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Remarkable Folsom Symphony to close season with additional performance

Sometimes, when one grows up surrounded by greatness, it is easy to take it for granted – or not to recognize it for what it truly is. Take, for example, the Folsom Symphony. Eight years ago a “little local orchestra” was formed — the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra, as it was called at the time. […]

1 Comment / May 11, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Classical Masters Music Festival seeks young talent

The artistic and musical talent of the youth in the Sacramento region never fails to amaze adults in the audience. Young people are emerging from theater troupes — such as El Dorado Musical Theatre — and making their way to Broadway in New York City. Musicians like young Chase Onadera of Sacramento are playing classical […]

No Comment / April 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Nunsense II’ keeps Sutter Street Theatre in the habit of great entertainment

"Nunsense II" marks the return of the "€œLittle Sisters of Hoboken" to Folsom's Sutter Street Theatre. It'€™s a wacky, humorous musical … with surprisingly reverent moments sprinkled in. Left to right, Connie Mockenhaupt, Sister Marionette and Sarah Kalsey Null. Photo courtesy of Sutter Street Theatre

You can’t keep the good “Little Sisters of Hoboken” down. In fact, their first “fundraiser” at Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre (“Nunsense”) last year was so successful they are back at it with “Nunsense II: The Second Coming.” Now, there really are no “Sisters of Hoboken.” The characters are entirely fictitious, brought to life by Connie […]

No Comment / April 06, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring is in the air — time to plan a day trip

Despite the rainy days of late, as I sit at my notebook computer to write this morning, robins and goldfinches are chirping in the garden. The sun is shining through a break in the clouds and all seems right with the world. Once again, I’m away from the noise of the TV/radio/Internet. I can ignore […]

1 Comment / March 26, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 »

Art makes Sophie Hill happy

Sophie Hill, 12, is the Best in Show winner of the 2012 Young at Art completion, held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento. Here, she holds her winning entry, a pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor painting of a preening crane. Photo by Susan Laird

El Dorado County girl wins Young at Art competition in Sacramento Sometimes, what it takes to succeed is the willingness to step out into the deeper water. This is what Sophie Hill, who lives in Shingle Springs, did on Feb. 1 when she showed her artistic talent at the annual “Young at Art” competition at […]

No Comment / February 24, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘And it Grew into a Zoo!’

Fiercely educational — This example of the anatomy of a wolf's head is part of the exhibit on the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, currently on exhibit at the Folsom History Museum through March 18. Photo by Susan Laird

Folsom History Museum profiles city’s zoo sanctuary The Folsom area is unique in that it has many of the amenities one would expect of a larger metropolitan city. This includes the fact that Folsom even has its own zoo. A zoo? Yes, a zoo sanctuary actually. And the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is the focus […]

No Comment / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »