Author Archives: Jeff DeMarco

Lamplighter’s Production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers

I am always amazed at how fresh William S. Gilbert’s humor continues to be in this day and age. Even though it was written over one hundred years ago, the writing in “The Gondoliers” is always delightful and at times hysterically funny. This was made abundantly clear in the current Lamplighters production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s twelfth operetta, which I had the good fortune to see this past Sunday afternoon at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Choral, Opera, Vocal ensemble

The New Mikado – at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

IlDucato-photo by David Allen

Il Ducato

(photo by David Allen)

The Mikado is one of the best loved and most enduring pieces of musical theater, delighting audiences since its premiere in 1885. The words of W.S. Gilbert and the music of Arthur Sullivan are as fresh, entertaining and topical as the day they were written. The new production from the Lamplighters clearly demonstrates why this is so. The audience at Saturday’s matinee at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts was a mixture of young and old as well as aficionados and neophytes, all of whom were delighted and thrilled by the fast paced spectacle. The Lamplighters always perform to the highest musical and dramatic standards, and this performance took them to an even higher level.

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Archived in these categories: Opera

Lamplighters Music Theater – Die Fledermaus

Lamplighters Music Theater in San Francisco is known for their productions of the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. However, from time to time they present other works as well. Their current offering is a case in point, Johann Strauss II’s magnum opus Die Fledermaus in the premiere of a new translation into English from the original German by David Scott Marley.

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Archived in these categories: Opera

I Cantori at the Carmel Mission Basilica

in concert

I was more than a little nervous as I headed to the Carmel Mission Sunday evening to hear I Cantori di Carmel’s concert “A Winter Tapestry.” This was not due to any misgivings about the performers, as Sal Ferrantelli always puts on a good show. No, my fears were about what the climate might be like inside the historic structure on as frigid a night as I can remember in Carmel. Fortunately, the temperature inside the venerable old building was quite pleasant, and the audience was able to enjoy one of Ferrantelli’s best programs to date in complete comfort.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Choral, I Cantori

Hidden Valley Workshop for Recorder Players


The Farallon Quartet

This week Hidden Valley Music Seminars is hosting a weeklong workshop for recorder players as part of the “Road Scholar” (formerly “Elderhostel”) program. Attendees have come from all over to participate. As part of the experience, the workshop faculty members give a Sunday evening concert to kick off the following week’s workshop sessions, which are open to the public. Since the primary focus is the workshop, Hidden Valley does not do a lot of active promotion of such concerts, which is a pity, since the offerings are always top quality.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Woodwinds