Top Gun Fighter Pilot Hoot Gibson is Featured Musical Entertainment at Steinway Society’s Bravo! Children In Music Fundraiser
Top Gun fighter pilot, astronaut, airline pilot, and accomplished guitarist, Robert “Hoot” Gibson will be the featured musical entertainer at the Steinway Society of Riverside County (SSRC) Bravo! Children in Music fundraiser. The event is on Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the S at Rancho Mirage located at 71777 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage
Cost is $130 per person; $1300 for a table of 10. For tickets and reservations, go to the website, www.steinwayriverside.org or call (760) 341-4130.
“We are thrilled to have Capt. Hoot Gibson perform at Bravo! Children in Music,” said Ruth Moir, founder/president of SSRC. “His musical background and incredible aeronautical and space accomplishments are a testament to the importance of music education which teaches science, math, language and motor skills, as well as teamwork.”
Capt. Gibson will be performing with Steinway musicians and Ukesters (youngsters playing ukuleles, a Steinway in-school program) in addition to giving a brief talk about the scientific importance of music education. “Liberace” impersonator Ken Hopper will entertain prior to the show and SSRC’s Piano Festival Competition winners will also perform.
Steinway board member Dorothy Hamilton is chair of Bravo! Children in Music. The event honors Ron Celona, founder of CVRep Theatre with Master of Ceremonies Leo Milmet.
About Capt. Hoot Gibson
Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson, USN Retired, graduated from California Polytechnic University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served as a Navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut, flying five missions aboard the Space Shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis and Endeavor, once as mission pilot and four times as the mission commander.
He was awarded numerous decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003, the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2011, the Space Camp Hall of Fame in 2012, and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013.
Also an accomplished musician, Gibson is lead guitarist for NASA’s all astronaut rock band, “MAX Q” which still performs together.
About Steinway Society of Riverside County
Celebrating 19 years of bringing music to children with a number of special events designed to showcase young musical talent as well as raise funds to continue its mission.
With a full calendar this season, other events include SSRC’s Annual Festival Piano Competition on March 8 and March 15, held at Xavier School, 34200 Cook Street, Palm Desert, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
High Tea at The Classic Club, March 22, 3 to 6 p.m. is in co-sponsorship with Opera Arts. Tickets are $130 per person.
Opera Under The Stars, April 19, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, this year honors SSRC’s Ruth Moir. Cost is $150 per person.
The Festival Winners Concert on May 13, 7 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library, features the top junior and senior level winners of SSRC’s Annual Festival Piano Competition.
During the school year, SSRC brings musical programs into schools with 12 ukulele and 12 piano labs in elementary schools; and classic concerts with age-appropriate music performances for children K-12th grade. Fourth and fifth graders learn the basics of the orchestra in interactive, audio-visual presentations; and through Mr. McSymphony, children are introduced to classic, opera and jazz by specially trained volunteers.
Serving Coachella Valley’s senior population, Music is Wellness brings various artists to Eisenhower Memory Care Center and other venues.
For information and full calendar of events, visit www.steinwayriverside.org.