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Folsom High School Jazz Choir is No. 1 with sights set on Europe

No. 1 in the nation —€” The Folsom Jazz Choir hopes to represent the region and the nation in Europe this summer. To pay their own way, the students are offering to perform at private parties and corporate events this holiday season. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills and Folsom region are home to some impressive talent. Fortunately, this talent is not hidden under a bushel basket. It is held aloft for all to see, whether it is a performance by EDMT, a local high school play … or a jazz choir. I have had the good fortune to […]

No Comment / November 04, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra inspires with ‘Canticles of Praise’

Canticles of Praise will be performed by the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento on Oct. 29 & 30. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra

One of the great things about living in the Sacramento region is the access to great events in some truly remarkable settings. The region is home to world-class artists and performers, and there are some beautiful settings to showcase this talent. Case in point: the opening of the 2011–12 season of the Sacramento Choral Society […]

No Comment / October 20, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony presents a ‘Light Out of the Darkness’

As the days grow shorter the Folsom Symphony opens its eighth season with an evening of unusual works by three masters, dedicated to bringing “Light Out of the Darkness.” Under the baton of Maestro Michael Neumann, the members of the symphony will present an evening of music that isn’t heard every day by classical masters […]

No Comment / September 30, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom fascinations: Curiosities, critters and vineyards

The artists in residence at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary took a walk on the wild side and created a number of art works now on exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Courtesy photo

It may be autumn, but things are only picking up on my calendar … how about yours? Four exciting events in Folsom are on my list to share this week, with exciting connections to our El Dorado Hills community and El Dorado County. June Carey workshop The first is a major “heads-up!” for local artists […]

No Comment / September 23, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sutter Street Theatre explores the dark side in ‘Cabaret’

"CABARET" TESTS your convictions and your conscience. Feeling up to the challenge? Head over to Sutter Street Theatre. Courtesy photo

During the Middle Ages “morality plays” would come to local villages. With simple tales of good versus evil, they would show villagers the true way to a life of peace and goodness — sometimes in thought-provoking ways. Sutter Street Theatre’s “Cabaret” is thought-provoking in a similar way, but here the path is murky … and […]

No Comment / September 12, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Crocker Art Museum transcends with ‘Summer of Impressionism’

It is hard to believe, but summer is nearly over, and autumn will be here before we know it. Like the beautiful delicious fruits of summer some art exhibits will come to a close in September. Among these art events are two exhibits running concurrently at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento: “Transcending Vision: American […]

No Comment / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Local flavor at regional festivals goes well beyond food

The more time you spend in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region the more you realize: this place is extraordinary. Extra, as in “more than.” Remarkable, as in “worthy of commentary.” This place we call “home” is one of the most unique places in the country. It is larger than just the sum of […]

No Comment / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »