Livermore Pacific Chamber Orchestra concerts announced
The Pacific Chamber Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 concert season, which will run from September 17 to May 21. This season’s lineup will pay homage to the giants of classical music – with works by Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi and Haydn – and capture the hearts of listeners with an authentic and emotional delivery of musical works.
“We are thrilled to build on our momentum into our 34th season, a season filled with traditional favorites and featuring a wide range of baroque and contemporary works from today’s leading composers,” said Lawrence Kohl, Music Director and Conductor orchestra of the PCO.
The orchestra performs at two locations: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda and the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Season passes are on sale with packages for the 2022-2023 season ranging from $140 to $250 ($80 for students), depending on location. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1. Visit the PCO website at pacificchamberorchestra.org for more details.
California Symphony Fundraiser June 18 in Oakland
Gunhild Carling, hailed as Sweden’s ‘Queen of Swing’, will lead members of the California Symphony Orchestra of Walnut Creek in ‘Symphony Royale’, an evening of dinner, dancing, fundraising and entertainment filled with swing on June 18 at the stately art deco ballroom landmark the Oakland Scottish Rite Center at 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland.
Single tickets are on sale now for $500 and include cocktails with Music Director Donato Cabrera, an open bar, a three-course dinner by McCalls of San Francisco, valet parking and more. Tables for 10 start at $5,000 with additional benefits commensurate with each table purchase/donation level. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 925-280-2490 or visit californiasymphony.org.
— California Symphony
The Festival Opera will perform “Norma” by Bellini on July 8 and 10
The revitalized Walnut Creek Festival Opera, led by General Manager Zachary Gordin, continues its 31st season with an all-new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma,” featuring acclaimed singer Shana Blake Hill in the title role.
The opera will be conducted by Mark Foehringer, conducted by Bryan Nies with the Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus and performed at 7:30 p.m. July 8 and 2 p.m. July 10 at the Hofmann Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
“Norma” will be performed in Italian with English surtitles. The cast includes acclaimed singers Ashley Dixon as Adalgisa, Dane Suarez as Pollione, Kevin Thompson as Oroveso, Marcus J. Paige as Flavio, and Lily Bogas as Clotilde. Tickets are available at FestivalOpera.org or by phone at 925-943-7469.
— Opera Festival
Delta Galley presents its exhibition “Beauty of California”
The Delta Gallery Community Arts Center of Brentwood presents its show “Beauty of California” through July 1 at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, Streets of Brentwood Mall. The gallery is also planning a pop-up sale for Father’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 11.
Regular gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. For more information, visit online at deltagallery.com or call 925-516-5935.
— Delta Gallery
Solid Ground Trio will perform on June 12 at the Methodist Church
Brentwood Community United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men will present Sacramento’s Solid Ground Trio at 6 p.m. on June 12.
For a small donation of $25 (gifts up to $1,000 accepted), each member of the public can enjoy Southern Gospel music in the church at 809 Second St. Tickets can be purchased before or after any Sunday service from the United Methodist Men, at the door, or by calling the office at 925-634-3093. Refreshments will be offered during an intermission.
United Methodist Men continue to raise funds to provide annual scholarships for young people. The purpose of these fundraising events has always been to award scholarships to support young disciples in fulfilling their academic endeavours. Last year, eight $700 scholarships were awarded, totaling $5,600. One recipient is now a Vanguard University alumnus and another a UC Davis alumnus. Other recipients attended the Lawrence Conservatory, the University of Arizona, and Los Medanos College.
— Brentwood Community United Methodist Church
Smothers Brothers will be at the Bankhead Theater on June 13 and 14
The Bankhead will feature America’s favorite siblings, the Smothers Brothers, for another performance in June. After an unprecedented sell-out from their first performance, the Smothers Brothers will delight audiences for an additional performance on June 14, in addition to their sold-out June 13 performance (originally scheduled for January but postponed to June 13 due to the rise outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19).
Tickets for all shows in the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at box office counters. For a full list of events, visit livermorearts.org.
Bankhead Art Gallery will exhibit works by Indigenous artists
A powerful new exhibition, “The Artists Among Us: Indigenous Peoples Today,” is on view at the Bankhead Art Gallery through July 31, featuring works by artists of Native American descent. Artists from the Bay Area and beyond, representing different tribes and all visually representing their life experiences as native artists.
A standout piece, “First Contact,” is a borrowed piece from the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, which is a large original artwork by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, and Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno. The public is invited to view this remarkable piece and more at the Bankhead Art Gallery in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First St. in downtown Livermore. Free entry.
Latin pop band IndiviDúo will perform to a limited audience
Ready for an intimate evening with a limited audience, directly in the hall of the Théâtre El Campanil? This new series, with a concert for up to 50 patrons, will feature the sounds of IndiviDúo at 8 p.m. on July 1.
Californian songwriter Tiffany Joy and Colombian musician Maqui Reyes met in 2010 in Buenos Aires and decided to put aside their solo music careers to form the dynamic Latin pop duo IndiviDúo. The unique history of this duo transforms their music into something special, cosmopolitan and as eclectic and joyful as the two themselves.
Singers, performers and composers, these “IndiviDúos” manage to translate their talent into songs that take the listener on a journey. The energy they generate on stage is a unique alchemy, a real experience for the viewer, who can feel that something special vibrates every time these two share their voices and their souls.
Their live show features original music and covers of popular Latin genres including bossa nova, salsa, bolero, Colombian music, Latin pop and popular English hits. Seats are limited to 50 and tickets are $20 each. For tickets or more information, visit elcampaniltheatre.com online or call 925-757-9500.
— El Campanil Theater
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