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Music at Foothill Presbyterian: The South Bay Philharmonic performs a program that includes selections by Copland, Gershwin and a medley from Les Miserables, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Monteverdi Brass Quintet, May 27, 8 p.m. $10 per person suggested donation each concert. Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road, San Jose. 408.258.8133 or www.foothillpc.org. Peninsula Women’s Chorus: The chorus presents “Cantemus–Let Us Sing,” a program that includes Shaker songs, and selections by Veljo Tormis, Vecchi, Karl Korte, Alberto Grau, Schubert, as well as two commissions by the chorus. May 22, 4 p.m. $10-$20. Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 650.327.3095 or www.pwchorus.org.
Hillbarn Theatre, “Lend Me a Tenor.” By Ken Ludwig, March 14 through March 30, 2014, Hillbarn Theatre, quilt patterns/ballet shoes pattern/quilted wall hanging/pointe shoes/ballerina quilts/fusible applique/art quilts/use both side 1285 E, Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, $23-38, 650-349-6411 or http://hillbarntheatre.org, Sunnyvale Community Players, “A Little Princess.” Through March 16, Music by Andrew Lippa,(book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, based on Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel, Junior cast, ages 8-18 years old, Sunnyvale Theater, 550 E, Remington Ave., Sunnyvale, $19-$22, 408-733-6611 or www.sunnyvaleplayers.org..
Maffre’s duet with the puppet evokes a tenderness and intimacy that’s striking. Watching the ballerina float across the tiny Aurora stage is so bewitching that it reminds us what the rest of the production lacks: a palpable sense of magic. Her love of ballet and her affinity for the tale make this interlude sparkle far more brightly than anything that comes before or after. The text (adapted from C.F. Ramuz’s book by Pocket Opera founder Donald Pippin) needs more whimsy to keep us fully engaged. The score, beautifully rendered by the Earplay ensemble, is a charmer, but there are a few too many times when the action stills and the music shines to the point that one stops missing the actors entirely.
There were singing performances by Chaka Khan; Andy Grammer; Alexander Jean, the duo formed by Mark Ballas and BC Jean; Elle King; and Nick Carter, There was an ongoing recap of all of the weeks of Season 21, and in quilt patterns/ballet shoes pattern/quilted wall hanging/pointe shoes/ballerina quilts/fusible applique/art quilts/use both side all, it was full of fun, There were many dancing numbers by the pros to give viewers the general feeling that we all had been invited to a great party, Near the end of the two hours, there was a 24-hour fusion challenge for the finalists to perform, Each couple was given — after last night’s show — two dance styles to meld together and the music, Nick and Sharna were first up with a salsa/tango fusion that was “on fire.” Judge Bruno Tonioli had it right when he said, “Count on you to spice up the night.” The judges each scored the dance a 10, totaling a perfect 30 for tonight and 90 judges’ points for the last two nights..
McCabe, who is of Japanese origin, uses colors, form and textures in her work reflecting a direct, raw reaction to nature. In this show she explores her boundaries in her art. Fitzgerald, a native of Taiwan, is focused on shapes and lines. In these new paintings, her intent is to “simultaneously display tension and movement in a quiet and ambiguous surrounding.”. “A Free Hand” will be on view through Oct. 19. Gallery House is at 320 California Ave., Palo Alto. (Enter through Printer’s Cafe.) Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-326-1668 or visit www.galleryhouse2.com.