For Immediate Release: Boundary-breaking saxophonist, Ashu, to play Center Theater stage in March

Escondido, California — :

Music fans, foodies and beer aficionados will love the evening’s lineup at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on the Ides of March (that’s the 15th of the month for you non-Romans). With Stone brews, a gourmet meal and a little sax, is there a better way to enjoy a San Diego spring evening?

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a special Brewmaster’s Dinner featuring San Diego-based craft brewery Stone Brewing Co., which was declared the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate Magazine. Stone’s beloved and highly-rated craft beers will be expertly paired with four courses of gourmet eats and treats cooked up by the Center’s award-winning kitchen.

The dinner will be led by Stone’s Small Batch Brewing Manager Steve Gonzalez, who has a master of science degree in brewing and distilling. He began his professional brewing career in 1995, working in the brewing department of a large craft brewery in Northern California. After earning his master’s in 2001, Gonzalez went on to work for numerous brewing, distilling and wine-making companies in roles including quality management, research and development, production and product development. Today he runs Stone’s Barrel Aged Beer, Special Creation, Pilot Brewing and Cask programs.

Following the dinner, attendees can enjoy the sounds of award-winning saxophonist, Ashu, whose musical style, like Stone’s bold and flavorful craft beers, defy tradition. Part of the Center’s Intimate Classics concert series, Ashu will perform in the Center Theater at 7 p.m.

The dinner and concert are available for purchase separately, or make a night of it with our Dinner-and-a-Show package, just $75 per person ($65 for Center members). Visit or call (800) 988-4253 to reserve your seats (Members must call to get their discounted rate).

About Intimate Classics and Ashu

Celebrating the raw beauty and power of music, the Intimate Classics series is in its second season of offering locals the chance to experience chamber music expertly performed in the up-close-and-personal setting of the 400-seat Center Theater.

Our next Intimate Classics performer has been studying and playing music since elementary school, and his passion for the art has taken him around the world and garnered him critical acclaim. Shortly after taking up the saxophone at age 10, Ashu developed a charismatic and moving performance style that has enabled him to win competitions typically reserved for pianists and violinists. The Arizona Daily Star described his playing as “irresistible, sublimely beautiful and mesmerizing” and the Chicago Tribune raved that he is “as much fun to watch as to listen to.”

With the unique ability to captivate general as well as classical audiences, the California-born and now Chicago-based musician has shown that the concert saxophone can reach beyond stylistic categorization and to a large diversity of people.

“It’s really an incredible instrument. It can play with such emotional intensity, sing like a voice, and effortlessly project in the largest of halls,” the 26-year-old musician said. “It’s capable of a lot of really beautiful things.”

Ashu received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. His concert repertoire ranges from original soprano and alto saxophone works by Ibert, Glazunov and Debussy to his own arrangements of Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and Morricone.

For more information, including Ashu’s full bio, visit

Ticket Information

Tickets to the concert and dinner can be purchased separately, or as a package deal. Concert tickets range from $20-$40, with discounts for students/military and FREE admission for children 12 and under. Dinner tickets are available for $50 for Center members and $60 for non-members.

Or, those who want to attend both can SAVE by purchasing the Dinner-and-a-Show package deal: just $75 per person for tickets to the Brewmaster’s Dinner and Ashu’s concert ($65 for Center members).

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. Special group rates for the concert are also available through the Ticket Office.



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


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