Bay Area's Black Cedar Trio performs free concert Feb. 26 at Los Altos Library


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The Black Cedar Trio features Isaac Pastor-Chermak, from left, Steve Lin and Kris Palmer.

Billed as the only flute, guitar and cello group in the area, Black Cedar Trio is scheduled to perform 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Orchard Room at the Los Altos main library. Admission is free.

The group comprises guitarist Steve Lin, flutist Kris Palmer and cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak.

Foothill lets audience choose how its mystery musical ends


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The cast of Foothill Music Theatre’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” includes Chloë Angst, clockwise from left, John Mannion, Brenna Sammon and Linda Piccone.

When the audience sits down to watch Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” – slated to open Feb. 27 – they won’t be the only ones who won’t know how it ends. The actors also will be in the dark, because the play has several possible endings.

“We rehearse eight different endings, and the audience votes three times throughout the show,” director Milissa Carey said. “We identify the characters by number. Then the ensemble members will go to their assigned part of the audience and take a tabulation for each of their sections. Sometimes the audience will choose the unlikely candidate, which makes the show more interesting.”

'Pianist' plays last notes Sunday in MV

The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is set to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Holding on to dreams of concert success, a young Jewish pianist escapes Vienna via the Kindertransport, arriving in England at the outset of World War II. Concert pianist Mona Golabek recounts her mother’s saga of hope and resilience, underscored with music from Bach, Beethoven and more.

Palo Alto Philharmonic performs 'Love Stories' concert Saturday

The Palo Alto Philharmonic’s Valentine’s Day concert, “Love Stories,” scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cubberley Theatre, features solo violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn playing the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius.

She plans to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the concert; the program also includes Rossini’s Overture to “Barber of Seville” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2”.

Accordionist Wang coming to CSMA


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Classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang performs Sunday at CSMA.

As part of the Community School of Music and Arts’ 2019-2020 Community Concert Series, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang is set to perform 2 p.m. Sunday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Wang was recently named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and her master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

'Oslo' is over after Sunday's matinee


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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Oslo” includes, from left, Robert Sean Campbell as Terje Rod-Larsen, Mohamed Ismail as Ahmed Quire, Tanya Marie as Mona Juul and Michael Sally as Yair Hirschfeld. The play closes Sunday at Bus Barn Theater.

The Los Altos Stage Company’s South Bay premiere of “Oslo,” the 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Play, is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The play tells the story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians.


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