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International Guitar Night celebrates the acoustic guitar

Brian Gore's melodic, evocative songs rely heavily on the use of open tunings; his buoyant personality and odd sense of humor help add lightness to his shows. See Gore and three other great guitarists perform at Three Stages on Jan. 27. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Now in its 12th year, the idea behind International Guitar Night is simple. Four guitarists share their compositions, the stage and their ideas in a special evening of solos, duets and quartets — all highlighting the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Founded by guitarist Brian Gore, International Guitar Night […]

Comments Off / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Music of the Heart’ concert to include poignant tribute

Natsuki Fukasawa returns to the Folsom Symphony after three years to perform Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Mozart's "€œConcerto No. 21" at Folsom Symphony''s "€œMusic of the Heart" concert on Feb. 11. The symphony will also perform Elgin'€™s "Enigma Variations" in memory of Alexander Ashton. Photo courtesy of Eleakis Photography

At this season’s opening concert for the Folsom Symphony, Maestro Michael Neumann conducted a brief experiment with the audience. “Listen to this passage from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Symphony No. 4′,” he told them before the symphony performed a few brief phrases of the piece. The music was beautiful. “Now, close your eyes,” Neumann said. “And this time, […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Musical comedy revue opens at the cabaret

SACRAMENTO — “Forbidden Broadway,” New York’s longest running musical comedy revue, opens Jan. 27 at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret for a limited eight-week engagement through March 14. Parodying the beloved songs and characters from Broadway’s biggest hits such as “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” this show has been entertaining audiences all over the […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

New artists invited to show

"Meet Me In The Square" by Jonathan Wong, 2011

Aspiring Artist Debut 2012 — a free art exhibit open to new artists who have never shown in a juried exhibition — is sponsored by Northern California Arts Inc., located at Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. All media accepted — drawing, mixed media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, and sculpture. The […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Luma: A performance that’s not afraid of the dark

Luma blends physical movement with hi-tech illuminated objects to paint a very human story about light. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — The human fascination with light is universal. Using dark as a canvas and light as the brush, Luma blends physical movement with hi-tech illuminated objects to paint a very human story about light. In an afternoon performance suitable for the entire family at Three Stages, fireflies dance, shooting stars flash across the stage, […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Lakehills Church presents ‘amazing’ show

Foot-tapping, grinning and energy will abound amid dream interpretation, fictitious goat wrestling and more in Lakehills production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Courtesy photo

It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and … a Broadway classic and favorite. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented five times by the middle and high school youth at Lakehills Church in El Dorado Hills, Jan. 27-29. The five show schedule is […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

All-star lineup celebrates the blues, harmonica

It is an annual gathering dating back 1991—Mark Hummel assembles some of the finest blues musicians and, in a tribute to the mighty harmonica, takes them out on the road. This year the Blues Harmonica Blowout comes to Three Stages on Jan. 21 and features Charlie Musselwhite, Curtis Salgado, Billy Boy Arnold and Sugar Ray […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »