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The Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra presents “Sinfonia de Guitarra” with a program of music from Baroque to modern, as well as traditional music from Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and Turkey, played by a symphony of guitars. Friday, May 24 at 8:00 pm at the First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz. Directed by guitarist/composer Mesut Özgen, the SCGO is comprised of professional players, teachers, and students from the community. The concert program includes a wide range of works. Among the highlights are Bach's famous Sinfonia, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos's beautiful Aria from the Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, the famous LAGQ's lead guitarist William Kanengiser's Gongan (specially arranged for the guitar orchestra with Indonesian drums eerily sounding like an authentic Gamelan Orchestra), Benjamin Verdery's "Scenes from Ellis Island" featuring surprise guest musicians in the exciting finale with a special rhythmic pattern from traditional East Indian music, and the world premiere of Mesut Özgen's Istanbul Espresso for guitar orchestra with soprano, mandolin, electric guitar and bass. Featured guest musicians are guitarist Marc Teicholz, sopranos Doanna Weissgerber, and Sheila Willey. Friday, May 24, First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz, doors will open at 7:30, concert will start at 8:00 pm. Tickets at scgo.brownpapertickets.com, Streetlight Records, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, and at the door. More information at www.santacruzguitarorchestra.mesutozgen.com
The Theater Arts Department at UC Santa Cruz presents Blueprints, a full-length program of contemporary modern dance and traditional West African dance featuring four works by four diverse choreographers: Cid Pearlman, Mandjou Koné, Ted Warburton, and David Herrera. Blueprints runs for two weekends: May 24-June 2 in the Mainstage Theater, UC Santa Cruz. Fridays & Saturday at 7:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets at santacruztickets.com. UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159) and the SC Civic Auditorium box office (831-420-5260)
The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents Music in the Gardens: A Tropical Affair offering an evening of music and dance of Indonesia, along with snacks and wine poured by Hallcrest Vineyards. 'A Tropical Affair' features music by Gamelan Anak Swarasanti, an award-winning Balinese gamelan orchestra performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This celebration marks the conclusion of the Baroque Festival's 40th season and takes place in the tropical garden of the festival's Artistic Director. Directions provided to ticket holders. Sunday, May 26 starting at 5pm at a private residence (address provided to ticket-holders). Tickets: 831-459-2159, www.santacruztickets.com, Civic Center Box Office. More info: www.scbaroque.org
Brian Staufenbiel and Nicole Paiement direct student performers in the annual Spring Opera at UC Santa Cruz: Mozart's comic opera Così fan tutte OPENING playingMay 30 - June 2 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday: 7:30PM; Sunday matinee: 2:00PM) in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets at santacruztickets.comand in-person or by phone at the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159) or SC Civic Auditorium box office (831-420-5260)
Paper Wing Theatre of Monterey presents Mr. Bruce, Do You Swear?, an original play by Rob Foster. Lenny Bruce, the most important stand-up comedian of the 20th century, gets one more chance to defend his life on the witness stand. And you are the jury. Bruce's struggle for his right to speak his mind on stage brought about an evolution in stand-up comedy and transformed the way we interpret our freedoms under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Every American should know his story. "Mr. Bruce, Do You Swear?" brings Lenny Bruce and the legal battle he waged back to life, recreating some of his legendary, status-quo threatening comedy along the way! Through June 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM in the intimate Gallerie Theatre in Monterey. Tickets at www.PaperWing.com. More Info: 831-905-5684
The Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Company's 2013 season continues with the final weekend of Moss Hart's 1948 comedy Light Up the Sky, a backstage comedy filled with classic character types and over-the-top farce associated with comedies of a bygone era. On the newly renovated Morgan Stock Stage at MPC (980 Fremont Street, downtown Monterey). Through May 26. Tickets on sale at the MPC Box Office (646-4213) and online at https://secure3.TicketGuys.com/mpc. Performances on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM (May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25) and Sunday at 2:00 PM (May 12, 19, 26)
Coming up next week and beyond:
The Cabrillo College Dance Department presents their annual spring concert, an evening of original and diverse dance works created by guest, faculty and invited student choreographers. The concert features dances by twenty-five student choreographers and over 100 performers. From explosive physicality to subtle minimalism, these dances cover a broad variety of topics and styles. The program will also include works by Cabrillo faculty members Amy Farhood and Rhonda Martyn. The concerts will be highlighted by the presentation of the Roberta Bristol Award and the Tandy Beal Scholarship to Cabrillo students. Friday & Saturday, May 31 & June 1 at 7:30 PM, matinee on Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 PM in the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets at www.cabrillovapa.com or 831-479-6154
On Saturday, June 1, the Santa Cruz County Symphony and the White Album Ensemble will “come together” once again to celebrate the music of the world's most famous band, the Beatles with “Strawberry Fields.” The event begins at 6:30 pm in front of the Civic Auditorium with special pre-concert performances by local artists. Doors open at 7:00 for a silent auction with special surprises. The concert starts at 8:00pm. Tickets at santacruztickets.com.
Ariose Singers celebrate of the work of women composers of the last 150 years. Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn sets the stage with two lively ruminations on nature and mystery. Modern composers Barbara Kolb, Meredith Monk, Emma Lou Diemer, and Judith Weir show the diversity of approaches by women composers in the late twentieth century. Suzanne Vega's "The Queen and the Soldier" (arranged by Michael McGushin) represents the work of women in popular song. Finally, experience the world premiere of Hyo-shin Na's "Three Pieces for Mixed Choir," commissioned by Ariose Singers. Michael McGushin, director, with special guest Sheila Willey, soprano. Friday, June 14, 8 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos. And Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos. Tickets available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets
Kuumbwa Jazz announces a concert with singer Madeleine Peyroux - The Blue Room. Sunday, June 30 at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Recently, Peyroux has found a new muse in the legacy of the late Ray Charles, specifically Ray's most popular (and at one time controversial) album: Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. Her latest project, The Blue Room, revamps the music from Charles' landmark recording, along with choice gems by songwriters Randy Newman, Warron Zevon, John Hartford, Leonard Cohen, and Buddy Holly. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz and online at:www.kuumbwajazz.org or by phone 1-866-55-TICKETS
If your PERFORMING ARTS organization has an upcoming event which might interest KUSP's listening audience, please send a BRIEF press release or SHORT public service announcement to: performing at kusp dot org
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KUSP Performing Arts Calendar 203 8th Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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