“With A Song In My Heart”

A Concert Celebrating Music of

The Great American Song Book

April 1, 2017 2 pm Marjorie Luke Theatre

“With A Song In My Heart” – an elegant concert celebrating the rich and memorable music of The Great American Song Book took place at the beautiful Marjorie Luke Theatre on Saturday April 1, 2017.  It was the fifth annual benefit for the Center for Successful Aging, produced by Rod Lathim.

The concert featured and honored beloved pianist/entertainer Gil Rosas. Rosas performed and also received the “Spirit of Successful Aging” Award from CSA. Joining Gil onstage were eight of Santa Barbara’s finest professional musicians and vocalists including Tom Buckner – alto/soprano sax, Luca Ellis – vocalist, Kimberly Ford – vocalist, George Friedenthal – piano and vocalist, Jackson Gillies – guitar and vocalist, Chris Judge – guitarist, Tom Lackner – drums, and Randy Tico – bass.

Rosas, now 81, is best known for his years of playing at The Somerset Restaurant and Olive Mill Bistro in Montecito, and at The Port Royal and Pierpont Inn in Ventura. His virtuoso style of “orchestral” artistry at the piano and his extraordinarily extensive repertoire set him apart from contemporary artists.

“With A Song In My Heart” was a feast for the ears as the artists explored traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of the most loved music from the golden era. It was a rare treat for the Center to assemble such a talented group of musical artists, all of whom love to perform the melodies that evoke cherished memories and have become the sound track to the lives of today’s seniors.

The Center for Successful Aging has a strong track record of attracting audiences for highly entertaining shows at The Luke for the last five years. “We enjoy creating mission driven events that celebrate both the talents and the loves of artists who are seniors, alongside younger performers, presenting music that local seniors and their families love,” said CSA Board President Bobbi Kroot. “We were thrilled to have honored the great Gil Rosas with the “Spirit of Successful Aging” Award this year for his extraordinary musical career.”

After the event a group that has become known as "Gil's Groupies" assembled at a local Montecito home to enjoy appetizers and drinks and mingle with Gil, the performers and the board of the Center for Successful Aging.  A Performing Arts Fund has been created to promote local artists performing in low income and non-profit senior centers in the greater Santa Barbara area. If you would like to join this effort please mail your tax deductible contribution to the Center for Successful Aging at 228 E. Anapamu, Suite 208, Santa Barbara, California 93101.  Put the words Performing Arts Fund in the memo section of your check.
Watch this page for information regarding our annual event in 2018.