Past Performances

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Movement for Musicians at Sonoma State University
On Tuesday, March 9th at 1pm, Mara will facilitate a workshop for music students , guiding them through pilates inspired movement and stretches that can be used as a long term strategy to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent injuries.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Livermore Valley Opera
Livermore, California
Two one-act operas – one a tragedy, one a comedy, both set in Florence. Based on fragmentary tales by two literary giants: Oscar Wilde in the first case, Dante Alighieri in the second. One tells a tale of jealousy and commerce, the other of greed and commerce. In A Florentine Tragedy, we have music and drama of Wagnerian intensity, in Gianni Schicchi brilliant comedy and one of the most memorable arias in all of opera. Both operas are guaranteed to captivate in utterly different ways. Sung in German and Italian with English supertitles.
A Florentine Tragedy by Alexander Zemlinsky & Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
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Saturday, March 7, 2020
Livermore Valley Opera
Livermore, California
Two one-act operas – one a tragedy, one a comedy, both set in Florence. Based on fragmentary tales by two literary giants: Oscar Wilde in the first case, Dante Alighieri in the second. One tells a tale of jealousy and commerce, the other of greed and commerce. In A Florentine Tragedy, we have music and drama of Wagnerian intensity, in Gianni Schicchi brilliant comedy and one of the most memorable arias in all of opera. Both operas are guaranteed to captivate in utterly different ways. Sung in German and Italian with English supertitles.
A Florentine Tragedy by Alexander Zemlinsky & Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos–not to be missed!
Edward Elgar "Enigma Variations," Op. 36 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos–not to be missed!
Edward Elgar "Enigma Variations," Op. 36 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Opera San Jose
San Jose, CA
A mysterious forest. A tempting gingerbread house. Two imaginative siblings embark on a precarious adventure to find something to eat when their fortunes turn for the worse. This enduring fairy tale of lost children, candy sweets and an evil witch comes to life in an enchanting holiday production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel – a 19th-century opera admired for its fun and folk-music-inspired themes, including the famous “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” If you attend the opening Sunday performance (Nov. 17), don’t miss the reception immediately following when we kick off the holiday season! Come mingle with Hansel and Gretel artists and production crew and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, light appetizers, sparkling wine for adults and delicious gingerbread cookies! A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $40 per person and kids come free! Order ONLINE or contact the OSJ Box Office @ 408.437.4450.
Hansel and Gretel - Engelbert Humperdinck
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Opera San Jose
San Jose, CA
A mysterious forest. A tempting gingerbread house. Two imaginative siblings embark on a precarious adventure to find something to eat when their fortunes turn for the worse. This enduring fairy tale of lost children, candy sweets and an evil witch comes to life in an enchanting holiday production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel – a 19th-century opera admired for its fun and folk-music-inspired themes, including the famous “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” If you attend the opening Sunday performance (Nov. 17), don’t miss the reception immediately following when we kick off the holiday season! Come mingle with Hansel and Gretel artists and production crew and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, light appetizers, sparkling wine for adults and delicious gingerbread cookies! A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $40 per person and kids come free! Order ONLINE or contact the OSJ Box Office @ 408.437.4450.
Hansel and Gretel - Engelbert Humperdinck
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595 Kun Woo Paik, piano Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 Kun Woo Paik, piano
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Saturday, November 16, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595 Kun Woo Paik, piano Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 Kun Woo Paik, piano
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Sunday, November 10, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert
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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert
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Saturday, November 2, 2019
Berkeley Symphony
Berkeley, CA
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart – Overture to Marriage of Figaro Carlos Gardel – “Por una Cabeza” Holst – St. Paul Suite for Strings – Gigue Gabriela Lena Frank – Coqueteos from Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout George Walker – Lyric for Strings (Based on second movement of String Quartet no. 1)
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Sunday, August 11, 2019
HMS Pinafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Mountain View, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Saturday, August 10, 2019
HMS Pinafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Mountain View, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Saturday, August 10, 2019
HMS PInafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Mountain View, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Sunday, August 4, 2019
HMS Pinafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Walnut Creek, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Saturday, August 3, 2019
HMS Pinafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Walnut Creek, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Saturday, August 3, 2019
HMS Pinafore - Lamplighters Music Theatre
Walnut Creek, CA
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first international sensation. Full of wonderful songs, drama and comedy, social conflict, and some of the male chorus music in the canon! With new men’s costumes to complete a historically accurate vision of the show, this production of Pinafore is sure to be a delight!
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Sunday, June 23, 2019
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Berkeley, CA
FREE ADMISSION!
Brahms gave his 1868 Requiem the title “A German Requiem” because the texts that he chose are in German, from the Lutheran Bible, not from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Brahms himself said that he would happily call his Requiem the “Human Requiem.” It is a stunning work that focuses on comforting the living — “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Combining Brahms’s beautiful writing and well-crafted structure, it’s become one of the most popular symphonic choral works in the literature.
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Saturday, June 23, 2019
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra
Berkeley, California
FREE ADMISSION!
Brahms gave his 1868 Requiem the title “A German Requiem” because the texts that he chose are in German, from the Lutheran Bible, not from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Brahms himself said that he would happily call his Requiem the “Human Requiem.” It is a stunning work that focuses on comforting the living — “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Combining Brahms’s beautiful writing and well-crafted structure, it’s become one of the most popular symphonic choral works in the literature.
more info...
Friday, June 21, 2019
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra
Berkeley, California
FREE ADMISSION!
Brahms gave his 1868 Requiem the title “A German Requiem” because the texts that he chose are in German, from the Lutheran Bible, not from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Brahms himself said that he would happily call his Requiem the “Human Requiem.” It is a stunning work that focuses on comforting the living — “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Combining Brahms’s beautiful writing and well-crafted structure, it’s become one of the most popular symphonic choral works in the literature.
more info...
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Pocket Opera - Tales of Hoffmann
Palo Alto, California
A fantastical journey through the doomed romances of the poet, Hoffmann. Hounded by his nemesis and accompanied by Nicklausse, his ever faithful friend, Hoffmann seems forever unlucky in love. As ever, Offenbach is a Pocket Opera specialty!
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Monday, June 10, 2019
Movement for Musicians
San Francisco, CA
This workshop will consist of a 15 minute talk about my background as a professional clarinetist and an introduction to what pilates is. The remainder of the hour will consist of a guided workshop through pilates inspired movement and stretches that can be used as a long term strategy to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent injuries. Since this will be interactive and involve everyone's participation, it is highly recommended that those who attend wear comfortable clothes.
Mara presents a workshop on movement, prototyped specifically for musicians!
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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Pocket Opera - Tales of Hoffmann
San Francisco, CA
A fantastical journey through the doomed romances of the poet, Hoffmann. Hounded by his nemesis and accompanied by Nicklausse, his ever faithful friend, Hoffmann seems forever unlucky in love. As ever, Offenbach is a Pocket Opera specialty!
more info...
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Pocket Opera - Tales of Hoffmann
Berkeley, California
A fantastical journey through the doomed romances of the poet, Hoffmann. Hounded by his nemesis and accompanied by Nicklausse, his ever faithful friend, Hoffmann seems forever unlucky in love. As ever, Offenbach is a Pocket Opera specialty!
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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel, California
CONCERT 6 May 18 & 19, 2019 Marcos Madrigal Location: Sunset Center San Carlos Ave & 9th Ave, Carmel Map Dates: May 18, 2019 8:00 PM TICKETS > May 19, 2019 3:00 PM TICKETS > MARCOS MADRIGAL The sixth and final concert of the season, Sound Waves, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from The Flying Dutchman, featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin's stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20. The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all time: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op, 67. A favorite among experienced and new audiences, musicians and conductors, the fifth endeavor in the symphony genre struck a chord for Beethoven, as he discovered his true forte – it is the "Stairway to Heaven" of Classical Music!
Richard Wagner Overture from The Flying Dutchman Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 Marcos Madrigal, piano Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Op. 6
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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel, California
The sixth and final concert of the season, Sound Waves, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from The Flying Dutchman, featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin's stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20. The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all time: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op, 67. A favorite among experienced and new audiences, musicians and conductors, the fifth endeavor in the symphony genre struck a chord for Beethoven, as he discovered his true forte – it is the "Stairway to Heaven" of Classical Music!
Richard Wagner Overture from The Flying Dutchman Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 Marcos Madrigal, piano Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Op. 6
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley plays Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack
San Jose, California
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss A New Hope in concert, with Symphony Silicon Valley performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.
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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley plays Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack
San Jose, California
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss A New Hope in concert, with Symphony Silicon Valley performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.
more info...
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley plays Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack
San Jose, California
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss A New Hope in concert, with Symphony Silicon Valley performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.
more info...
Friday, March 29, 2019
Symphony Silicon Valley plays Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack
San Jose, California
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss A New Hope in concert, with Symphony Silicon Valley performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.
more info...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Oakland Symphony
Oakland, California
Composed more than a century and a half ago in 1847, Louise Farrenc’s romantic Third Symphony presented her musical voice at a time when women were more seen than heard. Jessie Montgomery’s Banner comments on the Star Spangled Banner with an inspiration from traditional symphonic works, African-American spirituals, and the anthems of the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico. SF Opera Adler Fellows perform Bernstein’s Songfest, a musical journey from America’s bicentennial year exploring America’s past through the words of 13 poets.
Program: Jessie Montgomery Banner Louise Farrenc Symphony No. 3 INTERMISSION Leonard Bernstein Songfest with Adler Fellows Mary Evelyn Hangley, soprano Natalie Image, soprano Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano Chris Oglesby, tenor SeokJong Baek, baritone Christian Pursell, bass-baritone
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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel, California
Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water – at play and at work – into the textures of his music, most literally in Water Concerto for water percussion and orchestra. The symphonic poem And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness – commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic – features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over Germany, Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to write Symphony No. 9, which, Leonard Bernstein described as a series of musical jokes (including purposeful mistakes)…completing a boisterous, 99.99% organic, and exciting concert program.
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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel, California
Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water – at play and at work – into the textures of his music, most literally in Water Concerto for water percussion and orchestra. The symphonic poem And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness – commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic – features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over Germany, Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to write Symphony No. 9, which, Leonard Bernstein described as a series of musical jokes (including purposeful mistakes)…completing a boisterous, 99.99% organic, and exciting concert program.
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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
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Friday, February 22, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
more info...
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
more info...
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Opera San Jose - Moby Dick
San Jose, California
Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Run-time approximately three hours. Company premiere!
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Friday, January 25, 2019
Oakland Symphony - Notes From the African Diaspora
Oakland, California
Program: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Symphony No. 1 in G major, Op. 11 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro assai Antonio Carlos Gomes C’era una volta un principe from Il Guarany Shawnettte Sulker, soprano William Grant Still Songs of Separation I. Idolatry II. Poéme III. Parted Shawnette Sulker, Soprano Florence Price Symphony No. 3 in C minor I. Andante II. Andante ma non troppo III. Juba: Allegro IV. Scherzo: Finale Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington Harlem
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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Oakland Nutcracker
Oakland, CA
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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Oakland Nutcracker
Oakand, California
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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Oakland Nutcracker
Oakland, California
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Friday, November 9, 2018
Symphony Caritas Benefit for the Gubbio Project
San Francisco, California
Mahler Adagietto for Strings, lieder, and other beautiful pieces
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Saturday, November 3, 2018
Berkeley Symphony Family Concert
Berkeley, California
Strike Up The Band, Syncopated Clock, Beethove Symphony #5, Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris
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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carme-by-the-Sea
The Monterey Symphony will open the 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "The Great;" and a new work from composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves. Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in Big Sur, the Night Sun by esteemed composer John Wineglass. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the premier of the Alex Berko's Among Waves, the second work in this series, with Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony!
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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
The Monterey Symphony will open the 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "The Great;" and a new work from composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves. Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in Big Sur, the Night Sun by esteemed composer John Wineglass. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the premier of the Alex Berko's Among Waves, the second work in this series, with Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony!
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Opera San Jose, The Abduction from the Seraglio - Mozart
San Jose, CA
Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of a Konstanze and her maid Blonde, who find themselves in the Harem of Pasha Salim! Thrust into action, Belmonte, the gallant nobleman, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, attempt to rescue the women from the confines of their Turkish harem and sinister overseer, Osmin, who is determined to keep Konstanze for his master and have Blonde for himself.
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Friday, September 28, 2018
Opera San Jose, The Abduction from the Seraglio - Mozart
San Jose, CA
Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of a Konstanze and her maid Blonde, who find themselves in the Harem of Pasha Salim! Thrust into action, Belmonte, the gallant nobleman, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, attempt to rescue the women from the confines of their Turkish harem and sinister overseer, Osmin, who is determined to keep Konstanze for his master and have Blonde for himself.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018
Opera San Jose, The Abduction from the Seraglio - Mozart
San Jose California
Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of a Konstanze and her maid Blonde, who find themselves in the Harem of Pasha Salim! Thrust into action, Belmonte, the gallant nobleman, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, attempt to rescue the women from the confines of their Turkish harem and sinister overseer, Osmin, who is determined to keep Konstanze for his master and have Blonde for himself.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018
ArtHaus on Playa Orchestra - Pictures at an Exhibition
Black Rock City
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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Berkeley Chamber Opera - Verdi's Joan of Arc
Berkeley, California
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Friday, July 13, 2018
Berkeley Chamber Opera - Verdi's Joan of Arc
Berkeley, California
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Pocket Opera - The Bartered Bride
San Francisco, CA
It’s holiday time in Bohemia—time to celebrate, time for song and dance. Yet the very two young people we would expect to be leading the revels are not even joining in. There must be a mystery… One of the great romantic comedies of Smetana, the celebrated Czech composer.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Pocket Opera - The Bartered Bride
Palo Alto, CA
It’s holiday time in Bohemia—time to celebrate, time for song and dance. Yet the very two young people we would expect to be leading the revels are not even joining in. There must be a mystery… One of the great romantic comedies of Smetana, the celebrated Czech composer.
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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Pocket Opera - The Bartered Bride
Berkeley, CA
It’s holiday time in Bohemia—time to celebrate, time for song and dance. Yet the very two young people we would expect to be leading the revels are not even joining in. There must be a mystery… One of the great romantic comedies of Smetana, the celebrated Czech composer.
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Oakland, California
Socio-political comedian, activist, and Emmy-nominated CNN host W. Kamau Bell kicks off our groundbreaking new series inviting the major thinkers of our time to host and curate a concert and give us unique insights into their passions. Expect the sounds of Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, and Tears for Fears. This series will be a musical journey to uncharted territory with your Oakland Symphony!
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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Berkeley, California
Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Rachmaninoff's Vespers.
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Berkeley, California
Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Rachmaninoff's Vespers.
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Friday, January 5, 2018
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
Berkeley, California
Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Rachmaninoff's Vespers.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Nutcracker - Oakland Ballet
Oakland, CA
Nutcracker full production
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Nutcracker - Oakland Ballet
Oakland, CA
Nutcracker full production
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Nutcracker - Oakland Ballet
Oakland, CA
Nutcracker full production
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Nutcracker
Santa Cruz, California
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - full production
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Nutcracker
Santa Cruz, Califoria
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - full production
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Nutcracker
Santa Cruz, California
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - full production
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Nutcracker
Santa Cruz, California
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - full production
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Nutcracker
Santa Cruz, California
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker full production
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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Orchestra Concert
Piedmont, California
Friday, December 1, 2017
Orchestra Concert
Piedmont, CA
Music of Stephen Main
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Mozart Requiem
Redwood City, CA
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
Mozart Requiem
Redwood City, CA
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Opera San Jose - Cosi fan tutte
San Jose, CA
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Chamber Trio Concert
Kensington, CA
Mara Plotkin, clarinet Hrabba Atladottir, violin Anne Rainwater, piano Jesse Barrett, narrator Repertoire: Aram Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Darius Milhaud's Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Mara Plotkin, clarinet Hrabba Atladottir, violin Anne Rainwater, piano Jesse Barrett, narrator Repertoire: Aram Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Darius Milhaud's Suite for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Best of the Fest
Carmle-by-the-Sea, California
Favorite selections from the entire Festival are performed in this closing night concert that celebrates music, Carmel, the musicians of the Bach Festival, and the Festival’s loyal patrons. The program is a sampler of critical and audience favorites from throughout the two-week Festival, including chamber concerts, the Family Concert, Tower Brass and the Carmel Mission programs. ​ The concert is sponsored by the former presidents of the Carmel Bach Festival, and is followed by a champagne reception on the Sunset Center Terrace toasting the conclusion of the 80th Festival. ​ Best of the Fest is a special, not-be-missed party commemorates and honors music, the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the special and mystical setting of Carmel-by-the Sea.
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Friday, July 28, 2017
Joyful Ode
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Beethoven’s music for the ballet The Creatures Of Prometheus dates to 1801, and marked his introduction to the Viennese stage. The short overture, the most-often performed part of the ballet, begins with dissonance and drama. The frenetic section that follows is quintessential early Beethoven: virtuosic and charming. Brahms first composed his Variations on a Theme by Haydn for two pianos (performed brilliantly last year at the Festival by the piano duo Anderson and Roe). The work debuted in 1873 and is notable for Brahms’ skillful use of a seemingly simple melody in nine variations. The last variation transforms the theme into a glorious Passacaglia—a form used by Bach and others consisting of variations built on a repeating bass line. The Friday concert concludes with perhaps the greatest symphony in the repertoire—Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It is Beethoven’s last creative statement in a form that no other composer has so thoroughly explored to the heights of artistry. It is the first symphony to use voices and features soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists. The final movement, centered on “Ode to Joy,” is Beethoven’s expression of universal brotherhood, and ecstatic joy.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Overture to the Ballet, The Creatures Of Prometheus, op. 43 Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, op. 125 Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Tom Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
From Bach to Bernstein
Carmel-by-the-Sea
J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, (I had much grief) Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings Aaron Copland, Old American Songs, Set 1 The Boatman's Dance The Dodger Long Time Ago Simple Gifts I Bought Me a Cat Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms Esteli Gomez, Soprano; Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano; David Vanderwal, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, bass Associate conductor Andrew Megill steps to the podium at the Sunset Center for special Tuesday concerts. J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, translates as “I had much grief, ”and represents the composer’s transition between a simpler style using biblical and hymn text to a more operatic recitative and aria style using contemporary poetry. Noted Bach conductor and scholar John Eliot Gardiner called the cantata “one of the most extraordinary and inspired of Bach's vocal works.” Between the penultimate and final movements, Maestro Megill has chosen to insert Samuel Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings. The contemplative and cathartic piece has been used in countless broadcasts and movies. It is a beautiful and stunning work. The second half of the program features the music of two towering figures in American music—Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Copland’s Old American Songs date to 1950 and are a simple and sensitive setting of American folk tunes. The best-known of the songs—“Simple Gifts”—has been used in countless movies, commercials and other soundtracks, and served as the memorable anchor to Copland’s 1944 ballet, Appalachian Spring. Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms was created during the composer’s 15-month sabbatical from his position as music director of the New York Philharmonic. The three-movement work takes its text from six psalms and is in Hebrew. Moods range from joyful and dance-like in the opening movement to simple and peaceful in the second movement, and concluding with a finale evoking a humble sensibility suggesting resignation and acceptance of God’s will. The piece is filled with the composer’s hallmarks of jazz, Jewish and theatre music. It is a wholly dramatic and deeply fulfilling work. Perhaps Andrew Megill took his inspiration for selecting the work to close this special concert from having served as the rehearsal accompanist for Bernstein’s last performance of the work, in 1989. Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, (I had much grief) Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings Aaron Copland, Old American Songs, Set 1 The Boatman's Dance The Dodger Long Time Ago Simple Gifts I Bought Me a Cat Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms Esteli Gomez, Soprano; Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano; David Vanderwal, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, bass
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Monday, July 24, 2017
A Night in Vienna
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Mozart’s Serenade in D Major is a compact piece for an unusual ensemble consisting of a solo quartet of two violins, violas, and string bass on one side, and a larger group of violins, violas, cellos, and timpani on the other. The work’s nickname refers to a composition performed in the evening. Mozart composed numerous serenades and divertimentos meant as instrumental works with multiple movements used for entertainment at special events or receptions.. Mozart's Symphony No. 29 was created when he was 18, in 1874. It is one of the best–known of his earlier symphonies. A wildly energetic finale distinguishes the short symphony, along with its mature use of counterpoint. The second half of the program features the music of the “king of Vienna,” Johann Strauss, Jr. He composed more than 500 waltzes, polkas and other dances, and was mainly responsible for the popularity of the waltz in 19th century Vienna. The Monday program includes his most popular waltz, the iconic Blue Danube. Other Viennese favorites from Fritz Kreisler and Franz Lehár are also included. Concertmaster Peter Hanson’s programs have become known for their humor and the unexpected, including a surprising and fitting encore that encapsulates the program’s theme!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade in D Major (Serenata notturna), K.239 Johann Strauss, Acceleration Waltz Johann Strauss, Eglen a Magyar Johann Strauss, Emperor's Waltz Fritz Kreisler, Liebeslied (violin solo) Franz Lehár, Gold and Silver Johann Strauss, Tic Tac Polka Johann Strauss, Roses from the South Johann Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Joyful Ode
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Beethoven’s music for the ballet The Creatures Of Prometheus dates to 1801, and marked his introduction to the Viennese stage. The short overture, the most-often performed part of the ballet, begins with dissonance and drama. The frenetic section that follows is quintessential early Beethoven: virtuosic and charming. Brahms first composed his Variations on a Theme by Haydn for two pianos (performed brilliantly last year at the Festival by the piano duo Anderson and Roe). The work debuted in 1873 and is notable for Brahms’ skillful use of a seemingly simple melody in nine variations. The last variation transforms the theme into a glorious Passacaglia—a form used by Bach and others consisting of variations built on a repeating bass line. The Friday concert concludes with perhaps the greatest symphony in the repertoire—Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It is Beethoven’s last creative statement in a form that no other composer has so thoroughly explored to the heights of artistry. It is the first symphony to use voices and features soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists. The final movement, centered on “Ode to Joy,” is Beethoven’s expression of universal brotherhood, and ecstatic joy.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Overture to the Ballet, The Creatures Of Prometheus, op. 43 Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, op. 125 Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Tom Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
From Bach to Bernstein
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Associate conductor Andrew Megill steps to the podium at the Sunset Center for special Tuesday concerts. J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, translates as “I had much grief, ”and represents the composer’s transition between a simpler style using biblical and hymn text to a more operatic recitative and aria style using contemporary poetry. Noted Bach conductor and scholar John Eliot Gardiner called the cantata “one of the most extraordinary and inspired of Bach's vocal works.” Between the penultimate and final movements, Maestro Megill has chosen to insert Samuel Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings. The contemplative and cathartic piece has been used in countless broadcasts and movies. It is a beautiful and stunning work. The second half of the program features the music of two towering figures in American music—Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Copland’s Old American Songs date to 1950 and are a simple and sensitive setting of American folk tunes. The best-known of the songs—“Simple Gifts”—has been used in countless movies, commercials and other soundtracks, and served as the memorable anchor to Copland’s 1944 ballet, Appalachian Spring. Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms was created during the composer’s 15-month sabbatical from his position as music director of the New York Philharmonic. The three-movement work takes its text from six psalms and is in Hebrew. Moods range from joyful and dance-like in the opening movement to simple and peaceful in the second movement, and concluding with a finale evoking a humble sensibility suggesting resignation and acceptance of God’s will. The piece is filled with the composer’s hallmarks of jazz, Jewish and theatre music. It is a wholly dramatic and deeply fulfilling work. Perhaps Andrew Megill took his inspiration for selecting the work to close this special concert from having served as the rehearsal accompanist for Bernstein’s last performance of the work, in 1989. Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, (I had much grief) Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings Aaron Copland, Old American Songs, Set 1 The Boatman's Dance The Dodger Long Time Ago Simple Gifts I Bought Me a Cat Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms Esteli Gomez, Soprano; Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano; David Vanderwal, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, bass
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Monday, July 17, 2017
A Night in Vienna
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Mozart’s Serenade in D Major is a compact piece for an unusual ensemble consisting of a solo quartet of two violins, violas, and string bass on one side, and a larger group of violins, violas, cellos, and timpani on the other. The work’s nickname refers to a composition performed in the evening. Mozart composed numerous serenades and divertimentos meant as instrumental works with multiple movements used for entertainment at special events or receptions.. Mozart's Symphony No. 29 was created when he was 18, in 1874. It is one of the best–known of his earlier symphonies. A wildly energetic finale distinguishes the short symphony, along with its mature use of counterpoint. The second half of the program features the music of the “king of Vienna,” Johann Strauss, Jr. He composed more than 500 waltzes, polkas and other dances, and was mainly responsible for the popularity of the waltz in 19th century Vienna. The Monday program includes his most popular waltz, the iconic Blue Danube. Other Viennese favorites from Fritz Kreisler and Franz Lehár are also included. Concertmaster Peter Hanson’s programs have become known for their humor and the unexpected, including a surprising and fitting encore that encapsulates the program’s theme!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade in D Major (Serenata notturna), K.239 Johann Strauss, Acceleration Waltz Johann Strauss, Eglen a Magyar Johann Strauss, Emperor's Waltz Fritz Kreisler, Liebeslied (violin solo) Franz Lehár, Gold and Silver Johann Strauss, Tic Tac Polka Johann Strauss, Roses from the South Johann Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz
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Monday, July 3, 2017
Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration
Richmond, CA
The Oakland Symphony joins forces with the City of Richmond to present a free Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion, located inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond. This free event is fun for the whole family, with live music, food, an instrument petting zoo and spectacular fireworks over the bay! The centerpiece of the evening is a free concert by the Oakland Symphony conducted by Michael Morgan, featuring Sousa marches, music from the movies, singalongs and more. The Craneway Pavilion, located on 25 waterfront acres, delivers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the entire event space as well as a large outside patio, perfect for viewing the City of Richmond’s fireworks display. Ample secure event parking available for $20. In the seven years since its inception, this event has become one of the Bay Area’s most popular and talked-about Independence Day celebrations.
Sousa marches, music from the movies, sing-alongs & more!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Symphonia Caritas
San Francisco, CA
Benefit Concert for Swords to Plowshares
Beethoven Symphony #8 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor Ian Swensen, Violin
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Fresno Philharmonic - What a Wonderful World
Fresno, CA
A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Santa Cruz Symphony - Verdi's Requiem
Watsonville, CA
Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Santa Cruz Symphony - Verdi's Requiem
Santa Cruz, CA
Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Opera San Jose - Boheme
San Jose, California
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Opera San Jose - La Boheme
San Jose, CA
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Opera San Jose - La Boheme
San Jose, California
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Opera San Jose - La Boheme
San Jose, California
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Opera San Jose - La Boheme
San Jose, California
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Opera San Jose - La Boheme
San Jose, California
This is the magic of the Parisian Latin Quarter and Giacomo Puccini’s unmatched ability to capture love’s passion and hope. This is the story of Mimì who spends her days embroidering and her nights longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness and friendship with a band of young bohemians – a handsome poet, a philosopher, a painter, a musician, and a good-time girl. Briefly, Mimì and Rodolfo make a place of love for themselves, until poverty prevails. Based on the lives of bohemians, including Puccini himself, La bohème rings true. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Run-time is approximately three hours.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Sacramento Philharmonic - A Beach Boys Celebration
Sacramento, CA
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Masterworks Chorale - Verdi Requiem
Redwood City, California
House open for seating at 2:15pm Reception in lobby afterwards
Chorale Masterworks presents: Raw power. Grand drama. Sublime beauty. From the exquisite delicacy of the opening notes, to the clarion call of the trumpets, pounding bass drum and descending chromatic scales of the legendary Dies Irae, this is one of the most electrifying works of classical music ever written. Join us for an exhilarating, uplifting musical experience - and prepare to be stirred!
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Masterworks Chorale - Verdi Requiem
Redwood City, California
House open for seating at 7:15pm Champagne reception after performance in the lobby at the theater.
Chorale Masterworks presents: Raw power. Grand drama. Sublime beauty. From the exquisite delicacy of the opening notes, to the clarion call of the trumpets, pounding bass drum and descending chromatic scales of the legendary Dies Irae, this is one of the most electrifying works of classical music ever written.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
California Symphony
Walnut Creek, CA
Delibes—Cortége de Bacchus from Sylvia Suite Pierre Jalbert—Les espaces infinis Composer-in-Residence 1999-2002 Ravel—Tzigane Jennifer Cho, violin Saint-Saëns—Danse Macabre Bizet—L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Modesto Symphony Orchestra - A Tribute to David Bowie
Modesto, CA
Celebrate the music and influence of David Bowie during this one-night-only salute to the “Thin White Duke.” Enjoy hits from throughout Bowie’s storied career performed in a whole new way, and alongside the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. While Bowie may have left the earth, his spirit and artistry live on in this stunning tribute.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Friday, February 24, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017
San Jose Opera - Silent Night
San Jose, CA
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troops during World War I. Set in the trenches of a Belgian battlefield on Christmas Eve, music comes from the French and Scottish bunkers as the soldiers celebrate the holiday. An opera-singing German soldier responds with a Christmas song, and before long white flags wave and a temporary truce is brokered. Photos of loved ones are exchanged, chocolates and whiskey are shared, and the Scottish chaplain conducts a mass. The truce is extended on Christmas Day, while each regiment buries their dead. The second act depicts the simple miracle of human beings at peace, inevitably deteriorating as the troops are disciplined and demoted for fraternizing with the enemy, and renewed violence.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Townsend Opera
Modesto, CA
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, the opera is an intimate and touching look into everyday life in a small town. Written in 2006 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, the opera utilizes pleasant melodies and tonal harmonies to honor a time when our lives were simpler, and reminds us of the universality of being human and the necessity of companionship. A more intimate opera, this piece will be performed in the Gallo Center for the Arts as part of a daylong exhibition celebrating the history of Modesto.
