Not that it’s all smooth sailing. Inside and outside the orchestra, opinions vary about the music director issue. Is the stream of conductors an asset, allowing the musicians to demonstrate their adaptability and innate cohesion? Or would the orchestra benefit from the consistent shaping influence of one conductor’s vision (think Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco), which would likely cost more?. Either way, the issue is not on the table now, says Bales, who believes the orchestra performs at a high level even as it faces an increasingly tough financial picture. After landing in the black during its first seven seasons, Symphony Silicon Valley has run deficits of $143,000 in 2009-10 and $120,000 in 2010-11. With an operating budget of $3 million, Bales — one of a bare-bones staff of six — is “managing through” the downturn, he says.
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The organization is again collecting donations of lap robes, slipper socks, shawls, small cloth toys and hypoallergenic lotions — but no food to benefit these seniors. Anyone wishing to contribute and schedule a gift pick-up, can call Bunny Coffman at 925-323-5363. The deadline is Dec. 12. For 32 years, LITA has been providing individual and family visits, pet visits, entertainment, youth and student groups, and holiday events for area seniors. LITA of Contra Costa can be reached at925-212-4573 or 510-527-2055. Email email@example.com or visit www.litaofcontracosta.org.
For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org, Unfortunately, Onstage Theatre ballerina cake topper pink ballet shoes cake topper birthday cake topper ballerina cake decorations ballerina birthday decor bal must postpone its opening of “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told by Himself).” Evidently, lead actor Tim Biglow is recovering from surgery and not quite ready to tell his amazing adventures, Stay tuned for a new opening date, or call 925-518-3277, Favorite local actors, including Rhonda Taylor and Jerry Motta, will appear in scenes designed to delight, surprise and tickle your funny bone when “Relationships: Significant and Other” comes to the Mt, Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, in Walnut Creek..
Graniterock Design Center: Original artwork by watermedia artist Nina Uppaluru. Through Jan. 22. 1505 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. 408.996.4500 or www.graniterock.com/locations/cupertino.html. The Lace Museum: The museum’s annual holiday exhibit this year will showcase dolls wearing lace, as well as lace-trimmed Christmas ornaments. Through Jan. 15. The museum features changing exhibits related to lace and the art of lace making. 552 Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, 408.730.4695 or www.thelace museum.org.
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