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Message From The CEO – August 

message_from_ceoThis issue of Progress Magazine features many of the artistic attractions of our community. We feature the crown jewel, the Gallo Center for the Arts, on the cover with CEO Lynn Dickerson. The Gallo Center is a world-class facility that is sophisticated and well maintained. The Center provides excellent service and is a very comfortable location in which to view any and all types of performances. We are very fortunate to have both Gallo Center for the Arts and Lynn Dickerson as its CEO. She is the

Cecil Russell

Chamber CEO, Cecil Russell

perfect person to direct all of the activities of the center with her broad background and love of our community. She has been an excellent leader, and under her leadership the Gallo Center has grown in stature and increased its impact not only on our community, but our region as a whole. The drawing power of the Center continues to expand its reach. A recent show, “The Piano Guys”, drew patrons from as far away as Santa Rosa. Many other cities’ residents that have visited Modesto for a show at the Gallo Center have all had very favorable impressions. That fact that the Gallo Center has not only delivered, but over-delivered, on its original promise to bring world-class music and arts to Modesto and to offer youth an opportunity to experience such cultural events, has earned it the respect and continued support of many businesses and individuals in and around Modesto.

The Gallo Center has become the showcase for Valley’s Got Talent, an annual talent competition. August 30-31 will mark the fourth annual event, and we encourage you to attend and enjoy vocal, dance and band performances from a vast array of local talent. The Center has many great events scheduled for this new season. Two that I personally recommend are Broadway musicals Memphis and Million Dollar Quartet. These are two plays that I saw on Broadway and are two of my all-time favorites. Million Dollar Quartet is set in the old Sun Record recording studio and is based on a one-night jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Memphis is a love story, circa 1950, that features great dance numbers and fabulous songs. The Gallo has scheduled many other great events throughout the new season that you will absolutely enjoy. They will keep you coming back for more great entertainment.

We have many other impressive cultural attractions in our great city. The Central West Ballet will be having its annual “Ballet in the Park” on August 31st at Graceada Park. Speaking of Graceada Park, MoBand just concluded its 2013 season of concerts in the park. Other community organizations are the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 82nd season; Modesto Community Concert Association, a resident company of Gallo Center for the Arts; Mistlin Art Gallery, which helps produce Modesto Art Walk, currently celebrating its 10th year; and we cannot forget the McHenry Mansion and the McHenry Museum. There are performances at Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus throughout the year, and the YES! Company also performs in our local community. All of these add to the special flavor of Modesto’s arts and culture, and we should all be proud that we have these organizations and many other attractions to help bolster our local economy and our quality of life.

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