Our Town by Ned Rorem
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Townsend Opera
Modesto, CA
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, the opera is an intimate and touching look into everyday life in a small town. Written in 2006 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, the opera utilizes pleasant melodies and tonal harmonies to honor a time when our lives were simpler, and reminds us of the universality of being human and the necessity of companionship. A more intimate opera, this piece will be performed in the Gallo Center for the Arts as part of a daylong exhibition celebrating the history of Modesto.
Our Town by Ned Rorem
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
The Music of David Bowie
Sacramento, CA
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker
Sacramento, CA
Be captivated by Sacramento’s crown jewel of family entertainment with Clara’s magic journey through the sparkling Snowflake Forest to the delicious Land of the Sweets.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
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Friday, December 23, 2016
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker
Sacramento, CA
Be captivated by Sacramento’s crown jewel of family entertainment with Clara’s magic journey through the sparkling Snowflake Forest to the delicious Land of the Sweets.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Sacramento, California
Danzi, Wind Quintet in g minor, op.56 No. 2 Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel Einmal Anders for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin & Bass Beethoven, Septet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker
Sacramento, CA
Be captivated by Sacramento’s crown jewel of family entertainment with Clara’s magic journey through the sparkling Snowflake Forest to the delicious Land of the Sweets.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Davis, California
Danzi, Wind Quintet in g minor, op.56 No. 2 Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel Einmal Anders for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin & Bass Beethoven, Septet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker
Sacrament, CA
Be captivated by Sacramento’s crown jewel of family entertainment with Clara’s magic journey through the sparkling Snowflake Forest to the delicious Land of the Sweets.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker
Sacramento, California
Be captivated by Sacramento’s crown jewel of family entertainment with Clara’s magic journey through the sparkling Snowflake Forest to the delicious Land of the Sweets.
Pyotr Tchiakovsky's Nutcracker
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
University of Wyoming Faculty Recital
Laramie, Wyoming
Admission Free
Performing in a piece entitled Haddayr Blogs by Anne Guzzo in an art song concert that will be featuring works by Libby Larsen.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Faculty Recital at Pacific Music Camp
Stockton, California
Mara will be playing a fun solo piece along side other incredible facutly members of Pacific Music Camp.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Listening Meditation
Brooklyn, NY
$10 suggested donation
This one hour guided listening meditation will use natural and improvised sounds from live instrumentation to explore the arising and ceasing of all phenomena in each present moment. Clarinet, flute and saxophone will be played by orchestral and chamber musician, Mara Plotkin. Meditation will be guided by Elaine Su-Hui. Participants will be invited to contribute to the soundscape by playing other resonant instruments and humming. This is not a music performance, this is an exploration of sound and the action of listening as an expression of unity, openness, connection, spaciousness, knowledge, and being. Beginners to meditation encouraged to attend.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Toronto Concert Orchestra
Toronto, Ontario
Highlights from Die Fliedermaus, The Blue Danube, The Merry Widow, The Radetsky March, and many other waltzes.
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Saturday, June 4, 2016
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Modesto, California
Disney Pops Concert
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Friday, June 3, 2016
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Modesto, California
Disney Pops Concert
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Annual Multicultural Family Festival
Sacramento, California
Peter and the Wolf - Sergei Prokofiev and other selections arranged for woodwind quintet
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Antonín Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Maurice Ravel Tzigane Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Antonín Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Maurice Ravel Tzigane Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Salinas, California
Celebrated violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will illuminate the stage with the Monterey Symphony in the final concert of the 70th Anniversary Season in brilliant fashion. Known for her artistry and ability to connect with audiences, Meyers is a best-selling recording artist with over thirty albums in her discography. She will dazzle our audiences with Ravel’s Tzigane, a fantastical and rhapsodic masterwork that is thrilling from the first note to the last! Rounding out the program are four works from the genre of the capriccio, humorous pieces of music that joyfully celebrate the completion of seventy years of “Great Music Live” in Monterey. Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky are all featured, each displaying the delightful moods and colors of orchestral music. Come experience one of the most joyful and engaging programs a “capricious” final concert of this magical 70th Anniversary Season!
Antonín Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Maurice Ravel Tzigane Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Fresno Grand Opera
Fresno, CA
Based on the bestselling 1993 memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the powerful story of her difficult journey providing spiritual guidance to a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary facing imminent execution, the troubling impact on the families of the victims, and the issue of the death penalty in our society. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie, this opera is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Jake Heggie is widely considered one of the great living opera composers.
Dead Man Walking
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Fresno Grand Opera
Fresno, CA
Based on the bestselling 1993 memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the powerful story of her difficult journey providing spiritual guidance to a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary facing imminent execution, the troubling impact on the families of the victims, and the issue of the death penalty in our society. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie, this opera is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Jake Heggie is widely considered one of the great living opera composers.
Dead Man Walking
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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Modesto Townsend Opera
Modesto, CA
Based on the bestselling 1993 memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the powerful story of her difficult journey providing spiritual guidance to a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary facing imminent execution, the troubling impact on the families of the victims, and the issue of the death penalty in our society. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie, this opera is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Jake Heggie is widely considered one of the great living opera composers.
Dead Man Walking
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Modesto Townsend Opera
Modesto, CA
Based on the bestselling 1993 memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the powerful story of her difficult journey providing spiritual guidance to a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary facing imminent execution, the troubling impact on the families of the victims, and the issue of the death penalty in our society. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie, this opera is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Jake Heggie is widely considered one of the great living opera composers.
Dead Man Walking
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet
Stockton, California
The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet (PAWQ), artists-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music, carries on a long tradition of outstanding woodwind quintet performance at the Conservatory beginning in 1970. The ensemble has performed for school groups, community concert organizations, professional musician associations, teacher conventions, and music festivals including two recent tours to Panama.
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, Vadym Kholodenko takes the stage with the Monterey Symphony for the fifth concert program of the 70th Anniversary Season. Kholodenko will amaze the students with his virtuosic performance of Beethoven’s masterwork the “Emperor Concerto.”
