The Redlands Symphony relies on financial support beyond the price of a concert ticket from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. This financial support is crucial to helping us build capacity, support programs, develop and expand upon opportunities to learn and experience music, and so much more.
Redlands and the surrounding areas sit on the ancestral home of the Morongo and Aguas Calientes tribes of the Cahuilla people as well as territory of some tribes of the Tongva people. The City of Redlands was incorporated in 1888 and has gone through several transformations from transportation hub to citrus powerhouse to playground for wealthy Angelenos.
Today, our community is an eclectic mix of mid-sized city convenience and small town charm. With historical Victorian-era homes to the South and bustling industry to the North, Redlands places itself on the map as a gateway to the Coachella Valley for work, stay, and play.
Approximately 73,840 residents call Redlands home (as of July 1, 2022). Our diverse community is 44% White or Caucasian, 38% Hispanic/Latino(a)(x), 8% Asian, 6% Black/African American, and smaller percentages of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and Indigenous identifying people. Our largest population group is female identifying people between the ages of 25 and 55. The median household income in 2021 was $87,200 and the poverty rate in Redlands was 8.7%. You can learn more about our specific demographics here.
Arts and culture play a significant role in Redlands' profile as a City and in the Inland Empire's regional role as arts and culture steward. Redlands is home to the San Bernardino County Museum, Museum of Redlands, A.K. Smiley Public Library, The Lincoln Shrine, the Redlands Bowl, Footlighters Theatre, Redlands Theatre Festival, Redlands Art Association, and of course the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.
Education is also highly valued in Redlands. The Redlands Unified School District serves nearly 20,000 students through its 17 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools, and other alternative learning programs. Each year, the Redlands Symphony partners with RUSD to provide free orchestral concerts to the region's 4th and 5th grade students.
Another major player in town is the University of Redlands, a private higher education institution that boasts the second oldest accredited music program in the State of California. The University of Redlands and the Redlands Symphony has a longstanding relationship dating back to 1950 at the Symphony's inception. The Redlands Symphony's main performance venue is on campus and several of the applied music faculty maintain principal positions within the orchestra.