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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Family concert: Charlotte Diamond keeps coming back with more Family concert: Charlotte Diamond keeps coming back with more (February 08, 2006)

Singer and composer Charlotte Diamond returns to the Peninsula for her 19th consecutive Family Concert on Sunday, February 12, in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

This year's concert has an international flair, featuring songs in many languages, as well as Ms. Diamond's lively songs such as "Four Hugs A Day," the "Dicky Dinosaur" rap and "Soy una Pizza," favorites with the younger set.

The concerts at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday are a benefit for Music for Minors and other music education programs in area elementary schools. The nonprofit People of Note and Linden Tree Children's Records and Books in Los Altos, owned by Menlo Park residents Dennis and Linda Ronberg, sponsor the event, recommended for children 3 years and up.

Tickets -- at $13 for children and seniors, and $17 for adults -- are available at and by calling 408-255-8322. Group rates are available and all seats are reserved.

Eighteen years ago when Music for Minors decided to give family concerts to raise money to support its school docent program, the Ronbergs recommended Ms. Diamond. They had received an album from the Canadian folk singer at their children's bookstore and were taken with her music that appeals to people of all ages.

Linda Ronberg, an active member of Music for Minors, suggested the committee contact Ms. Diamond and bring her to the Bay Area for her first concert in the United States. This concert helped launch Ms. Diamond's successful career as a performer, composer, recording artist and lecturer on music education.

Ms. Diamond has produced 12 albums, including a Juno award winner (comparable to the U.S. Grammies), and received many other awards given by parent and library groups. She has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and in Costa Rica.

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