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Paul Hindemith, Symphony in E-flat, Op. 50 Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Paul Hindemith, Symphony in E-flat, Op. 50 Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Friday, April 22, 2016
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Salinas, CA
Paul Hindemith, Symphony in E-flat, Op. 50 Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Sacramento, California
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimento in B flat Major for Strings and Two Horns and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G Major, arr. Schoenberg
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Davis, California
Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G Major, arr. Schoenberg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimento in B flat Major for Strings and Two Horns
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Monterey Symphony
Carmel, California
Enrique Granados - Dante Johannes Brahms - Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 Maurice Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Suite Nos. 1 and 2
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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Monterey Symphony
Carmel, California
Enrique Granados - Dante Johannes Brahms - Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 Maurice Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Suite Nos. 1 and 2
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Friday, March 18, 2016
Monterey Symphony
Salinas, California
Enrique Granados - Dante Johannes Brahms - Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 Maurice Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Suite Nos. 1 and 2
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Fresno Grand Opera - Sweeney Todd
Fresno, California
Based on countless serial novels that gripped Londoners during the Victorian era – the more gruesome the better – a barber wrongfully jailed by a corrupt judge returns to nineteenth century London to seek vengeance in Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical comedy. A mix of intense ballads and music-hall comedy that turns this sordid and bloody tale into riveting entertainment, Sweeney Todd is widely recognized as one of the greatest scores written for the modern American lyric stage. Experience this legendary musical comedy like never before: in the full operatic setting many believe this piece deserves – high quality singing and no amplified sound! Music by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930) Book by Hugh Wheeler (1912-87) Based on the play by Christopher Bond (b. 1945) Sung in English with English surtitles John de los Santos, Director Ryan Murray, Conductor
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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Towonsend Opera - Sweeney Todd
Modesto, California
Based on countless serial novels that gripped Londoners during the Victorian era – the more gruesome the better – a barber wrongfully jailed by a corrupt judge returns to nineteenth century London to seek vengeance in Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical comedy. A mix of intense ballads and music-hall comedy that turns this sordid and bloody tale into riveting entertainment, Sweeney Todd is widely recognized as one of the greatest scores written for the modern American lyric stage. Experience this legendary musical comedy like never before: in the full operatic setting many believe this piece deserves – high quality singing and no amplified sound! Music by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930) Book by Hugh Wheeler (1912-87) Based on the play by Christopher Bond (b. 1945) Sung in English with English surtitles John de los Santos, Director Ryan Murray, Conductor
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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Winter's Leaving: A Concert of Iranian and Israeli Music
Piedmont, California
Music pursues peace by its humanizing effect. When we listen to great music from a great civilization, we can hear the expressive soul of its culture. Put two musical cultures together, and we immediately recognize their shared humanity. In "Winter's Leaving," clarinetist Mara Plotkin teams up with the Circadian String Quartet, composers Noam Lemish and Sahba Aminikia, along with guest performers Anne Rainwater (piano) and Christa Durand (soprano), to explore the musical soul of two cultures: Iranian and Israeli. Revel in the music’s expressive power, which takes us past political boundaries and straight to its inherent humanity. The program includes two richly evocative pieces by Iranian-born composer Sahba Aminikia, "Winter's Leaving" and String Quartet No. 2; One Day; Tehran, which puts us in the middle of the street protests after the 2009 Iranian Presidential election. We will also hear Noam Lemish's sumptuous quintet for clarinet and strings, Bakesh Shalom Ve’rodfeyou (Pursue Peace), along with art songs set to the poetry of Rumi and Rilke, and Iranian & Israeli folk songs. Prokofiev's beloved "Overture on Hebrew Themes" rounds out the program.
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Friday, February 12, 2016
Towonsend Opera - Sweeney Todd
Modesto, California
Based on countless serial novels that gripped Londoners during the Victorian era – the more gruesome the better – a barber wrongfully jailed by a corrupt judge returns to nineteenth century London to seek vengeance in Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical comedy. A mix of intense ballads and music-hall comedy that turns this sordid and bloody tale into riveting entertainment, Sweeney Todd is widely recognized as one of the greatest scores written for the modern American lyric stage. Experience this legendary musical comedy like never before: in the full operatic setting many believe this piece deserves – high quality singing and no amplified sound! Music by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930) Book by Hugh Wheeler (1912-87) Based on the play by Christopher Bond (b. 1945) Sung in English with English surtitles John de los Santos, Director Ryan Murray, Conductor
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Heart of Christmas
London, ON
Backing up three female vocalists of Jeans N Classics sing Christmas songs combining rock / pop / R&B with some traditional favourites with the Jeans N Classics Rock Symphony.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Shahkar
Toronto, ON
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Saturday, December 5, 2015
Peace, Joy, and All That Jazz
Toronto
Mendelssohn, Mozart Mazz, and Christmas Carol Sing Aong!
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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Toronto Concert Orchestra plays Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony #3
Toronto, ON
Schubert's Mass #2 & Saint-Saens' Symphony #3 "organ"
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Underground Railroad
Hamilton, ON
With a special guest performer & BR Junior Xpression Choir conducted by Mary Tabone. Follow runaway slaves as they escape from their slave masters in the South and run to freedom in Hamilton. Based on historical facts and mirroring present day events, this is a timeless tale of prejudice. The harrowing story is illuminated through the power of gospel, jazz, folk and classical music.
Traditional Folk: Follow the Drinking Gourd Copeland: Fanfare for the Common Man Dvorak: New World Sym Gershwin: Summertime Spiritual: Goin’ Home
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Enter the Imaginarium
Hamilton, ON
Using the families of the orchestra and with the students’ inspiration, the composer (best known for his work composing music for The Phantom of the Opera) and innovator Thibaudeau, constructs a piece of music to create a story. Each piece becomes a musical illustration of your students’ imagination; each concert creates different stories. We show how music changes what we see, think and feel. Students will hear pop, film and classical music.
Excerpts from: S. Kozinski: Creaky Door Overture Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators Williams: Star Wars Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf Sharples: Felix the Cat Tchaikovsky: Overture Romeo and Juliet Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, 4th movement Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Blythwood Winds
Toronto, ON
Mara will be subbing in with this wonderful woodwind quintet!
