Schroeder getting ready for another benefit show

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Sonora High School graduate Todd Schroeder will return to his alma mater on Saturday, April 5, for the latest installment of his annual Young Artist Grant Concert.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Scheduled to perform with Schroeder, subject to change, are Sam Harris, Shoshana Bean, Kevin Fisher, Wendy Tuttle, Carrie Schroeder, Julia Rose and Catherine Kjerste, joined by Tim Christensen on bass and John Gannon on drums.

Ticket prices are the same as last year - $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 10, and all seats this year will be reserved. In addition to purchasing tickets in the Sonora High School office, concert goers will be able to call Nancie Weiser at 532-5511, ext. 112, to charge tickets by credit card. There will be a $2 fee per transaction.

Weiser also will aid in selecting seats over the phone and will have the tickets ready at will call on the night of the performance.

Tickets will not be sold the week of March 24 to 28 when the school is closed for spring break.

Schroeder already is off to a busy start for the new year.

"I have been touring with Sam Harris to promote his new book 'HAM: Slices of a Life,' " Schroeder said. "We have played New York, San Francisco, Tulsa, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Kansas City and finally Los Angeles. Then I am off to Japan to work with Universal Studios, directing one of their shows in the new Harry Potter Experience in Osaka, Japan."

After that, Schroeder will be the musical director for a benefit show for the Alzheimer's Association.

"This year they are honoring Glen Cambell and I will be working with many television celebrities including the cast of the 'Big Bang Theory,' " Schroeder said. "Then I am off to perform with Jason Alexander and the Boston Pops."

He also has a new CD coming out April 1 called "Lessons In Life." It is comprised of all original music with Schroeder singing and doing duets with his wife, Carrie Schroeder, Kevin Fisher and Pepper Street.

The Todd Schroeder Young Artist Grant is a scholarship presented annually to students graduating from Sonora High School who want to pursue a career in the arts. It provides financial assistance for those wishing to "live their dream"as a singer, dancer, instrumentalist or fine artist.

Founded in 1995 by Schroeder and Sonora High School Activities Director Steve Southard, the primary funding for the scholarship is the concert produced each year by Schroeder.

In the past 19 years, the Young Artist Grant has awarded more than 40 scholarships as well as provided a new sound system for the high school auditorium. Past performers include Rita Coolidge, Jason Alexander, Sam Harris, Kevin Fisher and many others.

Schroeder was recently namedBroadwayWorld's2013 Musical Director of the Year. As a director, musical director, producer and arranger, Schroeder has worked with the Disney Corp. and Universal Studios as well as performers including Sam Harris at Carnegie Hall, Jason Alexander with the Boston Pops, Oprah Winfrey and Liza Minnelli.

Helping out on concert lights and sound will be Matt Berman, the technical director for Liza Minnelli, Kristen Chenowith and Sam Harris. He will be flying in from New York for the show.

Kevin Fisher's original song "Crazy Life" was just recorded by Home Free, winners of NBC's "The Sing Off," and used as the title track of their debut CD on Columbia Records.

Shoshana Bean, a veteran of the Broadway stage, has just released her sophomore album, "O'Farrell Street."

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