The holidays are a time for giving, music and merriment, and all three of these elements were present at the renaming ceremony of the San Jose Civic on December 4, 2013, in downtown San Jose.
Wynonna Judd along with San Jose dignitaries, representatives of City National Bank and Nederlander Concerts, and Team San Jose officials, all came together to celebrate the new era of the music venue along with a fresh new name and marquis.
Before the unveiling, invited guests were treated to a few musical performances by “The 76ers,” a band composed of Independence High School students who are members of Little Kids Rock, an organization that fosters kids in developing their musical talents.
After the band’s excellent performance, Team San Jose’s new CEO Karolyn Kirchgesler, City National Bank’s company president Christopher Warmuth, Nederlander Concert’s CEO Alex Hodges, and San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo, took the podium and welcomed guests, and demonstrated gratitude for the partnership of the four organizations that have come together for a great cause: the perpetuation of great music, impressive musical acts, the preservation of a San Jose historic venue and landmark, and the overall increase to San Jose’s economy through collaborations like this.
Christopher Warmuth then introduced and welcomed Wynonna Judd to the stage. She greeted the audience and showed how impressed she was with the band’s performance. She explained how music is a healer, and that the kids could achieve a successful career in music as long as they maintain passion, focus and direction in the cultivation of their talent.
Wynonna then awarded Little Kids Rock with a check for $5,000 that would aid their organization in purchasing new musical instruments and anything else they need to continue to pursue their musical talents. Wynonna was then given a signed guitar with all the names of the students from the organization in appreciation of her generous gift.
Wynonna, along with esteemed guests, then helped in the unveiling of the new marquis and official renaming of the new City National Civic.
Following the ceremony, invited guests and dignitaries were welcomed to enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvre at the VIP Sky Lounge in the Civic. There, they had the opportunity to mix-and-mingle with other guests as they awaited the commencement of Wynonna Judd’s concert, “A Simpler Christmas Tour”, accompanied by her band The Big Noise.
As Wynonna took the stage for this one-night-only special performance at the historic and newly renovated Civic, a plethora of fans cheered and screamed in excitement. She welcomed them by stating “Hello, Santa Jose,” a holiday play on the word “San.” She then went on to perform many Christmas classics along with many of her hit songs.
A truly joyous way to ring in the holiday season, the ceremony and concert were ones to be remembered.
For more information and a list of all events coming to the City National Civic of San Jose, please visit: www.citynationalcivic.com
For more information about Nerderlander Concerts, please visit: www.nederlanderconcerts.com
For more information about Wynonna Judd and her tour dates, please visit: www.wynonna.com
Event Review & Photos by Sophia M. Papadopoulos
Additional stage photos by Aaron Cooperman