Friday, October 30, 2015
Sneak Peak Orchestra
Toronto. ON
ROSSINI: Overture to William Tell WILLIAM ROWSON: New Work TBD [strings only] BARBER: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra [Conrad Chow, violin] ~ Intermission ~ DVORAK: Symphony No. 8
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Breaking Bad: Colourful Characters in Music
Toronto, ON
Mara will be playing bass clarinet in Petroushka.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Overture To Don Giovanni Alexander Rapoport * – If Elvira Hadn’t Arrived In Time, Variations On Mozart’s “la Ci Darem La Mano”, From Don Giovanni, For Narrator And Orchestra (premiere) Georges Bizet/Pablo De Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy, For Violin And Orchestra Debussy Syrinx – For Solo Flute Igor Stravinsky – Petroushka John Williams – The Imperial March (Darth Vader Theme) From Star Wars V
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Thunder Bay Symphony Masterworks
Thunder Bay, ON
Sibelius: Finlandia, Lalo: Symphony Espagnol, Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Toronto Concerto Orchestra
Orillia, ON
An Evening With Beethoven: Symphony #8, Piano Concerto #3, Gratulations Minuet
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Toronto Concert Orchestra
Toronto, ON
An Evening With Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, Piano Concerto #3, Gratulations Minuet
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Music Gallery 40th Anniversary Concert
Toronto, ON
Commissions by Canadian and Toronto composers including Retablo by Allison Cameron , Miniature Pieces by Nic Gotham, and Arnold Martin.
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Clarinet & Piano Duo Recital
Toronto, ON
Free Admission!
Brahms' E-flat Sonata, Schumann's Fantasy Pieces, and Cahuzac's Cantilene.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Clarinet & Piano Duo Recital
Toronto, ON
Free Admission!
Brahms Eb Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Cantilene by Louis Cahuzac
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Euphonia presents: Reflections on Love & Sex
Toronto, ON
Featuring songs from Beck’s Song Reader Readings from Rouge, an erotic novel by Em Demaison and the music of Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Lunchtime Chamber Concert
Toronto, ON
Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Cantilene by Louis Cahuzac, and Fantasy Pieces by Schumann for Clarinet and Piano and more! Emily Chiang, piano
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Beatles - Abbey Road
London, ON
Jeans n Classics band with orchestra. This concert is in Support of Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Toronto Concerto Orchestra
Toronto, ON
Admission $24 for adults, or email me for a 50% discount on admission to the castle and concert!
Opera Arias and duets
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Euphonia @ Buskerfest!
Toronto, ON
From classical to pop music, Euphonia is an unconducted Toronto based ensemble ! Audience members are invited to conduct our ensemble!
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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Taiwan Festival
Toronto, ON
Friday, August 28, 2015
Euphonia @ Buskerfest!
Toronto, ON
From classical to pop music, Euphonia is an unconducted Toronto based ensemble ! Audience members are invited to conduct our ensemble!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Stage and Screen
Toronto, ON
Toronto Concert Orchestra
The programme will include some of the greatest Hollywood blockbuster and Broadway musical scores. There will be selections from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and more...!
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Metro Big Band @ Beaches Jazz Festival Streetfest
Toronto, ON
Big Band Swing favourites including Mara featured on some tunes made famous by clarinetist, Artie Shaw!
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Metro Big Band @ Beaches Jazz Festival Streetfest
Toronto, ON
Big Band Swing favourites including Mara featured on some tunes made famous by clarinetist, Artie Shaw!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Enchanted Garden
Toronto, ON
Toronto Concert Orchestra
Saint-Saens, Faure, and Ravel's Ma Mere L' Oye.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Clarinet Clinic at Pacific Music Camp
Stockton, CA
Mara will give three clinics to Pacific Music Camp participants about clarinet tone, technique, and sight reading.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clarinet Clinic at Pacific Music Camp
Stockton, CA
Mara will give three clinics to Pacific Music Camp participants about clarinet tone, technique, and sight reading.
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Monday, July 13, 2015
Clarinet Clinic at Pacific Music Camp
Stockton, CA
Mara will give three clinics to Pacific Music Camp participants about clarinet tone, technique, and sight reading.
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Euphonia presents A Family Affair
Toronto, ON
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Belle Voci
Toronto, ON
Toronto Concert Orchestra
An evening of opera excerpts from Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini with great Canadian voices.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Disco Inferno - A Disco Ball
Kitchener, ON
Jeans n' Classics Rock Symphony
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Canadian Sinfonietta
Toronto, ON
Camille Saint-Saens Rondo Capriccioso Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor", Mvt 1 Antonin Dvorak Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 Andre Prevost Scherzo for Strings P.I. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
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Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Song Remains the Same - The Music of Led Zeppelin
Kitchener, ON
Jeans 'n Classics Rock Symphony
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Convergung Paths: The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative
Toronto, ON
The project presents the fruitful possibilities of cross-cultural musical collaboration. In a statement from co-artistic director Dan Deutsch: "this project reaches out to the Jewish, Israeli, and Iranian communities as well as the broader Canadian society, promoting a cultural and artistic dialogue for audience members as well as for the performing participants."
The concert will present both the exciting world premiere of three new compositions, conducted by guest conductor Shalom Bard (Toronto Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor 2012-2014) and a collaborative performance with renowned guest artist from Montreal, Saeed Kamjoo, Iranian Kamanche virtuoso. Supporting the evening's debut are the Toronto Arts Council, co-sponsors the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and partners the North York Arts and Koffler Center of the Arts. The evening will reflect the encounter of Israeli-Jewish and Iranian cultures through original compositions by collective members Parisa Sabet, Dan Deutsch and Noam Lemish. These pieces incorporate Jewish and Persian traditional music, the poetry of renowned Iranian poet Omar Khayyám and Israeli popular songs. Highlighting the event will be composer-performers Lemish and Deutsch, on piano and tenor saxophone, teaming up with guest Saeed Kamjoo, Kamanche, for a powerful improvisatory exploration of traditional music from Israel and Iran.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Thunder Bay, ON
Beethoven to John Williams
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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - Carmina Burana
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6C7 Canada
Berlioz: Le carnival romain, Overture (The Roman Carnival) / Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings) / Orff: Carmina Burana
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Orchestra for the Arkells @ the 44th Annual Juno Awards
Hamilton, ON