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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 »

‘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, […]

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

‘Young at Art’ 2012 opens a vista of possibilities to region’s middle school students

"Young at Art 2012"€ will give local middle school artists an opportunity to create and show a variety of artworks …€” and gain recognition in a regional Sacramento show. Courtesy photo

Art is a path for the exploration of beauty — a door to an infinite number of possibilities. It is not intended to be enjoyed or created only by the cultured or the elite. It is for all people, and for every age group. This is especially true for young people, who see the future […]

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

What I love best about El Dorado Hills and Folsom

During these long evenings of crisp air and twinkling lights I find myself thinking about my many years in El Dorado Hills and Folsom. What is it about these communities that keeps drawing me back? Why am I so passionate about this part of California? Time and again, I realize: it’s the people who live […]

No Comment / December 09, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Celebrate community with the Folsom Symphony

Holiday cheer will be in abundance as the Folsom Symphony performs "A Joyful Celebration€" on Dec. 10 and 11. Included in the program are works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Photo, public domain

This is the time of the year when our community celebrates. We celebrate many things — family faith, successful harvests, another year of living. And we look forward throughout the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons to a better New Year. Celebrations here in the El Dorado Hills area take many forms. Personally, I like indulging in […]

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

Sac Opera, Sac Philharmonic double-bill with ‘Pagliacci’

Enrico Caruso, the great tenor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recorded one of the most famous arias in all of opera: "Vesti la giubba" from Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." Here he is, portraying the character of Canio, the clown. Sacramento Opera will perform this classic, popular opera on Nov. 19 and 20.

“All the world’s a stage,” said William Shakespeare in “As You Like It.” “And all the men and women merely players/They have their exits and their entrances…” This is certainly true of Sacramento Opera’s production of “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Audiences witness a “play within a play” where the stage and life collide. It is […]

No Comment / November 11, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »