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This week: 

The UCSC Orchestra and the UCSC Chamber Singers perform music by Brahms and Haydn with cello soloist Vanessa Ruotolo performing Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1. On Friday & Saturday, November 21-22 at 7:30 PM in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Program includes Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major featuring soloist Vanessa Ruotolo. The Chamber Singers, UCSC's advanced choral ensemble, will perform Four Quartets for Mixed Voices and Piano by Brahms, and will be joined by the Orchestra for Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer ("Love song waltzes"). Chamber Singers director Paul Flight will conduct the group at the Saturday performance. Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159) or the SC Civic Box Office (831-420-5260)

The Santa Cruz Chamber Players perform live chamber music, Triple Play: A Diverse Trio of Trios, music by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, and Debussy. This program features three outstanding and varied works for trios composed over the span of about 75 years. Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano, is a passionately romantic piece constructed in the classical sonata-allegro format employed so successfully by Beethoven and his predecessors. oin artistic director Brian Johnston, violin and viola; Aude Castagna, cello; Vlada Volkova-Moran, piano; Kathleen Purcell, flute; Jennifer Cass, harp. Saturday November 22 at 8pm and Sunday November 23 at 3pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr., in Aptos. Advance single tickets for all SC Chamber Players' concerts are available at www.scchamberplayers.org

Richard Stockton and Planet Cruz return to the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz on Saturday, November 22 featuring comedians and musicians, including: Teresa Tudury, Songwriter/comedian, funniest woman in the world; Don Reed, HBO, Showtime, Tonight Show; Kellen Erskine, Sharpest young comic on the left coast; Dan St. Paul, "What's Funny After 50?"; Sven Davis, Santa Cruz's gift to humor; Peter Cor and the Planetoid Band (all carbon-based life forms) Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, Kevin di Noto; Tammi Brown, Goddess of soul; Alan Heit, Ain't he funky now? Tickets at Streetlight Records, Tomboy in Santa Cruz, or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/846497

Hidden Valley Music Seminars, in cooperation with concertmaster Roy Malan and conductor Stewart Robertson, presents the String Orchestra of Hidden Valley on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 & 23. Comprising sixteen of Northern California's most talented & accomplished string players, the November concerts also feature guest violinist Farkhad Khudyev. "Some of the most evocative & stirring works in the history of music were written for string orchestra", notes Hidden Valley's general director Peter Meckel, "yet seldom do we have the opportunity to hear an ensemble that is dedicated to just that repertoire." The repertoire for the first several concerts will be drawn from the great classical periods. The program for the November concerts is: GRIEG: Holberg Suite; J.S. BACH: Concerto for Two Violins and Strings; DVORAK: Serenade for Strings. Saturday, November 22 at 3:00pm Hidden Valley Theatre, 88 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, and Sunday, November 23 at 2:30pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos. Tickets are available online at www.hiddenvalleymusic.org, by phone at 831-659-3115

And… Monterey Peninsula College String Ensemble performs Astor Piazolla Tangos with Dale Harrison, accordion, and David Dally, violin. Sunday, November 23 at 7:00pm in the MPC Music Hall. Donation at the door.

And Continuing

Kathy Foley directs Of Monkeys and Men: Scenes from the Ramayana, featuring puppets, dance, music and storytelling focusing on versions of the Ramayana from Southeast Asia. With musical direction by Undang Sumarna. Through November 23 in the Mainstage Theater at UC Santa Cruz. 7:30 pm curtain (Sundays at 3:00 pm). Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets at santacruztickets.com

The Western Stage in Salinas presents the comedy Harvey, about a man and his invisible friend: a giant rabbit named Harvey. At the Hartnell College Studio Theater through November 23. Tickets at westernstage.com

Jewell Theater presents Enter the Guardsman, a Musical Fantasy. Music by Craig Bohmler. Lyrics by Marion Adler. Book by Scott Wentworth. Based on "The Guardsman" by Ferenc Molnar. Directed by Art Manke. After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors, and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and... enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his greatest fear. In the timeless world of "back stage," we see an intimate and witty musical about romance, truth-telling, and keeping your performance fresh in the long run. Through November 30 at Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz. jeweltheatre.net

The Western Stage in Salinas presents the holiday favorite A Christmas Story: The Musical, bringing all the festive cheer audiences could ever need -- without the risk of shooting their eyes out -- to the main stage through Dec 13. Since the film version (based on the short stories of Jean Shepard) premiered in 1983, A Christmas Story has joined the likes of It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street as one of staples of the holiday season. Take this classic story and add musical numbers like "A Major Award," "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out," and "Up on Santa's Lap" and you'll have a holiday treat perfect for the entire family. A Christmas Story: The Musical, adapted by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, premiered at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in 2009 and was further developed at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle before going to Broadway in 2012. At the Western Stage at Hartnell College. www.westernstage.com or at the box office 831-755-6816

Coming up next week and beyond:

Paper Wing Theatre presents "Twelfth Night or What You Will" by William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a hilarious comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. The play focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia. This is the bard's finest comedy and an anthem to the restorative power of love! December 12 through January 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. At Paper Wing Theatre, HOFFMAN. Tickets online at www.PaperWing.com or at the Box Office.

The women's vocal ensemble, Kitka, has announced dates for its annual WINTERSONGS tour; they will perform at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz on Saturday, December 13 at 8 PM. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006


Planning is underway for the 2015 Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring Camp on the weekend of May 30 and 31. Musicians and artists can apply now for consideration at www.redwoodmountainfaire.com. A stellar lineup of top local and regional musical acts, combined with the relaxed family-friendly atmosphere on the open meadow has made the annual Faire a treasured not-to-be-missed event.

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