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Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Violinist Linda Wang is the soloist at the Folsom Symphony’s Tales of Love concert on Feb. 14. She joins the orchestra for the second selection, “The Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto. It is the first Chinese composition the Folsom Symphony has performed. Written for a western-style orchestra, the flowery, melodious piece is played using some Chinese techniques.

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

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‘Eclectic’ mixes two unforgettable styles into one potent package

Mike Stern, left, and Eric Johnson will combine their talents to the delight of music lovers during a live performance at Harris Center for the Arts later this month. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Two bona fide guitar heroes in their respective fields — Eric Johnson in the rock realm and Mike Stern in the jazz world — go toe-to-toe on “Eclectic,” a scintillating musical showcase that brings together their disparate influences in one potent package. See them perform live at Harris Center for the Arts on Jan. 30. […]

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Cal Stage presents a season of premieres

SACRAMENTO — California Stage Theater Company will mount five professional and world premiere productions throughout 2015 as part of its 24th season. This Year of Premieres will begin with the professional premiere of local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s “Italian Opera,” followed by a summer of new and local voices as featured in the SacSoloSeries, Comics Come Alive! and “Angel in […]

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BODYTRAFFIC breaks the boundaries of traditional dance

BODYTRAFFIC dancers push themselves to the limit. Watch their impressive efforts on stage in Folsom. Courtesy photo

Founded in 2007, Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and was praised by the Los Angeles Times for its “most hopeful combination of choreographic and performing excellence.” This exciting dance ensemble continues to break new ground in the field of dance and its evening performance at Harris […]

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‘The Boy Friend’ opens at Sac Theater

In addition to the professional Main Series productions, Sacramento Theater Company  is staging four Youth Series productions in 2015, featuring STC School of the Arts students. The Young Professionals Conservatory of STC’s School of the Arts is a 10-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theater through […]

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Focal Point show at the Fausel House

PLACERVILLE — El Dorado Arts Council presents Focal Point, a photography and 3D juried art show through March 3. Participating artists include Agi Gillespie, Anca Statescu, Anton Nemeth, Ashley Pfister, Betty Sederquist, Cindy Stephens, Jennifer Lotery, Ken Mahar, Paul Cockrell and Terri Crisp. Artist Cockrell received the Best in Show award for the photography category with his piece “Muddy […]

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Jazz stars to entertain at festival

The 26th annual Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it promises to be an exciting day of entertainment. This year’s guest artists include Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel, the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Adding to the program will be […]

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