Citizens Who Care Presented The Winter Annual Concert

Getting to know you

The Story of Oscar Hammerstein & Stephen Sondheim

February 25 and 26, 2006

Veterans' Memorial Theater, 203 E 14th Street, Davis

The concert was a huge success playing to near sold-out audiences for both shows.

If somebody wanted to invent a story representing everything wonderful about Broadway musicals, it might be about an unlikely friendship between a musical theater legend and his "adopted" son--who turns into a Broadway legend himself.

But there's no need to invent anything, because the story is true--told to the tunes of such keystone musicals as Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Gypsy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, and Into the Woods.

It's the amazing story of how Oscar Hammerstein took a young Stephen Sondheim under his wing, and it frames some of the best songs ever written for the Broadway stage.

And you heard it all at the Citizens Who Care Winter Concert, "Getting To Know You," February 25-26, 2006.
Oscar Hammerstein II

Stephen Sondheim

This musical entertainment was created by Martha Dickman & Stephen Peithman
(host of Capital Public Radio's Musical Stages)

Along with the remarkable songs, you heard how Hammerstein gave the teenage Sondheim his first theater job, brought him into the Hammerstein family, taught him how to write a musical, and persuaded him to write lyrics for both West Side Story and Gypsy. Sondheim returned the favor after Hammerstein's death by writing a show with Richard Rodgers, and since the 1960s has created one remarkable score after another--music that would have both surprised and pleased his mentor.

Photo at the right by Todd and Barbara Hammond Photography

Performers clockwise from lower left: , Stephen Peithman, Lenore Sebastian, Peter Shack, Chris Lee, Bob Bowen, Martha Dickman, Gwyneth Bruch (not shown Joe Alkire, Rebecca Plack)

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CWC thanks all of the people who made this concert a success - the performers, the technical crew, the greeters, the ushers, the refreshments people, the planners, the ticket sellers, the program editor, the concert committee, and all the many individual and corporate sponsors listed below.

Corporate Sponsors

Davis Waste Removal
Union Bank of California
Abbey Road Press
Coldwell Banker,
      Doug Arnold Real Estate
Ellison, Schneider & Harris, LLP      
Atria-Covell Gardens
Courtyard Convalescent
Davis ACE Hardware
Davis Funeral Chapel
De Luna Jewelers
Design House
First Northern Bank
Home Instead
Nugget Market
Redwood Barn Nursery
University Retirement Community      
Wells Fargo Bank
The Avid Reader Bookstore
Ciocolat Extraordinary Desserts
Davis Comic Opera Company
Roger Gambatese, Atty
Goodyear Tire Center
R.H. Phillips Winery
Todd & Barbara Photography
Larry Snyder, Piano Tuner
Safeway - Marketplace

Individual Sponsors

Mary Ellen & Lee Baldwin
Starr & Jeff Barrow
Steve Bick & Jill Slater
Evelyn & Ivan Buddenhagen      
Ann & Bob Edmondson
Judith & Andrew Gabor
Robert & Barbara Glauz

Suzanne & Bill Hall
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Hodell
Pat & Jim Hutchinson
Carolyn & Bill Kopper
Sheila & Michael Lewis
Hung-Jung & Ming-Mei Lin
Susan Mann & William Skinner      

John Ott
Deborah & John Poulos
Norm Rogers
Kathryn & Peter Shack
Lucinda & Robert Talkington
Debra Taylor & Paul Meyerhoff
Diane & Ken Wagstaff