Bolero By The Bluffs: Malibu Beach Concert

Dancers and Music delight the crowd
Dancers and Music delight the crowd

Known for its celebrity homes and beaches, Malibu is a world class destination resort community with vistas that rival the best of the best. “Hollywood stars and top athletes live in oceanfront homes here, under an elegant veil of privacy on long strands of beach, and enjoy front-row seats for surfing and unforgettable sunsets.” VisitcaliforniaMalibu

To celebrate the artistic diversity a gala event was created by the City of Malibu. Concert on the Bluffs was the largest public/private performing arts event in Malibu.  On Sunday, August 20, 2017 the Second Annual event had an enthusiastic turnout of 1800 people who attended this years event. The future is bright for this creative community of producers, artists and production teams; which was supported by philanthropists, city government, corporate sponsors and even the local sheriffs; and it is encouraged by audiences of every age.

Young and old were delighting in the festivities, with lots of foot tapping and even some little girls prancing around on the grass as the music moved their souls.

Uplifting and energizing moves with the music
Uplifting and energizing moves with the music

"Imagine taking Disney Hall, dropping the walls and placing the stage on Bluffs", Artistic Director Catherine Brickman muses. "This is an afternoon of symphony by the sea, overlooking one of the most iconic coastlines in the world”.

 “ We recognize the arts as fundamental to the health of our community,”  Executive Producer Suzanne Zimmer (the wife of grammy award winning music composer, Hans Zimmer) says. “ The arts are where we celebrate our diversity, and find our common ground and common humanity.   In very few areas is this possible.  So sharing this experience opens the doors for a dialogue without words.

The philanthropic proceeds benefit Arts in Education and Public Arts Programming, including the Poet Laureate program, public exhibitions, the Salon Series and Special visiting artists.   

A beaming and eloquent introduction by Malibu long time resident and everyone’s favorite, 007, Pierce Brosnan
A beaming and eloquent introduction by Malibu long time resident and everyone’s favorite, 007, Pierce Brosnan

Another aspect was the wellness tent where Naturopath, Dr. Sarah Murphy Offering the Artists & Crew a bit of pampering and support. Just as we have said, “the arts are fundamental to the health of a community,” we must also acknowledge that good health is reflected in the arts we can create.

The theme was American classics, including Gershwin related, as well as other musical masterpieces from Rhapsody in Blue, Piazzolla’s Libertango, to Ravel’s Bolero. Paying tribute the greats, only the best for the “Bu, with performances by musicians from Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Malibu Chamber Orchestra and dancers from New York City Ballet.   

“Our concert celebrates the human spirit in the way that Gershwin composed. Not black or white, but all colors, all souls unified.” Catherine Malcolm Brickman, Founder
Ballet Dancers gracefully prancing across the stage
Ballet Dancers gracefully prancing across the stage

The late afternoon festivities with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, were a delightful addition to the perfect view and talented musicians and dancers presented in part by the Cultural Arts commission. For many fans of 007, Pierce Brosnan, long time resident of the ‘Bu was on board to kick off the event, with welcoming remarks. As the A-list resident introduced the artists and dancers, he also shared his sentiments about the possibility of developing a local arts center in the near future. There were also generous contributions from Sonia and Erik Ludwick, the Ulich Family, Diane and Dorothy Brooks Foundation, HRL Laboratories, and the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue.

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