Sat07042015

Stepping Out

Treble Voices Festival set for Saturday in PA

The eighth annual New Music for Treble Voices Festival is scheduled 4 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church in Palo Alto.

Produced by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the festival brings together a wide range of choirs in the study and performance of new music.

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'Jane' to remain at LA's Bus Barn through Sunday


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The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” closes Sunday at Bus Barn.

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” – in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s book, Willis Hall’s adaptation keeps the major plot points intact, moving through Jane’s childhood as an orphan, her struggles under cruel authority figures and her emergence as an empowered young woman who falls in love with a flawed older man.

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Foothill Symphonic Winds to perform Sunday in PA

The Foothill Symphonic Winds’ annual winter concert is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Conductor David Bruce Adams will lead the 80-member group in a program featuring music from Broadway and the movies, including “Star Wars.”

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Master Sinfonia performs Sunday afternoon at Los Altos United Methodist Church

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is set to perform 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. The program includes music by Mozart (“Overture to Don Giovanni” and a collection of arias) and Mahler (Symphony No. 4 in G major), featuring soloist Amina Edris.

For tickets ($15-$25) and more information, visit mastersinfonia.org.

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'Park' in the hills


courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Dot (Katie Nix) imagines her dream job as a follies dancer in the Foothill Music Theatre production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” The play runs through March 8.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to run through March 8 in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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'Lake Effect' continues at Lucie Stern

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is scheduled to run through March 29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the drama is about family secrets, sibling rivalry and a surprising reconciliation. Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown-up children ponder the legacy of their family business, their father’s mysterious bookie and their suddenly entangled lives.

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Nova Vista performs Saturday evening in Mountain View

Nova Vista Symphony’s next concert, “Let Freedom Ring,” is scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Under the baton of maestro Anthony Quartuccio, the symphony is slated to perform music by American composers.

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Smuin's Untamed Dance Series comes to MV

San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet is scheduled to bring its Untamed Dance Series to Mountain View Thursday through Sunday.

The program features “Serenade for Strings” by choreographer Garrett Ammon, set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Dancers include Ben Needham-Wood and Terez Dean.

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Pair of 'Carnival' concerts set for Sunday in Palo Alto

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center hosts “Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns” – an illustrated concert and ballet – Sunday in Palo Alto.

Performances are scheduled 10 a.m. and noon at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall on the campus of the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way.

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'Eyre' time at Bus Barn


courtesy of Kimberly Kauer/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” features Elise Cording as Jane, left, and Alexa Barton as Young Jane.

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” – in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – is slated to run through March 22 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s book, Willis Hall’s adaptation keeps the major plot points intact, moving through Jane’s childhood as an orphan, her struggles under cruel authority figures and her emergence as an empowered young woman who falls in love with a flawed older man.

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Some strong performances in West Bay’s ‘Abduction’

By Annelle Delfs

Special to the Town Crier

West Bay Opera is wrapping up its production of “Abduction from the Seraglio” (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail’’) with two final shows this weekend. Some strong performances from the West Bay cast ensure it is a production worth seeing.

“Abduction” is Mozart’s first successful opera, a singspiel (some spoken dialogue), written quickly after his arrival in Vienna. It is an exotic opera placed in Turkey complete with a Muslim Count living in a palace with a harem and servants. His head manager of the estate is Osmin, performed by Kevin Thompson, a wonderful bass whose extremely tall stature and huge, sonorous bass voice belongs in a much larger house.

Arriving on the scene are four lovers, three of whom were abducted by pirates and taken to Pasha Selim, and one who arrives later to save them. In the end, all four are set free by Pasha and sail off.

Of course there is much that happens during the three acts to keep this story interesting in the form of scantily clothed harem dancers, a chorus who sings beautifully under the apt direction of Bruce Olstad; but, as palace guards, has little to do but add much to the production with their extravagant Turkish attire designed by Callie Floor.

Eugene Brancoveanu, who makes his debut as director, sang Papageno in “Die Zauberflote” at West Bay Opera. His direction had moments of brilliance and moments of confusion, particularly in Act II during the staging of the quartet with the four lovers. The opera opens with the arrival of Belmonte (Michael Desnoyers) betrothed to Konstanze (Nikki Einfeld, also an Adler fellow and making her West Bay debut), who has been kidnapped for Pasha’s harem.

Belmonte (Desnoyers) arrived rowing his own boat and opens the opera with a very difficult aria, “Hier Soll Ich Dich Denn Sehen,” sung beautifully. His tenor is rich and resonant. The mission is to rescue Konstanze and her maid, Blonde (Chelsea Hollow) and Pedrillo, his man servant (Tapan Bhat, also making his West Bay debut).

Pasha appears with Konstanze who is in harem attire and quite stunning. Her opening aria, “Ach ich Liebte,” was a brilliant display of coloratura technique in an extremely difficult opening aria.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $40-$75. For tickets and more information, call 424-9999 or visit wbopera.org.

Russian pianist Ghindin performs Saturday night at Foothill College


Roger Mastroianni/Special to the Town Crier
Pianist Alexander Ghindin, named an “Honored Artist of Russia,” is set to perform Saturday at Smithwick Theatre.

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin is scheduled to perform Saturday in Los Altos Hills as part of the Steinway Society of the Bay Area’s 20th Anniversary Piano Series.

The concert is slated 7:30 p.m. in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

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'Park' place


Courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Tyler Bennett (as George) and Katie Nix (Dot) star in “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to run Thursday through March 8 in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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PYT's 'Les Misérables' closes Sunday at MV Center for Performing Arts

Peninsula Youth Theatre continues its 2014-2015 MainStage season with “Les Misérables,” scheduled to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is the story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit.

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'Maple & Vine' comes to the end of the line at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to run through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s play explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is slated to open this week and run through March 29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The drama features family secrets, sibling rivalry and surprising reconciliation.

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West Bay Opera's 'Abduction of Seraglio' closes Sunday afternoon at Lucie Stern

This is the last weekend to catch the West Bay Opera production of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Belmonte travels from Imperial Austria to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, who was sold into Pasha Selim’s harem by pirates.

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'Les Misérables' debuts this week in downtown MV


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Caitlin Devenney of Mountain View portrays Little Cosette in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Les Misérables.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre continues its 2014-2015 MainStage season with “Les Misérables,” scheduled this weekend and next in Mountain View.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is a story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring music by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, it’s one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

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West Bay stages "Seraglio" in PA



West Bay Opera’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” opens Friday. Courtesy of West Bay opera

West Bay Opera is scheduled to perform Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” this weekend and next in Palo Alto.

Belmonte travels from Imperial Austria to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, who was sold into Pasha Selim’s harem by pirates.

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Foothill's 'Sunday in the Park with George' comes to a close

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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LA Stage Company's 'Maple & Vine' continues run at Bus Barn Theater

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to run through Feb. 22 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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