Redlands Symphony Gala: Dancing with the Stars Event

Congratulations to Redlands trustee Carole Beswick and her dance partner, Mark Haines, who won the most votes to take first place in the 2010 Redlands Symphony Gala: Dancing with the Stars event on Saturday, June 5. The competition raised funds to support the Redlands Symphony’s concerts and music education programs for local school children.

Read the Redlands Daily Facts article about the Gala here.

The event celebrated the Redlands Symphony Gala's 25th anniversary as six of Redlands’ local “celebrities” took the floor. The contestants were paired with professional dancers from two local dance studios.

Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee and university Trustee Carole Beswick both participated in the competition.

The Redlands Symphony was founded in 1950 as an adjunct to the university’s School of Music. Over the years the Symphony and the University of Redlands have fostered a close relationship as the ensemble continues to be made up of a mix of faculty, students and community members.

Vallee is an active conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Prior to coming to the University of Redlands, he conducted more than 15 ensembles throughout Canada and the United States.

Former Redlands mayor Carol Beswick is also the former director and founder of 1st Centennial Bank as well as the director and founder of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the oldest and largest professional bicycle race in the United States. In 2006 the university presented Beswick with a Centennial Award.

On the Gala web site, Beswick states, “The Redlands Symphony is one of Redlands’ treasures and deserves whatever support I can offer. To have a chance to combine my love of music (and now dancing) with something that’s fun and will benefit the symphony is great."

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