cross

In the 1980s Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, "Sailing."

Christopher Cross' 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single "Ride Like the Wind" rocketed to the #2 spot; the massive success of the second single "Sailing" made Cross a superstar, and in the wake of two more Top 20 hits, "Never Be the Same" and "Say You'll Be Mine," he walked off with an unprecedented and record-setting five Grammys in 1981, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Sailing." He soon scored a second #1, as well as an Academy Award, with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen for the smash Dudley Moore film comedy Arthur. (Excerpted from JasonAnkeny, All Music Guide)

Christopher's much-anticipated second album Another Page came out in 1983 and produced the hits "All Right," "No Time for Talk," and a Top Ten entry for "Think of Laura," a song featured prominently in the daytime drama, General Hospital.

Amazingly, he charted 8 songs into the Billboard Top-40 charts between 1980 and 1983. Four years, two albums, eight hit singles, several world tours, five Grammys, and one Oscar marked Christopher's meteoric rise to the top.

Throughout the years, he has remained a unique artist, replete with that confounding blend of sensitivity, determination and conviction of his own artistry. Cross' string of post-megahit albums from the mid-1980s to the present represents, in a consistent manner, a hard-travelled road of integrity, a refusal to compromise. Cross continues to record and perform, averaging about 100 live shows per year. To date, he has sold 9 million albums world wide.

Christopher Cross' website.

Jenn Grinels

Jenn left her hometown of Cupertino, California to study musical theater at the University of California at Irvine. After graduation, Jenn moved to San Diego and made a living performing in musicals, including performances as Janis Joplin in the 1960s musical Beehive and as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch before devoting her time to a solo career.

After recording a self titled EP in 2004, Grinels recorded her first full length album, Little Words, in 2007. The album, along with Jenn's live performances, has received almost universal praise from reviewers and comparisons to well known musicians Fiona Apple, Ani Difranco, and Jewel. Her new album, Broken Heart Breaker, was released in May 2011.

Jenn Grinels' website.

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TICKET PRICES : $86 / $68 / $49 | Members: $78 / $62 / $45

Dinner on the Veranda is available for $25 and served 90 minutes prior to the concert!

Advance dinner reservations can be made until 4pm the day before the concert. Some walk-ups may be available.

  • Salad of mixed greens with mild green chilies, Cotija Queso, fresh corn and black beans and mild chipotle dressing
  • Ranch Hand Salad
  • Southwestern style corn muffins with creamery butter
  • Three-Citrus marinated and grilled breast of chicken
  • Four hour smoked and grilled Tri-tip of beef accompanied by our Texas style BBQ sauce
  • Portobello mushroom tops filled with couscous Jardiniere atop mild chipotle cream sauce
  • Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Corn on the cob drizzled in savory mustard butter
  • Assorted cookies and brownies

• Free shuttle service available from West Valley College, Lot 1. Click here for more info about parking at West Valley.

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