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This week: 

Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz presents the drama Harper Regan by British playwright Simon Stephens, opening this week: Thursday, February 26 and playing for 4 weeks at the Center Stage Theater on Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Directed by William Peters. One Autumn evening, after learning her father is near death, Harper walks away from her home, her family and her job, tossing fate and obligations into the air and embarking on a life journey that becomes an exploration of loyalty, morality and the bonds of family. Harper Regan is part of a body of work that has helped Stephens emerge as one of the most renowned and prolific playwrights of his generation in the UK. http://www.jeweltheatre.net/

Yair Samet conducts the UC Santa Cruz Orchestra in some favorite classics featuring as soloists winners of the 2014 UCSC Concerto Competition. Works by Beethoven (Symphony No. 1 in C Major), J.C. Bach (Sinfonia in B-flat Major and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C Minor) and Ibert (Concertino Da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra). Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at 7:30pm in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets on sale at santacruztickets.com.

The UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts Department will draw comparisons between our times and ancient times with the broad comedy The Congressladies, an adaptation of the Aristophanes play Ekklesiazousai in which the women of Athens, disgusted with the decisions of the male-only Assembly, dress as men and proceed to pass laws they like better. Directed by Professor Danny Scheie. February 27–March 8 in the Mainstage Theater at UC Santa Cruz. Thur-Fri-Sat at 7:30PM (Sundays at 3:00PM). Audiences are invited to join in two Saturday post-performance Talk-backs featuring Mary-Kay Gamel and cast members. Tickets at santacruztickets.com.

The Santa Cruz County Symphony presents “Peter and the Wolf,” a family concert exploring the symphony orchestra, Sunday, March 1, 2pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. This all-ages-friendly performance includes lively musical works and features narrator, Paul Whitworth, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, and dancers from Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Tickets are available online at Santa Cruz Symphony.org, or by calling 831-420-5260.

Kuumbwa jazz in Santa Cruz welcomes Laurie Antonioli performing The Music of Joni Mitchell on Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM. Antonioli revisits an early musical influence with her recent recording, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, an exploration of Joni Mitchell's songwriting. The project has been praised for Antonioli's original approach and instinctive sense of musicality, avoiding any direct duplication of Mitchell's oeuvre. Instead, she has come up with her own inventive arrangements while staying true to the heart of Mitchell’s songs. Tickets at kuumbwajazz.org

Coming up:

Tandy Beal & Company presents Keith Terry’s Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble in the First Saturday Family Concert Series on March 7 at 11 AM at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz. Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble is part international drill team, part polycultural rhythm section! This is music you can see and dance you can hear! People Magazine chose their new CD as one of the Top 5 Children’s albums. Crosspulse has been heard on NPR and seen on CBS and ABC and in concerts around the world.  www.tandybeal.com

The Monterey County Composers’ Forum will present “Spring Blossoms”, a concert of original compositions, on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 pm, at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley.  The concert will feature works for flute, saxophone, piano, violin, cello, guitar and voice written by local composers, Benjamin Belew, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser, David Price, Julie Roseman, Dale Victorine and Rick Yramategui. A reception will follow. Donations will also be accepted to benefit Coastal Kids Home Care.  For more information, contact Steve Ettinger at 385-0973 or at dallapiccolo@msn.com.

A special concert to benefit Cheetah Conservation Fund. Sunday, March 8 at Don Quixote’s at 6275 Hwy 9 in Felton.1:30-4:00 p.m. Musicians include Stevie Coyle, Carol McComb & Kathleen Larisch, Shamrocks & Poison Oak (Dave McCort, Jerry McMillan, Michael Simpson and Lee Anne Welch), Shelley Phillips & Michael Glick, Celtic Cats (teen Celtic band). Fast-paced music with a fantastic five-act line-up of famous and fun musicians! This eclectic group of musicians will play their hearts out as they come together to show their support for CCF and the cheetah. http://cheetah.org/event/play-it-fast-for-cheetahs-concert-to-benefit-ccf/ Tickets at http://www.donquixotesmusic.com/

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater invites you to Celebrate Women's History Month and hear the heart, humor, and passion of Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others at “How Women Won the Vote: Great Voices and Unforgettable Characters From the Women's Suffrage Movement.” Readers are Gail Borkowski, Robert Colter, Susan Forrest, Robert Strayer, and Suzanne Sturn, who also directs. Performances are: Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, at the Scotts Valley Library; Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, Cherry Center for the Arts, Guadalupe & 4th Ave, in Carmel; and Wednesday, March 19 at 7 pm, at the Santa Cruz Main Library.  Performances are free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated.

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the foremost exponent of India's tabla drumming tradition. Formed in the early '60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. Friday, March 13 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online http://www.kuumbwajazz.org; info 831-427-2227

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Zakir Hussain, the foremost exponent of India's tabla drumming tradition. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Mickey Hart, and Van Morrison. And now, with the groundbreaking 9-piece Celtic Connections, made up of master musicians from India and Scotland, he sets the stage for an exciting evening of cultural bending and blending, fusing the traditions of Indian and Celtic music. Tuesday, March 31 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online http://www.kuumbwajazz.org; info 831-427-2227


Cabrillo Stage auditions: Performers 17 and older must make both the vocal and dance audition. Performers 16 years and younger are invited to attend our child auditions for both Mary Poppins and Schoolhouse Rock Live! on Sunday, March 8 3-6pm. All auditions will be held at the Cabrillo College Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos.
Performers 17 years and older: Saturday, March 7 Vocal Call: 10am-2:30pm | Dance Call: 3pm-6pm and Sunday, March 8 Vocal Call: 10am-1:00pm | Dance Call: 1pm-3pm
CALL BACKS are Saturday, March 14 & Sunday March 15: 10am-6pm (Mary Poppins) and Saturday, March 14: 10am-6pm (Schoolhouse Rock Live!) Auditions are on a first come, first-served basis. Bring sheet music in your key; accompanist will be provided. 32 bars or 1 minute cutoff time, stylistically appropriate tune. A cappella or tape accompaniment is not acceptable. A dramatic or comedic monologue no more then 1 minute long may be requested. Dress appropriately for dance auditions. Participation with Cabrillo Stage is in association with Cabrillo College and registration into the Theater Arts or Music class is required after casting is complete. Scholarships are available for all adult roles. http://www.cabrillostage.com/auditionssummer.html

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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