Or maybe with the U.S. premiere of JP Jofre’s superb Bandoneon Concerto, titled “Tango Movements.” Sweepingly romantic, elegantly crafted and rhythmically charged, it is a showcase for the bandoneon — which resembles an accordion and is related to the harmonium, or pump organ — and for Jofre himself, the soloist. He is an explosively talented performer and composer, who also happens to come from Argentina. Well, let’s stick with Jofre, who wears white designer eyeglasses and looks like a hipster aviator. But there is nothing gimmicky about his musicianship.
Sing with Mission Valley Chorus: Are you a woman who loves to sing? Do you want to experience the joy of singing every week? The Mission Valley Chorus invites you sing with the group, Visit any Tuesday, 7:15-10 p.m., at Nordahl Hall, 580 W, Parr Ave., Los Gatos, missionvalley.org, imsb.org/event/speaker-series-eight-fold-path/2015-10-15, BalaGokulam: A class for children to learn and appreciate the roots of Indian American culture, spiritual growth via shlokas, mental growth via yoga meditation, pranayaam and physical ballet flats hurt my feet growth via yoga and Surya Namaskar, Sundays, 2:30-4 p.m, Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, Free, RSVP required to tinyurl.com/SaratogaClass..
The Kickoff Party will include a cancer survivor who will give an inspirational talk, a video presentation, free refreshments, and gifts. A $5 donation is welcome and may be made — along with registering for the party — on the event website at www.relayforlife.org/SanBrunoCA. For more details, either call Ken Ibarra, event chairman, at 650-400-1005 or email SanBrunoRelay@gmail.com. You can also connect with San Bruno Relay for Life online at www.relayforlife.org/sanbrunoca; Facebook: www.facebook.com/SBRFL; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNGHd8TyemVuWz3DOEguy5g; or Twitter: www@sanbrunorelay.
Muti, who has called “Night Ferry” “a spiritual thunderstorm,” has packaged it between Schubert’s Entr’acte No, 3 from “Rosamunde” and his Symphony No, 3, the “Great C Major,” for Wednesday’s 8 p.m, performance, Late last month, he extended his two young composers’ stay in residency in Chicago for two more years, Tickets to both performances, $15 to $120, are available at 415-864-6000 or www.sfsymphony.org, A NEW COLLABORATION: The already vibrant early-music scene in the Bay Area has just acquired a new ensemble, with the mellifluous name Harmonia Felice, devoted to the music of the French Baroque, with as many different combinations of their various instruments as the repertoire affords, The members are the ubiquitous Elizabeth Blumenstock, a fine violinist who plays with Philharmonia Baroque and the American Bach Soloists and several other groups; violinist-violist Katherine Kyme; harpsichordist Katherine Heater; violoncellist William Skeen and cellist and gambits Amy Brodo, Their inaugural program highlights a French female composer and harpsichordist who was high in King Louis XIV’s favor, having wowed him with her prowess at the keyboard when she was a 5-year-old moppet, In addition to works by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, the concert will include selections from Marin Marais, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Francois Couperin and others, Harmonia Felice plays at 8 p.m, Friday in Palo Alto’s First ballet flats hurt my feet Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m, Saturday in Berkeley’s St, John’s Presbyterian Church and 4 p.m, Sunday in St, Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, Tickets, $12-$35, are at 510-528-1725 or www.sfems.org..
I loved the Haunted Mansion sequence that featured modern artistic takes on the familiar characters from the classic Disneyland attraction. The fun Coco passage painted the walls in a fiesta of colors with dancing mariachis and pulsating guitars. The Frozen segment made the best use of the amped-up EDM soundtrack with a complete reinvention of the familiar “Let It Go” that will compel even the most stubborn curmudgeon to dance to the beat. It’s unfair to review a new show still in test-and-adjust mode, but I can offer a few early observations.
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