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Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’ continues to resonate, 188 years later

The world of 1824 was an uncertain place. The Napoleonic Wars that tore the European continent apart had ended nine years earlier at the Congress of Vienna. The crowned heads of Europe were focused on maintaining their hold on power, while a rebel thread of independence yearned to break free. It was the age of […]

No Comment / March 09, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Brotherly discourse comes to Cap Stage

Capital Stage continues its successful first season in midtown with a Sam Shepard revival. “True West” will mark the second Shepard play the company has presented following an acclaimed 2009 staging of “Fool For Love.” Performances for “True West” will run March 21 through April 22 and will feature company co-founder Jonathan Rhys Williams (“Or,”, […]

No Comment / March 08, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Here comes ‘Peter Cottontail’

Peter Rabbit lives happily in the Green Meadow, eating from Farmer Brown’s carrot and cabbage crops. His sole concern is his name, Peter Rabbit. He doesn’t like it. Along with his friends — Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Old Mr. Toad, Johnny Chuck, and others — he sets out to discover a new and more appealing […]

No Comment / March 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Composers celebrate roots in Armenia, Greece, Persia and Russia

SACRAMENTO — In the world of American orchestras with modest annual budgets, the Sacramento Philharmonic has carved a unique niche. The “Songs of Hope” concerts in 2008 and 2010 positioned the orchestra as an agent for cross-cultural understanding, as noted in the Winter 2012 edition of Symphony Magazine. Programs that fused Middle Eastern themes and Western […]

No Comment / March 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Silva Valley actors travel to Oz

Dorothy (Allie Pedego), Toto (Madeline Cox), The Scarecrow (Will Evans), The Cowardly Lion (Kaden Call) and The Tin Man (Carson Schumm) battle with The Wicked Witch of the West (Zoe Zimmer) in Silva Valley's production of "The Wizard of Oz." Photo by Christie Evans

Silva Valley Elementary School will present “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. and Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Silva Valley PTA and is part of an after school theater program directed by Kitty Czarnecki, executive director of Art & Soul Productions. The show […]

No Comment / March 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Mamma Mia!’ walks down the aisle on the Community Center Theater

SACRAMENTO — Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ “Mamma Mia!,” the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Sacramento. Performances are scheduled March 13-18 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit […]

No Comment / March 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Linda Purl, Lee Lessack take Stage Two in ‘Stepping Out With My Baby’

Linda Purl

“Stepping Out With My Baby” takes the beloved repertoire of Irving Berlin — perhaps the greatest songwriter in American history — and captures it at its most intimate: two singers on stage, singing songs that have stood the test of time, the come-and-go of fashion, and countless performances. Brought to the stage by TV actress and singer […]

No Comment / March 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »