- Fiddler on the Roof at Santa Catalina
- The Chagrins of Love — Ian Bostridge in Recital
- Santa Cruz Symphony Ascendance
- Carmel Music Society opens its new season with pianist Olga Kern
- David Gordon — A Stroll Down Memory Lane
- Carmel Presbyterian Community Concert
- Violinist Ilya Kaler & pianist Alon Goldstein open Distinguished Artist Series
- Piano Music at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables
- Refreshed: Pianist Jon Nakamatsu in Recital
- Pianist Chetan Tierra — Return of a Native Son
- Opera San Jose — Die Fledermaus
- Santa Cruz Symphony — Souvenir de Florence
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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
(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.
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.
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.
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.