June 14-20–Galena Street East performs in New York City

Galena Street East Productions
Sacramento, California
Jeri and Richard Clinger, artistic and musical directors
Ron Cisneros, lead choreographer

“The Spirit of America”

Monday, June 17, 2013
Appx. 11:00am
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
One Intrepid Square
12th Avenue and 46th Street
New York, NY 10036 (map)

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About the artists…

Galena Street East (GSE) is a non-profit organization established in 1972 by professional performers and educators, Richard and Jeri Clinger.  Their goal is to enrich the lives of young performers by developing their artistic gifts, encouraging high moral values and giving them the opportunity to serve with their talents.

For 41 years Galena Street East has traveled around the world as California’s Young Performing Ambassadors.  Galena represented the United States at international peace festivals in the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Taiwan.  In 2008 they represented the United States in Beijing, China at pre-Olympic events.  In 2012 they gave Ambassadorial tour throughout Mexico. They are always favorite performers at Disneyland and Disney World.

In June 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger selected Galena to represent California in the “Festival of States” in Washington, D.C., where they were a triumphal success performing for veterans of World War 2 , Korean, and Vietnam War. They were also guest performers at the Washington D.C. Temple, Visitors Center

Galena Street East has been voted as the “Best of Sacramento” by Sacramento Magazine and Best Performing Group on the KCRA TV’s “A List.”

Jeri and Richard Clinger, artistic and musical directors
The Clingers are the originators, directors and driving forces of Galena Street East. Entering their forty-first year of Galena, they create the artistic concepts, musical arrangements and then develop the talent for this highly energetic group of young performers. The Clingers have distinguished musical and theatrical careers and bring years of professional experience to Galena. With degrees in Music and Special Therapy, they both have received honors for outstanding work in their respective fields.

As educators they enjoy teaching at Sacramento City College. Together they recently were awarded the prestigious “Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award” for fostering patriotism in youth for over forty years. In July of 2012, they received the lifetime service award for community service from the President of the United States. The Clingers have appeared in concert in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, the Caribbean and across the United States. Their performances in Los Angeles were with Lawrence Welk and Disney. Jeri has an extensive background in theater, music, and ballet. Richard has appeared several times as a guest piano soloist with the Utah Symphony and on national radio in a tribute concert to Chopin. They directed the children’s chorus for the Sacramento Opera company for over ten years.

The Clingers believe in giving back to their community and have directed the productions for the opening of the Sacramento Railroad Museum, the Sacramento Community Center, and Pony Express Monument, the reopening of Old Eagle Theater and worked for Sacramento Music Circus over a span of fifteen years. Their students have gone on to professional careers on Broadway, television, communications, attorneys, teachers and leaders in their communities. They feel their greatest accomplishments are reflected in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Ron Cisneros, lead choreographer
Fondly referred to by many as the “heart” of children’s musical theatre for the Sacramento Area, Ron Cisneros provides the creative vision for Galena Street East’s annual productions of Holiday Tapestry.  His very impressive career includes many years dancing with Disney and television, as well as, working in television and movies with personalities like Lucille Ball, Andy Williams, and Elvis Presley.  He worked as the assistant choreographer for the world tour of the Wizard of Oz.  The show played in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall, where Ron played the role of the Cowardly Lion.

Director of Cisneros Studio of Dance, he has been recognized three times by Sacramento’s Elly Awards for outstanding choreography.  Ron taught for over 15 years for Sacramento High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center.

In addition to working with other performing arts groups, such as River City Theatre Company, he currently teaches at Natomas Charter School for the Performing Arts.

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