Solstice is theme for Vocal Art Ensemble concerts

“Solstice — Dance of Light” is the theme of the Vocal Art Ensemble’s performances this week, two of which are in Davis. Representing winter’s turning point, this program embraces both dark and light with rich choral music intertwined with movement by the Ecokinesis dance troupe. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Holiday concerts planned by adult, children’s chorales

The Davis Community Chorale, directed by Alison Skinner, and the Davis Children’s Chorale, directed by Rachel Kessler, have several performances of holiday music planned over the next few weeks. * On Saturday at 7 p.m. at Davis Community Church, 412 C St., the Davis Children’s Chorale will present “A Christmas Concert.” Donations will be accepted […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

STC’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ features everyone’s favorite grouch

Check it out What: “A Christmas Carol,” presented by the Sacramento Theatre Company When: Through Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $40 general, $20 children;, (916) 443-6722 On reviewing Sacramento Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol” last […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Davis poets will read their work at book-release party

Davis’ own poetry anthology will be released to the public at a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so poets may pick up their books and others may purchase them. The Davis Poetry Book Project was organized by Davis Poet Laureate Allegra […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Sacramento Choral Society comes ‘Home for the Holidays’

Details What: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$55 general, $17.50-$55 students; or (530) 754-2787 The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra return to the Mondavi Center for a pair of concerts with a “Home […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear Waldorf Strings Ensemble on Thursday

The Davis Waldorf School Strings Ensemble will give a free holiday performance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Atria Covell Gardens. The retirement community is at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The public is welcome. For more information, call Kathy Green at (530) 756-0700.

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘The Descendants': Doing the right thing

‘The Descendants’ 4.5 stars Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer Rating: R, for profanity and coarse sexual references Some relationships explode in passion and fury; many simply fade away. Small, thoughtful gestures — spontaneous acts, so lovingly granted in the early days — fall victim to […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folk music jam session planned Dec. 9

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Orchestra students are taking the stage

Beginning Monday, orchestra students in the Davis schools will be busy with their winter concert season. This is the culmination of many hours of rehearsals — including some outside of the regularly scheduled classroom rehearsals — and study by the students in the orchestras, led by Angelo Moreno and Greg Brucker at the junior high […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Palms hosts Hot Club, Maria Muldaur

The Hot Club of San Francisco, performing Gypsy jazz, and blues/R&B singer Maria Muldaur will perform this weekend at The Palms, 13 Main St. in Winters. The Hot Club is an ensemble of musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Madrigals perform at Capitol, St. Paul’s, Covell Gardens

The award-winning Davis High School Madrigals will perform three holiday-season concerts that are free and open to the public. On Monday at 12:30 p.m., the choir will perform in the rotunda of the California state Capitol in Sacramento. It has become an annual tradition of the choir to sing at the special holiday music program put […]

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Young composers perform recital

The Yolo County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California presents a Composers Today recital, a concert featuring piano students performing their own compositions, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Faith Lutheran Church, 1801 Oak Ave. in Davis. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (530) 574-1658.

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holiday songs, with gusto

The Davis Art Center Mini-Musical Singers will perform at Thursday night’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on the E Street Plaza, in the 200 block of E Street downtown. The chorus is composed of elementary school students from all over Davis, and is directed by Mindy Manville and conducted by Breanne Stambusky. The students […]

December 01, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Holiday music makes the market even more festive

The Davis Farmers Market will present holiday music from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24, under the pavilion in Central Park at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Saturday’s holiday music lineup includes the Davis High School Orchestra, Davis Chinese Christian Church, The Souterrain, Suzuki Music Studio, UC Davis […]

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