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Titled “Music from the Heart of Europe,” the program offered a dazzling array of works based on a variety of sources. The two-hour performance included music by eight composers, mixing well-known names such as Bach, Biber, Telemann and Muffat with a group of lesser-known lights that included Johann Schein, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Pisendel and Joseph Umstatt. If the names were often unfamiliar, the results were mostly arresting; Wednesday’s performance, which marked the period instrument orchestra’s first appearance in Livermore, repeats Thursday at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Friday at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco and Saturday and Sunday at First Congregational Church in Berkeley.
Pear Theatre, “In the Next Room, or, ballet shoes 2007 imdb the Vibrator Play.” Sept, 7 through Oct, 1, By Sarah Ruhl, Directed by Caroline Clark, Featuring April Culver, Bradley Satterwhite, Ellen Dunphy, Troy Johnson, Stephanie Crowley, Damaris Divito and James Lewis, Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View, $10-$35 (discounts available), www.thepear.org or 650-254-1148, Palo Alto Players, “Million Dollar Quartet.” Sept, 16 through Oct, 1, Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, www.paplayers.org or 650-329-0891..
“It’s fun.”. And intense, because while other groups, such as Napa Symphony or Sacramento Philharmonic — both of which Dieni has served — might have four or five rehearsals before a performance, Cal Pops usually just has one. And such music, in concerts Cal Pops Music Director Kim Venaas programs from audience requests, and also from fascinating old charts he has saved from forgotten warehouses. “Kim is actually preserving all kinds of music,” Dieni said. “There’s just tons of stuff in warehouses that is just going to get dumped. We save some of it.”.
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